How To: Vintage T!

You know your thrift shop gems….those deliciously soft and faded tees? Didja know that you can create them yourself?!  Probably (definitely) for much less than you can find at vintage thrift shops around L.A. (although some of them are worth the money). Anyway, #mindblown.



That’s right. You totally can. And we’re pretty pumped about it!!

We adapted this DIY from a Men’s Health article we found on Pinterest. (See original guide here).


Materials you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup sodium carbonate washing soda
  • 4 cups salt
  • your regular laundry detergent
  • medium and/or coarse grit sandpaper
  • any t-shirt(s) with a logo (Choose a shirt that you don’t mind shrinking a little! You’ll be washing and drying it on high heat!)

*Note: I found that if the shirt is VERY thick and stiff, the results aren’t as great. Also, if the logo is thick and covers most of the surface area of the shirt, it is more difficult and time consuming to distress it.

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First, combine 1/4 cup of the washing soda with 2 cups of salt. Start your washer on HOT and toss in your shirt with either a few other shirts or a towel, the powder mixture, and detergent. Once that finishes, dry on high heat.

Now, repeat 2 more times! (Or more if you’re not seeing/feeling the results you wanted). When you repeat, only use 1 cup of salt instead of 2.

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Once you’ve finished drying your shirt for the third time, it’s time to make that crisp logo look all faded and vintage. That’s where the sandpaper comes in. The original guide suggested a fine grit sandpaper…but I like a really faded look. So I went with the medium grit, and also used the coarse grit for some finishing touches. When sanding the logo, make sure to use uneven strokes, to make the “fading” look natural. Sand away until your little heart’s content.

**Cort’s GIF here once I figure out how to insert it.**

Voila! You have a yummy new/old-looking shirt!

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Also, warm laundry >>> #amiright? ❤

Let us know if you gave it a go! Tag us on insta @AWhimsyWonderland

Love & Vintage



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