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Interior Design: How to Dye Your Furniture for a New Look

March 14, 2012 General, Interior Design 0 Comments

how to dye furniture 

Do-it-yourself projects can breathe new life into your favorite (if well-worn) furniture pieces. Below, Harrington College of Design Interior Design Instructor and Program Coordinator Peter Klick shares step-by-step instructions for a D-I-Y project he recently undertook to transform the old leather sofa and armchair shown below.

how to dye furniture

First of all, work outside if at all possible!

Step 1: Vacuum and clean the furniture well.

how to dye furniture

Step 2: Wearing gloves, wash the furniture with acetone solution to strip off any leather treatment coatings.

Step 3: Apply two coats of light gray primer, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next layer.

how to dye furniture

Step 4: Apply three light coats of paint. I used a colored leather dye called "Leatherkote," an environmentally safe product from Parasol Inc.

how to dye furniture

Step 5: Finish hard-to-reach places with a paint brush.

how to dye furniture

Check out the transformation of Peter's sofa and armchair from a worn brown to firecracker red in the photo at the top of the post.

If you undertake a project like this, be sure to email us some photos - we’d love to see how yours turns out!

Photos courtesy of Peter Klick

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