Leather restoration as another aspect of what she can do because she absolutely loves animals. A hide of leather can only come from those which are processed for food. Just as though we do in life we should cherish those who provide us with resources. Kristin believes that leather should be well cared for just like your own skin. Since it’s no longer alive it’s important to keep it clean and hydrated. Over time finishes wear off and need to be reapplied. If neglected leather will wrinkle, dry out and split. The initial investment is quite a bit more then most other materials so why not take consistent care of them?
Convertible Pigmented Leather Seats
Seats have to be removed and anything in the car that’s being restored has to be masked off for spraying. The color is mixed to match the original. Seats were sanded, cleaned and repaired for preparation for new color.
New-buck Elk Leather
New buck is an aniline top grain leather which has been sanded to be soft and supple. This chair had additional fill added, oil was extracted from the leather, cleaned, rehydrated and re-sanded.
Two toned pigment leather
To create this dynamic look a dark pigment is sprayed over a lighter color and it’s not uncommon for the darker top layer of pigment to wear off the lighter dye.
Leather Sofa Restoration with Fabric
The leather of cushions tops were worn through so they were removed and replaced with a Charlotte Fabrics woven fabric. Weltcord, remaining leather on the cushions and back pillows of the sofa were cleaned, damages repaired and recolored. Back cushions were also re-fluffed and seat cushions steamed.
Semi-Aniline Leather Chair Restoration
This chair is apart of a set of leather furniture which this piece sat in a window with direct afternoon sun light. After a number of years the bleaching of the sun left an outline of the window on the inner arm. Leather was cleaned and new color was applied in layers. First a lighter under tone then a darker overlay is applied to give the leather depth of color and a clear top coat finishes off the piece.
Hand painted Pigment Deer hide Leather Purse
A deer hide was handed down from grandfather, mother to son. The exterior of the purse was originally tanned raw. Due to the stretch and color of the leather, a finish was applied by airbrushing the background and hand painting the maple leafs. The maple leaves are a design from the mother's favorite inlay design by her son, which can be seen on a McPherson guitar. The deer hide is lined with leather from The Hide and Leather House and the pocket is lined with the deer hide.
Full Aniline Leather Purse
Kristin Ottesen was given this purse by her sister who on visiting home from France, she had had it in storage for some time before given it up due to its wear and couldn't justify bring it oversea. Stitching was coming out in several places around the straps and was worn down to the raw leather in areas. It was cleaned, reconditioned, redyed throughout, and given a protective finish. Kristin thrilled her sister by returning it to her almost like new on a visit to France.
Ford King Ranch seat Restoration
Pull-up Leather Sofa Restoration
Pull-up Leather replaced with a Pigmented Leather
If leather isn't kept clean it deteriorates and falls apart. Regular cleaning and restoration can lengthen the life greatly. There are many different types of leathers which need different care.