DIY: Painted Stripe Clutch

Thursday, July 25, 2013

before after

I have always had a love for purses of all shapes and sizes, but I have a special appreciation for clutches. When I use a clutch it feels like I am getting ready for a special occasion (though I am usually not), and not just doing an everyday task. This American Apparel clutch has been one of my favorites recently for its brown go-with-every-thing color and slight slouchiness. It is the clutch I have been grabbing time and time again. After all its recent use, I decided I wanted to give this clutch a makeover by adding some stripes (remember my addiction). It took only a few steps and some paint to give this clutch a whole new feel. I can’t wait to wear it!

What you’ll need:
Leather clutch (I got mine here)
Acrylic Paint (I used Angelus acrylic leather paint, you can buy it here)
Masking tape or painters’ tape
Tape measure or ruler
Paint brush
Step 1: Measure the width of your purse and find the center of the clutch.

Step 2: With the center found, place a strip of tape one inch away from the center line of the purse leaving a 2 inch stripe in the center.

Step 3: Begin painting the center stripe of the clutch with your desired color

Step 3: When painting the edges next to the tape, place the brush where the stripe begins and paint away from the edge of the tape. Between each coat of paint, let the paint dry completely. Continue to add coats until your receive the desired coverage. I used 3-4 coats.

Step 4: Once the the center stripe is dry, peel away the tape. To begin on the next stripes, cut 2 strips of tape a half inch wide. Place these two tape strips on each side of the center stripe. Then leaving a half inch gap, place a strip of tape on the outside of each of those strips, like in the picture above.

Step 5: Begin painting the two outer stripes, using the same steps as above.

Step 6: Once the paint dries on the outside stripes, peel away the tape.

The Final Product!

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