Spoiler alert: I decided to share my experience colour-blocking a pair of peep-toe pumps with fellow aspiring DIYers. In an era of 'OMG - so easy!!' pinspiration, it serves as a bit of a cautionary tale.
I bought the neutral peep-toes shown in the second photo below to wear with a bridesmaid dress. Unfortunately, a rainy day and muddy lawn ruined the heels beyond repair. $80 for a pair of shoes I wore once? Something had to be done. Thinking myself pretty crafty and clever, I decided to spray-paint the heel burgundy. I mean oxblood. (Because that's what we're calling it these days, right?). Easy peasy, I thought.
I ever so carefully taped every square millimeter I didn't want painted, which took a good 20 minutes. Then I got to work, applying three coats with ample drying time in between. Despite my best efforts, the colour bled onto the sole and the upper. No problem, I though; I'll spray-paint the upper portion black and be even MORE careful. Again with the taping and 3 coats. This time not only did the paint bleed again but I also got some drip marks on the upper itself. FML. Luckily, the drip marks aren't too visible other than up close. I may even be able to buff them out. But still, I was feeling pretty frustrated. I had just painted my bathroom walls (a much easier project by comparison), so I grabbed the chemical product I used for cleaning the paint roller brushes. I applied it to makeup pads and Q-tips, and used that to clean up my shoes. It actually worked pretty well, apart from a bit of discolouration on a section of the sole where I had to scrub a little.
Finally, I loved my shoes. I wore them with pride with my jade cropped trousers for one glorious day (a day when I had the foresight to do blog photos). And then the paint started to flake in spots, probably from tapping one shoe against the other, or against something like a stair riser. As we speak my shoes are having a time-out in my office desk drawer. I'm debating whether it's worth attempting more coats of paint applied with a paintbrush, followed by some kind of sealant. Or maybe I need to stick to shoe DIYs involving ribbons and stud earrings (as seen here)? Have YOU tried any DIY projects on your shoes? How did it go?
Top - XOXO via Winners
Pants - Gap
Shoes - Nine West
Eyeglasses - Marc O'Polo
Bracelet - Toronto boutique
Earrings - Gift