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diy : how to distress leather

diy : how to distress leather

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I love our little nook. It's the perfect place to sit down and take off your shoes when you walk in, provides some extra storage, and doesn't block too much of our beloved windows. But I didn't care for the dark, boring leather. I coveted over distressed leather, but not the hefty price tag, so I opted to try my luck at distressing these.  

The project was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Here's what I did: 

  1. Using a sprayer, spray every inch of the leather with regular rubbing alcohol. Allow it to full dry, then repeat 2-3 more times
  2. Next, grab some 150 grit sandpaper and start sanding down the areas that would wear out first (i.e. the edges, the top by the seams, etc..). For a lighter distressed look, use a higher grit sandpaper, like 220. Remember, you can always sand more but can't take it back after you've sanded it.. I was going for a fairly distressed look, so I used the 150 grit. 
  3. Wipe off the remnants with a damp towel & follow up with a leather conditioner to add the moisture back into the leather. 
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Viola! Easy, right? 

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