How to Protect Your Clothing From Paint Stains

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Paint and sip parties are loads of fun, but they can also get pretty messy. After all, there are bound to be paint or water spills.

So, if you are going to be hosting or attending a paint and sip party, how are you going to keep your clothing from getting covered in paint? The easiest solution is to wear an apron or a smock that will protect your clothing.

I never recommend wearing fancy or expensive clothes to painting parties. As I said, there are going to be messes made, and no one wants to end up ruining their best outfits.

In this article, I am going to talk about the various options for items that can be worn to protect your clothes from paint stains. 

Keep reading to learn more.

#1. Wear Colorful Clothes

Some people just don’t want to wear an apron or a smock. So, I like to give people a few options.

If they don’t want to wear something over their clothing, I suggest wearing clothing items with a lot of bright colors. That way, even if some paint is spilled, it may not even show up.

I have a lot of repeat customers, and many of them find that they like to choose one outfit that they use for painting. That way, they can attend or host many parties and not have to worry about what they are going to wear or protecting their outfits.

I wrote a specific guide on what to wear to a paint party, you might want to check that out.

#2. Grab One of Grandma’s Old Aprons

I bet if you were to look around your grandmother’s house, you would likely find a whole slew of old aprons that she is no longer using. These old aprons are ideal for paint and sip parties.

The best type of apron would be one that has a bib, so both tops and bottoms are protected. But if you can’t find one of these aprons, a regular apron will suffice.

Another option is to go out and buy a few aprons (one for yourself and one for each of your guests). You can often find cheap aprons at dollar stores, and they are relatively inexpensive at department stores. Remember, they can be used over and over again, so you only have to buy them once.

#3. Wear an Old Housecoat

Most of us have at least one old housecoat stuffed in the back of our closets. These old housecoats are perfect to wear at paint and sip parties.

Seeing as how you likely never wear it, it isn’t like you are going to be worried if you get paint on the housecoat. Ask your guests to look around for their old housecoats to wear at your painting party.

When I teach at painting parties for kids, they are often slumber parties. So, I tell the hosts to make sure the kids are wearing old pajamas or housecoats. They can choose to keep these clothes on for the rest of the night or change into clean pajamas after they finish painting.

#4. Get Yourself an Artist’s Smock

You’ve probably seen television shows or movies where artists are wearing loose smocks while they create their art. This is a really good idea, and artists’ smocks aren’t overly expensive.

These smocks are very comfortable, and usually made from cotton. There are also kids’ artist smocks that are made from plastic, much like cheap plastic tablecloths.

#5. Lab Coats Aren’t Just for Scientists

If you have access to lab coats, such as those that are worn by doctors, lab technicians, etc., you can use them for your paint and sip event.

Just like a smock or apron, this can be something that is only used for painting, so you don’t have to worry about spilling paint all over it.

You can often find old lab coats, or even medical scrubs, at thrift stores and second-hand clothing stores for less than $5 each.

#6. Try Using Garbage Bags or Plastic Tablecloths

If you want to save money, you can go to your local dollar store and buy a box of garbage bags and use them as aprons/smocks. All you have to do is cut a hole at the bottom of the bag to put your head through, and a hole on each side for your arms.

Another option is to cut up cheap plastic tablecloths to use as painting aprons. They can be cut into the shape of a traditional bibbed apron, or just put a head hole and arm holes in each plastic tablecloth.

Final Thoughts

Painting parties are loads of fun, but they can also get pretty messy at times. No matter how careful you are, chances are you will end up spilling something by the end of the night, whether it is paint, paint water, or wine.

I always tell party hosts to make sure that everyone wears older clothing, and that they each have an apron, smock, etc. to wear over their clothing for protection.

There is always going to be at least one person who thinks they will not spill anything, and who wears their best outfit to a paint and sip party. Make sure that you offer anyone who does this an apron or a smock, and explain that you are only trying to make sure that their clothing doesn’t end up covered in paint stains.

Acrylic paint is next to impossible to wash out of clothing. Once it’s on fabric, it is generally there to stay. Wearing a protective layer over your clothes will ensure that your clothes do not get stained, no matter how much paint or wine you may happen to spill.

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