I saw a bunch of posts on Pinterest about re-doing old shoes. There were tutorials for covering shoes in fabric, glitter, comic book paper, leaves, sharpie...just about anything you can think of. None of them would really work for my boring, sensible, high-heeled shoes. Then I remembered the "Louboutin Manicure"...which lead me to think about the shoes that inspired it. And I thought to myself, "shit, I can do that." Turned out pretty good, and not difficult to do at all. Though...of course I had to do hot pink.
white acrylic paint
pink acrylic paint
paper bowl/plate for pouring paint onto
painters tape (completely optional. I ended up deciding not to use it.)
newspaper to protect your surface
sharpie for cleaning up mistakes/smudges
a bottle of ranch dressing to rest your shoe against while you are painting
one beer bottle cap to keep the tip of your shoe off the counter.
|my basic supplies|
Before you paint, clean the sole of your shoe with alcohol and let it dry. Should only take a few minutes.
|Paint two coats of white acrylic paint over the soles. Let it dry.|
|Paint two coats of hot pink (yes, it MUST be hot pink) acrylic paint over the soles. Let it dry for at least an hour.|
|Paint a thin coat of Mod Podge over the soles of your shoes. Let it dry for 15 minutes, then repeat. Wait another 30, then add a third coat.|
After this step, before you wear them out, you really should put a clear coat on them. It'll protect the Mod Podge from the elements, and make them far less sticky to the touch. I STILL haven't gotten around to this part. I'm not in a rush, I wear these shoes maybe once a year?
|I decided to paint the sides of the soles so that you would get a fine pink line from the side. I bet this would look really cool on a platform heel.|
|from behind. Giggity.|
|After all 3 coats of Mod Podge have dried but before the clear coat. Pretty glossy, but you can use a matte clear coat if you don't like that.|