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27

Mar
2011

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By Lori

Project: The Miss Divine Heels

On 27, Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | In crafting, upcycling | By Lori

My Friend Allye rocks.  She has taught me many things over the years, among them:

  1. Glitter is like little tiny sparkles of happiness.
  2. It’s important to spread happiness throughout the world.  Ergo…
  3. Put glitter on anything that stands still long enough.

So in honor of Allye, her awesomeness and happiness spreading, I created these beauties based on a tutorial I found from Pixie in Pumps.

Glitter ShoesMaterials:

  • old (or new) pair of shoes
  • sandpaper (I used 120 grit)
  • acrylic craft paint
  • super fine glitter
  • mod podge
  • aluminum foil
  • painters’ tape

Time:

3 hours (plus 24 hours in drying time)

Process:

  1. Cuff up shoes with sandpaper to help glitter adhere to shoes.  Considering how rough I am on shoes, I probably could have skipped this step…
  2. Using painters’ tape and aluminum foil block off any areas you don’t want painted.  I covered the heel tap and rubber sole to allow for better wear.
  3. Paint shoes (optional).  I did this because I was taking black shoes to a light green.  I was afraid the black underneath would throw off the look I was going for.
  4. mix glitter colors to desired palette.  I find using more than one color creates complexity and interest in the shoe.  I used 3 different colors of green ranging from mint to turquoise. The result is super YUM.
  5. add enough mod podge to create a thin consistancy of glitter paint.  Too much mod podge means less glitter coverage.  Too little and the paint become clumpy and doesn’t spread on smoothly.
  6. Add thin layer of paint and allow to dry.  Continue to add layers until desired level of coverage has been achieved.  In my case it took 3 + some touching up.
  7. Let dry for 24 hours at least before wearing.

I’m super pleased with the results but I have to say these things make more of a statement than I thought.  I think they’d look best peaking out from some floor skimming jeans and a white t-shirt. Now I may have to make a necklace to go with them!

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23

Mar
2011

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By Lori

Project: Mamma needs a new pair of shoes!

On 23, Mar 2011 | No Comments | In crafting, upcycling | By Lori

UliThis is Uli.

Awww, ain’t she cute?  She has a problem you see.  An addiction to eating her mamma’s shoes.  Just the heels mind you.  They evidently are much more enjoyable than the bones and chew toys she is given to play with.

I buy shoes infrequently and shop the super sales, slowly building my shoe dynasty with super fun pieces.  Uli has taken them out, one by one by one.  My adorable little shoe assassin.

What I did happen to have still left were two pairs of dyeable shoes from my cousin’s wedding and my own wedding.  Unfortunately both events were outside and the satin had been stained with dirt and hence had only been worn once.  So with a little internet research about about $9 in supplies, I overdyed the blue shoes to a dark navy/almost black color and the yellow shoes to bright red.

Time:

2 hours (plus several hours in drying time)

Materials:

  • Shoes (dyeables or at least satin)
  • toothbrush
  • dishsoap
  • Rit Color Remover
  • paint brushes (water color brushes work best)
  • Tulip water based spray-on fabric dye (Charcoal and Red)
  • hairdryer

Process:

  1. Clean shoes thoroughly with just a touch of dishwashing liquid and a toothbrush. This is especially important if you have open-toes shoes as the oils from your feet can prevent the dye from taking.  Rinse clean and allow to dry completely.
  2. In the case of my yellow shoes, I used the Rit color remover in a pot to strip out the yellow.  Be careful not to soak too long, you can damage the rest of the shoe. The undersides of the soles had a lining that cooked right off but I seemed to have prevented any further damage with a clear coat of paint after the dying.
  3. Once shoes are clean and dry, paint on fabric dye using brushes.  Use liberally for full coverage.  I ended up uses two coats on each shoe.
  4. Use the hair dryer to speed up drying time between coats.
  5. I threw my shoes in the dryer on a shoe rack for 20 minutes of high heat to set the dye.

So far so good.  I’ve worn each pair once and don’t have stained feet at the end of the day.  Chances are I’ll avoid wearing them on rainy days just in case.  But for now I’m off to find dog-proof shoe boxes for my closet!
red shoes

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28

Feb
2011

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By Lori

Project: We All Scream Because of Icecream…

On 28, Feb 2011 | No Comments | In soundtrack, upcycling | By Lori

Ranger’s grandparents gave us a lovely set of ice cream parlor chairs they has picked up many years ago that were in desperate need of refinishing.  They sat in the garden shed for two years before we touched them.  I did a little research and narrowed their production down to around the 1910s: pre-WWI because they are iron guilded in copper (to prevent rusting).  And let me say removing 90+ years of paint in every color from 1970s peach to gold leaf was not an easy task.  1 1/2 chairs and two weekends into it and we took a break. A long break.  I finally called around to a few sandblasting places in the area and found a place to remove the paint and rust for $25 a chair.  EUREKA!  That process and $12 worth of matte white spray paint later….

ice cream parlor chair

ice cream parlor chairThey look brand new.  I could not be more happy.  Originally I thought they would be cute outside but when I saw the finished project, I knew they were my new dining room chairs. Along with the chalkboard paint dining room table, they  add interest but keep the room feeling open.

I’m now on the hunt for the perfect armchair for the ends of my dining room table and perhaps some fabric to create seat cushions with. And to reward you for sitting through a post with no before & during pictures, here’s a track that comes from one of my top 10 albums of the 2011. Bold statement? Hells yeah. But a safe bet I tell ya.
The Decemberists – Dear Avery by notplayedontheradio

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21

Feb
2011

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By Lori

Project: Turn on the Red Light

On 21, Feb 2011 | No Comments | In crafting, upcycling | By Lori

I can’t leave well enough alone.  It’s my curse.  We bought this chandelier right after we bought the house and I’ve been wanting to change it since day 1.  Ranger in his practical wisdom says I’m stuck with it but I was able to convince him to let me glam it up a bit.  He was impressed with my spray painting skills but I think he’s now worries I might start tagging anything that stands still long enough.  At this rate every accessory in the house will be fire-engine red by June.

red ikea chandelier

Time:

2 hours (includes drying time between coats)

Materials:

Krylon Banner Red Gloss Spraypaint
Ikea Chandelier
painter’s tape
small bit of rope or yarn to tie up fixture during painting

Process:

Tape off any areas you don’t want painted.  In my case, that consisted of taping up the sockets.  (If you want the “crystals” painted, it’s completely doable without removing them, just do several light coats to ensure no paint runs)   Clean thoroughly to remove dirt and allow to dry.  I hung my light from a tree in the backyard to paint. Apply 3 coats of paint as per manufacturers instructions.

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