Jason and I got to go to a wedding this Sunday, and I jumped at the rare occasion to get all dressed up! On a tight budget, and determined to go out in style, I got creative, and slightly crazy, and experimented with painting a pair of old shoes!
I don't get many opportunities to get all fancy, and I am all about getting fancy. You know, hair, makeup, high heels. the works. So when we got the invitation to the wedding of one of Jason's co-workers, I immediately started planning my ensemble. Of course, this wedding would come in the month that we decided to get serious with our budget and cut down our spending on "extras". No money for new shoes? no biggie, challenge accepted.
Speaking of Weddings
Of course I wanted a schnazzy pair of new shoes to wear to this wedding, but, a) that wasn't in our budget, and b) who wants to break in new shoes on the dance floor anyway when there's a perfectly comfy pair sitting in the closet?
Exhibit A: my wedding shoes.
This is me and my Sweetie, almost 5 years ago.
I kept the dress and veil, and of course, the shoes too. I lucked out on this pair, super comfortable, and I danced all night in them!
After 5 years sitting in my closet, not getting worn once, here's how they looked:
Still in good shape, and begging for a makeover!
A Second Chance to Party
I removed the rhinestones from the front of the shoes. Thankfully they popped off pretty easily.
I had Folk Art in Teal, and Americana brand in Sea Breeze and applied them with an eyeshadow brush (who's to
lazy cheap to buy a paint brush?).
I watered down the paint as I went so it would go on in thin layers. Wetting the fabric on the shoe helped spread the paint and absorb it into the material without getting cakey.
Here it is after one coat.
I put on 3 thin coats to completely saturate the fabric. I used teal on most of the shoe, and sea breeze on the two front straps.
I touched up the sides of the shoe with a black sharpie. It's diys like this that are crucial to pay attention to detail. The last thing I wanted to hear at this wedding was, "Oh my! Did you paint your shoes?" :)
At the last minute I decided to add a thin coat of Teal over the Sea Breeze straps to make them a bit darker (and match better with my accessories). When all the paint was dry I sprayed the shoes with Krylon clear acrylic sealer to make them water proof.
And at the very last second, literally the night before, I was at Michael's and picked up this packet of gold iron on studs, for a little extra bling! Since the directions called for ironing both sides of the material (not possible), instead I attached a few using super glue.
Here Comes the Bridal ShoesI'm so happy it worked and I didn't completely ruin my shoes! I'd never recognize them now, and I love the way they look!
Adding to my list of Impossible Things to Photograph, I now put "yourself in high heels" in the top 5. After many awkward shots, I managed to get these through our closet mirror doors.
Things I learned:
- Don't paint the inside of the shoe. I did because I thought it would look better in pics, but it ended up making the inner parts stiff and scratchy on my skin. Next time I'll know it's better to leave the insides be.
- Don't spray sealer on the foot pad. My foot stuck to the spray a little. Next time I'll cover it up with painter's tape before spraying.
- Painting shoes works!! I'm so glad to have this in my arsenal for the future. I'll be saving a lot of money on footwear!
Shoes, check. Since I was still working on a non-existent budget and trying to get an ensemble together, I was forced to get pretty strategic. I already had a black dress, and now some hot blue heels. All the stars aligned for me on this one, and with my coupons, gift cards, sales I was able to make out like a sale-crazed, bargain hungry bandit!
Necklace: $13 Apt. 9 Bib Bubble Necklace (Kohl's) $3 after Kohl's Cash
Shoes: Already owned. $3.99 Iron on gold studs (Michael's), $2 after coupon
Bracelet: $12 14th and Union gold chain bracelet (Nordstrom's Rack), $3 after gift card
Clutch: $45 Steve Madden black clutch (Nordstrom's Rack), $3 after gift card
Dress: Already in my closet, black "silk" dress (Wal Mart, haha)
Wedding, Take Two
We had so much fun! It was an Indian wedding so there was new foods, ladies in beautiful saris, and belly dancing that night!
Thanks for joining me on this adventure! I hope I inspire you to dig out a pair of heels in your closet and go for it!!