Spray-Painted Shoes are fun, affordable, and a great way to transform dull or old shoes! Months back, I picked up a few new spray paints and had a million ideas bouncing around in my head. It wasn’t until we moved that I started pairing projects with colors.
I had picked up a pair of nude ballerina flats for $4 from a thrift store for this project. I decided to give them gold tips. While I was painting, I grabbed an old pair of sneakers that I decided to give gold bottoms, highlighted with a pink glitter top. The paints I used were very affordable. The Rust-oleum Specialty Metallic Gold spray-paint retails for under $4 locally and the Rust-oleum Glitter spray-paint in Glitter Bright Pink runs closer to $7/can.
Spray-Painting the Shoes
- Clean & prep the shoes. White sneakers can be brightened with a magic eraser. I wiped the areas I wanted to apply paint to with acetone nail polish remover. On the ballerina flats, it removed the shiny finish to allow for better adhesion of the paint.
- Apply Painter’s Tape to mark off your pattern & newspaper to fill/cover areas you don’t want painted.
- Create a work space for painting. I placed a very large flattened cardboard box outside to work on.
- For each color I used, begin by shaking the can vigorously for one minute. Spray 12″ from shoes in a constant back & forth motion, overlapping the color.
- Allow several minutes for the paint to dry between coats.
- After 30-60 minutes, the shoes should be dry enough to handle (I only applied 2-3 coats of paint.) Remove the tape & newspaper and allow to dry for 24 hours before wearing.
Spray-Painting shoes is easy if you take a little time to prep. The gold caps on the ballerina flats are exactly what I wanted. Using tape to mark the painted area gives the project a professional look. The glitter paint on the sneakers is dazzling! It was a more sheer application than the gold but plenty of pink sparkle is there. The spray-paint did not harden the fabric of the shoes. Dull shoes work best (shiny shoes can have the paint crack on them) but the acetone seemed to help enough for a brilliant gold application. I highly recommend trying this project out!