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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

{painted shoes...a makeover}

I am a reformed impulse "clearance" shopper. Okay, I'm working really hard on it. There is just something about a really good sale. I also love shoes. A lot. If I could, I would have a room full of shoes. So, when you combine a sale, and shoes, it's dangerous territory.

This pair of green wedges was one of my victims. They had been sitting in my closet for almost three years, and not been worn once. I loved the shape of the shoes, and the polka dots, but I think they were just a little too shiny. So, what did I have to lose? A makeover was the perfect answer--I could have the the fun wedge shape, but in a different color. I'm so glad I tried it--they turned out better than I thought (it started out as an experiment), and I really can't wait to wear them!

After I painted them, I experimented with a few flowers that I had. I can wear them plain, or jazz them up a little by clipping on different colored flowers as an accent. SO fun!



  • shoes--they need to be fabric, or a material that will absorb the paint
  • fabric paint
  • foam brush
  • painters' tape
  • rain and stain shield spray
  • Carefully tape the edges of the shoe with painters' tape.

  • Apply the paint to the shoe using your foam brush. I did the inside of the shoe first, then the outside. Just evaluate as you go to determine how many coats you need. These shoes needed only one on the inside, but three on the outside (to cover the pattern). I let the shoes dry in between each coat for better coverage.
  • Let dry completely, them remove tape.
  • Fabric paint is already waterproof (since it can be washed), but I wanted some extra coverage. I sprayed them with a rain and stain shield, and let dry.

Ta-da!! A totally new pair of shoes!



Blogger Heidi Marie said...

*gasp* Novel idea!!

May 11, 2010 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

What a fantastic idea!!! THese turned out lovely!

May 11, 2010 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Cute! What a great way to transform shoes! I've spray painted sandals with shoe spray before and they came out really nicely too. Great job!

May 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Love this! The potential is endless. Great idea!

May 11, 2010 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Amazing! You will paint ANYTHING! Love it!
You have inspired me.:) Jennifer

May 11, 2010 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Your creativity is impressive! I tried to spray paint some shoes once and it didn't work out so well. :)

May 11, 2010 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger the thrifty ba said...

oh i do love the green but the black will get worn everywhere! great job!

May 11, 2010 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Delia said...

Very cool. I kind of liked the polka dots too but I can see how the shiny would just be enough to make me put them back in the closet too. Great idea!

May 11, 2010 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger hope said...

that is AMAZING! what a great idea!

May 11, 2010 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Country Dreaming said...

Very cute idea--silly question--will the paint rub off on the bootoms of your feet?


May 11, 2010 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Sparkette said...

What an idea. Wow! :)

May 11, 2010 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger Karena said...

Very nice, and now I will look at sale shoes differently, for amazing possibilities!


Art by Karena

May 12, 2010 at 12:39 AM  
Blogger STILLMAGNOLIA said...

I am a shoe nut too. I love a good shoe sale...and yes...danger Will the going to go through my shoes and see what I can do. How fun! I am so glad I stopped by your blog. I will be back.

May 12, 2010 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Kerri said...

WOW!!!! I'm speechless!

May 13, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Jedda said...

hehehe that looks fun!!!

May 13, 2010 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger The How-To Gal said...

I love this idea! I've Mod Podged a few different pairs of shoes, but never spray painted any! Totally going to try this.

May 29, 2010 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

this is a great idea for kid's shoes that are stained but otherwise in good condition! Perfect for families that can do hand me downs, so they can be thrifty but still give the younger children "new" shoes. I love it!

June 18, 2010 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger lecheminant family said...

this helped out so much! i was trying to find a way to paint white look alike converse shoes for my husband for our friends wedding. we have to have red cenverse but i refuse to spend 45 dollars on a pair of shoes my husband will only wear for a few hours... thanks for the idea!!!

April 1, 2011 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger Shawna said...

Just thought I'd let you know I linked to your blog in my post on my version of this upcycle project!

November 8, 2011 at 5:32 PM  

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