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23

Mar
2011

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upcycling

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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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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