Tuesday, July 19, 2011

How-To Tuesday: Paint Your Shoes!

Happy How-To Tuesday!! It's been a couple weeks since I have posted a how-to, and I am so so excited to finally get this one on the bloggy!

I painted my shoes! It was a really fun project. It mostly just took a steady hand (I don't have that) and some patience between drying times, but now I have this great new pair...



I used an old pair of Target flats. I thought about it and realized these shoes are 7 years old, and I haven't worn them in about 4 years. They were also a great material for acrylic paint, one of those plastic synthetic fake leather materials. It was smooth, and grabbed on to the paint reeeeeeal goooood :)

Boring shoes Before makeover
The pattern on the shoe was great because it made it easy to incorporate multiple colors throughout the stitched pieces.

Midway makeover
This is the shoe about halfway through the makeover process. I put tape along the side of the sole of the shoe so I could keep it free from paint. The lighter colors took a few more coats to cover up the black pleather.

With my latest obsession with aqua (just look at what I did to my kitchen!) I knew I needed some more punch to the shoe.


Ahhhh the aqua is perfect. Once all the paints were totally dry I sprayed the shoes with a glossy finishing spray (the one I used is actually for decoupage) and they look so so good! They turned out much better than I had anticipated, and they actually match a lot of my outfits.

So a lonely pair of Target flats has been revitalized. A pair of shoes that I haven't worn at all in 4 years has now been worn nearly every day for the past 2 weeks!



What do you think of the project? Do you have an old boring pair of shoes you think needs a summer spruce-up? 


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21 comments:

  1. These came out really cool much better than plain.
    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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  2. FANTASTIC idea. Now that's what I call thinking outside the box! TFS

    Jess B.
    thatzuneek@gmail.com

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  3. This is super creative and so divalicious! Thanks so much for sharing at the MIMM Link Up Party!
    :O)
    Jessica

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  4. Ooooooo...Such a fabulous project! I have countless shoes that have not been worn since I worked (and I've been a SAHM now since #2 was born 4 years ago)! I'm sure if they were anything but black, I may wear them! Thanks for this wonderful project!
    Amber

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  5. Great shoe redo Rachel! I love the colors you chose!

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  6. Visiting you from the MIMM Party! How Cool are these shoes, you did a great job!! From Drab to FAB!!

    divaof5.blogspot.com

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  7. What a fabulous idea! Thanks for visiting my blog. I am now following you!

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  8. What a complete transformation after you painted them. Looks so chic !

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  9. this is a great idea!! They took on a completely new look. So summer looking too! I am your newest follower, I would love for you to visit me too. Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

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  10. This is so amazing and creative! My sister is going to go nuts when she sees this! :)
    Amy
    redheadedcrafter.blogspot.com

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  12. Hi, just came by from Made It Myself Mondays! What a great idea for older shoes. I hope you'll stop by my blog when you get some time.
    Peace & Harmony,
    Raven
    http://feralscraps.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh, I'm also a new follower. 8^)
    Peace & Harmony,
    Raven
    http://feralscraps.blogspot.com

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  14. Such cute results - I'm sure you are getting a lot of compliments on those!

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  15. Hey Rachel, I didn't use Letterpress, I used a Tattered Angels' screen. They have a lot of different ones, but they are all beautiful.
    Peace & Harmony,
    Raven
    http://feralscraps.blogspot.com

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  16. What an adorable project and FUN too-- thanks so much for linking up this week at Craft Junkie Too I invite you to join us again next week.

    Big Hugs!
    Tracy

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  17. how fun! i would definitely try this on an old shoe that wasn't seeing the light of day anymore. what a great idea!

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  18. What type of paint did you use?

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