So I was staring at a pair of cream colored flats I bought at Target on clearance a while back for $5 thinking about how I have never worn them and wondering if I should donate them. I’d hate to donate them. They are seriously brand new. And super cute and unique. Then why don’t I wear them? Hmmm….. I looked around at my other shoes. I have bright yellow heels, hot pink flats, teal espadrilles,…duh. I don’t wear them because they’re boring! Plain old creamy-nude. Well then, I’ll just have to change that. So I got online in search of a way to jazz up my boring little flats. Thats when I discovered that you can actually SPRAY PAINT shoes. And people had. And it was awesome.
Having an abundance of spray paint in my garage, I got excited, grabbed my shoes, and headed out there to find the perfect color. I picked a can of corally-salmon spray paint I had gotten at the Dollar Store months ago. I LOVE coral lately and coral paint would be just the punch those shoes needed. So heres what I did.
Cost: $6 (thats for my shoes and the paint) this of course will vary.
- A pair of shoes. *TIP* Patent leather or faux patent leather (basically anything shiny) will probably not hold the paint as well and may end up cracking. I recommend only painting shoes that are a faux suede-ish material (like mine), cotton-ish material, or satin. That way the paint seeps into the fibers and doesn’t become super stiff and chip off.
- Paper towels, rags, etc. To stuff your shoes so the paint doesn’t get inside.
- Tape. If you want to tape off the sole and heel so that it stays the original color.
- Spray primer. (Recommended but may not be absolutely necessary)
- A razor blade. To take any over-spray off of the heel or sole.
1. Stuff your shoes with rags/paper towels. Make sure that any are you don’t want paint on is covered by towels or tape.
2. Prime your shoes with a spray primer if you’d like before you paint them and let that dry.
3. Spray paint shoes in sheer coats to avoid drips or puddles. Spray on an even sheer coat, let dry, then spray on another, etc, until the shoes are completely covered in an even coat of paint.
4. Let dry overnight before you wear them.
5. Remove tape and rags and take off any over-spray by carefully scraping it with a razor blade (or fingernail).
6. Enjoy your new shoes! 🙂