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Savvy gran revamps her old leather armchair with an £8 throw from Wilko

A CRAFTY gran rescued an old leather armchair from being binned and gave it a new lease of life after upcycling it with an £8 throw from Wilko’s.

Julie Wall revealed that her mum was intending to chuck the seat out, but she decided to revamp it as she hates seeing useful things thrown away.

Julie decided to turn the chair into a seat for her grandson’s nursery, and picked up a chic grey throw from the department store to cover it.

The mum shared snaps of her handiwork to Facebook group DIY On A Budget, where she revealed how she achieved the look.

Julie said: “My mum was going to send this old chair to the tip but I hate dumping things!

“So I completely stripped the chair and unpicked each panel to make templates for new fabric.

“Got an £8 throw from Wilko sewn together on my sewing machine then all pulled taunt and stapled underneath into wooden frame !

“Didn't want to spend fortune on fabric so throw was ideal as huge and had stretch to it and if I didn’t work out only wasted £8 !!

“The old legs were brown so gave a quick coat of grey paint.”

The finished product looks as good as new, with the grey legs giving the chair a polished look.

Julie was chuffed with her work – and happy she could restore the piece of furniture.

She added: “So pleased with how it has turned out… already for my first grandchild's nursery. [sic]

“Love upcycling we throw to much away these days... feels so satisfying to give an item a new lease of life.”

Her post has gone down well online, with more than 15,000 people praising her skills.

One person said: “That looks absolutely amazing, well done.

“Yes it is so sad how so many things get easily disregarded nowadays.”

Another wrote: “Well done, it’s true we have become a throw away nation so it’s good to see some great recycling, very impressed.”

A third said: “Looks absolutely great, I would love to do something like this, you must be well chuffed with yourself.”

While this person thought: “That is a truly awesome makeover, worthy of Kirsty Allsopp I think.

"I wish I had the guts to try something like that.”

And another added: “I bet your mum loves it now , well done.”

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