Thursday, September 9, 2010

Spray Painted Shoes

While out garage sale shopping this summer, I found these little flats--and even though I wasn't crazy about the color--The price was right! 

I like pink--and actually wear quite a lot of pink.  But these shoes were ROSE colored--not pink.  So they were just not working out in their original color.

My AWESOME sister, Michelle, had a similar problem with a pair of her shoes--and she SPRAY PAINTED them!  You have to see her AWESOME shoes HERE.

So, once again--I turned to my trusty can of spray paint.

First I taped off the bottoms--and stuffed a plastic bag inside the shoe to catch all the over spray.

Then I started spraying.

This picture is after the first coat:
At this point I was wondering if this was such a good idea--and if it would really work. 

But after some drying time and another coat of paint--they were looking NEAR perfect (meaning they looked fantastic--but there were just a couple traces of the pink showing through at the seams--nothing anyone else would ever notice)!

But when I say NEAR perfect--that usually means I should stop there and be satisfied with a job well done.  But it almost always means that I don't stop there--and I try for PERFECTION.  And SOMETIMES that means that I then MESS THINGS UP WHILE TRYING TO GET THEM PERFECT!!!!

This was one of those times.

For some reason--the final coat of paint that I decided the shoes just HAD TO HAVE--did this:
And this:

AARRRGGGG!!!!  Frustration!!!!

Luckily I only started the last coat of paint at the heel of both shoes and noticed what was happening and STOPPED spraying.  So this damage is only on the heels.

NORMALLY this kind of thing would drive me BATTY!  And I wouldn't be able to sleep at night until I had sanded them both down and re painted them till they looked right!

But--this time I have decided it doesn't really matter.  These kinds of flats I normally wear with a pair of jeans that usually hang over the heels of my shoes ANYWAYS.  And when I put them on and look down--I can hardly see the crackling--so I'm sure no one else will notice it either!

So there.  I am leaving them.

And from the front--they look FABULOUS!!!

And just because I love the before/after we go:



Even despite the crackling of the paint--this was a SUPER fun project--and I am DEFINITELY going to keep my eyes peeled for another pair I can re-do.  I have a fun limey green color of spray paint that would look AMAZING on a pair of shoes!!!

Once again--with spray paint--the possibilities are ENDLESS!!

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  1. Such a great idea! They turned out great!

  2. Adorable - I cannot believe you spray painted your shoes. I NEVER would have thought of that.

  3. Thanks for joining our blog hop over at Sassy Sites! There are some amazing blogs out there, and you are definitely one of them! I'm a follower of yours too! Happy Friday! xoxo

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  4. Such a great idea! I love the transformation!

  5. Holy cow I had no idea you could spray paint shoes but why not eh! I love the blue! I'll be following you!

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  6. I did not know you could spray paint shoes! This opens up a brand new DIY door for me! Thanks.

  7. Girl, you ought to buy stock in spray paint!
    I miss you!

  8. That is too funny! Never would have thought to spray paint shoes!!!! I am really curious to know how well they wear.

  9. What a clever idea, don't you love spray paint!

  10. Ok.....I saw your heading and thought..."What in the world....?" But how cute! How creative! Such a pretty color!

    I'm packing that idea in my little creativity box for future reference..... lol!

    Happy Met Monday!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

  11. Very clever! I never would've thought to spray paint shoes! Good job! :)

  12. When my girls were little we spray painted their ballet shoes. Good idea.

  13. too cute! I might have to try that!

  14. Such a cute re-fashion, I love it! Hooray for not giving in to perfectionism, you're right, who ever sees the heel of a flat?

  15. Spray paint? Who would have thought of that? Not me! Looks cute!

  16. I had never seriously even had a passing thought about spray painting shoes. I guess I thought unless one used a fabric dye or something that coloring would make shoes stiff or that eventually the color would crack or peel. This is the second post this week that I have seen with spray painted shoes. (The other was cloth ballet slippers.)
    You will have to do a follow up post in a few weeks letting us know how well they wear.
    They look fabulous.

    I could use stone look paint for concrete shoes for a Halloween monster!

  17. Thanks for linking up to Take-a-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! - Mandy,

  18. How cute is that?! I just dropped by from Whatever Goes Wednesday on Someday Crafts, come check me out!

  19. This is a great idea! I love the color your chose. I am highlighting this at

  20. Just when I thought I had spray painted all possible things. Great idea.

  21. I love this blue. What brand and color?

  22. Sharon,
    I have to say I have heard of alot of thing about what people do to thier shoes although this is the first time I have heard of spray painting them lol. I found you on my sisters blog House of Grace and I thought that it was a neet idea. You have one new follower today! I can't wait to see what else you have in store.


  23. Love this.. cute blog. come on over to our site if you ever need new ideas or want to feature one of your items

  24. I've spray painted a lot of things...but never shoes! That is very clever!

  25. What a fab idea!!! I'm putting your shoes in the PoPP Spotlight on Saturday.

  26. I had the same idea a while back and spray painted some shoes that I ordered from ebay. The only problem was that after I wore them a couple of days the top of the shoe (where my foot bends and the shoe creases) started chipping off! help! Is there a certain type of spray paint I should use?


  27. what a fun change! I love working with spray paint! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

  28. I sprayed painted mine as well, but I did not spray it with polyurethane to prevent from cracking and so far I have no problems yet. No cracking or anything! The paint stayed on and I am loving it. Yours turn out okay. I guess the one on the back is sort of like part of the art. :)

  29. I'm so getting some red shoes tonight!!!!

  30. Great tips Sharon. I'm about to spray paint a pair of boots soon so I'll be cautious. Once done I will post the finished project on my blog:

    Feel free to drop by and check them out.

  31. Love this!!! I want neon shoes :))

  32. These are so adorable... but I must be the only one that is worried about the toxicity leaking into your skin when you sweat... Just lost my mom 3 months ago to cancer. Crazy how I look at things now. They are so cute though! Wonder if there is a more non-toxic way to do this?

  33. Well, I am so glad that I am not the only crazy, stingy mom. My daughter had to have a pair of brown pumps for a school pagent, interview. Do you know how hard it is to buy brown in the spring???? Well, we looked every where. I mean EVERYWHERE. She either hated them or they didnt have her size. We found a pair of black pumps. I put news paper in the shoes,and sprayed the heck outta them. Eureka! Brown pumps! We still have the shoes after 3 years. Every so often, we have had to do a touch up. Save the paint can and mark it "shoes" Hey, what woman or woman wannabe get rid of shoes?

  34. did you use a specific type of spray paint?

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  36. Great Idea !
    If you do not like the color of your slippers just spray color to change . The concept is good i will try this definitely.

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  37. I have some navy cute designer wedges I got on eBay and I love the tops, but the plasticene heels faded to a kind of wood-grain look which is cheesy. Now that's wearing off a little, too. It's really hard to find navy this year and I need them for work, so I'm going to try painting the heels black, leaving the top patent alone. I just have to figure out the best prep method so the paint will really stick and not scuff so easily. Thanks for the idea!

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