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.
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
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
Yes! I love updates like this. I’m going to have to try this paint for sure.
You really do, Pat. It’s so amazing. And sturdy.
Hi, how do you think this would work on synthetic leather? Thanks
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!
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
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.