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!
1. Cardboard or newspaper (enough to make a work area that's approximately 3' x 5')
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.
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.
Throw on your gloves!
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.
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.
Repeat step four for the second color.
Wait at least one hour between flipping the jeans over.
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.