Friday, June 10, 2011

The Midas Touch {With Spraypaint}

See those shoes?  Those babies are five years old and they have a special place in my heart.  I bought them specifically to wear to my college graduation.

As someone who had to be talked into going to her graduation, these shoes were picked out on the fly to go with a dress that was also picked on the fly that went under a black robe.

I ended up being quite thankful for those shoes in the coming months after graduation; they were the only pair of professional shoes that I owned.  I have worn them to work faithfully the past five years and needless to say, they were getting a little scuffed.

Fast forward to last week:  I fortuitously inherited a can of metallic gold spray paint from my team teacher.  I came home with visions of grandeur:  I was going to spray paint everything bright gold!  It would be as if Midas himself lived in our home.

Oh, the best laid plans of mice and men.  The hubs nixed all my ideas (from the decorative vase to the bathroom wastebasket to the computer chair).  I was at a loss; what was I going to use my spray paint on?

Then, a lightbulb of inspiration flickered in my head: a pair of my shoes!  A few months ago, I read a blog from my sweet bloggy friend Sharde who showed that a simple can of spray paint can convert an old pair of shoes into new, custom footwear. 

But which shoes?

I looked in my closet, which is still a complete wreck.  I came across my college graduation heels and knew they were the perfect candidates for my experiment. 

A little scuffed, but nice and broken in.  My feet never get sore when I wear these and I knew all they needed was a new coat of paint to be like new again.

 Want to see how I did it?  First, I grabbed my materials:

I love low materials projects, don't you?

Since I didn't want to get gold paint on the inside of my shoes, I stuffed them with newspaper.

Spraying the shoes proved to be the difficult part, given that the wind was blowing and that the shoes have a lot of contours and curves that can be difficult to get an even coat on.
I thought laying the shoes down would be better but ultimately I think it was a mistake.  There were a lot of streaks.

I applied to coats of the gold, waiting 15 minutes in between each coat.

Today, they were ready to wear!

Midas himself would be proud.  Hmm, what else can I spray paint you think Toph would mind if I got ahold of some of those blocks?

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City Life to Ranching Wife said...

Okay, when I first saw this post I thought, "There is no WAY she spray painted her shoes!"

Seriously, this is genius! I bought a few cans of spray paint this past week for a craft I am going to try (you inspired me, btw) and I am now on a Midas mission!!

Denise said...

New follower from Boost My Blog. I would have never ever thought of spray painting a pair of shoes. I actually think they look better gold too! I hope you will follow me back I can be found in facebook too and twitter @DeniseLillaRose If you like/follow me there I will do the same for you. When you stop by my blog, please check out my kind of fashion (hair jewelry).

Lauren said...

OMG. So cute.

beautifulspitup said...

OK so when I first started reading this I was a little worried about how they'd turn out. But dang woman, these are super cool!! You make me want to get back into crafts! I used to have this stool in my bedroom all through high school and about once a month I'd change it somehow. I'd spray paint it, upholster it, reupholster it, draw on it, paint on it, etc. It was so much fun. I gots to make some time...

the cape on the corner said...

midas WOULD be proud, those things rock in their new hue! love it, you really took a chance, and love that, too!

mississippi artist said...

What a cool idea. I think I will try this and see how I do with it.

andie jaye said...

love this idea! may have to give it a whirl with an old pair of tennies i have in my closet! well done girl! i would love it if you would link this to my tip-toe thru tuesday party (it's open until friday)!

ginger @ literally inspired said...

They turned out great! I had never thought of spray painting shoes. Fabulous! I may have to find some old shoes and give it a try!