Regretsy: DIY acrylic painted graffiti wallet

1. Materials: One battered up, old TOUGH wallet (I think I bought this in 2009), some acrylic paint in Bright Orange (because I don’t have neither good taste or color coordination), brush. Yes, this wallet was once a nice, even shade of pale grey, but as you can see now it’s all gone to shit, blame the bonded leather for not lasting very long. It’s makeover time!

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2. Add some water in a bowl, add paint (1:1) and mix well. Get painting.

Tip: Don’t do it on your bed like I did. It’s ok because I’m a pro at doing DIY stuff without staining my $300 bedsheets, but most probably you’re not.

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3. Here’s the result after 2 coats of orange.  OMG my eyes! I must’ve been colorblind all along, it’s a miracle that I graduated from design school after all. You can see that some areas of the leather doesn’t really take on paint too well. It was so hard to paint the front flap evenly. Grr. Stupid bonded leather.

Note to self: Orange only looks good on Hermes bags, and next time buy a more expensive wallet so you will be hesitant to ruin it with orange paint.

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4. After 4 coats, I decided that the garish shade of orange was a total fail. Go to sink. Wash off all of the orange goo. Drink some wine to numb your feelings of regret. Go to bed. Turned out acrylic paint is not waterproof (Obvi!)

5. Semi-dry the wallet. Get some permanent marker refill ink (in black), paint the wallet black in desperation. Dry overnight… Start again with a black wallet.

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6. Mix some more paint. Make it thick. Start laying on the orange. I decided that a random pattern would work best, but do whatever you want. Do a fake LV grafitti wallet if you want, but I’m not gonna do that because I ain’t no basic bitch. Here’s the wallet, almost done.

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7. Wait until dry, put on a protective coat of clear spray paint. Voila, my new graffiti-inspired wallet. Just add chains for instant badass.

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8. Who needs Gucci Gucci Louis Louis Fendi Fendi Prada when you have this? (NOT)

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What do you think? Does it look any better now? Alay-chic or alay? Awesome or regretsy?

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