Monday, June 25, 2012

Polka Dot Shoe Refashion

How to Refashion Your Shoes into Bright Polka Dot Shoes

One day when I was being super productive researching important things on Pintrest, I came across this shoe , it was pinned by Amy Anderson of Mof Podge Rocks(She always has the best pins!) I loved the pair and looked into buying them.  The shoe is made by Poetic Licence and they make a bunch of cute shoes, however this one was sold out. When I saw the price on the other ones and took into consideration that I don't have a job and have a new baby and a bad back... I thought maybe I should try and make them!  So I did and I am going to show you how did it, so you can make them too!  Ok then lets get started!

This is the picture that I pinned

I got pretty close with this one

Before and after, I am so proud of this..can you tell?

Ok lets get going with the tutorial

What you need
Shoe with a strap
spray paint
spray primer
acrylic paint
lacquer sealer(gloss)
Round sponge brushes
small paint brush

Steps 1-3
The easy steps

1. Tape the shoes with painters tape making sure to cover any place you don't want to spray paint.

2. Spray with primer.

3. Paint.  I did 3 very thin coats(Thin coats help prevent drips)

*Tip- Primer is not always unnecessary but it helps the paint to stick better, look better last longer and  helps with drastic color changes. So you don't have to use it.  The thing is if you skip this step and find that it was needed you will have a long road of sanding and crying.  So to be on the safe side, take the extra time to prime your shoes.

Step 4
Paint the dots

Paint the big pink and white dots. I used these awesome things to do my dot painting with.  I had to order mine because we don't have a craft store for 45 miles.  I ordered a mixed pack and I was so impressed with them, I don't think I will go back to using the black ones for painting.  A round stamp or something like that might also work. Just be sure to dip it in the paint then a practice stamp on paper to get rid of the excess, then on the shoe.

*Tip- If any of your spots turn out like this(see photo below)Touch them up with a paint brush.

Step 5
Hand paint the little dots on the strap
I think the little dots are my favorite part
The inspiration had cute little dots on the strap.  I used a small paint brush and dipped it in white paint then right on to the shoe(no getting rid of the excess on paper)

Step 6(I know this tutorial has a lot more steps than my usual easy tutorials, but were almost done)
Paint with a clear coat of Mod Podge, I used a gloss to make the shoes nice and shiny!
This helps to seal the acrylic paint onto the spay paint so it want chip off as well as giving a gloss to the finish
                                                 JUST LOOK AT THAT SHINE!

Ok I thought I done and went in to my yard taking a bunch of photos, excited to type up my post.  When I up loaded the pictures and looked at them I though what is that uuugly button?

Last step, step 7
Attach a button
I chose a button from my stash that looked most like the inspiration picture.  I just cut of the old button and hot glued the new one down.  Depending on what your shoe looks like, you may have to get a little creative on how to attach it.

Well friends that is it!  Its pretty simple to fallow the steps.  You just need to talk you time with the painting.  Making sure you don't over load your brush because that will deform your dots.  You want to use a nice spray paint like I did to help prevent any drips. I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions please ask!
It was such a nice day that I got carried away with my photos

Well friends thank you for looking



  1. Wow! Those are amazing! I love bright colored shoes, and polka dots too! I'll have to remember this...the only problem is that I hardly ever buy shoes that look boring to begin with... :P I'll only buy a pair if I'm absolutely in love with them (never for practical reasons lol).

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog. I have a huge shoe issue, and I don't think I have ever thrown a pair out. So I have a lot form when I worked in a office... 10 years ago. Great for refashioning :)

      Sounds like you might need to go thrifting! Oh darn ;) I hope you will give it a try and send me a photo!

  2. OMGosh!!! They are SO cute!!! I have been drooling over a pair very much like those! I am definitely Pinning this!!!
    THANK YOU!!!

    1. Thank you so much! I say you give it a try! Nothing is more fun for me than getting out the paint!

  3. Fabulous! I have some paintent shoes which are all scuffed, wonder if I dare paint them?

    1. Wendy if you paint patent shoes make SURE you prime them! The paint can flak of and crack with out. Also if it was me I might scuff them up a bit with sand paper, this is scary at first but very liberating! Good luck

  4. I want these shoes! Too cute!!!

  5. These couldn't be cuter. I shared them on my COM-FB page. Have a fantastic 4th of July. jen

  6. I tried this and when I went to seal the shoes after I painted them, something about the sealer caused the paint to crack and bubble. Any idea why it happened? The shoes were not patent leather, just plain leather.

  7. Hey! I tried this because I also fell in love with those super expensive shoes. I did everything correctly and then when I went to seal the shoes, the sealer caused all the paint to crack. Any idea why this happened? The shoes were just a normal leather, not patent.

  8. Hi Hanna, I am not sure if you got my email. I am sooo sorry! I am looking into this issue. I will get back to you when I know more. I can not tell you how bad I feel. I will get back to you soon.

  9. Wow! What a fantastic redo! I have a shoe sickness and could really learn from repurposing shoes so they last longer, stay trendy and save me from buying more shoes.

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I love the concept of your blog and all your great projects.

    ~ Ferly

    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

  10. Those are so cool. Do they scuff easily?

  11. nursing shoes You guys out there are performing a great job.

  12. Wow this is really helpful and such a cool idea! What kind of primer did you use (any brand examples?)? ..and how did the shoes hold up to normal wear?