Frugal mom transforms her outdated leather sofas by PAINTING them instead of looking for new ones – and it only costs £ 17.99
- Shelley Luton, 51, from Essex, feels like she has a whole new set of couches
- She used French Al Fresco paint and did five coats, which cost her £ 17.99
- The mother said the task distracted her while she was locked up
If you’re tired of your furniture but would rather not hand out hundreds or even thousands of pounds to replace it, you may want to follow in the footsteps of this smart mom.
Shelley Luton, 51, a mother of one from Essex who works for a university, decided to transform her existing brown leather sofas with chic green-blue paint instead of looking for new furniture.
The transformation cost Shelley less than £ 20 and means she has a whole new set of sofas at a fraction of the usual price.
Shelley told the money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “I looked at the Frenchic Facebook page and how people restyled items in their home.
Shelley Luton, 51, a mother of one from Essex, transformed her existing brown leather sofas with chic green-blue paint instead of looking for new furniture. The transformation cost Shelley less than £ 20. Photo right: One of the benches when Shelley had just started painting
Shelley is delighted with the look of her finished sofa
“I wanted a color that people would notice when they entered my kitchen because these couches are in my kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the family.
‘I used French paint and chose the Al Fresco range because of its durability. I went for “Steel Teal”.
“I used a can of paint and did five coats, and it cost me £ 17.99.
“I ordered my paint from a shopkeeper who really supported me and gave me a lot of advice, and I also sought advice on Facebook.
Shelley said she first washed her sofas with sugar soap to remove the grime and grease and then sanded them lightly.
Then she painted the benches and waited two hours between applying each layer for them to dry.
Shelley raved about the look of her finished couch, saying the task distracted her when she was locked up.
“I absolutely love the finished look,” she adds. “It looks modern and it brightens up the kitchen.
“Doing this project during the lockdown really supported my mental health – it was really refreshing.
Having a project to focus on helped me get through the lockdown and gave me a goal to work towards.
“It was not very difficult to convince my husband, because he is also very happy with the result!
Shelley used French Al Fresco paint to give her sofas a makeover. She did five coats, which cost her £ 17.99
Shelley said, “I wanted a color that people would notice when they entered my kitchen, since these sofas are in my kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the family! “. Picture: the benches during Shelley’s do-it-yourself paint job
“My friend who came over thought I bought new sofas and she said the color looks very stylish.”
Shelley said she was “amazed” when she discovered that couches can be painted.
She said her husband was not convinced, but she told him, “Trust me, it will look great.”
“I am very happy with the result and it makes my kitchen look more modern,” she added.
The sofas have a fresh new look and look like they have just been bought
Shelley said she first washed her sofas with sugar soap to remove the grime and grease and then lightly sand them
“We feel like we’ve revived the banks instead of paying hundreds of euros for new banks!”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, noted, “Buying new furniture is a huge expense that is hard to justify if you already have perfectly good sofas.
However, Shelley’s idea is brilliant: a new life for your sofas for under £ 20! Genius.
“Now she’s got a whole new look for her kitchen, all at a fraction of what a new sofa would cost!”
Then she painted the benches and waited two hours between applying each layer for them to dry