How to Distress Leather Furniture

Answer

Furnishings made of leather!!!-!!! Sponge

Water

Blow-dryer

Leather conditioner!!-!!!!-!! Rag

Brush

Sandpaper

Drill

A variety of different sized drill bits

A leather conditioner may assist heal the damage done to your piece of leather if you feel that it now has an overly worn appearance.

What should you do if you have just acquired a new leather sofa, but you find that it does not go well with your antique side table or your vintage rugs? You should not be concerned since you can give your leather couch the appearance of natural “age” with a few common home items without compromising its structure in the process. Your guests may speculate that it is an antique handed down through the generations, but you will know that it is freshly purchased and will serve you well for many years to come.

Tip

Use a big bath sponge to thoroughly drench the piece of furniture in water until the sponge is totally saturated all the way through. It is preferable to carry out this activity someplace outdoors that is a safe distance away from a power source, if at all feasible.

Use a blow dryer set to high heat to dry the item in a short amount of time. The appearance of “cracked” old leather is something that may be achieved during the drying process, as stated on the website dedicated to leather knowledge known as Ally Cat Scratch. Repeat the process each time the piece is dry until you achieve the desired level of ageing.

  1. Put a coat of leather balm on the areas of the furniture that are likely to see the greatest wear and tear over time. Leather balm is made up of microcrystalline wax that has been dissolved in alcohol (for example, the arms of a couch). Make a thick layer of the balm with the rag, and then brush it off roughly and in a hurry. The balm will provide the item an oily and darker appearance, which will be consistent with its extensive use.

  2. Sand the sections of your item that would have been exposed to the sun during the course of its lifetime. This will give those places the illusion of having been bleached. Ally Cat Scratch, on the other hand, advises doing so only if you are going for a really worn-in appearance. Rub a little amount at a time; it is simple to give an item a distressed look, but much more difficult to restore it to its original state.

  3. Once you have achieved the design you like, tear down the fibres of the leather by bending, twisting, and beating it. This will give your item the sense of something that has been used.

  4. To create the appearance of woodworm, any wooden component of the furniture should have little holes drilled into it. To get a more realistic appearance, the website Stitch n Save suggests use a variety of drill bits of varying sizes and angling them at varying degrees.

  5. Bend, twist and beat your leather once you have the look you want to break down its fibers and give your piece the feel of something worn in.

  6. Drill small holes into any wooden parts of the furniture to mimic woodworm. The website Stitch n Save recommends using different-sized drill bits at different angles to make the look more realistic.