These super comfortable but boring sensible brown shoes were a (second hand) gift. I wanted to make them more interesting and decided to use paint to add some colour and interest.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
- masking tape
- acetone (other instructibles do not recommend nail polish remover)
- cotton balls
- leather paint - I used Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin in 'Pool'
- a paint brush - I used an old eyeshadow brush
There are specialty leather paints but they are expensive. I just wanted a splash of colour. This small bottle of paint from a large chain craft store cost less than $5.
You need so little acetone to clean the leather in preparation for painting that I couldn't justify the $15 expense. I borrowed a can of acetone from a friend and returned the can before taking the photo. In a well ventilated location, wipe the area of shoe that you want to paint with a cotton ball soaked with acetone .
Step 2: Prepare to Paint
I used short pieces of tape to protect the area of shoe that I didn't want to paint.
Initially I thought that I could free-hand paint the shoes but I'm glad that I did use the masking tape a) because I didn't have a good paint brush and b) even with the tape, the painting is tricky!
Apply one coat. Let the paint dry thoroughly before painting the next coat. You may need another coat of paint.
Carefully remove the masking tape.
Despite checking that the tape was firmly and evenly adhered, the paint did creep a little. I anticipated that the paint might crack as a wore the and I'm okay with the 'ageing'. If the paint was applied on a different part of the shoe i.e. at the heel or only on the toe, I expect that it would crack less.