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Mother-of-one, 51, PAINTS her ageing leather sofas rather than forking out on new ones

If you’re fed up of your furniture but would rather not shell out hundreds or even thousands of pounds to replace it, you might want to follow in the footsteps of this savvy mother.

Shelley Luton, 51, a mother-of-one from Essex who works for a college, decided to transform her existing brown leather sofas using a chic teal paint rather than forking out for new furniture.

The transformation cost Shelley under £20 and means she has a whole new set of sofas for a fraction of the usual price.

Shelley told money-saving community ‘I have been watching the Frenchic Facebook page and how people have restyled items in their homes. 

‘I wanted a colour that people would notice when they came into my kitchen as these sofas are in my kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the family.

‘I used Frenchic paint, and chose the Al Fresco range due to its durability. I went for “Steel Teal”.

‘I used one can of paint and did five coats, and it cost me £17.99. 

‘I ordered my paint through a stockist who was very supportive and gave me loads of advice, and I also sought advice on Facebook.

Shelley said she first washed her sofas with sugar soap to clean the dirt and grease off, and then lightly sanded them. 

She then painted the sofas and waited two hours between applying each layer so they could dry.    

Shelley is delighted with the look of her finished sofa, and says the task provided her with a distraction during the lockdown.

‘I absolutely love the finished look,’ she adds. ‘It looks modern and it brightens up the kitchen.

‘Doing this project during lockdown really supported my mental health – it was really refreshing.

‘Having a project to concentrate on helped me get through the lockdown and gave me a goal to work towards.

‘It wasn’t very hard convincing my husband as he is also very pleased with the outcome!

‘My friend who came over thought that I had bought new sofas and she said the colour looks very classy.’

Shelley said she was ‘amazed’ when she discovered that sofas can be painted. 

She said that her husband was not convinced but she told him, ‘Trust me, it will look great.’   

‘I’m very pleased with the outcome and it makes my kitchen look more contemporary,’ she added. 

‘We feel that we have given the sofas a new lease of life rather than paying hundreds of pounds for new sofas!’

Tom Church, co-founder of, commented: ‘Buying new furniture is a huge expense that is hard to justify when you already have perfectly good sofas.

‘However, Shelley’s idea is brilliant: a new lease of life for your sofas for under £20! Genius.

‘Now she has a whole new look for her kitchen, and all for a fraction of what a new sofa suite would cost!’ 

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