How to {spray} paint shoes

Monday, December 5, 2011

So, I really wanted to title this post "you can spray paint anything," But I figured that is just a "Duh" comment. Any DIY'er knows you can seriously spray paint just about anything! I had this epiphany while I was shopping in my local Hardware store. I saw a can a spray paint that was specified for vinyl and I thought to myself "hey, I can spray paint my patent leather pumps with this!"  So.... that is exactly what I did!! I have never heard of anyone using this method but I figured I'd give it a shot. My shoes were wrecked, so no harm if it didn't work. Below you can see how bad of shape my Steve Madden's were in. They are my most comfortable heels, so they have many miles on 'em and thankfully many more miles to go! I am so very pleased with the results that,  A) I wanted to share it but, B) I'm gonna do it again. The next time I try this, I am going to get either a pink or blue can of paint to test out.

Let me know what you think?

Here are a couple before & after's. As you can see they were pretty torn up before.

I sure know how to wear the heck out of a pair of heels.... but I was able to mask the illusion :D

Now, here's how I did it:

I started by stuffing my shoes with plastic grocery bags. I then put masking tape over them to keep it all compacted.

This is the spray paint I used, notice it says for Vinyl... who says it won't work on patent leather?

I went outside with one my my puppy's potty pads (they have many uses) and proceeded to experiment.

Finally, I put on a few coats and it worked pretty darn well! Now, they're never going to look brand new, but if your not inspecting them with a microscope, you can't detect any imperfections.

P.S. I did this project a few weeks ago and they paint is still in place with not peeling! It was a success!!


Miss Molly said...

great idea for those shoes you love but cant wear anymore because of scuffs!

Stylifiq said...

I did something simmillar on my blog though I spray painted the heels of my wedges gold.
It''s fun to do

Matter Of Style said...

great idea!

Arden Rubens (TOPCOAT) said...

This is such a great post! I have a pair of boots that could greatly benefit from this.. xx

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

What an ingenious idea!! Now I won't have to toss my favorite worn in heels :)

Everyday Dress Up said...

awesome DIY!

check me out sometime x0

Angela said...

Les chaussures sont splendides!


Anonymous said...

will this work on tan tap shoes? they aren't pattened Leather but need to have the look in black for a show.

Unknown said...

Thank You for all your lovely comments!! @Anonymous, I cannot guarantee it will work, but logically I think it should. I used the Vinyl spray paint on faux leather and it stuck pretty well. The thing that worries me about tap shoes is the amount of movement you will be doing. I would bet you can get away with it for at least one show, but you might have to re-apply depending on how it holds up. If you do it, I'd love to hear how it turns out :) Good Luck!

sepatuholig-Grace Njio said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOO F****IN WAYYYY.... and I made all my patent shoes retired (went to trash), while I still love them, but it got pealed and looked ugly. Will try this on the next old ones. Thanks for the advise, this is soooooo useful!

Robert f crocker said...

Now you make it easy for me to understand and implement the concept. Thank you for the post about flip-flops.

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