I MAY or may not have just spray painted my shoes….And by that I mean I totally DID!
We had a formal event coming up and the outfit I had planned in my head was so NOT working in real life. “I have nothing to wear!” Yep, I’m ashamed to admit it, I pulled the oldest-girl-lie-in-the-book. I once heard a comedian say, “When a woman says she had nothing to wear; she means she has nothing new to wear!” Lol Truer words, am I right?
So here I am, T-minus 2 days until said event and I’m staring at my closet full of nothing. My precious hubby tried to help. “What about this?” he said, pulling a black number from the depths of my closet. “I don’t have any shoes for that.” (Meaning I had no new shoes for that and had fallen out of love with my current options.)
There I was, closet full of nothing and Dave Ramsey telling me that new shoes were not a viable option at the moment. (Oh my first world problems!) When SUDDENLY I had an epiphany. From the corner of my eye I spotted these gold heels
Now this is one of those pairs of shoes that had never been worn. I had gotten them on mega clearance because every girl needs fancy evening shoes and I had none, BUT the color was off. What looked like “classy” gold, under the deceiving store lights, turned into “tacky” gold once I got them home. So there they sat in my trusty shoe rack for over a year. UNTIL…my genius thought ”can I spray paint shoes?” came to mind.
What did I have to lose? So I grabbed my gold strappys, yesterday’s newspaper, my trusty silver metallic spray paint and headed to the basement. Here’s what I did:
First, I covered the surface area in newspaper to catch as much over-spray as possible.
Next, I stuffed the shoe with newspaper. You could also use painters tape on the
Insole, but…I was in a hurry 🙂
Then shake up your spray paint and get to work. Make sure you’re at least a good foot away from your shoe. (Pun completely intended) You want even coverage in thin layers. Getting too close will create bubbles, which can be hard to get rid of. And that’s pretty much it kids. Allow about 20-30 min between coats and your shoes should be ready to wear in 24 hours.
Here is the finished result:
And “here’s a little trick my Dad taught me” (shameless Tommy Boy reference.) When you’re done with your spray paint, turn the can upside down and spray all of the air out. This will give you the longest life out of your can o’spray paint.
Don’t ever let your lack of cash make you feel frustrated and Small. You might have WAY more in your closet than you think 😉
Here’s to free “new” shoes and happy DIY-ing!