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.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

DIY summery wedge project... before and after!

I'm totally into shoe projects this summer!  After the complete success I had with these ones that I dyed, I'm on a roll and am totally stoked to make more totally unique DIY summery wedges.

The next project I've done is give these faves from last summer an update.  I was totally in love with these when I got them at JC Penney last year, but now they just seem sort of boring and a little tired.  Not quite as high as some of the trends this year, either, so they needed something else to give them some excitement!

So, I gave them a colorblock facelift and spray-painted the middle leather band with a bright coral spray paint. Wahoo!
They're real leather, right, and pretty nice quality compared to some of the cheap summer shoes I've owned, so I had a mini- panic attack after the first whoosh of spray paint.  But, there was no turning back, and I think it worked out fine.

I considered doing something to cover the row of stitching in the middle, but after I painted them, I figured... hey, they look pretty done!  I don't know if they need anything else, any other accents, so hopefully the textured row in the middle doesn't look too weird.

So, did my mint wedge DIY inspire you to update any summer shoes?? Did this project?  I wanna know if I'm the only one out there doing this--I don't think I'm crazy but it's nice to check! ;)

And, how would you wear tan leather colorblock espadrilles?!?


  1. What a difference a little color makes! Cool! :)

  2. LOVE. These are one of the cutest pair of wedges I've seen this year so far!

  3. Oh wow, I remember these shoes from last year (I'm over the women's shoe dept. at JCP) and your newly made color blocked ones are way cuter! Great job! :)

    1. Oh, very cool! I looove the real leather shoes the JCP brands sell. Good stuff and great prices!

  4. Very cute! That pop of color really does make a huge difference.

  5. Such a brilliant idea! :)

  6. Very cute.

    I have a question for you--what would you do with about 2 1/2 yr of polyester flower material that is usually used as nightgown material (not sheer)--it's very pretty and has a sheen to it

    1. Hmmm... you can email me a pic, if you want! Hard to say right away but if it's lightweight, something with a gathered/ruched front could be cute. Lightweight and full/gathered go well together.

  7. Oh my goodness, I LOVE it! I was actually wondering if I could paint leather shoes... I have some brown ones that I'd love to color up!

    Christen :>

    1. Cool! I think they take paint better than fake leather, actually, if you don't feel too bad about forever changing nice shoes! ;)




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