How to Paint Leather Skates for a One-of-a-Kind Look

I know we are all longing for Spring but here in Ottawa, we are in the midst of a HUGE winter storm. Over a 48-hour period, which we are currently in the middle of, we are expected to get between 1.5 and 2 feet of snow. With all of the white stuff outside I figured it was the perfect time to share how easy it is to give your leather skates a fun makeover.

Painting skates really is a fun undertaking and makes them look so beautiful. You can do this with new skates that you are using on the ice or with an old vintage pair that you want to use as decor.

The Skates

I found this pair of leather skates at the dump reuse centre (see more of what I have found at the dump here, here, and here…) this summer, and even though I originally planned to use them as decor, my niece had other plans and claimed them the minute they were done. Her family has a rink in their backyard and she couldn’t wait to strap them on.

  The blades were a little rusty, but hey, we live in Canada. There is a skate shop on every corner so I am sure they were easily cleaned and sharpened.white skates found at the dump When I began the skate transformation, the only thing I did for prep was to wipe them down with a damp cloth. They didn’t need anything else done to them.

I should note too that I did remove and throw out the old laces. They were pretty icky!skates painted with Country Chic Paint in Icicle Using a thin, 1″ paintbrush, I gave them 2 coats of sky blue paint (find a similar one here). A gorgeous blue that has hints of turquoise is perfect to cheer things up in the winter.

The Feathers

I found this feather boa and thought it looked so pretty with the blue paint. It reminded me of an old muff that a lady would use to keep her hands warm when skating back in the day.adding fluffy trim to old skates that have been painted Cutting the boa down to the size was quick and I was able to attach it to the top of each skate with a line of hot glue. It did feel like I had feathers everywhere for a few minutes but they were easy to clean up thankfully 🙂

The Sparkle

Even with the feathers, I thought the skates needed a little razzle-dazzle… which is kind of funny because I am not normally a razzle-dazzle kind of person LOL. Despite that though, they just needed a little something more.adding glue overtop of paint on old skates The “more” turned out to be some iridescent sparkle. I slathered the skates with glue by squirting it on using a paintbrush to spread it out.adding sparkle to painted skates Then, with the glue still wet, I shook the fine iridescent sparkle all over. They sat to dry overnight and the next day were ready to go.painted skates hanging on a tree in the snow I am so glad I added the sparkle despite my misgivings. It really gave the skates such a pretty shimmer. They look perfectly ready for an old-fashioned skate around the pond now!painted skates hanging with a Skating Pond sign

To make the Skating Pond sign, you can find the pattern and directions over at the Recreated Designs Pattern Shop here… 

I hope that you are enjoying winter as much as I am 🙂
Happy Snow Day!

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4 Comments on " How to Paint Leather Skates for a One-of-a-Kind Look "

  1. Lisa

    Oh, they look so awesome! I see used skates often at The Hub in Almonte; I’ll have to get some next time I see a pair. You should check out The Hub and The Rebound (next to The Hub, all electronics and furniture). I have found some fantastic stuff there and the best part is that 100% of the money goes to local charities. Totally volunteer-run.

    1. Lisa

      Thanks so much Bev! I have been to the Hub but it was 4 or 5 years ago. I had actually forgotten about it so thanks for the reminder 🙂 I will have to pop by this summer and revisit. It was a great place and I love that the money goes to charities!!

  2. Lisa

    Ohhhhh sweet!!!!!

    1. Lisa

      Thanks so much Louise 🙂 It is hard to believe they are the same skates I found.

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