Once upon a time, I hated spray paint. Of course, I don’t think I’d practically ever used it. But it intimidated me. And there you have perhaps the most shameful admission of this entire blog:
I was cowed by a can of paint.
I just had a hard time wrapping my brain around how you got your layers all nice and even and non-drippy without sanding between coats…or something like that (clearly I had no clue about spray paint’s true properties). And I really dislike sanding between coats.
And then I tried it. And, honestly, it was just as bewildering as I feared. And there you have Shameful Admission #2:
I was flummoxed by a can of paint.
But I kept at it until I got the hang of it, at which point I became obsessed. Nothing in my house was safe. Everything from the obvious stuff like picture frames to the less obvious like cabinet knobs to the really-you-spray-painted-that land of…
Yes, I did.
And while I know I’m not the first, it was a first for me. So, today I’m showing how I took a pair of thrift store shoes from this:
Here’s what you’ll need to achieve a similar transformation with a pair of your own:
Spray paint (I used Rustoleum’s Ultra Cover so I didn’t have to prime first)
Hot glue gun
Heat ‘n Bond adhesive (optional)
Cover all surfaces of your shoes that you don’t want to be spray-painted with newspaper + painter’s tape.
Give your shoes at least two light coats of paint, waiting a couple of minutes between coats (my shoes were all manmade materials, by the way, so it was essentially like painting plastic; I wouldn’t recommend this for leather unless it’s just so far gone that you don’t care whether it turns out well or not).
Allow the shoes to dry for at least an hour, preferably longer.
You could stop there, but I wanted to add a little something special, so I peeled off the insert with the brand name printed on it and traced the outline of it on some pretty fabric from my stash, then cut it out to make a custom-patterned insert.
Then I followed the directions on my Heat ‘n Bond adhesive strips to attach the fabric cutout to the original insert.
I put my new custom inserts back in, securing them to the bottom of the shoes with hot glue.
At which point, I had this:
Anybody else getting a totally Anthro vibe from these little beauties? Because I’m thinking I’ve seen this exact teal + cognac combo several times before while I was
drooling over researching things on their site.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m thinking that these shoes alone make my journey to spray paint acceptance worthwhile.
And the best part of all?
I already had all of my supplies, so I transformed my $3 Goodwill shoes without a single trip to a craft store or a single extra cent spent on them.
I can’t wait to wear them!
So, what’s your position on spray paint? Best friend, worst enemy, or indifferent?
Would you spray-paint a pair of shoes that needed a little pick-me-up?
Oh! And, do tell, what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever spray-painted?