Renovating my pre-owned m/l Chanel '05

Harper Quinn

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Nov 26, 2011
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I recently got this beautiful pink caviar m/l in a second-hand bag store in London. It was a good price for Chanel.! Not cheap, but less than 50% of the current RRP, due to the wear, particularly on the back and the loose stitches. I love a challenge and had to purchase her and I'm so glad I did.

There are some excellent and interesting threads on the Balenciaga maintenance section about people renovating their bags, which were hugely educational. The ladies did some amazing jobs there. This is at a much smaller scale, but if it helps anyone please have a read. :smile:

I've posted the photos on my instagram- harpers_uk, too.
 
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Harper Quinn

@wittyg1rl
Nov 26, 2011
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Chanel boutique in London kindly repaired the stitches for me. It took them about 10 minutes. :flowers:

Following on from this I got leather dye and mixed red, white, oxide red leather dye together to match the colour .

I used a fine brush to dye the edge of the back pocket, the edges around the front flap and the corner where the colour had worn off. The back pocket with the marks was harder to do. In the end I applied the colour very lightly with a sponge and let it dry...
 

yinnie

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Wow such a transformation! And you are so brand to tackle it yourself good work and congrats on the great find! Now it's time to enjoy this pretty one [emoji847]
 
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Bags_4_life

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Fabulous job!!! What a great deal. I think if I'd bought a bag this colour new, I'd be scared to use it, but I feel much more carefree with preloved items.

I'm in the process of dyeing a faded lambskin key holder that I've just bought as a rescue job. Got a bit over exited and forgot to put gloves on. My hands will look interesting for the next few days!!!
 
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