These are one of my favourite pairs of shoes!
They are “that” pair… The pair that is so worn they actually look sad. I have had these shoes for several years and I have worn them and worn them. I have certainly gotten my money’s worth out of them. For some reason though, I just couldn’t get rid of them. What if I needed them for something? Or I could get them cleaned up? What if… What if… Well, I am really, really glad I never did get rid of them!
Last week I picked up this sample pot of Midnight Sky paint from Country Chic Paint. They have a coupon on their website right now that let’s you get a sample pot for free! Seriously… I got it free! (only until July 31st though…)
As my mom and I were milling about the little store where I picked up my sample pot, I kept thinking about these ratty shoes.
Could I paint them? Would the paint adhere to the leather? (I have painted microsuede and fabric before but never leather) Would it wear well if they did? Hmmm… What did I have to lose? I have been wanting navy blue shoes for a while now and have never found a pair I liked so I grabbed the Midnight Sky and decided to give it a whirl.
To paint the shoes, I simply used a small paint brush and brushed it on. I did no prep to them at all. The first coat was a little too royal blue looking for what I wanted. The paint adhered incredibly well it just wasn’t dark enough. I use Country Chic Paint often and had some in Liquorice on hand so mixed the blue and black to make a darker blue. The mix turned out to be the perfect navy blue. After two coats, the shoes looked fantastic. You would never have any idea they were painted and not originally made that way.
To protect and preserve the paint and the leather, I rubbed them all over with Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil at the end. The Hemp Oil instantly soaked right in and will keep the leather soft and supple. I am so, so, so happy that I didn’t throw these shoes out! My old, worn, tired shoes are now my new, pretty, navy blue shoes.
I must add too, that I have worn them quite a bit already and the paint has held up beautifully!