The Look for Less: DIY Splatter Paint Jeans

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Every now and then, I’ll see something in a store and think ‘pssshh, I can make that’.  Y’all know I’m cheap fiscally responsible, so if the pricetag offends me and it’s something I believe I can DIY (which is pretty much anything), I will get to makin’. Remember these DIY Zara inspired slides?

Well, a while back, I started seeing jeans that were not only distressed, they were painted. PAINTED. I’m nothing if not extra, so this was my kinda look.

I saw these at NY&Co. for $69.95

70 American dollars for paint splattered jeanssss??!! I think not.

So I grabbed a pair of thrifted jeans, some acrylic paint in the colors of my choice and got to work. I only used two colors but you can use as many as you like. Do you boo!

DIY Splatter Paint Jeans | The Style Medic

You’ll also need a paint brush, tarp or something to protect your work area (I used a plastic tablecloth from the dollar tree) and some fabric medium to mix into the acrylic paint. The fabric medium allows the paint to bond to the fibers without cracking, peeling or fading even when washed.

DIY Splatter Paint Jeans | The Style Medic

DIY Splatter Paint Jeans | The Style Medic

Once you’ve got your paint thinned out a bit with the fabric medium, it’s time for the fun part. Get some paint on your brush and fling that ish around to your hearts content! I worked one color at a time and stopped just before it became a big ole mess. Here are a few snaps of how I rocked the finished product:

DIY Splatter Paint Jeans | The Style Medic


DIY Splatter Paint Jeans | The Style Medic


What say you? Are you feeling the splatter painted jeans? Are you team buy or DIY? 

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T. Espinoza is CEO at The Style Medic. She's the Diva next door, the girlfriend who always looks Fab but doesn’t spend a bundle. She works with the active, focused Diva who wants to look fly, save time and most of all, save money. T. can help you streamline your wardrobe, maximize your budget and take your style from flat-lined to FABULOUS!


  1. Kendra


    I am living!! Girl I’m the same way lol, it’s a lot of things in stores that I can and will make for myself! Great jeans!

    • Sometimes I set my sights too high LOL but I will give it a try!

  2. I sure am, I need to splatter me a pair. I didn’t know about this fabric medium situation. That explains why one of my designs is cracking. I do however have lots of splattered sneakers.

    • The master crafter didn’t know about the fabric medium?! I’m SHOCKED. I think I want to splatter me up a pair of Chucks too.

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