Sunday, 25 August 2013

Painted vintage bag



$1 tp $5 depending on the price of your vintage bag
$4 test pot of paint

How adorable is this bag? And so easy, all you need is a steady hand. 
This is one of the quickest ways to bring new life to an old accessory; lightening it up with a playful pattern. We are so pleased with the result! 


A ruler
A paintbrush
A pencil


A vintage bag with a surface that you can paint on; leather, vinyl or anything shiny you feel like you can pour water on without it soaking thorough is perfect.
Ali found this gorgeous handbag in a Save-Mart op-shop for $3, and it's genuine Italian leather!


Start by cleaning your bag with water and a soft cloth.
Any dust or grime can make it hard for the paint to stick to the bag, so you want to get it all off. Be gentle though, make sure you don't rub so hard the colour comes out of the bag, if you found it in a thrift store chances are it's pretty old so handle with care!

Once your bag is dry, use a pencil and a ruler to sketch your design onto the bag.
You can do whatever you like here, how cute would a bag with a family of elephants painted onto the front be?
Ali went for the classic stripes and polka dots look, which is awful easy and full of class!

Now it's time to paint!
The better quality the paint, the longer it will last. I used a Resene testpot, which is good quality house paint. You can get a test pot from most house paint shops for a few dollars, and they come in almost any colour you can think of.
Then start painting!

That's it, you're done!
Once the paint has dried you will have a completely functional, super cute new bag, yay!

Happy painting,

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