DIY – Painted leather bag

diy - painted leather bag

I found a bag in this great color on Net-a-Porter. I loved it, but it was way out of my budget. So I decided to make my version, with off course a little twist of my own.

diy - painted leather bag

On the right you see the bag I found for just one Euro at the thrift store. On the left you see thee paint I used. It is acrylic paint that I mixed until I got the shade I wanted. I mixed some fabric paint medium with it to make it suitable for painting leather.

The full instruction continues after the jump . . .

I used many layers of paint to get the whole bag covered. After that I used some white acrylic paint, again mixed with the fabric paint medium to make the stripes on the bag. You could also use tape to cover the original color before you paint your first color on the bag. But my bag wasn’t looking that good, so I decided to use white paint to make the stripes.

diy - painted leather bag

On the left you see the bag I inspired my bag on. It’s a small Proenza Schouler bag I found on Net-a-Porter. On the right you see my version. Doesn’t my DIY bag look cute?

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    February 21, 2012 at 6:46 am

    very cute. I like the color of your bag even better than the original’s.

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      February 21, 2012 at 7:51 am

      Thank you!

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    February 21, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I love it! Love the color and chevron design you added 🙂

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    February 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I like your bag way better, to be honest.

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    February 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    this is SO cute! I will definitely have to try this:)

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      February 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Thank you and you should try it! It is really not that hard to do.

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    March 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I really want to try it out! Is this the golden fabric medium you used? How is the ratio with the paint? 1:1? Oh and how is the bag holding up the paint? Did it peel off or chip? Did you do anything to prep the bag? Sorry for all these questions, I really wanna try it out! 😀

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      March 12, 2012 at 10:37 am

      I used Liquitex fabric medium. The ratio was 2 parts of paint on 1 paint of fabric medium. And no, it doesn’t chip or peel off yet. And for preparation, I cleaned the bag. Nothing special there. Good luck painting!

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    March 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    can I use this method to a bag with cracking leather?
    and can I only use acrylic paint? because it’s really hard to get a fabric paint in small part in my country..

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      March 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      I didn’t try it, so I don’t know if it is possible to paint cracking leather. And acrylic paint will crack faster when you don’t use fabric medium. It makes it more flexible. So I guess that wouldn’t be the best combination with the cracking leather. Good luck with it!

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    April 14, 2012 at 1:55 am

    What does the inside look like? Did you paint it? Also, how difficult was it to paint around all the silver hardware and in the nooks and crannies of the straps?

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      April 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      I did paint some of the inside of the bag: Just not as perfect as the outside (I didn’t have enough paint). I painted a little bit over the hardware first and cleaned it when the paint was still wet. The nooks of the straps are easier. Just paint, let dry, ‘resize’ the strap and paint again. This way you have enough ‘room’ to paint.

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    October 18, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I love your bag, Wilma!

    I wanted to do the same thing, except when I went to buy the materials at the craft store today, a lady suggested that vinyl bags couldn’t be painted because the paint would come off.
    Have you found that the paint has stayed on your gorgeous bag?


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    November 22, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for sharing your great idea! What happens if it rains or it is humid, will the paint run off the bag on to your clothes?

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    January 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Hey! I like your bag very much! I have a similar one that I would like to paint. I have one question: how many paint did you need/use (in ml)? So I’ll know how much I have to buy 🙂 Thanks!

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    March 30, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Hey wilma, i have a dark brown leather satchel at home, and i want to paint it either, pink or cream, if i painted it with either of those two colours then would it create a solid colour or would it just be sheer so that you can still see the brown under neath?1? Please Reply!!!!!!

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    September 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    My cousin gave me a red kenneth cole bag, but something went wrong, the normal thing that happened to other leather bags when stored for a long time without silicon gel.. anyway I want to revive the bag I really wish to try what you did. what is proper paint for the leather, can I use acrylic fabric paint?

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