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How To Condition Leather Furniture

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Leather furniture can last for decades if properly taken care of. Prolong the life of your piece by using this simple, all-natural leather conditioner.

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What You Need

Materials

  • Vinegar
  • Linseed oil
  • Essential oil (optional)

Tools

  • Jar with a lid or spray bottle
  • Microfiber cloth

Instructions

  1. Wipe down your leather furniture to be sure it is dust-free in preparation for the conditioning treatment.

2. Mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts linseed oil in a jar with a lid. Close the lid and shake vigorously. (I added a few drops of lemongrass essential oil at this step because I’m not too fond of the linseed oil smell.)

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3. Dip your rag in the mixture and start to work the oil into the leather. I worked in small, circular motions on each section of my piece. Let the conditioning treatment soak into the leather for 8-10 hours.

4. Once the leather has had a chance to absorb the oil, buff with a clean microfiber towel.

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In the photo above, the left side has been conditioned, the right has not.

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OLD LEATHER FURNITURE? DON’T WASTE IT!

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Do you have old leather furniture lying around the house that you think is ready for the trash? Don’t throw it! There are many things you can do with old leather furniture. Aside from repairing leather furniture, some people have been even more creative! Today we’d like to feature an article from dezeen.com with an interview of Jorge Penadés, who creates furniture from waste leather

Spanish designer Jorge Penadés has moulded together shredded leather and natural bone glue to create pieces of furniture.

Penadés wanted to come up with a new way to recycle leather after becoming aware of the amount of leftover material from the car, fashion, shoe and furniture industries

“I found leather especially interesting because it’s the first material in history that humans have used,” he told Dezeen. “But what really shocked me was the lack of well-established recycling processes.”

After extensive research, Penadés came across a process that involved shredding leather and then combining it with resin to create a reconstituted material.

“I couldn’t believe that the only way we are recycling leather is with resin, because in the end you are doing more harm then help,” the designer explained. In response, he opted to use animal bone glue as a binder.

“The bones are a by-product of meat, and are boiled in a bain-marie for a certain amount of time and at a certain temperature,” he explained. “As the water evaporates, you’re left with this kind of stone which is then smashed and reveals the glue.”

Penadés first turned the leather into strips by feeding sheets of the material through an office-style paper shredder.

After adding the strips to the glue, the mixture is transferred into iron molds and compressed, then left to set.

When solidified, the top layer of the leather is shaved to reveal the marble-like patterns created by the strips.

“To finish the material, I used shellac which is a natural resin that comes from an insect,” he explained. “After this it’s like wood and I can cut it and sand it. The fibers of the leather give it a slightly flexible quality, but it’s pretty stiff.”

Each piece is then fixed together and circular brass plates are added to turn the structures into functional tables.

Seeing the potential of the material across many industries, Penadés believes the process could be used for creating flooring, tiles and shoe soles.

“I’m really looking forward to doing a collaboration with a company, because then the story gets completed,” he told Dezeen. “Now I’m just making gallery pieces and not really benefiting anybody.”

The project, entitled Structural Skin, was on show as part of the Ventura Lambrate design district in Milan this April, with more developed pieces on display at the DMY Berlin festival that concluded 14 June 2015.

Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop previously responded to the amount of waste created within the leather industry by using odd scraps to upholster existing furniture, while School of Arts Utrecht graduate Vera Knoot has developed a new type of leather from the skin of geese culled in the Netherlands.

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15 Absolutely Gorgeous Living Room Designs With Leather Furniture

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There is nothing like walking into a well designed room, especially when they feature leather furniture. The old leather sofa that has been lying around for decades, could actually be considered as a primary room feature with a little it of leather restoration work. The San Diego Leather Repair market is growing quickly. Have you got some old leather furniture that could use a make over? Let us take a look at it!

How appropriate then, for us to share an article from Topinspirations.com about 15 absolutely gorgeous living room designs with leather furniture:

Each room in our home is carefully designed down to the smallest detail. Notable elements in almost every room are sofa pillows, plants, rugs, beautiful coffee tables and wall art. The same is with the living room. So if you are looking for some remarkable detail for the living room you may consider including leather furniture. To give you an idea of what’s possible with leather furniture for your living room, here you have 15 absolutely gorgeous living room designs with leather furniture.

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When you’re trying to make your home as luxurious as it can be, you’re looking for furniture pieces with personality and ones that have that feel. That’s why so many homeowners go for leather furniture in their living rooms. The leather furniture gives an accent on the whole living room and its design.

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When it comes to furniture, you don’t have to go all leather. Instead, you could go with a leather sofa, balancing it out with dark red upholstered chairs. If you’re looking for a simple and classy way to separate your living room area in an open-concept space, consider using a leather sectional in the living room.

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It is not recommendable going leather on leather with your living room furniture, it’s always advisable to include pieces that add an accent of color to the space. So include some leather furniture elements but limit the presence of leather because you don’t want to create a boring atmosphere. The balance of color achieved in this living room design with leather furniture is nothing short of gorgeous.


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The advantage of leather furniture is that it can work in any kind of living room design, from something classic to something modern. And if you want to make a change in the living room décor including leather furniture is a very good option.


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