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So here it is, my knock off Eames chair. I must say, it turned out nice and this is one of the better reproductions that was made.I got a few quotes to re upholster the chair, but the cost to do it in vinyl hovered around $400, and in vinyl $700+. Because it's fake, I figured why spend the money so I took a chance and decided to dye it. The chair was already leather, and the light color took the dye quite well.
For those that are thinking about doing the same thing to any leather chair, some concerns I had were:
- It would look blotchy.
- The dye will rub off.
- It would cause a huge mess.
- The leather would become hard, and uncomfortable.
- If you use a well soaked rag with dye on it, it goes on perfectly even.
- The dye penetrates well, and even without the sealer doesnt appear to come off.
- The mess was well litigated by wearing gloves, and doing it in the garage. I also had the entire chair apart so as not to get dye on the wood shell. The small amount that I did get on my skin washed off with soap and water.
- The dye seems to condition the leather so it is now softer. It also makes the few cracks in the leather look somewhat natural.