Painted Pink Shoes for a Wedding
Pictures of the Process
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
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