With all the interiors hacks going around at the moment (including this amazing room upgrade for £50), you’d be forgiven for having caught the upcycling bug yourself.

It’s unlikely you knew, however, that you could do up your cracked old leather sofa, and for under £20 too.

One mum shared her tips for sprucing up leather sofas, saying how she’d used Frenchic Furniture Paint to take her cream sofa from drab to fab.

She explained how the couch had been damaged from cat scratches, but the paint – which costs just £6.99 a pot – covered over the blemishes and made it look brand new.

The paint is from Frenchic’s Lazy range (in the colour Wolf Whistle), which is made up of chalk and mineral paints that the brand claim are ‘self priming, self levelling and self sealing with no odour and is a smooth and gorgeous paint with excellent coverage’.

The Facebook user said she ‘cleaned it thoroughly with sugar soap, dried then applied 2 thin coats with a small roller and a small brush for the awkward areas.’

From there, she let it dry for four hours (although some might want to leave it longer), and because the paint already has wax in it, didn’t even need to add that extra step.

Frenchic is wipeable and child-friendly, too, so there’s no worries about keeping the kids off the couch.


If this is the first you’ve heard about painting leather sofas, you’re not alone. Comments flooded in for other amateur decorators, with many shocked that you could get such great results so cheaply.

One commenter said: ‘Never thought I would hear someone say they painted their sofa….Looks amazing.’

‘Oh my! I’ve never heard of painting leather! Looks beautiful,’ said another.

The Frenchic Fan Forum, where people who’ve upcycled furniture using the paint has a massive following of over 71,000, so there must be some truth in it’s use.

Whether or not you’re brave enough to take on the challenge, however, is another story.

If you do think you’ve got what it takes, check out these tips and tricks to make the most of your old furniture and restore it to its former glory (or perhaps make it even better).

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