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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Gilded Baby Shoes:.

I originally shared this post over on Simply Kierste.

We have three girls at our house, so you can imagine that along with the fun of shopping for girls, there is also a lot of hand me down action going on. Most of the time, shoes are something that don’t really last. My girls are hard on shoes, and we generally have to buy new ones with each season. But sometimes baby shoes don’t get quite as much use, and we’re able to use them again.

Gilded Baby Shoes - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

These brown shoes below are super cute, but with the upcoming warmer weather months, there’s not a lot of brown in my one year old’s wardrobe. We’ve got lots of bright colors – including some trendy neon – so I decided to turn these shoes into something more wearable for her.

Here’s what you need:
- shoes
- paint (I just used regular acrylic craft paint)
- liquid gilding (I have a Martha Stewart gilding and love it)
- paint brush

Gilded Baby Shoes - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

The floral part of these shoes is a canvas type material, so I figured it would cover up easy with the craft paint. I just began carefully painting the shoes. You could tape off the vinyl part of the shoes if you want, but liquid gilding covers really well, so I wasn’t too worried if I got a tiny bit of paint on those parts. 

Gilded Baby Shoes - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Here’s what the shoe looked like when I was done painting the canvas part.

Gilded Baby Shoes - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Next I started on the liquid gilding. It goes on smoothly and covers really well. I only needed one coat on all of the vinyl parts.

Gilded Baby Shoes - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Halfway there!

Gilded Baby Shoes - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

And done! I really couldn’t be happier with how these turned out. I love how these shoes are now updated to go with the seasons and with the clothing my baby has to wear.

Gilded Baby Shoes - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Don’t you think they look pretty perfect with this outfit?

Gilded Baby Shoes - Sumo's Sweet Stuff

So what do you think, are you going to upcycle some shoes now? 

12 comments:

  1. I love this idea for my toddler too. I've got some black shoes like this that these would work perfectly on. How does the paint hold up to toddler wear and tear?

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    1. To be honest, she hasn't worn them more than a handful of times so far, but they've been holding up fine! The gilding seems like it would be tough to scratch off, and the canvas material seems like it absorbed the paint pretty well, so I don't know that it will scratch off much either. Hope that helps!

      Sumo:)

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  2. ohhhh - I need to try this on some black ones that were handed down to me - black isn't' as necessary in summer and now I have 2 pairs. I think they are going red!!!

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  3. These look great - I always wonder about painting shoes. Sometime they totally look painted & no one ever says how well they hold up, but these give me hope because they look so nice. Got to check out the gilding.

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  4. so darling. I am a friend of Sharon's, by the way :) she told me about your blog and I love it!! you have so much creativity. love the idea of painting shoes and I've never heard of this magical gilding stuff till now, so thanks :D
    -Lindsey

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    1. Aw, well thanks for reading! And any friend of Sharon's is a friend of mine - I just adore Sharon! :)

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  5. Such a great idea! I actually wanted to have an extra pair right now to try it on. <3

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  6. Summer - this is so smart! What a way to look at thrifted baby shoes!!!

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Sumo:)