I found these metal and leather chairs on Facebook Marketplace and loved their shape. They had a midcentury modern vibe but I felt that the leather needed some updating. These painted leather chairs came out great, and it was just enough to give them a little update.
What a fun furniture flip project anyone can do.
Painted Leather Chairs with All-in-One Paint
After I found these on Marketplace I started doing some Pinterest scouring and Google searching to see how I could update this leather without completely reupholstering.
The leather had just a tiny couple knicks and a small tear, but was otherwise in great shape. And, the color was the only thing I wanted to change.
So I searched for “how to update leather chairs” and couldn’t believe my eyes when I read multiple search results about painting leather. Mind blown.
I looked at a few different options and settled on Heirloom Traditions All-in-One Paint for my painted leather chair project.
Bonus, the kit came with leather repair bonding and all of the tools I needed to update this green leather.
How to Paint Leather Chairs
The Heirloom Traditions kit comes with everything you need and following the directions on their packaging will get you the best results.
First, use their surface prep solution with degasses and degreases without sanding.
Then, repair any knicks and tears by applying the repair compound and letting it dry. Once dry, the sanding block will create a smooth surface for painting.
The small knicks in the fabric were easily repaired with one coat of compound. For the small tear in the leather I did the repair process twice before painting.
Once the leather has been prepped and repaired, it’s time to paint!
I got the Cappuccino paint and used a foam roller to apply the paint and made sure it really soaked into the seam areas. I ended up giving each cushion 3 coats of the paint.
I was able to do 4 chairs with the quart-sized kit, but for your specific project they have a calculator on their site for you to determine how much of the paint you need.
Once dry I put the cushions back on the chairs and removed the tape over the metal areas and they look AMAZING.
Painted Leather FAQs
I received a couple of questions about the process from my Instagram community (follow me there to see all of these DIY tutorials in Stories) so wanted to answer them here.
YES! This was my biggest concern and what I have been most pleased with. You would have zero clue that the leather has been painted, instead it looks like I have completely reupholstered the chairs.
We have been using the chairs for about a week, my kids are using them while they play video games and they are not necessarily easy on them, and they haven’t cracked or chipped at all.
The paint was great at self-leveling, but to make sure and avoid brush strokes I would use a foam roller. If you need to get into grooves or along the seams, a brush would work to dab the paint down in those areas.
Painted Leather Chairs are Easy!
I’ve done some pretty fun DIY building projects over the last year, and this painted leather has blown me away completely. It’s so easy and so cool.
If I do it again I’ll definitely buy the Heirloom Traditions kit again, plus, they have coupons available on their site often!
They have been the perfect addition to my game room makeover.