Chevron Purse DIY

I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of purses lying around. Some of them are really old and drab, and could use a little sprucing up. I never actually thought about it before, but paint is a really simple way to make an old purse new again. Here’s just one idea, but the possibilities are kind of endless, really.

What you need:

  • an old faux-leather purse
  • two colors of acrylic paint and paintbrush
  • scotch tape or masking tape
  • paint sealer

You’ll need to start off by making sure your purse is clean. Just water, mild soap and a washcloth should do the trick. Then tape off the section you’d like to paint. I chose to paint a square section in the middle of the purse, so I taped off the sides. Then with the lighter of the two paint colors, paint the entire section.

Once that section is dry, use the tape to start making the chevron stripes point down toward the middle. You can actually just add strips of tape directly next to one another to make sure all your stripes are even, and then your stripes can just be the exact width of the tape. Once all your stripes are in place, remove ever other strip of tape and begin painting with the second color. Allow it to dry and remove the tape. Spray it with acrylic sealer – you’ll probably need to go outside to do this.

Now my old purse is new again and it was really, really easy. I have to get to work on the rest of my purse collection now!

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Annie is the voice behind Wattlebird the blog and the creative force behind Wattlebird the shop. She's a business writer living in Michigan who loves knitting, Harry Potter, and yoga. Her main goal in life is to eat as much pizza as possible. Read more about her here


  1. aww super cute girl!! you did an awesome job!! that purse is so so cute now, how awesome a little pizzah can make! love those leggings too!

  2. You did such a good job. And I LOVE your tights!

  3. This is such a great idea! I have so many purses that could use a little sprucing up!

  4. LOVE it! I have a similar vintage purse and this would be the perfect update. Thanks for sharing.