Painting My Old Shoes New

A few weeks ago, I was doing my daily blog reading on Bloglovin’ when I saw  this fabulous DIY on Love Maegan!  I didn’t have any strappy sandals like Maegans, but I knew I had to give it a try.  Then I remembered these shoes I bought on clearance at Target many years ago, hadn’t worn in a year or two, but couldn’t seem to give up.  Now I feel like I have a new pair of shoes!  I didn’t follow Maegan’s DIY to a tee, so I thought I’d share it with y’all.


  • Paint brushes
  • Acrylic Paint (I used Anita’s Glossy Craft Paint in fuchsia and orange)
  • Tape (I used masking tape, but painter tap will probably work better)
  • White nail polish (you can use white acrylic paint too)
  • Scissors
  • Shoes

I really wasn’t sure of what parts of the shoe I wanted to paint, aside from the heel, so I taped and painted as I went along, but be sure to tape off the parts you don’t want painted.

I used the white nail polish as a base for each painted area.  I must admit, I forgot to photograph when I did the pink part at the front of the shoes, lol, but y’all get the point. 🙂

I did two coats of paint in each section, with ample drying time in between.

You can see the touch of pink here; I don’t know how I managed to not take one photo of my painting the pink part.  Nonetheless, I love the touch of pink!!

I did not do a top coat, as I liked the glossiness of the paint, so only time will tell if I will have to touch up the paint in the future.  As with any DIY, it may not come out perfect (my paint went under the paint a bit), but what a fun way to make an old item new gain for under $7!!

Have you ever painted your shoes to make them new?  If not, is it something you’d be willing to try?

  • The touch of pink is my faaaaave! I think I’m going to try this w/ acrylics too. I don’t have any that are shiny finish but I do have clear nailpolish that might work? hmmm…I need more thoughts on this but thank you love for sharing. It looks great!
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  • Isn’t painting shoes the BEST?? I’ve been doing it for several years now and share tips and tricks on my site and blog. There are actual leather paints you can use, and sealers to make your paint job stay and stay. About the same cost as the nail polish route, maybe even cheaper! Works on leather handbags too. Let your imagination go!!

  • Fun colour for these shoes! They came out great! 🙂
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  • I think they came out great! Such a good idea…


  • Love it, how wonderful, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    have a nice Easter, Rocquelle.
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  • I can’t even paint my toenails and here you are painting shoes! Impressed!
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  • It’s so cool ! Love it
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  • Fabulous!!!

  • I LOVE your new shoes! Great DIY project. Need to search my shoe collection to see if I can do it too!
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