Somewhere in the last number of years and the last thousand people in our home, somewhere along there, my leather sofa received a big ugly gash, kinda like a knifing. And nobody’s fessing up. At first it didn’t look too bad, but as time went on, little fingers became intrigued, fascinated, draaaawn to that gash. It has grown.
I’ve been contemplating buying all new living room furniture all because of this unsightly gash in my sofa. The problem though, is that new stuff means becoming married to the thing: caring deeply about it, obsessing over it, becoming jealous of anyone’s use of it. That’s how it is with new stuff. I hate that. That and I still like my old sofa.
I made about nine calls to upholstery and leather repair shops; some never returned my call; some said they’d have to replace the entire panel of leather; some just owned up and said that though they advertised leather repair, they really didn’t.
So, I went to Saint Google and asked for guidance. I watched snippets on Youtube of tutorials on repairing a leather sofa. Those tricksters on youtube videos demonstrate by applying a patch to a scrap of leather so that they could turn it over to show you the finished patch, BUT that also meant they could access the back and sweetly, gently, firmly press the patch into perfect place for drying. Sneaks.
In the end I bought some leather glue at the local hobby store for $3.99, cut a little piece of leather from a piece lying around, glued the patch, shoved it in the hole, tweezered it into place and pushed on the sofa back hoping that would bond the two together for life. I figured anything worth doing is worth doing poorly, that and I had absolutely nothing to lose, the sofa was already an eyesore.
With the help of a million and three web sites, I landed on ordering two products: Deep Leather Fill for the gouge, and Soft Leather Fill for the finishing layer, each $7.95 for 2 oz. from these folks: www.autocosmeticsonline.com
I ordered on Monday and the stuff was here on Wednesday! It was sent priority AND they refunded almost half the shipping because they could.
Now, let me step outside of my photos for just a second to tell you what you must not do. You don’t need to because I did it for you. Do not go into your shoe polishing kit and get some brown shoe polish and smear it on the patch. Trust me, it won’t work. And then you might want to take a little black India ink and kinda smear it in too hoping to get the perfect brown. Don’t. It will look like you took shoe polish and mixed it up with black India ink. Cheapskate.
No, rather you must buy spray paint specifically for leather. Okay, it’s for shoes, but it works. Just $7.99 plus about $6 shipping. And because it’s “liquid, perishable, flammable, dangerous,” it will take forever and a day for the good old government postal system to deliver the stuff to you. When you have lost all hope, it will arrive.
That’s it. I am now open for business. You may fly me out and I will come with my little leather supplies and it will save you in the end the cost of a new sofa, (see finished sofa photo above).