To transform this old espresso brown leather dining bench into a modern grey that matched the look of my home, I used Angelus Brand Leather Paint, prep and finisher. These paint materials were bought direct from the manufacture and very reasonably priced at about $6 per bottle. However, the paint cannot withstand cold weather, so plan your shipping method accordingly.
Next apply the acrylic leather paint. Angelus Brand offers more than 30 shades, and for this project I chose Grey Taupe. They also sell small 1 oz. bottles if you’d like to test a few colors before applying (similar ot testing paint swatches). The manufacturer suggests applying the leather paint with a household sponge or sponge brush.
Apply paint in mulitple, thin coats, allowing time to try between (1-2 hours). Depedning on the degree of color change and your desired look, you can cater the number of layers to your preference. Because the bench started so dark, I needed three coats for full coverage. Once your desired color and number of paint coats are achieved, allow ample time to dry. I waited 6 hours to be safe.
This dining bench is actually my dog’s favorite window perch, and after 4 days of use, it has held up perfectly, not a single scratch. The surface feels a little stiff and tacky compared to the well worn previous surface, but I think with time and use it will soften up. Overall I’m very pleased with the process and feel like it would work well for larger pieces of furniture too.