My Friend Allye rocks. She has taught me many things over the years, among them:
- Glitter is like little tiny sparkles of happiness.
- It’s important to spread happiness throughout the world. Ergo…
- 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.
- old (or new) pair of shoes
- sandpaper (I used 120 grit)
- acrylic craft paint
- super fine glitter
- mod podge
- aluminum foil
- painters’ tape
3 hours (plus 24 hours in drying time)
- 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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Our cute (read small) little 50s cottage was in dire need of some added curb appeal and this eyesore of a front door had seen better days and needed to be retired. Originally we planned to replace it with a modern version of the same design by purchasing a solid core door and a light kit from Crestview Doors but when I stumbled across a one light in a discount door store nearby I was smitten. At $470 pre-hung, I wrote a check right then and there and I’m so glad for once I listened to my pocketbook over my heart.
My two favorite guys, Ranger and my dad spent a little over 3 hours replacing the old door because I was sick with an ear infection and in no condition for manual labor. We’ve been struggling with a lack of natural light in the living room since we moved in. What I love is even with the frosted film we added, this door makes the room bright, airy and feel quite a bit larger. We bought a similar door in fiberglass for the backdoor and I’m looking forward to installing that ASAP!
This is what I come home to everyday now. It’s hard to put into words the feeling of pride I have when I see all we’ve accomplished on our own to make this little house our home.