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diy dyeing leather, a.k.a. my new favorite thing

July 20, 2011

[shoes: Marc Jacobs]

A while back, Lucky Magazine featured an article about dyeing leather. I bought some Tarrago dye and decided to give it a try. A pair of flats that I had worn a million times and were covered in scratches, scuffs and water stains were the perfect candidate for a makeover. The original teal color was nice, but I was tired of it and I wanted a dramatic change. I chose #14 Steel Grey. The dyeing kit comes with a bottle of preparer, a bottle of dye, a paintbrush and a sponge.

[Step 1: Pour some Preparer liquid onto a scouring pad and rub it all over the shoes.]
[Step 2: Take the paintbrush and dab some dye onto the sponge. A little goes a long way! Then, gently wipe the sponge over the shoes]
[This is after one coat. I used a damp Q-Tip to remove the dye that had gotten on the silver studs. The dye goes on thin and you have to build up to a opaque finish. I needed 3 full coats and then I went back touched up some stubborn spots. You don’t need to let each coat dry before starting a new one. When you are all finished, let the shoes dry for approximately 5 hours.]
[I’ve been eying other things in my closet to dye. This might be addicting!]
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