This is a post about a DIY d'oh! Sometimes, projects just don't go the way you want them to, no matter how hard you try to make them work.
In the spirit of making it clear that everything in my life most certainly is not pretty and shiny (you should see the state of my bedroom most of the time!), I wanted to share one of my recent projects, why it didn't work, and what I learned from it.
Mistakes and imperfections are an essential part of a full life, and they teach us so much more than when things go as planned.
I definitely understand the need to make blogs a visually pleasing, enjoyable place for readers - but I want to make sure I'm not contributing to the idea that life doesn't (or shouldn't) get messy!
This spring, I was inspired by an abundance of pastel colored loafers. Think these:
I gathered my materials: some cheap suede red loafers I found on Etsy, spray paint, and painters' tape. I carefully sprayed on both primer and my mint spray paint until the shoes looked like this:
Looks pretty good, right? I couldn't wait to put them on! I did, and here's what happened:
Womp wooomp. Cracks everywhere! All those layers of paint simply weren't going to work with a shoe that had so much flexibility.
Here's what I learned:
- Definitely use a very, very cheap pair of shoes - I did, and I'm so glad I wasn't out much money when these didn't work.
- If you're going to spray paint an entire shoe, a super soft suede is tricky. I think if the suede had been less plush, but still offered some texture, the shoes wouldn't have required so many layers of paint.
- The lighter the color of the original shoe, the better. Having to paint over a bright red required lots of layers for full coverage.
- Spray painting entire shoes should be limited to ones that don't require lots of shoe flexibility. For example, I think very high heels or strappy sandals could work, because when you walk, the shoe's upper doesn't crease/fold.
- The ideal scenario for using paint on shoes would be to add an accent to a small part of the shoe that won't be subject to wear and tear, like the heel or toe of a flat, a la these metallic beauties
Live and learn! Have you guys tried any DIYs lately that didn't quite go as planned?
Anyone tried creating fun accents on shoes using paint?