Painted leather chair – six months later

I remember the day I decided to paint our thrifted leather chair from The Salvation Army. It was about 35°C when I started, and ended up being around 43°C when I finished. I was a hot mess to put it mildly, but it was so worth it.

In my original post about painting our leather chair with Fusion Mineral Paint, I promised to share my honest opinion of how well [or not-so-well] it held up six months later.

Simply put, it’s exactly the same as the day I painted it. No word of a lie. Not a scratch, no peeling, no scuffs, and no fading whatsoever. We’ve used our black leather chair every day since and it hasn’t shown any wear. It’s lasted through a harsh, humid summer and has since experienced a dry, cold winter. While it hasn’t been in the direct 48°C peak this summer nor the -40°C winter winds, inside our apartment has experienced the difference of high humidity then very dry, static-y air.

I think it’s safe to say we’ve put our Fusion Mineral Paint-ed chair through some pretty rigorous testing and has come out the other side perfect. Did I mention we also have a toddler? It has also survived her climbing, curious, energetic hands and thrashing limbs.

I would not hesitate to recommend using Fusion Mineral Paint on leather. Especially something that would get so much physical wear like a piece of furniture. I could not have hoped for it to work out more perfectly. It’s where I blog from the most and even where I’m sitting right now as I type.

Also featured in this post – secondhand baroque style mirror and console, how to mattify gloss paint.

DISCLOSURE – while this post is not sponsored, I did receive this paint free of charge from Fusion Mineral Paint in exchange for a blog post. I only work with brands that I like and of course, think you will too. Thank you for supporting the companies that support The Interior DIYer.


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  1. February 1, 2019 / 09:09

    I can’t believe how well this has held up! It still looks shiny and new! I just never would have thought you could paint leather like this and have it work so perfectly. Good work, Carberry! xx

    • February 1, 2019 / 09:43

      Haha, thank you McFarlane! I honestly can’t believe how well it’s held up. It really is perfect and anyone who comes into our apartment and I tell them it’s painted, they don’t believe me.

      Fusion Mineral Paint is actually available in the UK too! They have a really beautiful variety of colours and their paint is amazing on regular furniture. Maybe something you could use in Mini McFarlane’s room! xx

  2. Catherine EDMENDS
    February 8, 2019 / 17:31

    Hi, how do you think this would work on synthetic leather? Thanks

    • February 13, 2019 / 16:26

      My guess is it would work quite similarly as it does on real leather.

      What you could do is try a test patch on a part that isn’t visible. I’m not sure if it’s a synthetic leather chair, stool or couch you have, but find a part that won’t matter if you add a test patch to it. Like the back of a chair, the underside of a stool etc. Paint a test patch, check back on it a few days later and see how it looks and feels. Also try and put some wear on it. For example, mush and distort it a bit to see if it would crack etc. Then you’ll know whether or not it’ll work on the rest of your piece!

  3. Sharon
    February 10, 2019 / 21:57

    Good looking chair…what kind of prep work did you do to the chair before painting it? and what did you use to apply the paint?
    Thanks in advance

    • February 13, 2019 / 16:37

      I gave the chair a light clean with a warm, damp cloth with a very small amount of soap. It really was to get the dust off it and give a clean base for the paint to stick. The chair was in very good condition to begin with, so I was lucky.

      I used a regular paint brush to apply all the paint. From what I remember it was a small brush (meaning about 2 inches in diameter vs. a larger paint brush) that I’d use to edge our walls.