There's nothing like a distressed, old, leather, vintage club chair to add warmth and character to a room. No?
Overstock. It is a little more affordable (but currently out of stock) and I really didn't want to have to buy a new chair anyway. It did serve as my inspiration for this project though.
I used a combination of these two tutorials on e-how, found here and here, to take my just-off-the-factory-floor-looking leather chair and ottoman from shiny and new to vintage and distressed.
Here's how I did it.
220 grit fine sandpaper
I decided to take advantage of our hot desert sun and moved the chair and ottoman onto the back patio.
I sprayed them down with rubbing alcohol that I had put into a spray bottle. (And if you follow my blog and read this post, then you know that I have a ton of rubbing alcohol. I have absolutely no idea why? Aspirations of becoming a school nurse one day?) Sorry, tangents. I sprayed them about three times, letting them dry completely before spraying it again.
Now, they look much more interesting to me. They look warm and inviting, like they've been around for decades and have stories to tell.
I'm in love with my new old chair.
Here's what I've done in the living room so far:
1. Added bookcases.
I'm working on a mini-makeover of this little club chair area and I can't wait to show you the killer floor lamp I scored at Goodwill!
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