How to clean Leather furniture & accessories

Leather should be kept out of direct sunlight.

Leather should be cleaned regularly. First, use a soft cloth or micro-fiber cloth to dust the surface. Saddle soap works beautifully on leather.

Another option for cleaning leather is to take a damp cloth, wipe it across moisturizing soap and lather the leather. Don’t rinse — buff for a nice shine.

Remember: When removing spots from leather, always test any cleaning method on an out-of-the-way spot first.
One tip for removing spots from leather is to dip a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol and rub the spot. This can work for removing ink spots as well. If this doesn’t work, you can use non-oily cuticle remover. (Note: That is cuticle remover, not nail-polish remover.) Leave it on overnight and wipe it off with a damp cloth.

To remove normal spots from leather, use the following Royal homemade recipe:

1 part lemon juice
1 part cream of tartar

Simply work the paste into the spot with a soft cloth, and if soils remain after working it in, let it sit for a few hours. Come back and apply a little more paste, work it in and wipe clean.

Water spots can be removed from leather by moistening the area again with a little water, then letting it dry or gently blowing dry. Never place leather in the sun to dry.

To remove road salt from leather (could be on shoes, coat, etc.), try this simple recipe:

1 part water
1 part white vinegar

Take a cloth and dip into the solution, then blot over the shoes or coat lightly to remove the salt. This may have to be repeated several times to clean the entire surface. When you finish they should look almost like new. Be sure to wipe leather shoes with a damp cloth frequently, and keep them well polished with a paste.

To keep leather supple, use the following homemade recipe (a Hide Food concoction) from Spacio:

1 part white vinegar
2 parts linseed oil
Jar with a lid

Pour the solution into a jar with a lid, shake well and apply to the leather with a soft cloth. Let it sit for 12 hours and buff. If the cloth starts to soil, be sure to change it often. Store the leftover solution for future usage.

Removing spots on suede is a whole different problem. For suede shoes, try an art gum eraser first and if that doesn’t do the trick, use undiluted white vinegar on a soft cloth, and be sure to blot — never rub when cleaning suede. Once the spot is gone, take a shoe brush and rework the nap of the suede. Let dry.

Make you own Tiered Hanging Pots

When you collect many things, floor and table space can quickly become precious commodities. Having shelves full of plants is just not feasible in the home, but let it not stop you from pursuing you dream of building a little greenhouse. If you have an interest in going vertical with your greenery, you could whip up this tiered hanging planter in a day. You just need a tiny bit of scrap wood, some rope and a few basic woodworking tools. The best part is that the system makes watering a breeze. All the runoff from the previous pot drips into the plants below, so you only need to place a little dish or bucket under the bottom. Enjoy!

Materials

  • scrap wood
  • jigsaw
  • terracotta pots
  • rope
  • 3/8″ boring bit
  • paintbrush and paint
  • drill
  • plants
  • metal ring

Instructions

1. Measure and mark the plank of wood to create a square with at least 3/4″ to 1″ of space around the pot.

 

2. Trace the lip of your pot onto the face of the wood. Trace a circle within the circumference of the one you just drew but spaced 1/4″ from the outer circle, or use a circular template that is approximately 1/4″ smaller than the radius of the pot to do the same. You will end with two concentric circles, one with a radius 1/4″ smaller than the first. Repeat with all four squares.

 

3. Clamp the first piece of wood down to a stable surface and drill a hole into the center of the circles with the 3/8″ boring bit. This will provide a space for your jigsaw blade to enter the wood so you can begin your cut. Working slowly and in sections, use the jigsaw to cut out the shape of the inner circle. You may have to unclamp, reposition the wood and reclamp in order to get a good angle for cutting out the entire shape. Repeat with all four squares.

 

4. Once all the inner circles are cut out, clamp a single square down to a piece of scrap wood and use a ruler to make a dot in the four corners of the squares, 1/2″ in from each side. Use the 3/8″ boring bit and drill holes completely through the wood at each of those four corner marks. Repeat with all four squares.

 

5. As an optional step, you can paint the sides of your squares for a pop of color, or paint your rope a different color. I chose to paint my rope navy blue, using acrylic paints slightly watered down. Only paint the two cut edges on each square, and position the squares on the ropes so that the unpainted and painted edges will alternate when hanging.

 

6. Now your squares are ready to hang. I chose to space my plants 12″ apart, but this can depend on the type of plants you’re using. Cut four lengths of rope and tie them all together in a knot about 6″ from the top. Use the 6″ strands to secure the ropes to the metal ring.

 

 7. Hang the ring in an open area and slide the first wood square onto all four strands, about 12″ from the top knot. Tie a knot directly underneath the wood square on all four ropes, place the plant into the opening and check to make sure the piece is level. If the plant is not hanging level, you can adjust the knots up or down.

8. Repeat step 6 with the remaining three squares: Slide the square onto the ropes, measure about 12″ (or you can place your potted plant inside and eyeball the distance) and secure a knot underneath on all four ropes. Always make sure to check if the pieces are hanging straight, and adjust the knots as needed. After the last square is on and the knots are tied underneath, snip off the excess rope with scissors.

 

 You’re done! Fill the squares with your planted pots, and find a nice sunny home for your new plant

Painted Metallic Baskets

We discovered this nifty idea via Pinterest and thought of sharing it with you. The image and concept are originally from Martha Stewart Living, but we knew immediately this was a quick and easy way to transform your stash of mismatched country-style old baskets that were piling up here or there at your home or probably waiting to be trashed any day.

Armed with a can of spray paint, (which dries super quick), leftover flat paint from your ceilings and wide painter’s tape — with all of these you can quickly get to work. Unless you’ve never painted anything, this project doesn’t really need instructions. Make sure the surface is dust free, tape off what you don’t want painted and head to a ventilated and protected area where you can get to work. Our only word of advice would be to make sure you rub over the tape a few times to make sure it really adheres to the basket.