Last weekend I fixed my old cowboy boots, a bag pack and a shoulder bag. All things are second hand and they were gifted to my by people who know me very well. I use the shoulder bag every day. It holds my phone, keys, purse and other important stuff. I need to replace a seem and the strap on it, which I’ll do at some point, but I started with the leather itself. And as you’ll see the how the leather has gone from a dry and worn out look to look like new. I posted the before and after pictures on Minimalist Living on Facebook and several people asked me how I’d done it. So I decided to make this DIY-guide for you in case you’ve some leather goods you’d like to restore.
- Rubber Gloves
- Household ammonia
- Water (to dilute the ammonia)
- Old cloths/scraps of fabric or a wool dauber
- Leather dye (fx. Fiebing’s Leather Dye).
- Leather grease
- Put on your rubber gloves.
- Dilute the household ammonia (check the instructions on the ammonia bottle.
- Wipe down your leather goods.
- Let it dry for 5. minutes.
- Use your cloth (or wool dauber) to dye the leather.
- When dry apply some leather grease if the leather needs it. It will make the leather last longer.
And you’re done. 🙂