How to Paint a Leather Couch: Things to know about Leather Sofa Paints

If you are wondering what to do with the dingy or shabby looking leather sofa in your living room, this article is just for you.

By the time you are done, you will be looking forward to giving it a new and funky look! We will discuss everything you need to know about how to paint a leather couch

The first impression is always the best impression, isn’t it? Well, that holds true of your house too! In this case, it’s always the living room. We all want to have the best couches in our living rooms.

More than just coziness, leather furniture is more preferred for not just their sleek and elegant look, but also because they are easy to clean.

But what if yours is in a bad shape?

The Debate: Painting Vs Buying New One

You come to your living room and notice your couch looking all shabby, with some paint chipping off. Luckily, the leather hasn’t come off yet.

After a bit of pondering over, you arrive at a solution- Buy a better one, of course! But, what if you were told that painting it would be a better idea?


Before getting started on the basics of leather furniture painting, here are a few benefits;

Here are the advantages of painting leather couches.
  1. Easy on your wallet

If you have already bought a swanky looking sofa before, that too leather, you might know how pricey it is.  A can or two of paint would certainly not cost that much of a fortune.

  1. Modify your living space

Painting and revamping the dingy old couch will let you pick the perfect style to suit both your sofa and the drawing room. Plus, it will make for a much livelier place.

  1. Satisfaction

There is nothing more disappointing than buying an expensive and stylish leather sofa, only to find that it doesn’t gel in with its surroundings. You can instead choose to change the old one into something new, which will leave you more satisfied!

  1. Convenience

Not only is this solution more fitting in your budget, but also a more convenient one. You can pick and choose the paint you want, or even change your choice if needed, all at your convenience!

Leather Painting

There are a variety of fabric and leather paints available nowadays. However, if you are looking at leather, it would be best to go with the latter.

The next step is to find out the best brands.


An overview of the best leather couch paints to buy

We bring you a few of the best brands of leather paints available online, along with an overview.

Angelus leather paint

This is the most popular and highly recommended paint for your leather furniture. The acrylic-based leather paint comes in a range of colors. Some of the qualities include;

  • No peeling and cracking of paint when dry
  • Water-based and hence perfect to clean up
  • Also perfect for decorating and staining smooth leather


With a rating of 4.5 out of 5 in Amazon for some of it’s products, this brand has got excellent reviews for its adhesiveness after drying, along with a glossy finish. No chipping or peeling off.

Check the Best and Latest Price of Angelus leather paint

ReLuv leather paints

This is another popular brand which works on all kinds of leather, from furniture to clothing and accessories. The highlights are:

  • Best at repairing faded leather and scratch marks
  • Good finish
  • Doesn’t change the texture or feel


With no negative reviews, Reluv has been recommended as best for repairing faded leather, along with coloring it.

While these two are the most popular brands, there are a few more like leather clinic and scratch doctor leather color restorers, which have lesser ratings.

Check the Best and Latest Price of ReLuv leather paints

Let’s now go on to the next step.


Now that you have got an idea of the few brands of leather paints and related products out there, let’s go through what you will need when painting your couch. Remember, it’s always best to go for high-quality brands.

  • Leather preparer and deglazer
  • Leather paint of your choice (Some come with small sample bottles so that you can test it)
  • A few paint/sponge/foam brushes
  • A leather acrylic finisher
  • Painter’s tape and lots of it!


Prepare the space

Start by placing a drop cloth under the couch. Clean it and brush off any dust or dirt from the surface. If it is a chunky piece of furniture which can be dismantled, it’s better to do so first.

The next step is to seal off other parts of the furniture with painter’s tape, to avoid paint dripping on to the area.

Apply the preparer/ deglazer

Along with cleaning, this also lets the paint adhere to the surface of the couch when dried. Take time and apply it all over the surface with a rag. A bit of the color may come off, but it shouldn’t bother you when you look at the after pictures!

If you are working on a couch with a glossy or vinyl sealant, this step becomes more necessary. If it’s a suede leather couch, ignore this rule.

Grab that paint and brush!

It is highly recommended that you use a sponge or sponge brush for applying the paint. Most of them come with a thin consistency, so you should apply at least three coatings. You can use a small thin brush to paint over the seams and creases.

 Apply a coating first and allow it to dry, which may take 1-2 hours. Only then proceed with the next. Remember, patience is a virtue!

After the final coating, give it more time to dry before you use the finisher. It is better to wait around 6 hours.

Finally, the finisher

You can either opt for a glossy finish or flat/matte finish. While a glossy finish is more stain resistant, the latter is a more cost-effective option.

A matte finish also gives a more natural leather look. Apply it with a foam brush all over the area.


So, don’t you think this is a much better idea?

Painting your couch does have its benefits. It is not just cost-effective, but also pretty fun if you have someone to help you! Now that you know the basics, why don’t you try it out?

Elissa Smith
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