Monday, May 14, 2012

Savin' Maven Monday: DIY Colorblock Heels

It's Monday loves...

How are you all? I hope you all had a great Mother's Day weekend. I spent mine out of town with family. I had an awesome time catching up with them but now I'm paying for it because I am beyond exhausted. I can't believe it's time to go back to work already. Ugghhh.

I guess the crafting bug has finally hit me again you guys. I say finally because with me moving into a new place and trying to get adjusted to this whirlwind of a school year, I've had little to no motivation. However, when I shared the last DIY with you all, I found that it was very relaxing for me. So today I present you with another. 

If you don't know by now, I LOOOVVVEEE SHOES-I mean what girl doesn't? While trying to purge my closet, I came across a pair of Carlos Santana heels that have barely been worn. I'm sure that I haven't put them on in over 5 years but for some reason I just could not bear to part with them. I figured I could just give them new life by refashioning them. Add a little color here and there and I have myself a brand new pair of shoes.

So here goes. These are the materials you need.


*Old shoes-of course
*Acrylic Paint-I used the Folk Art Brand #679 Turner' Yellow (on clearance at WalMart)
*Modge Podge-Gloss
*Foam Brush
*Painters Tape

That's it! You're ready to begin.

STEP 1: Figure out how much of the shoe you would like to paint. Cover the tip of the shoe with painter's tape to create a clean line. 

STEP 2: Begin painting. I decided to paint the tip and also the straps in the back. This is the part of the process where your patience will be tested. The shoes required several coats of paint (at least 5), each coat having to be dry before applying the next. 

After 1st coat 
After 3rd coat
After 5th coat
STEP 3: After applying the 5th coat, I allowed the paint to dry thoroughly. This took about 24 hours.  When the paint has dried fully, it will appear to be very dull and matted. This is when you will add one coat of Modge Podge gloss to brighten the texture.

STEP4: Remove the painter's tape and enjoy!

When I looked at the color tab on the top of the paint bottle it appeared to be to be tan in color. Turns out it was anything but that. I originally wanted them to be a little more neutral in color but I guess the yellow works. I had a bunch of fun creating these and I spent less than $6 for the project.

What do you think?

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  1. Brilliant idea! I love that you chose yellow!

    1. I'm really happy with how they turned out. I can't wait to wear them!

  2. know the whole cap-toe trend is in, right?! well i have a pointy pair from ages ago that i could reinvent using metallic gold on the toes...YOU are the BEST!

    1. Oh yes, metallic gold! That sounds super fly! Make sure to let me know when you finish.


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