Paint Your Own Shoes With Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

We do some crazy things at The Purple Painted Lady and try to keep it fun!  This workshop qualified for both!

We hosted a “Paint Your Own Shoes Workshop” and we had everything from ballerina slipper shoes to cowboy boots brought in to be painted using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

The secret to painting your shoes- is similar to painting fabric.  You want to thin your Chalk Paint® with some water.  Since shoes do not require much paint, we poured about a 1/8 of a cup in to a plastic glass and then added a tablespoon or two of water and mixed it well.  You want to thin the paint, BUT NOT to the paint it loses it covering ability.

In the image above, you can see the inside of the boots that I painted.  The boots are a faux leather and I bought them at Target.  in fact, in 2015 – it seemed cowboy boots were all the rage in western NY, and I purchased a few pairs of the same boots since the quality and price was right!  They did not come in a “red” and I always wanted a pair of red cowboy boots…so I made them myself.

You need to be patient when painting shoes or fabric / leather couches and furniture.  You thin your paint with water so it is not super thick – especially because we want it to be flexible for the change in shape a shoe or boot goes through when we physically walk.  

Is this a permanent – life long solution?  Yes…and I also have a bridge to sell you too!  No, lol…but it is an option that will last a good while though.

I chose to use Burgundy Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.  In my photo above – you can see the boot on the right in the drying process and how the color darkens as it dries. 

Annie Sloan defines this color as a rich deep warm red the color of dark cherries. Most of Annie’s colors are 18th and 20th century inspired but this one comes from the 19th century when the discovery of Alizarin Crimson made this color possible for the first time to a large number of people. It is now one of the classic colors used in particular for neo-classical painted furniture.

The Purple Painted Lady has found Burgundy to be interesting, in that the color appears to almost be like a bright berry color when wet, but the shade changes to a Burgundy when it is dry.

I painted my boots with three coats of thinned Burgundy and then did two coats of Annie’s Clear Wax.  I applied the wax with a lint free rag and I used the same amount of pressure that you would if putting eye cream around your eyes….meaning a delicate touch!  I also was gentle to remove the excess clear wax, and my hand glided over the surface when I was done.


I recommended to everyone in the class, to give their newly painted shoes or boots a couple days to be alone so they can cure and to hold off wearing them for a few days.

So, what do you think? 

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