A mum-of-four who was fed up with her sofa painted it to give it a fresh new look.
Andrea Dauris, from London, wanted to redecorate her living room and was tired of the look of her red leather sofa.
The 36-year-old explained: "I wanted to change the colour of my sofa as I wanted to decorate my front room away from the red but I loved my sofa.
“It was originally from DFS and I bought it about six years ago.
"I had seen leather paint on Amazon and decided to take the plunge and paint it.
"I had seen many people use paint but I didn't like the look and I was worried that it would flake or mark after a while.
“Instead, I decided to look into leather paint and The Leather Clinic paint for me was the best.
“It worked out at about £70 as I used two big bottles and I have quite a big sofa.
"It took me about two days as I did each part at a time so we had somewhere to sit while the paint settled.
"I would definitely say that you need to clean your sofa very well before painting it, as you need to get all the old grease and oils off first.
“Don't rush it – if you have very worn parts of the sofa, you need to coat it about four to five times.
“It’s very easy to do with a sponge roller – you roller it like you would paint a wall but dry it with a hairdryer between coats.”
Andrea is delighted with the look of her new sofa, especially considering it cost her just £70 rather than the hundreds she would have had to spend on a brand new one.
"I love my sofa now that it's done,” she adds. “It looks like a whole new one – it's made me love my sofa again as I fell out of love with the colour.
"This project was good during the lockdown as I had time to do it and it kept me busy.
"It made me love my sofa again at a time where you couldn't just go and buy a new one.
“I couldn’t afford a new sofa which would have cost hundreds and I still love my sofa, so doing it this way saved me hundreds of pounds!
“I’m definitely getting my money’s worth out of my sofa.
“The paint was easy to get as I ordered it online from Amazon and it only took three to four days to come.
"I love the outcome and would recommend it to others – it saved me so much money on a new sofa.”
“Andrea’s solution is much more wallet-friendly: stick to the sofa you know and love rather than risk buying a new one that might not be as comfy, and just switch up the look to fit in with your new home style.
“She’s saved herself hundreds of pounds, and given us all a masterclass in savvy money-saving too.”