Mahogany Desk – Leather Replacement

A nice antique mahogany desk brought in for repairs, reconditioning of finish and leather replacement.

Desk leather replacement is last in the restoration process.

To begin this antique restoration project – the brass hardware was removed and a large crack on the side panel was shimmed. The drawers were stuck and very difficult to operate. Drawer sides had to be sanded, runners re-worked and waxed.

To recondition the existing finish – it was cleaned, scuffed, lightly stained to correct bleached look, touched up, 3 coats of lacquer finish, rubbed and waxed.

That’s when I decided to take some photos.

The old leather is removed here, but still some prep work left in scraping and sanding to assure proper adhesion and a nice flat surface for the new desk leather.

Client was able to come in and choose leather color and gold tooling.

Leather for desk with tooling was ordered from Heath’s Restoration in CT.

Drawer hardware was lightly polished and installed.

Leather was glued in place and edges trimmed.

Time taken to prep surface before leather installation is well worth it. No bumps or divits.

Many thanks to Russ at Heath’s Restoration for providing leather and tooling samples.
He provided a great desk leather cut to size with gold tooling that we were able to install here at our shop.