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.

 

What you’ll need:
  • 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
Instructions:
  1. Put on your rubber gloves.
  2. Dilute the household ammonia (check the instructions on the ammonia bottle.
  3. Wipe down your leather goods.
  4. Let it dry for 5. minutes.
  5. Use your cloth (or wool dauber) to dye the leather.
  6. When dry apply some leather grease if the leather needs it. It will make the leather last longer.

And you’re done. 🙂

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