Patrick likes to call the church building a “cabin”. I think it is much more of a “cottage”, though cabins are definitely the thing in the Hocking Hills. In any case, ours doesn’t have much of anything in it right now. A friend of ours donated his old leather couch to the cause.
Obviously this old couch has seen better days, but this is our second home and my MegaMillions ticket didn’t hit. Again. Structurally, this couch is in really good shape and it is actually a queen size sleeper sofa. This is excellent for the short term (beats the floor). Long term, this cabin/cottage/place will alternate between love nest for two old birds and gathering place for the masses, so extra places for people to sleep is superb! Did I mention it was free?
I did some research on how to restore leather furniture. There is quite a bit out there on dying leather, even changing its color significantly, but our main concern was that this leather was very dried out. Patrick dug in a little more and found Leather Re-Colouring Balm by FurnitureClinic. In addition to restoring the color, it reconditions the leather. He also bought the Leather Ultra Clean and Leather Ultra Protect from the same company. I figured that I would be the one actually doing the work as decor is more my thing, but the package came in the afternoon on Saturday and when I woke up late Sunday morning, he had already started and nearly finished. What a good boy!
He followed the recommended steps: clean, balm, protect. A representative from the company told him he would only need one jar of the balm to finish the couch. He was kind of concerned as he started out with the very worn cushions, but he said the great thing about the balm is that it really soaks in where the leather needs it and kind of rolls off where it doesn’t. We weren’t aiming to change the color much. The original color was similar to classic penny loafers, so he chose “Maroon”.
So, how did it turn out?
Why, way better than we had hoped! It doesn’t look like a brand new couch, but it is pretty spiffy! We’ll be proud to offer friends a seat in our cottage. Cabin. Whatever.