Learn How To Splatter Paint Your Jeans In 6 Easy Steps

Not to sound too much like Clueless, but our main thrill in life is a makeover. Whether it’s test-driving a new beauty look or revamping our closets, we’re always game for a little change. This sentiment rings especially true for today’s How To story—paint-splatter jeans—that's all about giving your classic blues an of-the-moment update. 

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  • The best part? This D.I.Y project puts you ahead of the trends! Paint-splatter jeans were one of the standouts at J.Crew's S/S 14 presentation during NYFW last month, so you can rest assured they will hold strong well through the next season. To help show us how it’s done, we asked Janet Sung, the Creative Director of Denim Refinery—a.k.a. vintage denim heaven—and Rerun for her expert tips. Click through now for her step-by-step instructions, and be sure to send us photos of your splatter jeans!

  • What You Need:

    1. Cardboard or newspaper (enough to make a work area that's approximately 3' x 5')

    2. Fabric paint (about 8 fl. oz., in both black and white

    3. 2 cups or containers that are large enough to fit your hands

    4. Disposable rubber gloves

    5. Jeans (Note: Sung recommends using light or medium-wash denim, because it works nicely with basic paint colors, like black and white.

  • Step One:

    Create your work area! Find an area on the ground that is both large enough to lay your jeans completely flat and gives you enough room to work. Protect the floor by placing the newspaper or cardboard underneath your jeans. 

  • Step Two:

    Throw on your gloves!

  • Step Three:

    Pour an ample amount of each paint color into separate containers. Again, you need to make sure each container is large enough to fit your entire hand.

  • Step Four:

    Start with one color and dip your hand into the cup. To avoid dripping, tap your hand on the side of the cup. Create a fist, and then quickly open it to flick the paint onto the jeans. If you want a thicker splatter, keep your hand close to the jeans and flick from side to side. If you want a lighter splatter, bring your hand up higher. (Keep in mind that you don't want to mirror image the legs—the composition is best when irregular.) 

    Let the paint dry for at least one hour before adding another color. 

  • Step Five:

    Repeat step four for the second color. 

  • Step Six:

    Wait at least one hour between flipping the jeans over. 

  • Final Product

    Rock your newly splattered jeans with a white button-down, for a classic look, or pair them with a printed top if you’re feeling more daring.  

    Wash Instructions: flip the garment inside out, wash in cold water, and hang dry. You can also hand wash and hang dry.

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