Add sophistication to your home with an upscaled Chesterfield sofa

A certain level of character can only be achieved by a loved, well worn leather sofa. Upcycle an old Chesterfield and bring antique chique into your home.

Bespoke interior pieces are well worth the investment as they instantly transform your living room or office space and elevate the overall aesthetic.

You also want to opt for a leather sofa or an armchair due to the materials excellent properties – it’s durability, stain and spill resistance and heat insulation.

A leather sofa will compliment any aesthetic you’ve envisioned for your home. Light grey sofa bed will go well with your Scandi inspired office space and will provide a great space for putting your feet up at the end of a long day.  A pre-owned traditional, chesterfield design with rolled armrests will offer a unique charm that’s difficult to recreate in modern furnishings.

Regardless of whether you’re looking to revive an armchair or breathe a new lease of life into your tired three-piece, these top tips for upcycling leather, courtesy of sofa experts Robinson of England, can be totally transformational!

As with any project – measure twice, think three times, cut once. Start with gathering all the products required and setting up a well-ventilated workspace. For a leather renovation, you will typically need:

  • Detergent-based leather cleaner
  • Leather preparation fluid
  • Adhesion solution
  • Leather pigment
  • Leather finish
  • A hair dryer
  • Sponge
  • Rags/ cloths

Step 1:

Remove any dirt or oil build-up from the leather with a detergent-free leather cleaner and a damp cloth. Do this is circular motions.

Step 2:

In a well-ventilated area apply preparation fluid to remove any sealants from the top coat of the leather.

Step 3:

Use an adhesive solution on faded areas that require re-colouring to soften the leather and to remove any remaining dried out coatings.

Step 4:

With a sponge, apply leather pigment anywhere necessary where the wear of the leather is particularly evident. With a hairdryer set to cold seal the pigment. Repeat until desired colour is achieved.

Step 5:

Let the leather dry overnight and apply a finishing coat. Apply 2-3 coats, using a hairdryer in-between applications to seal each layer.

Once done, leave the sofa to dry overnight just to cautious and once that is complete you’re left with a timeless piece of furniture for your home.


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