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Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Tale of the Red Shoes

I had several emails asking if we really spray painted a pair of shoes.
Yeah, we did.
Take one pair of classic pumps from Goodwill and spray liberally with Lysol.
Stuff with newspaper.
No, wait, tape the inside with painter's tape first.
THEN stuff with newspaper! Tuck plastic food wrap around that.
NOT wrap for plastic food, by the way.
Using painter's tape, cover the soles carefully.
Once you have this, start shaking your can of Rustoleum Gloss Red.
Light coats please until you have the shine and coverage you desire.
Take your time.
And before you know it... have the perfect shoes for your costume!
Not too shabby, eh?
I think I have Savannah addicted now.



mle said...

What's not to love about spray paint?!
Now shoes never crossed my mind - but why not?

Life in Rehab said...

Why not indeed?

It sure doesn't come off of them if I get it on them accidentally.

Mom2fur said...

Wow, it's like totally new and different shoes!

I'm glad you stopped by to say 'hi.' The Bavarian Cream was good, but I never seem to mix in the cream at the right time. My mother's is always uniformly fluffy and pink. Mine is fluffy with bits of red Jell-O throughout, but it still tastes good, LOL!

Tyne said...

I am loving your blog and so glad that you stopped by mine so I could dicover yours. The blue mirror is gorgeous and with those cool floors in your bathroom, a remodel will look awesome! I will keep in mind that spray painting shoes is a possiblility if I need some Chartruse shoes one day!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

This reminds of making ruby slippers one year, pretty much the same technique but we added red glitter too.

Infarrantly Creative said...

Totally freakin awesome. I totally love it! Great job

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Anything can be spray painted, and this is a perfect low cost option for costumes!

Sherrie said...

Love the red shoes and the blue mirror. Yes I have spray painted shoes, heck there isn't much I haven't spray painted.I wanted to stop over and do a proper thank you for including me in the top ten bloggers. I will be doing a better thank you in my post next week to introduce you and your blog. I am sorry not to have responded earlier, I have been so busy getting my new shop ready to open. Again thank you so much.

ashley @ little miss momma said...

Genius! I never would have thought of this!
And your blog rocks the house by the way ;) Loving your list of top tutorials--off to finish looking at them now. And fyi: more baby w pics have just been posted, lol!


Lola said...

A student friend of mine dyed her shoes and the soles fell off! Clearly she hadn't followed all yr careful instructions!

Wonderful example of Rainbow Red in your post! Pure infotainment!

Happy Rainbow Red day,


PS Mine this week is HERE. Hope you can stop by!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Wow! Who'd thunk such a thing? I'd just get paint all over myself and then it'd run on the shoes.....

amariaf2000 said...

Sweet! I would've never thought to do that! Hmm...those royal blue pumps from prom may have a new life?!

~angela @ peonypatch

Carol said...

That's brilliant! Cool post...thanks for sharing it!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The shoes look wonderful. I love the color.

Mary said...

I have used a LOT of spray paint in my time, but I would have never guessed you could spray paint shoes!

Anonymous said...

That looks a lot better than the sneakers my son spray painted for Homecoming! Yours look good enough to wear. :-)


Unknown said...

i think my favorite part is your first instruction...spray with lysol. that is priceless!

Christi S said...

That is very cool! Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl D. said...

Those came out looking great! Wow!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Stopping by from Miss Jenny's party! Now that makes me laugh! I never would have thought of doing something like that!

Jenny said...

OK! We totally have to hang out!

I spray painted a dress once. It turned out great. Actually it was a Halloween costume for our oldest daughter who was the Corpse Bride for her work costume and for her wedding shower.

I have to share a link with you. I think you'll be suitable impressed with spray paint innovation:,%20Halloween%2005/Main.htm

I'm so happy to see you linked her. You look like so much fun!

Great Alphabe-Thursday Summer School link.

Thanks for sharing it.


Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Wow! Those turned out terrific!!! I have spray paited many things, but havent tried have to try this out :o)

Blessings & aloha!
still making my way through Alphabe-Thursday RED posts :o)

Unknown said...

Cute post. I mean, why not? It's good that you show how carefully you prepare for this paint job.
Best wishes,
Anna's Red B-Words

Susan said...

we've done this before for Halloween costumes. HOWEVER< I didn't bother to cover anything, LOL

GREAT job!

Unknown said...

Brilliant! I have been looking for the perfect pair of red shoes for a year now. I never even thought about spray paint!