Thursday, July 28, 2011

{painted} shoes


I've already shared this over at Whitney's blog, but I thought I would re-post it here--

I got the idea when I was going through my shoes, getting ready to throw some out. I have SO many black shoes, too many if you ask my husband. The thought came to mind,
why don't I spray paint them?? I liked how they fit, looked, just wanted a new color. So that is exactly what I did.

Here we go--
First, wipe them clean with a damp cloth.
Then fill the inside with newspaper.
Tape around all of the parts that you don't want painted.
Lay a generous amount of newspaper down, because you don't want to
accidentally paint the concrete (like I may or may not have done, sorry babe!).

Then start spraying. There is definitely a technique when using spray paint, which I am still learning. Nice even strokes work best. You will probably have to add a few coats to get the right amount of coverage.

After it is completely dried, paint a layer of Mod
Podge on to seal the paint.

There you go! A bright new color of shoes to add to your wardrobe. Pretty easy, right??

**A few things I learned--shoes that don't have a lot of bend to them, work best (as in, the yellow ones that I painted). The blue ones cracked a bit when I wore them, not too badly though. You're probably not going to want to paint the shoes you wear everyday, since I doubt they will hold up that well. Maybe try using ones that are more of a 'special occasion' type shoe.


In case you're wondering, I painted the black belt as well. I really wanted a yellow belt, but had a hard time finding one. Isn't it amazing what you can do with a little spray paint??

Now, go grab those shoes that you are about to throw out, and have fun transforming them!

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55 comments:

Sharon@thisthriftyhouse said...

I have also painted up some shoes myself--but I love how yours turned out--and I never thought to do a belt!!! Brilliant!

Stephanie {Luxe Boulevard} said...

Okay. I must give you a standing ovation. So simple, yet those yellow shoes rock my world!

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Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

You know I am a fan of this!! So creative. Hehe I may or may not have also spray painted our concrete floors as well :) Woopsie

Rachel said...

Those are so adorable! I especially love the yellow shoes, and yes, I had wondered about the belt :-) I think I might try spray painting a belt now--I have really wanted a few bright colored belts but can't find any anywhere! Thanks for the great idea :-)

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

Ok Lindsey I saw your guest post and I have to say you're so amazingly creative! I love this transformation!

Natasha said...

I would have never thought to spray paint my shoes, but after seeing this i just might give it ago. always wanted some red shoes but never seen any i like, so this is going to be my next project, thanks xxx

Kari at A Grace Full Life said...

This. Is. Pure. Genius!!!!

Cindy@Cinsarah said...

Love it! you are so creative!!

Nelson Family said...

Love them! You did a great job. I found another project for you. It was on Studio 5. They sewed strips of fabric onto cardboard and them framed them. Tyler's aunt tried one out and it turned out really cute!

Nelson Family said...

**It was cardstock not cardboard. I tried to find the video on Studio 5 for you, but can't find it yet. I will let you know if I do.

whitney said...

love it!! im having a giveaway for a beautiful vintage tin! please share the word and sign up
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thx xox

Kaitlin Saenz said...

I'm seriously impressed! I never would have thought that would have worked! Looks great! I'm visiting from Me and My Boys! I'd love for you to share this with my {re}create into something new blog party too at http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/07/recreate-into-something-new-3.html

Hope to see you at my place soon!
Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife
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Jen said...

Genius! I love the pop of yellow your "new" shoes give, I'll be looking at shoes differently now! I'd love to see you pop by my blog sometime, www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

Jen

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Seriously, I would have never thought of this! You are one smart cookie. I agree, spray paint is amazing. The yellow pair look like a whole new pair of shoes and love the belt!

Tanya Anurag said...

OMG.. you spray painted your shoes! How did you get that idea. It is fun :) Pinning it. Thanks for sharing.

-Tanya
http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

They look great!

The Andersens said...

I'm so going to do this!! Love it!!

amycornwell said...

This is fantastic! Oh, how I love spray paint!

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Great idea!! I love your ideas.

I featured you on my TT&J facebook page:)

xoxo
Jen

Mouse Illustration said...

What a great idea! I am loving all the yellow that is around just now and your shoes look super cute :-)

Alice said...

I have been wanting to spray paint my shoes! Thanks for the tips.

Ashley said...

i love this idea! you are so creative!!!!

Sabrina said...

That's so cool!I have a post on my blog for shoe decoupage, but I have to try painting , thanks for sharing.
Dropping by from Funky Junk Blog, your newest follower.

Jenelle said...

I have also done the shoe painting project. I used a fabric paint because it has a bit of flexibility to it. I also glittered them! I love taking something and improving it!!

Isi said...

I love how they came out!!


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" me " said...

the yellow one is better, i like the other pair more in black. It's a genious idea !

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Seriously very cute and clever! LOVE THE YELLOW!!! Thanks for the tip on using Mod Podge to seal them!

Maria Matter said...

this is such a fun idea! love the colors you chose!
So glad you posted, I would have never thought to paint my shoes!

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

You are my hero! Can not wait to try this! (Come here ugly shoes ....)

Cowie Kaunweigh said...

BRILLIANT !!! Just Brilliant !!

Maggie said...

you blow my mind with this idea...
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Christie said...

Those look awesome!! I definately have some scuffed pairs of shoes I've not been able to part with... but now it looks like I don't have to! Thanks for sharing this!

Michelle said...

Brilliant. I am totally going to update some of my shoes and accessories. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This amazing post added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

Mindie Hilton said...

Thanks for linking up at Bacon Time, u had me at shoes.... so cute, love the colors u picked too.

Tanis said...

I wish I had seen this last week! I just got rid of a few pairs of shoes that were a little scuffed and I was just bored with them!
Oh well, this will now save some of my future shoes!!

Michelle said...

This is fabulous!! I love this!! Great idea!

Johnnie said...

Hi. I am a new follower. Love this project! Stopping by to invite you to join Thrifty Thursday, because your I am loving your posts. Have a wonderful day. Blessings!

Johnnie

Michelle said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Delicately Constructed Fridays!! I liked this so much I featured it this evening!! Come by and check it out!
Have a great Friday, hope to see you tomorrow for this weeks party!
Michelle
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Conny's Cottage said...

great

Kirstin said...

brides so need to embrace this idea. The color should last fine through the ceremony, everyone goes barefoot or switches to flip flops once the dancing starts anyways!

Sarah said...

Wow! What awesome transformations! I've always wondered it you could spray paint shoes....looks like you definitely can! thanks for the inspiration. :)

Jennifer said...

These are beyond amazing!! Thanks for linking these up to Saturday Social this week!!

- Jenn @ Social Salutations

Kate said...

I LOVE this idea! I can't wait to have my own yellow shoes!

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

OH MY GOSH this is the BEST idea ever! I would have never thought of doing something like this! Great job!!!! I might have to pin this so my sister can see it! :o) So so glad we are new bloggin friends!
Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

Vixen said...

I love this!! Who knew, right!? Thanks for sharing! I linked this up on my blog today too! http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2011/08/amazing-spray-paint.html

Jamie said...

Thank you so much for joining the Make Yourself Monday Blog Hop! :o)

-Jamie

Rose and Heather said...

I never thought you could spray paint shews but I now will. I would love to featur this one on our blog. For next weeks link party Crafty lassie Tuesday at http://sewstylishboutique.blogspot.com/
Thanks Rose and Heather

Adelas said...

So, I didn't look at the pricing, but I googled "spray paint for leather" and found this: http://www.bryndana.com/cchart.html
... their site says its good for vinyl AND leather, and doesn't flake off. Just a tip for anyone else trying the shoe trick!

trophyw.blogspot.com said...

Love it and iI lurve that you painted a matching belt.

elise said...

This is GENIUS. The yellow shoes are my favorite. I'm SO spray painting my shoes. And I've got a belt or two that I think I'll try also. Love it!

Juf said...

I spray painted two pairs of shoes this summer too. They're shoes I use all the time, so they did get "crackled" after a while. (One pair more than the other.) Recently I discovered that there is Rustoleum (and other brand) spray paint that's meant for leather/imitation leather/vinyl. Apparantly you can get it at auto supply stores, since it was developed for using in car interiors. It's supposed to be very flexible. That's what I'm trying on my next pair of spray paint shoes!
Jacqueline (visiting from TT and J)

Tamster the Hamster said...

Love them! Way to update & re-use! Great idea, great job!

Felicity Mozdzen said...

This is pure genius! It never occurred to me that this can be done. I saw this item at womens sandals online australia shop and I really love it. But for now, I'm gonna revamp my shoes so that I'll have the feeling that I have new ones.

hollygillott said...

This is a really cool way to recycle old shoes that is still in good condition. You did great with that yellow one.

-Holly G.

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