Refashioning – Super easy!

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I wanted to share how to transform your shoes.  Not only is this fun and easy, but it can also save you money.  After you get your supplies, instead of buying new shoes, just change shoes that you might currently own but are not wearing because of the color!  (assuming they fit great and you like the style)…a little thing like color can easily be changed!  I did not think up this idea, but heard about it from Michelle.  So I got my supplies:

I got my paints from turtlefeathers.com and dharmtrading.com

So the first step is to rub your shoes (assuming they are leather) with acetone – just use a napkin and rub away.  It takes a bit of the finish off so the paint sticks better, so don’t be alarmed if you see a little bit of black on your napkin.

Now you’re ready to paint!  Be creative and paint whatever color/s YOU like!  I was going to do it all grey, but thought it might be nice to highlight some of the details on the shoe by using 2 colors.  So there’s no special way to paint – just use a fan brush if you can find one – because it makes it so easy and you’re not left with any paint brush lines or anything.  Oh, I also should have mentioned that I used a smaller brush (not a fan brush) for doing the white.   I was prepared to have to do quite a few coats, but the grey is only ONE coat!  And you don’t have to glob it on or anything either..just a normal light coat.  The white I did have to do 2-3 coats to get it where I liked it.

It also dries extremly fast!  We’re talking basically minutes.  I wouln’t paint them and then wear them 30 minutes later or anything, but I am very impressed that there’s no tackiness or anything like that.  Also, it still retains the look of the leather, so it doesn’t make my nice shoes (that I got on ebay…haha) look cheap or plastic.  I also painted the laces, which made them a bit stiff, but I just wanted to try it out.  The laces aren’t perfect, but it’s good enough for me.

After the first (and only) coat of grey and not sure if this was after 1 or 2 coats of the pearl.

I didn’t have the other shoe done when I took these pictures, but here’s the before and afters:

I’ve got all kinds of ideas of what I can paint… a pair of Nike sneakers I have that are all gray/white and could use a pop of color (lilac? blue?)  You can also get really bright neon colors and really metallic colors too, so whatever you can dream up, you can probably do!  Now instead of having to focus on what color the shoes are, I can focus purely on style and comfort, since it’s a breeze to change up the color to my own liking.

Did this spark any ideas?  Would love if you’d share!

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Comments

  1. I’m very impressed. Such a great idea, and they look marvelous!

  2. thats seriously the coolest idea ever! i really like it, and i definitely might have to try this! too cute!!! have a great rest of the wkend! spa <3

  3. wow! I don’t think I have the artistic talent for that, but it is really cool! Nice! Thank you for sharing!

    • leafynotbeefy says:

      Oh, believe me, you do. I’m pretty much the one no one wants to be on their team for Pictionary – I’m good at guessing, but can’t draw worth anything. 🙂

  4. Kelly, these turned out SO amazing!!! I absolutely love them. Good job!

    • leafynotbeefy says:

      Thanks! And thanks so much for telling me about it/explaining how to do it and giving me all the details! 🙂

  5. Your shoes turned out great! I love a good refashion 🙂

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  6. Now those look like Anthropologie shoes! such a great job. I love this vintage style and colors together.

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    • leafynotbeefy says:

      Thanks! I love Anthropologie, but not the prices! Oh, I see you have a Shabby Apple giveaway! Love them too and I’ll be right over to enter 🙂

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