Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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Spray-painted heels

We're taking our engagement pictures this week (yay!), and I've been longing for some super cute, colorful heels.  Of course, it's fall now, and all the stores have is black, brown, and some dark red.  I want turquoise, or yellow, or pink!  I think it's so fun for engagement shoots to have darling, sort of vintage-inspired, colorful shoes, especially for my personality!  I know the shoot isn't about fashion, but it sure helps, and I really think the cute shoes add spunky attitude to some of the shoots I've seen... here's one from Ruffled:
And Green Wedding Shoes:

I want cute shoes!

Recently, I gave up on buying the perfect shoe and thought I'd try spray-painting some shoes with a cute style.  I've spray-painted shoes before (here) but then put glitter and ModPodge on them, so this is a relatively new concept for me.  The shoes I found to try this out on aren't great, but it was worth a try... I got this pair of peep toe heels at Goodwill on sale for $2.50.  They're the Payless brand so I don't feel bad doing things to them.

Anyway, I took a couple cans of spray paint to them, over a coat of spray primer, to make them a fun color! Here's the before...

I tried the blue, but they looked too cartoon-ey, so I pulled out the classic red.

Pretty cool, eh?
They may crack with lots of wear, but for photos they should be just fine!  I'll keep you posted on how the pics go. =)


  1. Cute shoes are 100% necessary! I wore towering fuschia pink high heels for my wedding and they are still my absolute favourites.

  2. I would have never thought to do that! What a genius idea. Please report back on whether you end up with perma-red feet after wearing them. :-)

  3. Aww, I wanted to see the blue! I have been thinking about doing this lately, so let us know how they hold up! I was wondering if spray paint for plastics might work better than regular? Hmm...

  4. Funny, I've been looking for those Payless shoes. In white. I'm boring, what can I say?

  5. Keep us updated on how they hold up. I've painted shoes before with craft paint and found that they tend to crack and peel as you walk.


    *Ahem* Need I say more? When the stores are out of style & color, that is exactly what the Internet is for!

  7. they look wonderful! but i'm wondering the paint, what kind of paint is it?

  8. Fabric paint might have worked, too, if they're fabric shoes.

  9. How pretty! I've been tempted by all sorts of yellow shoes this summer (following GWS probably hasn't helped!) and I might just try this method on a pair of cream-colored slingbacks I hardly ever wear.

    I do agree with the other commenters who have cited the internet as a great source for finding colored shoes in fall/winter. I bought some pink pumps around this time last year from and adore them (even wore them to my graduation!).

  10. well great idea!! love the color, and they will look great Im sure!

  11. I did spray painted my old gray thrift store find flats from 4 years ago into yellow color and I got compliments everytime I wear it. :) Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  12. i am thinking that i am gonna have to try this...thanks for the fashionable idea....let us know how they wear...

  13. Great idea....I LOVE those yellow shoes!

  14. Wow, what a cool idea! Those look awesome, and for so little money, too! :)

  15. I think this is a great idea!!

  16. Thanks so much for the inspiration! I needed some shoes for a wedding I'm attending this weekend, and the local shoe stores as well as consignment/goodwill stores failed to yield the perfect pair... So I followed your example and spray-painted them! It turned out perfectly.

    I blogged them here if you wanna see pictures. :D



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