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Cara Sumabat, Contributor
April 16, 2010

Eco-Chic Fashion: How to Hand-Paint Old Clothing

Paint over stained or faded garments for a fresh new look! By Cara Sumabat
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Over time, our clothes have a natural tendency to discolor. Food, oil, or paint stains can make a garment look soiled and unkempt, especially if they are difficult to remove completely. Repeated laundering can also make a garment fade through misuse of bleach or simply the amount of washings, which results in a worn-out shade and white or yellow spotting.

Fortunately, there’s a way to salvage your discolored clothing (or clothes that you can’t bear to part with but have been dulled by overuse)—hand-paint them! Taking a paintbrush to your old pieces can give them an instant makeover as well as spare you the expense of replacing them with new purchases. Most importantly, however, hand-painting items you would otherwise throw out saves the environment from a truckload of trash, making you one eco-friendly fashionista.

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to hand-paint your crummy old clothes.


(Photos by Cara Sumabat)

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  • fashionista Apr 17 2010 @ 06:50pm Report Abuse
    i love this! now i can take my almost-pambahay shirts from drab to fab!
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  • marchineness09 Apr 20 2010 @ 05:53pm Report Abuse
    Great! I can customize my own designs too.
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  • mizhelle Apr 20 2010 @ 11:25pm Report Abuse
    nice! great idea :)
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  • anggeh Apr 21 2010 @ 03:05am Report Abuse
    I think it would have looked better if the old garment is filled with colors. but totally it's a nice idea. :)
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  • Malou Apr 21 2010 @ 10:20am Report Abuse
    This looks fun, fashionable, and chic.
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  • Melanie Esponilla Apr 23 2010 @ 08:03am Report Abuse
    this is a great idea.a must try to measure my creativity.haha
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