How to Paint Your Purse

How to Paint Your Purse

How to Paint Your Purse

I love fashion. I hate to spend a lot of money but I will on things that I love and on things that I think will last me a lifetime. I spend money on purses. I actually get a lot of great deals on Shopbop.

How to Paint Your Purse

I bought this great Tory Burch purse years ago. I wore this purse everywhere and you could tell. It sat in my closet because it looked awful. I mean it had scrapes and scratches and in general it looked like it should be thrown away. I was looking for a new purse. I really wanted a red one. I of course headed to shopbop and began searching. The purses I wanted were well over $250.00 so I decided I needed to save up. Then it hit me I could make a red purse.

How to Paint Your Purse

In a previous post I painted shoes. If you do not know how to paint shoes read my how to paint shoes post,  I knew I had the ability to paint leather. I figured I might as well try it since I wasn’t using the purse anyway. I might as well for under $10 transform my purse from something I wasn’t using to something I would always use.

How to Paint Your Purse

The first step is to clean your purse with a dry cloth. Then you need with a professional leather preparer. I suggest angelus brand. Then go ahead and put your purse on a non sticky surface. I used a plastic placemat to paint mine on. I had two brushes one was small and one was a little bit larger both were for acrylic paint.

How to Paint Your Purse

Then I selected the red angelus paint I only needed the 1 fl oz for my purse but I bought the larger one so I could find shoes to paint to match my purse. I mean why not have shoes that match perfectly. The red is so amazing I thought about also painting my watch band.

How to Paint Your Purse

Once you are done painting your purse, let it dry. Then do another coat. I made sure I covered everything with the paint. Then I had to go in and fix the trim. I honestly should have used painters tape over the logos but I didn’t. I had to scrap the paint off. It wasn’t hard and if I would have caught it when it was wet I could have used a Q-Tip.

The last step is to apply an acrylic finisher.

How to Paint Your Purse

I chose the satin finisher. You want to apply it with a rag and let it dry. It will help your purse look great for years to come. That is how I rescued my purse from the back of my closet for less than $10. I have enough paint and supplies to do another project. I can’t believe how great it came out and the best part is I recycled. It makes me want to jump on Ebay and grab another one and paint it.

How to Paint Your Purse

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  1. You can paint a purse???? That is amazing! And the finished product looks like it was born red.

  2. I have been wanting a red purse, but couldn’t find the one I wanted. Now I want to go to Goodwill and see if I can find something I like and paint it red! I also have a beige purse I really like, but it has gotten dirty and worn, so I wonder if I could repaint it. This doesn’t come off on your clothes, I assume? Thanks for the idea!

  3. What a unique idea! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow that looks awesome. You could totally do a belt too, no more worrying about the color not quite being right. Thanks for posting. Hello from Busy Monday.

  5. Wow. I had no idea! I have a couple of candidates that need your makeover.

  6. Mind officially blown! What a brilliant idea. I’m featuring your project on our weekend features post with a link back. I’ll let you know when the post goes live so you can share on social media if you’d like. 🙂

  7. What a great way to up-cycle something you already love. Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty Can’t wait to see what you show us next!

  8. Our post went live this morning and included your painted purse . . .Here’s the link if you’d like to share. Thanks again for the great idea!

  9. Thank you so much for linking up with iDEA boX !
    Your post has been featured 🙂

  10. I love this idea! I have so many expensive purses that just sit in my closet too. What a great idea to paint them! Officially inspired!

  11. thank you so much – I have a red fossil bag that is really faded in spots so I think will just redo the color – didnt know would work for soft bags

  12. Will this work on vinyl?


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