I have been eyeing floral shoes for a while now.
Meanwhile…languishing away in my closet were some floral kitten heels that I don’t care for anymore. They were destined for the consignment store. The bright green doesn’t work well with the colours in my wardrobe.
While trying to fall sleep last week a brilliant idea popped into my head…
(yes I lie in bed awake at night unable to sleep because I’m thinking about shoes…doesn’t everyone?)
Why not paint the shoes?
I’d get the floral shoes I’d been lusting after, they’d be the perfect colour for my wardrobe and more importantly…they’d cost me nothing.
It was so easy!
DIY Painted Shoes
Fabric shoes (thrift stores are a great place to find cheap shoes if you don’t have some of your own that you want to change up)
Acrylic Paints (I used Golden Acrylics in white, red, yellow, blue and black and mixed my own colours, but you can buy them in colours premixed if you desire. It’ll make it easier if you’re not accustomed to mixing paints.)
Use fabric shoes so you can paint directly on them. Be warned…if you get acrylic paint on your clothes it doesn’t come off. You can paint on leather shoes as well but you must strip the protective coating first with a solvent made for leather.
I painted one base coat of an orange/brown colour all over and then I just went to town playing around and having fun painting the shoes.
I didn’t worry about trying to make anything perfect. The design I was going for was loose and romantic…like an impressionist painting, which is great because that way, there are no mistakes.
I added very little water to the paint. For the base coat I didn’t add any water.
After they dried (which takes no time at all with acrylic paints) I added a coat of Mod Podge to seal the and deepen the colour of the paint.
Here I am modelling the new shoes with a vintage blazer from the 1940’s.
Blazer – Vintage 1940’s (You’ll never find one exactly like what I’m wearing and honestly that is why I buy vintage in the first place, however I do really like this plaid blazer), Jeans – Joe Fresh (sim), Shoes – Towne (really gorgeous ones that look like they would be comfy), Handbag – TJ Maxx (sim)
Do you think you would ever paint your shoes? Have you ever tried to up-cycle clothing that didn’t work for you anymore? Did it turn out?