Friday, June 18, 2010

Purple Shoes.

I thought I could show you a little bit of what I get to do during naptime...mind you, I am not usually this productive (or unproductive...depending on how you look at it...). I also have loads and loads of laundry looming over me. It's pretty bad when your husband has to search high and low for a clean shirt. Anyway, on to today's project!!

I can't tell you how many times I have swooned over fun, colorful shoes only to pass them by to look for the more practical colors...I can't tell you how many pairs of black and brown shoes I have in my closet!! NO MORE, I tell you! I decided PURPLE is calling my name. Here's what you need:
A pair of black heels (or flats...) - Mine are from Target, 3 or 4 years ago
Paint - "Violet-Pansy" from Wal-Mart craft section
Mod Podge - Wal-Mart or craft store (I used Matte finish, but I think Glossy would be great, too!)
Paint Brush
I painted 3 coats of purple paint. (You could do more, but I was worried that more paint would mean more to scratch off.) I let each coat dry for at least 30 minutes before continuing. I didn't use any painters tape, but I did have to occasionally wipe the excess paint off the part of the sole that shows. That was pretty easy to clean up. If it drys, it's pretty simple to scratch off!
Once the paint is dry, grab your Mod Podge and paint a good layer. Remember that even though the Mod Podge dries clear, the texture stays. I wanted my strokes to look pretty uniform so I was careful to paint in the same direction.
Once the Mod Podge dries, you're done!! You basically have a new pair of shoes!
I have also made a "statement" necklace to wear with these shoes from scraps of fabric and buttons. I will try to post a picture and a "how-to" soon!

I hope you've enjoyed Naptime with Jessie. Tune in next time...well, maybe not. I will be doing our laundry...not quite as exciting as purple shoes.