Painted Pink Shoes for a Wedding

Pictures of the Process

Shoes painted with pink acrylic
Shoes painted with pink acrylic | Source
Shoes with a coat of Modge Podge
Shoes with a coat of Modge Podge

The Perfect Shade of Pink

I needed shoes to go with a vintage dress in a pink, rose, and green watercolor print chiffon. All the pinks this season were too purplish, while I needed more of a tea rose color. I decided I would have to make the color I wanted. I had a pair of old tan character shoes that I seldom wore, so I decided to experiment on them. There was nothing to lose if the experiment flopped, and much to gain if it succeeded.

A trip to the craft store yielded a bottle of pink acrylic paint that was almost right for just $1.99. When this paint was mixed with an equal amount of flesh tone paint, I had the perfect tea rose tint. Now it was time to see if the paint would cover the vinyl shoes!

Starting with clean, dry shoes, I painted the first coat with a brush. It looked terrible! Coat number two I did with a sponge, giving a smooth coat without brush marks. After this coat dried, I applied a third coat with the sponge. The paint dried to a matte finish in the perfect color.

The final step was to seal the paint with Modge Podge. I used the satin finish for a subtle sheen rather than a cheap, shiny look. The results were entirely satisfactory: shoes for the mother of the groom for a couple of dollars.

Inspiration: The Vintage Dress

chiffon dress that inspired the pink shoes
chiffon dress that inspired the pink shoes | Source
chiffon dress that inspired the pink shoes
chiffon dress that inspired the pink shoes | Source

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Wow, who knew? You did, laugh. What a money saver! And you could sell make these and sell them to people who don't want to be bothered with the work. Simply amazing.


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kschimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

The wedding was Saturday and the paint job lasted through the wedding and outdoor reception. It did peel during cleanup when the shoes got scraped, but they did what I needed them to do. I should call these "one-shot" shoes.


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Marie-Renee 5 years ago

Definitely a money saver especially if you are just going to use it for one day or occasion, rather than buying and not using it again. That gave me a really great idea on what to do with some of my used-only-once shoes. Great hub!


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

Yes, this was a chance to get one more wearing out of shoes that had been dormant in my closet for several years.


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA Author

This hub has been updated with more photos.

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