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DIY Waxed jeans

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

DIY Waxed jeans

Waxed/black coated jeans have been around for awhile, for example Acne and Dior Homme have made their own version of these jeans. I never owned a pair due to the fact that the price was ridiculously high and none of the waxed jeans fit me. My boyfriend on the other hand has had two pairs of Acne Hex Cash black coated jeans, and even though he hasn't ever washed them in a washing machine, the top coat has already totally worn out. I have always wondered how on earth they do that cool wax/black coat surface, so I really wanted to get into the bottom of this mystery. My boyfriend and I figured out that the paint Acne may use is acrylic paint, so we walked into the artist shop that was around the corner and did some shopping. What we found was black acrylic paint and some gloss to mix in with the paint. So, we took the stuff home and started painting the jeans with the mix and were pretty pleased with the outcome.
Here are detailed instructions on how to make your own waxed jeans, how much it costs, and what you will need. I will also reveal the results of this denim makeover (see the pictures). I chose to give the makeover to some old Cheap Mondays and my boyfriend did it to his worn out Acne's.

1. The jeans - Since the paint dries out really hard you should use jeans that have lost their form or are a size or two bigger than usual. Otherwise you may not fit in your jeans after the makeover.

2. The Paint - Get black (or whatever color) acrylic paint, a brush that's made for acrylic paint and if you want to add more shine to the look, get some soft gel gloss to mix in. You will also need a cup where you mix the paint and probably some cardboard to protect your floor. Art stores sell these supplies and are willing to help, just ask them. There are cheap and expensive paint options, depends how much you're willing to spend on your project. The black paint we purchased is called Wilson & Newton: Galleria Acrylic paint, 13€. The gloss was by Golden and it is called Gel Medium Soft Gel (Gloss), 10.70€. These were huge bottles, so we could do this operation about 10 times if we wanted to.

3. Mixing the paint - Mix about 80% acrylic paint and 20% of the gloss. If you want more shiny look, add more gloss. If you want to thin then paint, add water.

4. The Paint job - Place your jeans on the floor on top the protective cardboard (or plastic). Start painting the jeans with the paint brush. Use mild strokes along the lines of the denim. You can do as many layers as you want, if you feel that the jeans didn't get the result you wanted. My boyfriend did two layers, I did just one because I wanted a bit more rougher look. Acrylic paint dries really quickly, so you can do both sides in about one hour. After finishing both sides, let the jeans dry a few hours before trying them on, just to be sure.

My boyfriend working on his jeans.

5. Ta dah! - Now you got yourself some waxed jeans. Pullinging them on is like putting on jeans made out of paper, so be patient and careful. With heavy use the jeans will soften up and get more comfortable, trust me on this one.

6. Washing instructions - I don't recommend that you wash your jeans but if you absolutely must, do it in cold water without any soap. I'm warning you though, the color will bleed! If you can, take the jeans to a dry cleaner.

7. Flash your jeans - There you got yourself a cool new pair of waxed jeans. Go on and flash them!

Top: Poco Loco
Hooded vest: Two Percent 2%
Jeans: Cheap Monday, DYI wax coat
Shoes: Bullboxer

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Anonymous sugar kane said...

Hey thank you very much for this tutorial! Ever since I saw my fave photographer ryan McGinley sporting those Dior Homme jeans in Vice Magazine i've been wondering how to Do It Myself!

July 16, 2008 at 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noi on kyllä mielettömän hienot :0 vouu! Vitsit kun itsellä olis tarpeeksi uskallusta kokeilla, mutta pitänee katsoa. En kyllä tiedä uskaltaisinko uhrata farkkuja :)

July 16, 2008 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Aina said...

Vau miten hienot! :)

July 16, 2008 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger eve said...

Mä en olis ikinä keksinyt että tommosia saisi ihan kotioloissakin aikaan! Täytyykin katsella jos alelaarista löytyisi jotkut sikahalvat farkut mitkä voisi sitten maalailla ;)

July 16, 2008 at 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is really nice!
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Lucy Fashion

July 16, 2008 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Nelliina said...

uuuu cooool! Onneksi mulla on kaupan versiot tuollaisista kiiltävistä farkuista niin voi heittää surutta pesukoneeseen :D

July 16, 2008 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

tuli mieleen, että kuvataidekouluaikoina ei kyllä akryylimaali kuivuttuaan lähteny pesussakaan housuista (eikä muistakaan vaatteista) pois, että sen perusteella kyllä tuommoisia vois pestä ihan koneessakin.
Hieno toi huppuliivi! :)

July 17, 2008 at 1:44 AM  
Blogger Suhkur said...

Pirskatti sentään! Mie oon ostanu jostain alennusmyynnistä tuollaset "vahatut" farkut ja oon miettiny mitä niille pitää tehhä ku se kiilto on hävinny olemattomiin ja tässä tää nyt on, tänks! Pienetyykö pökät oikeesti niin paljon, kun nuo miun housut istuu tällä hetkellä ihan grande buenosti ni jos ne sit kutistuu ni en lähe turhaan maalailemaan:)

July 17, 2008 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger L. said...

What an awesome idea. I never would have thought of it! Thanks.

July 18, 2008 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Très Lola said...

Awesome tips! They look hot!

July 19, 2008 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Sugar kane: NP. Yeah those DH ones are deffo amazing, its good that the secret is out finally. :)

Hanna: Kiitti. Kannattaa kokeilla sellaisilla farkuilla, joilla ei ole väliä meneekö pilalle vai ei.

Aina: Kiitti!

Eve: Onnea matkaan!

Lucy fashion: Sure I can and thanks. :)

Nelliina: Niistä vaan lopulta lähtee ne vahat pois, mutta tuossa on keino restauroida ne kuntoon.

Heidi: Kiitti, jahas täytyykin kokeilla pesemistä. :)

Suhkur: Ne ei tavallaan pienene, mutta tulevat niin kovaksi, että jalkaan laittaminen on vaikeaa. Eli ne tavallaan pienenee yhden koon. Kyllä ne sitten käytössä venyy takasin. :)

I: Me neither hehehe. :)

Tres lola: Thanks!

July 19, 2008 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger annsku said...

lupaathan raportoida sitten miten farkut toimii käytössä, lohkeileeko maali yms. vai pysyykö siistinä? itsekkin uskallan kokeilla kun saan vähän tietoa toimiiko hieman kovemmassakin käytössä (=

July 19, 2008 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Wendy-May said...

that is genius! and they look so good!x

July 20, 2008 at 11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Tuli mieleen, että irtoaako farkuista maalia käytössä? voiko huoletta istua vaalealle penkille?

July 21, 2008 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Annsku: Pitää testata vaikka baarikäytössä. Eivät kyllä tunnu lohkeavan tai kuluvan. :)

Wendy-May: Thanks!

Anonymous: Ei kyllä tähän asti ole irronut mitään, mutta en ole vielä testannut että miten ovat esim. kosteana sateen jälkeen jne. Raportoin sitten lisää, kun tiedän. :)

July 21, 2008 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger WendyB said...

WAY too much effort for me but it looks great!

July 22, 2008 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Pter said...

Nice idea.......

July 23, 2008 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger IRIS & PIETER said...

What a nice idea!
It came out great! love it

July 24, 2008 at 12:35 AM  
Blogger Nadia said...

this is probably the coolest diy i have ever seen!

August 1, 2008 at 5:38 AM  
Blogger head in the clouds. said...

this is brilliant! i may have to give it a try. do you have to start with black jeans though?

August 1, 2008 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Wendyb: Its not that much effort actually. It may look so but its not. :)

Pter: Credits to you, babe.

Iris&Amp Pieter: Thanks! :)

Nadia: Thank you. :)

Head in the clouds: If you want them pitch black, then black jeans are probably the best way to go. I'm sure that you could use other colors too but you might have to put more layers of paint. Blue jeans might look pretty nice, if the blue shows through a bit. :)

August 4, 2008 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Fruchtzwerg said...

fantastic idea! I have seen a girl with waxed jeans by Urban Outfitters and was wondering how much they are but since you're showing us a cheaper way to produce our own waxed jeans I might go for this alternative. But I'm hopeless talentless ;)

August 5, 2008 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Babaloom CEO said...

AWESOME! I would've done the same thing to a pair of cheapmondays if I hadn't gotten South Korean wannabe diors off ebay for like 60$ shipped! =D

August 5, 2008 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Fruchtzwerg: I'm sure you can manage the waxed jeans, it doesn't require any talent. :) Good luck!

Babaloom ceo: Those wannabes sound good. :) if they start losing their color, you know now what to do. :)

August 21, 2008 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Hamlet A. said...

this is very cool. by the way, i am more into the transparent wax coating by dior homme few seasons ago. do you have idea about what material to use? i have no idea yet.

August 24, 2008 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Hamlet a.: I do know what you are talking about but I am not so sure how they did it. I could imagine that by just using the gloss (it's white but dries transparent, shiny) it would work. Good luck with your project! :)

August 24, 2008 at 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Fluent of Haute label society said...

thank you so much

im gonna try this

September 17, 2008 at 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this - I have a pair of the Urban Outfitters black wax jeans and oops washed them in the machine and now they are just boring black pants with no special finish. I'm going to try this - yours look great.

November 15, 2008 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Hamlet A. said...

finally done my clear waxed version using only acrylic medium, use "regular gel" as the base layer, because it is less watery than tar gel or clear gel, then you can add layer or tar gel or clear gel for smoothness and glossiness. check ouot the photo on my blog, MOCK DIARY.

November 15, 2008 at 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i tried the above tutorial, on a pair of gray jeans, the end product came out rather patchy though, any idea wat could hav casued this? Keav

December 21, 2008 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Fluent of haute label society: NP. Tell me how the project went. :)

Anonymous: Yeah the wax coat of the jeans that they sell at the stores comes off quite easily in the wash. This way you can always coat them again and again. :)

Hamlet A: Yours looked great! Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous: You should add a bit water in the mix to tnin out the paint. Also just put more layers of paint to cover the patchy areas until you got shiny unpatchy finish. :)

December 21, 2008 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Keav said...

is it possible for me to show u guys wat i meant? and perhaps get some advice on how to cover the patches?
P.S i did coat quite a number of times.. but i just couldnt get the shiny/glossy look .. but the jeans does feel stiff.. ironically jus like my other waxed jeans!

December 22, 2008 at 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey,cool stuff(: just want to know,ever since you waxed that jeans and wore it,has the coating of the acrylic paint dropped off?cos the last picture seems to have cracks on it already.just wanna ask before i trash my jeans(:

May 2, 2009 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Keav: Please do, you can email me some pics if you want at

Fusedlights: It's just because I didnt want to do so many layers on my jeans. My bf did 2 or 3 times the layer and his have a very smooth finish. I wanted mine to look a bit unfinished and cracking and those pictures were actually taken right after I finished them. The paint does not crack or fall off when you move in your jeans but if you wash them, it might wear out a little. I haven't washed mine yet, so I don't know. Usually you should not wash your waxed jeans, even if they are store bought. Good luck with the project!

May 2, 2009 at 8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this guide! I just finished waxing my old cheap mondays and Im really pleased with the result. I also went with just one layer for a rougher look. Looks even better than my 700$ Dior Strip waxed jeans. Anyone used any other color than black? I wonder how it would be to use like silver acrylic on black or to was a pair of blue jeans

May 9, 2009 at 1:02 AM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Anonymous: That's great to hear!:) I'm glad you are pleased with the result. Better than your Dior Strips? Oh lala, I take that as a compliment for this tutorial!;) Hamlet here just used the gloss and his pants came out great. I'm sure it will work with different colors as well. Just gotta try it out!:)

May 9, 2009 at 1:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG what a great tutorial i was looking for this a long time thank you just one question how to make(MIX) the waxing like dior did on this one( again and great job

May 14, 2009 at 5:35 AM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Anonymous: Good to hear that you like the tutorial!;) It looks like those were made by adding just the clear gloss into the desired spots. If you have a pair of black jeans, you could just add the gloss (see my tutorial for the gloss I used) and achieve this look. If your jeans have lost the blackness, the other way is to first do the black waxing like in my tutorial, let the jeans dry, and then add just the gloss on top to the spots you want to be glossy. Just like the Dior Hommes. :) Hope this was helpful!:)

May 14, 2009 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Raez said...

Hi:) stumbled upon your tutorial and I love the idea! I had just bought the same gel as I already have acrylic paint, and now I'm ready to start my project! Only problem is, I'm not sure if It will work on a particualr pair of jeans I have in mind... They are blue to begin with, so I'm wondering how many coats of paint I'll need and if I'll be succesful in making them pitch black. Second, these jeans are not exactly one size up, however, they were once skin tight but now I find myself yanking them up a lot (the waistband has stretched) and the fit overall feels "stretched" because of a lot of wear. Do you thnk the stretched out feeling of the jeans will be enough for them to fit after the paint? (I'm just worried they'll crumble when I put them on, LOL.) lastly, I'm wondering what kind of brush you used...was it a brush just for acrylics? Or does it matter what brush you use? Do you also think I could use a foam/sponge brush as an alternative?

Thanks again for the tutorial, and sorry for the long comment:)

May 15, 2009 at 5:01 AM  
Blogger Raez said...


you never answered my question, but its okay. i've done the DIY already, and you can check out the outcome at my blog. ive linked you for instructions, hope thats okay!


June 10, 2009 at 1:59 AM  
Blogger A** said...

congratulations for that post!!!!!It's always cool to learn new stuff! and better if its in fashion!!!


June 10, 2009 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Slanelle said...

what a brilliant idea! your jeans look perfect!!

June 10, 2009 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger michellehendra said...

BRILLIANT! i'm gonna try it!!!!!!
thanks thanks thankss! :)
great DIY project i might say!

June 11, 2009 at 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Maurenice said...

Love the idea! and would def. try it when I get a chance. Great posting. I just found ur blog and loved it!

Please check ours out.

Muaahhh from NYC


June 14, 2009 at 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have a slight typo on number 5: You are pulling the jeans on, not pullinging.
Just wanted to point it out! :)
I want to try this ASAP. Are the jeans hot in the summertime?

June 25, 2009 at 4:26 AM  
Blogger Ranoira said...

Vau, totahan voisi kokeilla johonkin takkiin :D

Ite oon pentuna painanut isoja kirjaimia farkkujen reiteen ihan perus akryylimaalilla ja ne farkut kävi useamman kerran pesukoneessa ihan tavallisilla pesuohjelmilla, eikä tekstille käyny mitään. Kuivuttuaanhan akryylimaali on teknisesti ottaen muovia. Ohuella kankaalla pinta saattais halkeilla, mutta ei se kyllä lähde millään pesuaineella.

July 8, 2009 at 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


July 16, 2009 at 2:35 AM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Raez: I typed an answer but I think it dissapeared somewhere in the blogosphere, sorry. Your jeans turned out great and I'm glad you liked the tutorial!:)

A: Thanks! I'm happy this was useful. :)

Slanelle: Thank you so much!:)

Michellehendra: Thank you and good luck with the project! :)

Maurenice: I'm glad you liked it and nice to hear that you like my blog. :) I'll check into yours for sure!:)

Anonymous: Thanks for noticing it! Now it's fixed. :)

Seanysea415: I take that as a compliment since I discovered the secrets of the waxed look. ;)

July 16, 2009 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Thanks so much for posting! I made a pair of shorts with fabric paint, a foam brush and your instructions and they look just fabulous!

July 22, 2009 at 4:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are fantastic looking!! Most probs will be DIY-ing one pair pretty soon. I have query though, does it stain or transfer over to furniture or other fabrics? Keep rocking! \m/

August 21, 2009 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Adrienne: No problem! I'm glad you like the end result and that the tutorial was helpful. :)

Anonymous: Thanks!:) It shouldn't transfer to funiture, as the paint dries really well (at least mine haven't). Also someone here commented that acrylic paint should be also water proof. :) Good luck with your DIY project, let me know how it went!:)

August 21, 2009 at 9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if i coat the jeans from indigo to a black waxed a few months. can i reverse the effects and bring it back to its original indigo colour?? someone help me. i coated mine black.

September 14, 2009 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Anonymous: I highly doubt it.. perhaps you can find out if there is any chemical that washes off acrylic paint (if that's what you used)? Other than that, I doubt it's reversible because the paint does not come off in normal wash, I heard.

September 14, 2009 at 8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes i used acrylic paint gels. coated it and used them for a bout 4 months. washing it now helps?? or do i need to use something else??

September 15, 2009 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Anonymous: Well, I quickly googled "how to remove acrylic paint" and this what I found:
Perhaps these tricks will help? If not, I suggest just getting a new pair of blue jeans.

September 15, 2009 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Platee said...

haha okay thanks for the advice i;ll get a new pair i guess. "D

September 17, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMFG. You are an absolute heaven sent! Stuff paying hundreds on a pair of Dior Homme jeans. I'll just wax coat my worn out Nudie Jeans! Well done. I'd give you a big kiss if I could. HAHA!

November 15, 2009 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Anna-Maria said...

Platee: No problem, I'm glad I could be of help. :)

Anonymous: Awws, that's so sweet! I'm so happy to hear that you like the tutorial. ;) Hopefully your waxing project went well!

November 15, 2009 at 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

December 2, 2009 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Swish36 said...


I love you now.

January 3, 2010 at 4:06 AM  

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