Vintage Glam Clutch {before and after} DIY

By Brittni β€’ Updated on 02/12/2024

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.Β That’s it!

Pretty simple right? Here’s a couple more pictures of the finished product:

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Love it πŸ™‚

I made a list of Clutch tutorials on my blog <3
You're in it, hope thats okay πŸ™‚


Nicely done πŸ˜‰ very effective too. next time i will think twice before tossing an old purse away. would be honored if u would visit my blog πŸ™‚


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the revived bag looks absolutely stunning! the color you’ve picked is modern & updated the look of the vintage. perfectly executed!


Hi Jessica. Thanks for the kind words. Yes, I do have a subscribe button. Its located on the top left of the blog.


Usually I just skim through these blogs and only read ones that -jump- out at me so I can get new ideas to try out and yours did just that. Thanks for this one – it is actually a real good read! Do you have a subcribe area so I can link to it to follow you? Let me know – thanks.



I can only speak from my experience…the clutch that I used for this project was very soft leather and using this technique, there was no stiffness whatsoever. I probably depends on the type of leather and how many layers of paint you use, but as long as you are using a textile paint (as opposed to a standard acrylic) you should be fine.


I love the new look! I saw a “used” and slightly abused bag the other day and thought I would try this idea, but wondered if the paint makes the leather stiff? Your opinion, please.

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that is GORGEOUS. I really love that bronze.


Pam, I can’t believe I forgot to mention that. Yes: this process will work for shoes as well….any leather goods. I actually did this with a pair of shoes a while back, which I love. It really worked out well. But I would recommend putting on a coat of varnish or other clear coat to protect the paint from excessive wear.


Could U do this w/ other leather items, like shoes?

Pam Munro

Love you transformation! I have a few old bags that I will experiment with.


I like the transformation, but I think it is a bit deceiving to photograph it differently once it’s been revamped. The end affect seems much more appealing once the bag has been photographed artistically and some Photoshop magic has been added to warm up the image.


This is a great idea! It looks so pretty afterward.

Sarah Sarniak


Amber Eilert

Good point Sara…don’t be afraid of those pieces that need an extra bit of love. P.S. I LOVE your blog!


This is so helpful! I can now expand the type of clutches I look for, knowing this tutorial exists!


Wow! It looks great! Thanks for sharing!


Thanks Ladies. πŸ™‚


What?!? This is fabulous ^.^


What a difference! That’s beautiful!


Wow! That’s an amazing transformation. Nice work!

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