Thursday, August 11, 2011

Shoe Makeover :: Studs & Stripes


So if a leather shoe becomes dirty, you have three options 1) clean it or get it cleaned 2) have it re-dyed or 3) make it more awesome.  I went with option numero tres.  I was so pleased with the outcome, I had to share it with you guys :)

The Process:
[1] take original shoe, and sketch up an idea

Behind the process and MORE pictures after the break!!

[2] Paint a layer of grey to the area the studs will be applied.  Because of the curvature, I decided I would incorporate a little space in between the studs to add depth, contrast, and a sense of flow through the placement of the studs.
[3] Time to add the studs!
This was VERY time consuming and a bit of a grueling process!!
Half way there..
[4] Mix the paint to the perfect shade of light beige.
after the first layer of paint.
[5] After letting the first coat of paint dry overnight, I mixed up my shade of grey.  
I wanted the beige and the grey to mesh in tone, therefore I mixed in some yellow and red to create a warm grey.
After a few more hours of painting, here they are!!
I also added two layers of a clear protecting varnish to seal in the paint and make them less susceptible to getting dirty.
I'm super in love with them!! I just couldn't wait to wear them out :)
Then AFTER (its a bad angle, but you get the idea)

SOOOO, what do you think?  Would you rock em?

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1 comment:

  1. That is so awesome! I LOVE them! But i probably wouldn't be patient enough to do that myself... Great work girl. xx


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