Mum transforms sofa using Frenchic paint – left over from painting the front door!

Why let good paint go to waste?

Fancy a new look sofa, but don't fancy parting with huge sums of money for the privilege? Let this nifty painted leather sofa hack serve as inspiration to revamp what you already have.

Jacqueline Alcroft, a teacher and mother of one from South Ayrshire, transformed her old red leather sofa into a stylish new pink suite by ingeniously using Frenchic paint.

And this budget DIY job cost less than £20 – as the paint was leftover from when Jaqueline painted the front door in the same shade!

Related: DIY job shows how newly painted front door adds kerb appeal

DIY painted leather sofa

red leather sofa with white wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jacqueline Alcroft)

Jacqueline wanted to modernise her living room. While she was keen to buy a new sofa she couldn’t justify the costs involved in replacing furniture. Instead she decided to take matters into her own hands, with a painted DIY job.

living area with white wall and pink sofa and rug and wooden floor

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jacqueline Alcroft)

Jacqueline bought a 750ml tin of Frenchic Al Fresco paint in Dusky Blush for £17.95. She initially used the paint to apply three coats to her front door. Pleased with the results she decided to try three coats on the leather sofa.

Jacqueline tells Latest Deals 'I came up with the idea from watching YouTube DIY and upcycling videos.'

'I started by cleaning the whole sofa with sugar soap (bought from B&Q) and then letting it dry. I used the dusky blush paint and a Frenchic small round brush. I applied three thin coats leaving at least two hours between coats to let the paint dry.'

pink leather sofa with fluffy cushion and pink wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Jacqueline Alcroft)

Jacqueline offers this top tip! 'One very important tip is that the paint isn’t actually designed for material, it’s designed for front doors and so on. So make sure you do a patch test somewhere inconspicuous before going for it!'.

Going on to say, 'Also, if your cushions aren’t removable then use small bits of wood to separate the cushions to paint in between.'

'Now that it’s done I absolutely love it' exclaims Jacqueline. 'I couldn’t really justify buying a new sofa because my two-year-old has a habit of spilling everything and anything.'

More: This Pinterest inspired bathroom makeover cost £60 – the results are startling!

Whether it's a room refit or a simple upcycled furniture project, we love a good before and after. If you have a makeover share it with us in the Ideal Home Room Clinic.

Happy decorating.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.