Chalk Board Shoes




About: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I enjoy working in the yard, sewing, cooking, quilting, gardening, and creating. I do this to keep my sanity.
Everyone has been talking about chalk board paint, so I decided to see what it was all about. I wanted to try something with shoe art. I was totally amazed at the performance of this paint. It is incredible! I actually think it is possible to use chalk paint on casual shoes just like you would use shoe polish. I think the look and feel of it is much nicer than shoe polish. I was very impressed! Let me show you how easy it is.

Someone threw a box of trash out in the alley behind our house. To my advantage a pair of shoes were screaming make me pretty Sunshiine!  

Step 1: Supplies and Tools

I used shoes with leather uppers.
Black Chalk Board paint
Colored Chalk ( Pencil chalk would work best to write with but I could not find it in my area)  
Paint brushes
Small damp cloth with mild soap
1 Shallow container to put paint in
Paper or plastic to protect painting surface

Step 2: Wash Shoes and Laces

Remove the shoe laces if you are using them or I replaced mine with white laces.
Wash the shoes and the laces in a washing machine with a bath towel; or hand wash.
Allow to dry.

Step 3: Paint First Coat

Paint the first coat of chalk paint on all areas you want painted.
Allow to dry for 1 hour.

Step 4: Paint Second Coat

Paint the second coat and allow to dry for 24 hours.
I painted mine with three coats but 2 will be OK.

Step 5: Condition Shoes

Lightly rub the painted area with chalk to condition the surface. 
Clean with a damp cloth and mild soap. 

Step 6: Lace Up Shoes

Lace up the shoes.
The shoes are ready for doodling. 

Step 7: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

This project was enjoyable to make. The hardest part was waiting! I will be posting a lot more instructables using chalk paint. It was fun and exciting to experiment with chalk paint. I see many creative possibilities with this paint. Stay tuned for more! Learn how to make chalk board jeans here: .

In closing I would like to thank our instructables company, sponsors, authors, readers, and members; for making this community a great success! Many hours and hard work has been put into making this place the best DIY on the Internet. Have fun and thanks for stopping by!



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    2 years ago

    do not balphem


    6 years ago on Introduction

    What a fun idea for the kids! Nice job.

    I'm sure even a few adults would like to doodle on their shoes. :)

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I know that I had great fun making painting them! Such a fun summer project! Thanks for sharing your thought and hope your day is colorful!

    That is an awesome idea! People draw on their pants and shoes already, it's a great idea to have it so your clothing graffiti can be erased and drawn on all over again :D

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