Painted Pleather: Thrifted Clutch Makeover

Painted Pleather: Thrifted Clutch Makeover

So here’s a small confession- I LOVE a clutch purse…and I buy them on occasion…but I rarely, if ever, carry them or use them for a night on the town!! Why, you might ask? Well, it’s silly…but I never know where to put them. Set it on the table? Hope/Pray to get a table for four instead of a table for two so I have a clutch chair?

It’s just too overwhelming for me. Sigh…

BUT! Sometimes I just can’t resist buying one…especially when it’s $0.79 at the thrift store and is in remarkably good condition.

Vintage retro leather or pleather clutch purse from the thrift store to get upcycled DIY makeover using leather paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The $0.79 that started it all…

As you can see from the price tag, I bought this one a while ago! I didn’t know how or what I would do with it…until I discovered leather paint. At that moment, I had a very clear vision of what I would do. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

After further research on specialty paint products, I purchased the following items for my project:

And to be perfectly honest, I’m 99% percent sure that my clutch is pleather…but I was going to try painting it nonetheless!

So, I first wiped it down just to clean the “thrift” off of it, and then wiped it with the preparer…which is supposed to break down the original sealant to help the paint adhere.

Vintage retro leather or pleather clutch purse from the thrift store to get upcycled DIY makeover using leather paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

First, the prep work…

And then…the paint! I picked a bright turquoise to really give my clutch a new identity.

Vintage retro leather or pleather clutch purse from the thrift store to get upcycled DIY makeover using leather paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And then the makeover!

Using a regular craft brush (about ½” wide) and long strokes, I began to paint the clutch. The coverage of the paint was amazing!

Vintage retro leather or pleather clutch purse from the thrift store to get upcycled DIY makeover using leather paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ch-ch-ch-changes…

Vintage retro leather or pleather clutch purse from the thrift store to get upcycled DIY makeover using leather paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Pretty sweet, huh?

Fairly quickly, I was finished with the first coat- which I then let dry overnight.

Vintage retro leather or pleather clutch purse from the thrift store to get upcycled DIY makeover using leather paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Dry, baby- dry!

Unrecognizable, right??

I did the same thing the next day- added a full coat #2 and left it to dry overnight.

Then, I just needed to wrap it up with a coat of the finisher.

Vintage retro leather or pleather clutch purse from the thrift store to get upcycled DIY makeover using leather paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Final steps!

This time, I used a craft sponge brush to apply a really thin coat of the finisher- a cloth would have probably worked, too. And again…I let it dry overnight.

The final product (with the addition of a vintage flower pin)? Amazing!

Vintage retro leather or pleather clutch purse from the thrift store to get upcycled DIY makeover using leather paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now THAT’S a makeover!

How cool is that? And I’m such a terrible painter…but I am crazy about how it turned out. That tells you how awesome the paint is…which begs the question, which color should I buy next? And how many of my shoes and purses are about to change colors??

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. It looks nicer than the original color! Good Job!

  2. Wow! That is so awesome! I looked for a purse in a particular color for my daughters formal, but couldn’t find one. This would have been perfect! I am pinning for future use. Thanks for trying it out and sharing it!

  3. What a great makeover! I didn’t know they made leather paint, and good to know it will work on fake leather too. Pinned in case I ever run into a thrift store purse with potential and need to remember this project 🙂

  4. I had no idea there was such a thing as leather paint…you are very creative! Hopped over from the Vintage Inspiration Party…

  5. nikkifrankhamilton says:

    The change is incredible! The best $.79 clutch ever. The color is amazing. Hopefully you carry it now. I guess that perhaps you put it on the table or in your lap? I have the same reasoning for not carrying the one I have.

  6. Jann Olson says:

    This is so darn cute. Love the color! I would never have thought to paint it. The added flower is the icing on the cake! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    hugs,
    Jann

  7. ashandcrafts says:

    Hello there! Stopping by from the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. It looks better than before! I love the color you chose.

  8. milamyk says:

    I love these lively colors!

    Thanks for linking up this week:)
    xx
    Mila (Idea Box)

  9. Adding clutches to my thrift store list for next week! I love what you did with plain clutch. So much fun!

    Pinning and sharing! Thanks so much for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

  10. WOW! I had no idea you could paint something like this! Amazing!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again this Friday! Feel free to bring a friend 🙂

  11. Gorgeous!

  12. Joy @ Yesterfood says:

    N-I-I-C-E!!! Love this! I’m like Ashley- I’m going to start looking for clutches now (just as soon as I research what you do with them at a restaurant- I don’t know, either!). Thanks for introducing us to leather paint, and for sharing it with us at Treasure Box Tuesday! Pinned! 🙂

  13. This is awesome! I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good deal, and this just beats it all! I didn’t even know there was such a thing as leather paint. You did an excellent job!

    I’m stopping by from the Friday Favorites linkup. I’d also like to invite you to join the High Five for Friday linkup I co-host every week. It goes live at 7 am eastern time on Friday mornings:)

    Tif
    http://www.brightonabudget.com

  14. LOVE LOVE this! I have some purses that need a lift! I am so doing this, Sarah you are so creative! Thank you so much for sharing this on Making Memories Mondays! Hope to see you back Sun night 9PM EST! 🙂
    Cathy

  15. I didn’t know you could paint leather! Your clutch turned out beautiful. I’m going to keep my eyes open the next time I go to the thrift store to see if I can find a clutch in good shape and then give painting it a whirl. Thanks for sharing at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party. I really appreciate your participation!

  16. Such a cute idea!

    I would love for you to share this on my FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  17. Pretty awesome indeed! I never knew there was such a thing as leather paint but glad to know now. Visiting from Inspiration Galore party.

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