Monday, September 26, 2011

Spray Painted Cowboy Boots

This process would work with almost any type of shoe, not just boots. 

When I was younger I dreamed of riding horses and working on a farm, years later, reality has set in and I know that I am not very good at riding, nevertheless, I have wanted Cowboy Boots for as long as I can remember. Something has always seemed so cool to me about slipping on a pair of cowboy boots, even though I am in no way a cowgirl. I am a city girl through and through, that can appreciate the county or at least the style of it.

When I found these cowboy boots at the thrift store for $5, I knew I had to have them. I tried to wear them everywhere, but they didn't seem to hold the magic I thought they would. Enter spray paint. I used a turquoise Valspar paint from Lowe's and it was magic. They were easy to paint and now I love them and wear them everywhere I go, although my husband is still convinced I angered some sort of Cowboy God. :)

You will need: 

  • an awesome pair of boots
  • newspaper
  • spray paint 

They were amazingly easy to spray paint and they have been holding up great. First thing you will need to do is stuff them with newspaper so you don't paint the inside. Then you are going to want to wipe down the boots and get them as clean as possible. Next learn from my mistake and weight down the newspaper that you are spraying them on. Wind came on suddenly while I was working on them and I ended up having to spray paint the back again.

 Hold your spray paint about 5 or 6 inches away consistently. If you spray consistently at the same distance you are going to get the smoothest look. Don't get much closer to the boot than that or you will end up with splotches. You may have to spray more than one coat. I had to do about three to cover the brown of the boot. Let them dry overnight.

I have been wearing these boots on a regular basis for more than 7 years and I have never had to touch them up. They still look fabulous. My biggest recommendation is to use a high quality spray paint.

Everyone who has seen me wear them has been shocked that I spray painted them. I think they are easily my current favorite shoe!
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