How to Repair a Vintage Purse

Monday, May 30, 2022

I mentioned in a previous post that I had recently purchased some vintage purses I had on my wishlist, but some of them needed a little TLC. I purchased this Gucci purse a couple of years ago while I was in college, but only just got around to repairing it. I wanted to share my process with you guys. 

Pictured above are all of the products I used to repair my purse. A little disclaimer, I had never repaired anything like this before, but this worked great for me. I recommend watching YouTube tutorials as well until you are comfortable. The canvas on the bag was in great condition, so it only needed cleaned a little. However, the leather was not in perfect condition and the strap was in rough shape. Here are the links to the products:
  1. Leather Stain
  2. Sealant
  3. Similar Strap
As you can see in these two photos, the leather on the corners was pretty worn. The piping all along the edges and somewhat on the front was worn like this, so that is where I touched up the most. 

I started by doing only one spot to make sure I would be happy with the results. I painted on some of the stain and waited until it was dry. I needed to repeat this two more times before the color matched. Once it was dry, I added the sealant on top. The sealant took about 24 hours to be completely dry for me. 

As you can see the final result turned out perfect. There were a bunch of little spots like this I touched up. I then removed the old strap, clipped on the new one, and voilĂ , you have the finished product. Thanks for reading!

Coffee Date No. 5

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Welcome to another coffee date where I catch you guys up on random things and share some personal and Instagram photos. A couple of projects I am working on, but did not photograph are two new paintings to go in our living room and finishing a quilt that my grandmother was working on and was passed down to me. The quilt is much harder than I thought it would be because the whole thing has to be hand stitched. There are a lot of flowers on it and each one takes about two hours.

My family recently attended a more formal birthday party and it was a ton of fun! This is a photo of my sister and I outside of the party. I was able to wear a vintage necklace from my great-grandma which was extra special.

This is a sweater I purchased recently. It is probably one of my favorite clothing items I own. The sweater is fairly lightweight so even with the Savannah heat, I will be able to get a lot of use out of it.

Recently, I have been able to purchase a couple of vintage purses on my wish list. This is one of my favorites. My old roommate found one at a consignment store several years ago, and since then I had been on the hunt for one. It was in fairly good condition and just needed some minor TLC. I had to touch up the off-white paint as well as get a leather stiffener spray to fix the ruffled pieces at the top. 

Here, my husband and I had just finished a coffee date downtown and he started goofing off and taking pictures as we were leaving. The dress I am wearing is from Zara and is so lightweight and comfortable.

Last month we went on a short trip to south Florida to visit our new niece. The tacos were good, but I actually took the photo because I loved their plates and wanted to see if I could find some online later (which I did!).

Lastly, here is a picture from when we were walking downtown one evening last week. This is one of the other vintage bags I recently purchased. Also, I love this time of year when it is light out later.

Hope you all enjoyed!
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