When I saw this leather color transformation on these boots, I knew I couldn’t wait to tell you! It’s so great to have tricks up our sleeves when we’re working with our clients and their wardrobes and this one could come in handy.
Treating an undesirable leather color with a household product
Here’s how I learned this: My daughter found these brand new Acne Studios boots at a consignment store. Great product, great price. She was excited to show them to me.
“Do you like them, Mom?”
I know she wanted to hear the word YES but the color was off putting. It was quite orange and didn’t relate in any way to my daughter’s coloring or her wardrobe. It looked to me like a purchasing mistake.
This girl has tenacity. She went to a friend of hers who raises goats and harvests walnuts. It turns out her friend has used olive oil to change the color of leather before. She warned Erin that it doesn’t always work and to do a test patch first.
This girl is impatient. She went home, got into her cupboard and pulled out her humongous glass jar of olive oil and applied liberally to one full boot, skipping the “test patch” step altogether.
This girl thinks about her mother. The next day we worked together, she brought the two boots in a bag for me to look at. I was amazed! “I figured you’d want to take a picture of it, Mom,” she said. She was right!
More tips from the DIY girl
When I asked her about it again, she had a few extra tips.
- Olive oil is easier to use than actual leather dye. You can’t apply too little or too much. The leather just soaks up the oil. With dye it’s hard to get an even coat over the surface. (I remember a handbag she dyed. The result was very uneven and patchy. She speaks from experience.)
- The cost was maybe 20 cents worth of olive oil compared to at least $20 plus a wait time if you’re going with a professional. (We all know how much she loves to wait for things!) The price and the timing was right.
- If it hadn’t worked, there was no harm done. The next step would have been to seek professional help. This middle step was worth a try.
- She liked that she didn’t have to be careful. She didn’t need to use masking tape on the soles or the heels.
Want my advice?
If you’re going to suggest this to a client, do the test patch!
Have you got some leather tips to share here with your colleagues? I know I’d love to hear them!