do-it-yourself acid wash

Unfortunately I don’t have endless amounts of money to spend on my home or wardrobe…the Potterybarn and J. Crew coffers weep for me I’m sure.

So adjustments must be made.

This past week, after leafing through several magazines I decided I would try to acid wash/tie dye my own jeans.

Cue the ominous music.

I had the perfect pair of dark skinnies that were no longer in my regular rotation. And my sister-in-law, Brittney, had a pair of old “boyfriend” style jeans tucked away into some forgotten corner as well. We figured if we ruined them, they would be no worse for wear. After looking up a how-to guide on the internet we tried to follow it as best we could.

Um, problem.

The guide was fairly vague and didn’t explain every step, so I took liberties. I dunked the jeans in a bucket of hot water and added about two cups of bleach. When I returned to look at them several minutes later, the water was the dark color of coke and the jeans looked absolutely no different.

So, “emergency” measures were taken and the game plan changed completely. Here is a loose guide on what we found worked best – follow at your own risk…or rather, at the risk of your jeans 🙂

-Wear old clothes and latex gloves!

-Lay the jeans out flat on concrete. Place cardboard underneath if you don’t want the bleach to go through.
I was going for the splotched look, but if you have other ideas, wad up towels or newspaper inside of the legs so the bleach doesn’t go through to the other side.

-Using an old paintbrush, or drinking straw (dependent upon the effect you want) drip/brush on the bleach. I used both to create my effect.

-The bleach may not look like it’s taking effect right away. Don’t worry, it is. Let the jeans stand alone for 30-60 minutes, dependent upon how you want it to look.

-Place immediately into the washer on the cold water setting. The true look will be apparent once the wash cycle is over.

-Repeat steps as necessary.

(For the distressed look: snip cuts into the fabric where you’ve used the bleach. Pull at the threads to begin the distress. Take a piece of sandpaper and rubbed it down for several minutes. After it goes through the washer, the effect will be even greater.)

Here’s the final product…until I decide to distress them even more 😉

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15 comments on “do-it-yourself acid wash

  1. Lakia says:

    This is cool… I always wanted to try this out, maybe I will!

  2. corbeaurouge says:

    Well done! Maybe I’ll be brave enough to try it some day…

  3. EEK! Reminds me of the days my friends and I tried tie-dying our white t-shirts. your result looks awesome, mine… eh. different story 🙂

    I DID do the ‘worn look’, but not with the acid-wash. I used some sandpaper and rubbed nicks and tears into my jeans, then rubbed down the whole front leg and back areas. It actually turned out really well!

  4. pt4themind says:

    I have a friend who has always wanted to do something like this but was afraid that she would mess up. I’ll pass this along to her.

  5. sami Alam says:

    hi dude… its really a gud thng learnt 4m ya… thanks…. if u get more idea… plz post

  6. Tara Aarness says:

    Very cool! Always wanted to do this, but never quite had the courage. Thanks for posting not only the steps, but the photos, as well. You guys did a great job!

  7. These look far better than what’s in most stores these days! I may have to try this..

  8. Nahari71 says:

    You can use a can of coke to do it as well.

  9. Vy Duong says:

    Hmm…I might have to give this a try. I’ve been wanting to buy this style of jeans but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so I never ended up buying any. So I will definitely try doing this.

  10. thebrokenwindow says:

    Cool! I need to try this sometime when I find an old pair of jeans that need destroying.

  11. Josh says:

    This is a fantastic idea. When the weather is nicer, I’ll be trying this … definitely.

  12. Pete says:

    I will give this a go for sure !!

  13. oasis says:

    It’s cool.I want to do ิีะ not dare enough.

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