Purse: After

Refashion: Purse Makeover


I love to DIY and refashion!  In the fall I had this old purse I bought from a garage sale, it was one of those envelope style purses, pretty ugly tho.  I had this shirt I bought from a garage sale too, I thought hey, DIY makeover!   To see the previous purse, click here.  Click on any photo to enlarge them.

I’ve been dying to do another ever since, I just haven’t found the right purse or the right fabric.  Until now….dun dun dun!  My aunt participated in a neighborhood garage sale this past summer and I picked up this ugly beige/tan purse thinking it would be perfect for my next makeover!  Its been sitting in a bag with a million other items I am hoping to refashion (and then blog about!) for a few months now.  I finally went thru the bags of refashion items, found it, and decided to start it!

Outer Purse: Before

Outer Purse: Before

Inside Purse: Before

Inside Purse: Before

I have the perfect fabric choice, its a little girl’s black/white floral print dress.  I saw it at a garage sale and just loved the pattern, I knew I could find someway to refashion it!  The purse is kinda awkward to cover completely in fabric, so instead I am only covering the front flap in the fabric, and painting the rest of it in silver (and glitter!) and blue.  Blue is my favorite color, I have so much in my wardrobe!  However, I plan to use blue as a colorblock/pop color, so its only going to go like under the expandable pocket, or framing the mirror, or every other pocket, with silver and the sparkles in between.  In this way, it won’t really matter what I wear, blue will only be visible inside the purse which I hope to never forget to snap!

Purse: After

Purse: After

Here are the inspirations that helped me figure out how to paint and make it stick, to leather!
eHow
Mr. Kate
Chic Steals

I painted the leather silver and added a powdered glitter that I found at a hardware store in the paint section.  A little goes a LONG way, so if you’re looking for a nice sparkle dust to mix with paint, I totally recommend it!  I only used the glitter on the silver parts, and I used the silver for anything that would be facing the public.  I wanted this purse to match any outfit, so the blue paint inside is mostly just for me.  You can see a little bit on the sides though, but who really looks there?  I used Leather Lace as the strap, I love the look!  It fits will over my head + shoulders and is just fun to wear!

Outer Purse: After

Outer Purse: After

Inside Purse: After

Inside Purse: After

I’m loving my end result!  I will admit, painting on leather was tough and I definitely recommend placing a layer of Mod Podge over all the paint, I had some scratch off problems before doing that.  I did Mod Podge the fabric down and again another layer on top, this seals in the fabric so if your purse gets wet, it won’t be gooey and dirty.  This way, water will bead up and roll off.

I would love to hear your comments and I hope you find inspiration from this project!  It really is fun to do!

This finished purse is now for sale : Shop: Other Artistic Avenues

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13 thoughts on “Refashion: Purse Makeover

  1. megandowntherabbithole

    This is too cute! I especially love the blue…it’s my favorite color also. I’m the world’s pickiest person when it comes to purses (you can ask my boyfriend who got dragged through about a dozen stores after he offered to buy me a new one), so I love the idea of taking something “meh” and making it really pretty.

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