Another Rub n Restore Review: Leather Westnofa ottoman.
I was buying some craigslist 70s dining chairs in a town about an hour or so away and decided to stop by a little thrift shop I had read about online. The shop had so many neat furniture pieces. It was packed full of furniture, 3 floors worth. Some of it was new, outlet items from Home Decorators and lots of vintage finds as well. I saw a lot of interesting pieces if only I had the basement finished or more room. The way our house is configured there just isn’t a lot of room for extra furniture pieces. Plus I am trying to be good and only drag home things I have a place for right now. Here are some of the things I wish I could have brought home.
And here is the one thing I did. Future makeover to come!
Honestly it is all that would fit in the SUV with my chairs. Anyway, I just forgot what the point of this post was….oh, I also saw a bentwood ottoman with a leather pad. The leather was stained and faded and was priced at $49 so I passed it up.
But I kept thinking about it and figured out a place for it to live. I was going back to visit family a month later and decided to swing by and see if it was still there. It was so I offered $35 and happily took it home. Jbug helped carry the pad to the car and we ran across the other owner of the shop on the street. He said he was glad someone finally bought it and that he had one just like it at home, it just needed a new pad and it was by a well known designer. So besides the store owner I guess I was the only one who saw the potential in this little ottoman. Mainly because I now know how to dye leather to the color I want with Rub N Restore. Check out my desk chair I made over with Rub n Restore. It is holding up really well so far. I still had over half a bottle of the ivory left so that is how I chose my color. Plus it will go with anything. I actually did like the faded flesh colored leather but it had some gross looking stains which wouldn’t scrub off.
The original color which I could see on the inside of the cushion was actually this cognac color. I found a pic of this ottoman online.
That is some major fading! Anyway here is the makeover of my Westnofa Siesta ottoman. Start out by stirring the rub n restore well, then squirt a little on a damp sponge. Rub it over the piece in a thin layer and let dry. It will take quite a few layers. I think I did 7 or more. It dries really fast. I had a harder time with this piece than my office chair because the leather was soft and there were creases in the cushion. A few of the creases had a little build up and were crusty. I lightly sanded them and added another light coat. For the seams and around the buttons I found it was easiest to use a tiny paint brush.
I used the brush to apply the final coat in areas I was having a hard time getting coverage as well. After it was all dry I applied the top coat which I had decided not to use on my office chair. The top coat made it a little more shiny than I wanted so I added another thin coat of Rub n Restore. That muted the shine and left the perfect soft satiny leather look I was after. The leather is still soft to the touch and looks new.
It looks like leather, feels like leather and in no way looks painted. The bentwood was in great shape so I just used a little Method Wood for good polish to clean it up.
As of now this little ottoman is going to live in my closet but it may end up in Jbug’s big girl room next to her bed. We will see if I want to give it up by then. If you want more info on Rub n Restore please see my original post which addresses nail head trim as well. So what do you think? Would you have passed up this little ottoman?
I wanted to add some outtake photos too. This is why it sometimes takes me awhile to get projects up on the blog. As soon as I try to get some nice daylight photos someone rushes in for an impromptu photo shoot of her friends.
She also has to “approve” each photo taken and says “AHHHHWWWW”.
So getting these photos actually took a week and three separate attempts! The photos don’t do it justice either. It looks much better in person.