Woman transforms her leather couch for £20 by PAINTING it in lockdown

Mother transforms her tired old leather couch for £20 by PAINTING it during lockdown – and claims it hasn’t cracked or peeled once

  • Jacqueline Alcroft, 34, from South Ayrshire, was inspired by a YouTube video
  • Didn’t want to buy a new couch because her two-year-old ‘wrecks everything’
  • Used Frenchic Al Fresco paint which isn’t designed for fabric, but is ‘thrilled’
  • Makeover cost her less than £20 and Jacqueline says it looks like her ‘dream sofa’

A mother who was fed up with her tired old leather couch decided to transform it during lockdown – by giving it a coat of paint.

Brave Jacqueline Alcroft, 34, from South Ayrshire, Scotland, told how she was reluctant to buy a new sofa because her two-year-old ‘wrecks everything in sight’.

Remembering a YouTube video she’d seen, in which a woman painted a fabric chair, she decided to have a go herself – and is thrilled with the results.

Jacqueline shared before and after photos on Facebook, where she received over 1,000 comments from impressed users.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Jacqueline told how the transformation – for which she used a 750ml tin of Frenchic paint – cost her less than £20. 

Brave Jacqueline Alcroft, 34, from South Ayrshire, Scotland, told how she was reluctant to buy a new sofa because her two-year-old ‘wrecks everything in sight’

‘I used to watch loads of YouTube videos and I remembered watching a woman painting a chair before so when I got fed up with my dated sofa I thought, I’m going to just go for it!’ she said.

‘The colour was flaking off of my sofa anyway and it was starting to look a bit scabby, but now it looks like my dream sofa.

‘The paint was £17.95 and the brush was a gift from a lovely friend. It took me about five hours; the first and second coats took most of the time.’ 

Jacqueline started by cleaning the couch with sugar soap and leaving it to dry.

‘It hasn’t cracked, peeled or transferred and has been finished for over three weeks,’ she explained.


Remembering a YouTube video she’d seen, in which a woman painted a fabric chair, Jacqueline decided to have a go at painting her couch herself – and is thrilled with the results (pictured before and after)

‘It feels exactly the same as it did before, it’s not sticky and it’s very soft to touch. I did not use any other product on it except the sugar soap and the Al Fresco paint, but I might need to wax it at some point.’ 

Writing about her ‘lockdown project’ on Facebook, Jacqueline admitted she is ‘now painting everything in sight Dusky Blush’. 

‘I am actually in love with the result,’ she wrote, adding that the Frenchic Al Fresco range, which she used for the couch, is not designed for fabric or leather.

‘I have a 750ml tin which has so far done three coats on my front door (a work in progress) and three coats on the couch. I still have over half the tin left after all that.’ 

She added that the cushions are not removable, so to get the paint between the gaps without it sticking, she ‘leaned on it with her body weight and sat there until it was touch dry’. 

A fan commented in response: ‘Now that’s dedication!’ 

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