I have been lusting after these art-studio-chic statement shoes for awhile now, but could never cough up the cash for something so…DIY-able. So, like a good little girl on a budget, I DIM’d (did it myself). And now you can, too!
leather shoes (a neutral color works best)
interior paint (think Home Depot)
small mixing bowls or paper plates
drop cloths (for protection)
Choose a well-lit area for workspace and cover it with a drop cloth, newspaper, or plastic trash bags. Then, use masking tape to cover the entire foot bed and any metal hardware on your shoes.
PREP THE PAINT:
Open the cans and pour about half a cup of each color into its own mixing bowl (paper plates work in a pinch). Then add about two tablespoons of water to each bowl and stir with a paint brush (make sure you give each bowl its own brush). Once all your paint is ready, start splattering!
BLOW AS YOU GO:
I quickly realized after my first few flings of paint that the splatter effect was turning into a drip design. The solution? Blow dry each color layer as you go.
LAY IT ON THICK:
I mean, you are making SPLATTER PAINTED SHOES. This is no time to get conservative. I made a few passes with each color until I thought all were equally represented. #moreismore
DRUM ROLL PLEASE:
Place your masterpiece…er…pair on a clean paper towel somewhere safe to dry overnight. Need these suckers stat? Put ‘em in front of a fan to cut down the dry time.
Totally simple, right? It’s a therapeutic painting free-for-all that leaves you with a fresh to death finished product. If you are still reading this, you’re crazy. Go dig up some shoes and get to splattering!
UNH! Turbands make people happy.