For a while now I've been wanting a pair of bright red flats but haven't found any that were exactly what I had in mind. Soooooo with all this DIY stuff going on I figured I'd make some! I've seen blogs where people spray paint shoes and I figured I'd try my hand at it. I found these little beauties for 50% off of $12.99 so I figured for $6.50 I could experiment and wouldn't be heartbroken if the whole thing was a disaster (but I really would have been).
I went to Wal Mart and bought some Krylon spray paint in Banner Red. I taped off the sole of the shoe,
(I would strongly recommend using masking tape instead of scotch tape but like I mentioned our home is pretty skin and bones here and it's what I had. In hindsight I would have just bought some instead of buying the exacto knife I needed to scrape all the paint off the soles after it leaked through. Smart.)
stuffed the insides with paper towel and took it outside to paint.
I was surprised at how much the canvas fabric soaked in the paint and was actually a little skeptical that it would ever cover! If I were to do this again (and I will...) I would like to try a plastic/vinyl shoe and see how that covers. I let the shoes dry in between coats (and I mean for like days.... ah when life gets in the way of projects.) and was really happy to see it finally start to cover the pattern. I used the entire can and actually wished I had a little more paint for a few touch ups. After all that I ended up with THESE! Sexy schmexy little red flats! Don't you want to hug and kiss them?
I had to take a little sand paper (who am I kidding, I used a nail file...) to the inside edges because the spray paint had dried kinda rough and was going to make hamburger of my heels but that totally did the trick and I wore them out to dinner with no problem. I'm pretty much in love with them and will be on the look out for my next pair of cheap flats to make-over. Think of all the colors and embellishments... mmmm!
Here's one more photo cause they're so darn cute and well, because those little toes are just as adorable!