Thursday, April 4, 2013

Painted Leather Colorblocking

I thrifted this purse probably six years ago and only wore it for a short period of time. It sort of smelled like maple syrup when I got it, which is irrelevant, but it's been sitting in my closet for quite some time now. When I saw this bag on Madewell's site recently, the shape really reminded me of my thrift store find and inspired me to pull it out of my closet and start thinking of ideas to update it a little.

After deciding against sewing fabric to the purse (not one of my better ideas), I landed on colorblocking the purse with some gold paint. I wasn't totally sure how this project would turn out considering I didn't use fabric paint (I used this paint that I've used numerous other times on the blog), didn't research any leather-painting tips and didn't really know what I was doing. Luckily, other than a little bump along the way, everything went over rather smoothly.

Tip: maybe skip the taping if you have a steady hand. The leather on my bag is really soft and the painter's tape peeled off a bit of it when removed. I was able to repair most of the damage with Saddle Soap, but it was a bit disconcerting at the time.

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