A couple of months back, we found an old but stylish leather couch sitting outside our neighbors' house with some other odd stuff. Turns out she was having an impromptu garage sale. We loved the couch, but it was a very worn and faded aqua. It cried out for... LEATHER PAINT!
Now that was an idea that got my creative energies excited! We bought the thing for $50, carried it across the street to our house, and inveigled Destiny into coming to a couch-painting party. After a fair amount of planning and three and a half hours of hands-on work, we had an amazing piece of new furniture on our hands!
The Lumiere paints (and amounts) we used were:
- Super Copper - 3-4 pints
- Metallic Rust - 8 oz.
- Crimson - 4 oz. - mixed with a small amount of Neopaque Black
- Halo Pink Gold - 4 oz.
Here's the story, in photos and captions.
Before. We cleaned and prepped the surface by rubbing with rags damped with rubbing alcohol.
Here are the painting supplies we used. We chose a small compact-foam roller for applying the base coat -- it went on quickly!
We decided to use a synthetic sponge made for cleaning George Foreman Grills instead of the sea sponges we used on the sample piece. These would give us finer detail and wouldn't go soft from all the paint we would need to use. (Destiny blogged about using this cool tool recently.)
Sponging on Metallic Rust paint. This is when we noticed that the ridges in the sponge were making lines of sponged paint.
After the base coat of Copper and sponging with Metallic Rust.
Sponging on the Crimson paint.
After adding the layer of Crimson. By the way, the rolled-on layer of Copper took only about 10 minutes to dry before we could paint another layer. The sponged layers took longer -- maybe 15-20 minutes, since some of the paint ends up in thick little blobs that need more time to dry.
Adding the final layer! It's called Halo Pink Gold.
Close up of the finished pattern.
Our new painted leather couch! We didn't seal the paint with Pledge with Future, as we do on shoes and bags, because we didn't want to make the surface any shinier. Also, with a sponged pattern like this, touch ups are invisible.
Happy couch painter enjoying the fruits of her labor!