I love a good before and after as much as the next girl. So today, I’ll be sharing an easy diy that transforms a worn out clutch to a glamorous evening bag. The idea came to me several months ago when I found a great vintage bag that needed some TLC.
Days later, I opened up a little handbag shop called Laur, where I sell hard-to-find vintage pieces, that are either left in their original condition or hand-painted by me for a new look. These are the results from one project.
Here’s what the clutch looked like before…
And the “after” is at the top of this post.
So, how do you get the look? Well, it’s a lot easier than it looks. Here is the step by step…
1. Once you’ve found the perfect clutch to makeover (remember you want to look for something that is leather or something similar to leather like vinyl for best results), choose a high bonding textile paint in the color you would like to use. I recommend the brand Jacquard.
2. Using a round paintbrush for the least amount of visible brushstrokes, start painting using thin, even strokes, while avoiding any metal or hardware that you don’t want painted. You may even want to tape those areas off if you think you will have trouble avoiding it.
3. Once a layer has been applied, use a dry cloth or paper towel to remove some of the paint while it is still wet, with a patting technique. This is going to help the first layer to really get into the material and also will help diminish the look of brushstrokes.
4. Repeat steps two and three with 3-5 layers of built up paint. That’s it!
Pretty simple right? Here’s a couple more pictures of the finished product: