Creative mum who transformed a set of leather armchairs that were ruined after her son scribbled on them reveals how she spent just £68 and ONE HOUR upcycling them
Ellie Evans, 35, from Liverpool, upcycled chairs after her son scribbled on them
Instead of replacing them, she saved cash by re-covering them in teddy fabric
The whole transformation cost just £68 using supplies sourced from Dunelm
By Jessica Summers For Mailonline
Published: 15:54 GMT, 5 February 2022 | Updated: 16:06 GMT, 5 February 2022
When a mother-of-two realised her son had scribbled all over her leather armchairs, she decided to transform them herself, rather than buying a new set for hundreds of pounds.
Ellie Evans, 35, a radiographer from Liverpool, opted to re-cover the seats in on-trend teddy material from Dunelm, spending just £68 on the fabric.
Latest Deals reported that Ellie wrote in a DIY Facebook Group: ‘I’ve recently just bought a house, and incidentally my son has just scribbled all over our leather chairs.
‘Having done small upcycling projects before I knew I wanted to save the chairs.
Ruined: Ellie Evans’ sofas were destroyed after her son scribbled over them in pen. Instead of spending hundreds on new ones, she decided to upcycle them herself
Transformed: Ellie discovered the teddy sofa chair covers from Dunelm, buying them for £30 each, and a footstool cover for £8. She attached the fabric to the seats using a staple gun
Ellie (pictured) revealed her natural creative abilities come from her mum, who is a seamstress, and helped her with the chair upcycling project
‘Plus they are good quality leather chairs and it would have been a shame to throw them away.
‘After some online searching of ideas I discovered the teddy sofa chair covers from Dunelm and they are very much my sort of style so I bought them. They were £30 each.
‘I did also re-cover the footstool, which was done with the teddy chair cover, which was £8, so this cost £68 in total.’
According to Ellie, the process of re-covering the chairs took around one hour. The only equipment she used to attach the new covers was an upholstery staple gun.
She continued: ‘The armchair cover set comes with a separate seat pad and then the cover for the chair which has the arms sewn into it.
Despite the scribbles ruining the leather sofas, Ellie thought they were great quality and far too good to waste
Using a staple gun, Ellie covered the separate seat pad and the chair separately, and then stapled again to ensure the fabric was taut. She described the process as ‘fairly easy’
‘The cover is quite big and baggy, so I positioned it over the arms and back.
‘Once I was happy I stapled it to the chair, pulled the excess fabric under the chair and stapled the fabric so that it was smooth and tight.
‘My mum who is a seamstress helped me to do it and it was relatively easy.
‘I feel great for saving the chairs and as I’ve just moved into a new home it’s saved me from spending money on new furniture which is great.
‘My tip for anyone doing any upholstery upcycling would be to get a good upholstery staple gun and get help.
‘The texture of the fabric also helped as you can’t see where I have stapled so something with texture or pattern is also good!’
Share or comment on this article: