Yes, You Can Paint Leather Furniture
Have you ever wondered if you could paint leather furniture? You know those vintage tables with leather tops? Do you remove the leather, remove the tops, replace the leather, or actually paint leather? The answer is yes!
Staging / Home Decor
The Before – Unfinished Vintage Leather Top Tables
My customer brought me her vintage drop side leather top tables for a makeover. The leather inlay on these table tops are worn and cracked which made them look old and tired. Lord knows I know that feeling!
Here is a close-up look at the condition of the leather inlay. Luckily the cracks aren’t as deep as they appear.
Steps to Paint Leather Furniture
Now you may be wondering how to paint on leather. With a little prepping, cleaning and frog tape we will be on our way. The leather is prepped the same way that I prep any surface, by lightly sanding then cleaning and letting it dry. Click here for a more detailed tutorial on How to Prep Painted Furniture. I make sure to tape the wood around the leather very carefully to ensure that I don’t get any paint on the wood. The area is then painted in pure black using Derby chalk type paint. Derby is a non-toxic, VOC free true black paint.
Next, you need to make sure to seal your painted surface. When painting furniture with black paint I prefer to seal with a black tinted sealer. The leather table tops are sealed for protection using Jett protective sealer.
The Result – Painted Leather Top Tables
Here is your answer – Yes, you can paint leather furniture! And by doing so these tables look amazing.
Painting the leather inlay centers is just what these tables need for a fresh new look! I’m so glad that my customer chose to leave the wood natural, I think it gives these tables a great look while maintaining their charm.
Still unsure about painting the leather on your furniture? This leather top desk was revived with a stain rather than paint! Click the link for the full tutorial including a video: Save the Leather Top on Vintage Desk
These are the other furniture pieces that were brought for an update along with the leather top vintage tables.
Classic Distressed Black Painted Chest
The small chest of drawers and side table are both painted pure black and then distressed to perfection. To maintain the natural patina, the original hardware is left in its existing condition.
New to painting furniture and not sure where to start? Start at the beginning with How to Paint Furniture – a Beginners Guide.
Distressed black has to be one of my all-time favorite finishes!
Love black painted furniture? Check out the Best Collection of Black Painted Furniture
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