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I was browsing my Balenciaga photos, wishing I had the funds for another, when I came across my pics of when I dyed my Work bag last year. It turned out well, so I’m going to share it with you!! I would assume the same process would work for most leather goods.
What I used:
Fiebing Penetrating Leather Dye in Black
Terrago Leather Prep (came with my dye)
Terrago Self-Shine Dye in Black
A stick sponge or two
Small paint brush
A few paper garbage bags
How I did it:
Cut the paper bags and put them on the hard surface you’re going to work on. This will get messy.
Clean the leather with the terrago preparer (comes with the dye). Make sure it is as clean as you can get it. You need to get all of that nasty hand oil off of the handle or the dye will not take!!
Put on two coats of the Fiebing penetrating leather dye. Allow to dry between coats. Don’t worry if you get some on the hardware. We’ll clean that off later.
When the bag is completely dry, put something moderately heavy in it (I used a few small books), and hang it on a doornob. This will stretch the leather out a bit to help prevent it from becoming too stiff. It’ll also insure that your last coat will get in all the small spaces!!
After about 24 hours of hanging, you’re ready for the Terrago self-shine dye. Put on a coat and allow to dry. You can put on a second coat if needed.
After the bag is completely dry, its time to clean off all of the hardware. Put a little alcohol on the cotton swabs and clean away. It should come right off.
If the bag is a little stiff (mine was), you can roll it a few times and put on a few coats of leather conditioner. The bag will soften up with use!!
Do you ever have those times where you sit and debate whether or not you should buy something? Maybe its a trendy item but it just fits so well! Or perhaps you’re looking at something more classic and trying to determine if its worth the money. If you need some assistance, this points system should help you come to the best conclusion![cc_h_line]
Hopefully you’re a fan of tables (I am)!! Below is the simple points breakdown. If you’re like me, you might try to “cheat” to make your purchase seem more justified to yourself. I know its difficult, but try super hard to resist doing that! That’s how I always ended up making wasteful purchases.
Feel fine all day
Could wear to bed
Not at all
Can only think of one good pairing
Can think of at least 5 pairings
Can think of at least 10 pairings
Wear with everything
Will wear when the trend passes
What those points mean:
0-4: Just don’t buy it. Done. Resist!!! Items that fall into this category are not worth the money. You know the ones I’m talking about 😉
5-8: If your item falls in this category, try to get it as cheap as possible to fulfill your desires. How about searching a thrift store or eBay? Stores like forever21, H&M, TJ Maxx would be great options, too!
9-12: These items will likely stay with you for a while, so you can justify getting a higher quality item. I’m willing splurge on leather vs. pleather, cashmere vs. itchy wool, and silk vs. polyester if the item falls in this category
I love the floral trend this spring, its so pretty and feminine!! I’ve been looking for the perfect versatile piece. I came across this Theory skirt on ebay and the measurements seemed ok. Well, I’m apparently stupid and think I’m much bigger than I am. This skirt was huge on me!! My creative side of my brain made its annual appearance… “why not put it on as a dress?” Well, its shorter than something I would normally feel comfortable wearing, but would actually be ok for the beach or something similar. I toughened it up a bit with the cargo jacket 🙂
By the way, when I took these pictures yesterday my camera refused to put me in focus instead of the pretty background. So here we have one of the two in focus pics…
The hostess, Marion, is so adorable and has the funniest stories. Thank you for hosting this challenge! Go check out the other ladies styles HERE!!