How To Update Your Denim Shirt

denim shirt

I don’t know what’s got into me lately but I’ve been doing a rash of little DIY’s.  Here’s another quickie for updating a denim shirt –  an old standby!

You will need:

1 light denim shirt (the one above is shown as an example)
Spray bottle with bleach. Make sure bottle has an adjustable nozzle
Large bucket with water
Plastic cover to protect the ground/surface

tie dye denim shirt

1.  Submerge shirt in bucket of water and wring out excess.
2.  Lay out on flat surface as shown below.
3.  Spray random areas with bleach. Switch spray nozzle between a mist and a jet of bleach. Make sure to do front and back of the shirt.


4.  Once faded spots show enough, submerge and rinse a little in water to stop further bleaching.

tie dye denim shirt

5.  Place in washer/dryer and voila!  

One old denim shirt gets refreshed and your bleaching preference makes it unique to you.   

tie dye denim shirt

I’m wearing mine over leather skinnies as soon as it gets cool enough.   Boyfriend shorts till then….


  1. Katya says:

    nice idea♥


    I love the finished product ! I might try it on an old denim shirt 🙂

  3. style-xyz says:

    looks great!

  4. Anonymous says:

    The finished product isn’t the same shirt as the “before” shirt….?

    • Karen says:

      No it’s not the same one. I completely forgot to take a before pic of it. The one shown in the first pic is an example (as stated).

      Hope that helps! Next time I’ll make sure to remember a before of the actual item : )

  5. Amanda says:

    Great DIY =)

  6. OLIVIA IRENE says:

    I created an ombre denim post a couple months ago 🙂 Love your shirt!


    • Karen says:

      it probably would’ve looked ok! its very haphazard so whatever you end up with is a look really

  7. prettystrange says:

    WOW! I tried it and it turned out perfectly. Thanks for the how to!

    • Karen says:

      oh great!!!!

  8. Luxx Mint says:

    I loved the faded look alot, must try this at home.

    Luxx Mint

    • Karen says:


  9. The White List says:

    An absolutely genius idea!!! Wow! (And thanks!!!)

  10. nina says:

    Great DIY!!! Love it!

  11. K.Raichelle says:

    I absolutely love it, I think I’m gonna try it.

  12. Nia Groce says:

    Oh, so awesome! Definitely planning to try this, thanks ma’am!

  13. Claire says:

    so great!

  14. ashnepa says:

    I’m in the process of watching it turn colors as I type. I’m so excited. I have a pair of jeans to do too. Can’t wait to see how they turn out, thanks for the inspiration!

  15. ashnepa says:

    Great idea, I have some dark blue denim that I’m thinking about doing too. Wish me luck!

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