Woman gives sofa a new lease of life by painting it for £30
A woman shared before and after pictures of her synthetic leather after breathing new life into it by painting.
But Vanessa Brooks didn’t stop there and gave her living room a makeover for just £ 180.
The 49-year-old, who lives in Woodborough, Nottingham with her partner and 14-year-old daughter, renovated the room in 11 days and spent £ 30 on the sofa painting alone.
She says it saved her the greatest part of £ 1,000 compared to squirting on a new couch. She is currently in the process of founding a new company as a professional interference suppressor and consultant for interior design.
“I’ve wanted to redecorate this room for a while, but had trouble deciding on a color scheme that was based on my taupe sofa,” she explained.
“I had the beige and taupe color scheme for about six years and was ready for a change.”
She stumbled upon a chalk paint fanatic on social media forum that opened her eyes to the various uses the paint could have – including bringing new life to faux leather furniture.
“I didn’t want to buy another sofa. I really couldn’t justify the cost of a new one as there was absolutely nothing wrong with the one I had.
“I also liked the style and it would have been very difficult to get something like this,” she told the money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.
“I had tried French chalk paint before and was thrilled with the result, so I thought I would try it on the sofa.
“I wasn’t 100% sure it would work and I was nervous, but I think it turned out to be great. It feels fresher and more modern now. It certainly saved me from spending more than £ 1,000 on a new leather sofa. “
Additionally, the cost of painting the sofa alone was minimal, as only a can of Frenchic’s Wolf Whistle was mixed with half a can of Spitfire, which is about £ 30.
“The total cost of renovating my sitting area was £ 180, all of which I spent on paint,” she says.
On the subject of matching items
On the subject of matching items
“The renovation of this room was a lockdown project and it took me 11 days in total. During this time I painted all of the ceilings including the vaulted ceiling as well as walls, doors and baseboards. I had so much pain afterwards – and bruises on my shin from leaning on ladders – but I was determined to get it done. “
Vanessa opted for the gray color scheme because it’s permanently attractive and easy to combine with other shades.
“Painting the sofa was a little wild,” she jokes. “First of all, I cleaned it well with sugar soap. Once the material was dry I mixed a combination of Wolf Whistle and Spitfire (80/20%) from Frenchics The Lazy Range. I added a little water to dilute the paint with the aim of making it smoother. I then applied it with an oval brush specially designed for chalk paint.
“It covered very well and it only took two coats,” she says.
“Then I polished the sofa with Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax and sealed the paint with a soft cloth. I found the process pretty straightforward and only took an afternoon to complete.
“Overall, I think the result is great. I love the color and it inspired me to redecorate the rest of the room.
Over the next 10 days, Vanessa tackled the other areas with a Spitfire color on the walls and lampshades as well as City Slicker on the radiators – also from the French range.
“I wanted a look that was a little more dramatic and modern than the original, and I think I achieved that,” she says.
“French color is the best. I’m literally looking for things to paint with. I was surprised how good the paint was on the lampshades and the radiators. They also feel great as the paint has a nice texture.
“I don’t want to give a guarantee stamp to painting faux leather sofas, but it worked for me. I would definitely do it again and if I liked the style of the current one I would definitely consider painting it first instead of spending money on a new one – especially if it is in good shape.
As an upcycling enthusiast, Vanessa’s flair for making a big impact on a small budget is beneficial.
“I tend to recycle my existing furniture like vases and ceramics when I want it to blend in with a new color scheme,” she says.
“I also make my own orchid arrangements and have painted my own abstract canvases which you can see in the pictures.”
If you’re looking to copy her style, follow this advice: “First, make sure you relax by removing items that are no longer liked or needed,” she says.
“Think less is more and try to upcycle what you have. Paint your pots and vases and make an abstract piece of art or textured pillow cases. There are lots of ideas and inspiration on Pinterest and YouTube.
“I’ve always had a flair for design and interior design,” she continues.
“I designed all the rooms in my house and my design style was added several times. It is for this reason that I chose a diploma in professional interior decoration and design that I graduated about five years ago.
“I always think about how to make a shelf look better or how pillows should be displayed, but sometimes I get this wrong.
“I love French and have two other projects in mind: my fireplace and possibly my oak kitchen units.”
Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments, “It might be surprising to know that you can paint over a faux leather sofa, but Vanessa has shown that this is an easy and inexpensive way to add a staple to this living room new life.
“With many of us spending more time at home, budget-friendly renovation options are more popular than ever.
“Upcycling is more than just a fun weekend project – it will save you hundreds compared to new pieces. You are also doing your bit for the environment by reducing waste. “