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Makeover Monday: Painting on my Dancing Shoes (Preamble)


I know, I know, it’s Makeover Monday already again! And I do have a fantastic makeover for you, but… today is my daughter’s birthday, and the whole weekend has been one long celebration*, so I’m afraid I only have a few minutes today. I’m just going to give you a quick overview, plus a little photo preview.

The project: I have a pair of dance shoes in classic ballroom-gold satin, still in good condition, but somehow just too… ballroomy. I’ve been wanting a pair of dance shoes that are in the brown-to-bronze range; this would be a versatile color, considering my dance wardrobe. (I’m really trying to get away from all black, all the time, which in my wardrobe, only happens with dance clothes.) But considering the original cost of these shoes (and more to replace them), I thought maybe there was another way to get what I wanted. So I thought about dyeing them (yes, I’ve had dyeing on the brain for the last several Mondays!); I looked into that, and it seems that fabric paints would be more appropriate, as well as easier to DIY (DIM? Do It Myself?).

The preview: Here are my shoes, before and after a fresh coat of fabric paint!

Dance shoes, before and after!

Dance shoes, before and after. A lot more photos and project details are coming tomorrow!

That’s all for now— I’m sorry for the delay, but I promise, first thing tomorrow, I’ll fill in all the details of this project!

*It was on this day, my daughter’s birthday one year ago, that she was rushed to the hospital, extremely close to death from a sudden and complete liver failure. Today, she is not only alive, but doing amazingly well. Hence the non-stop celebrating— including lots of dancing!

Author: Colormusing

I'm a writer, color palette creator, and designer of fashion, lingerie, graphics, knitwear patterns, and yarn.

5 thoughts on “Makeover Monday: Painting on my Dancing Shoes (Preamble)

  1. Dance (for your daughter and yourself) in celebrating life! I like the new color of the dance shoes – the typical gold-satin color is mainly used in competitions to visually elongate the leg and foot. I love ballroom/latin dancing as well and competed amateur level in US. So, let’s keep dancing!

    • Yes! We’re still dancing! I didn’t know you and I have ballroom in common– are you dancing in France too? I just recently started Argentine tango, which in most ways is different from ballroom, and I love it!!

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  3. I have a pair of wedge shoes with a brownish front wedge that I want to be in black so it will be a black shoes all throughout. I wonder if i can do fabric paint on that as well. What do you think?

    • Well, if the part to be painted is fabric (not leather, suede, or man-made materials), then fabric paint would probably be easiest. There were 2 or 3 brands of fabric paint at the store I went to (JoAnn), and they each said different things about the materials they work with, so be sure to read the labels. I’d love to see your shoes!

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