Rachel The Hat: First Ever DIY!!!

Well hello there ladies? Are you ready to get your DIY on?
Now first things first, do not expect anything advanced or ground-breaking here. I am a complete novice in the DIY area and therefore starting with the basics.
Secondly, where ever i can tell you the source of the original diy’er then i will always put it in the post. Crafting, customising and diy are all things i’ve wanted to do for a really long time but lacked confidence (and time… you know popping a baby out, raising him etc 😉 to actually put my energies in to doing it. But after reading so many inspiring blogs i’m finally giving it a go and loving it.
So without further a do i present to you:

Customised shoes

Ok, so i’ve seen this done lots over the blogasphere, but specifically Vicky of Magpie Girl made me wanna go try this.

Here’s what i did:

I had this pair of lace up brogues that i just did not wear. They had a dirty scuff on the front too so that kinda put me off wearing them.

 So i bought some all purpose metallic silver spray:

 Stuffed newspaper in the shoes to protect the insides and sprayed the hell out of them.

 I let the first coat dry and bodied up with about 3 layers of paint


*To spray the tongues and make a nice neat job i used cocktail stick to space the tongue from the shoe

*Make sure to spray about 20 cms away from the shoe, i was a bit of an eager beaver and sprayed up close and it looked all runny and blotchy

*Do put papers down, this stuff goes everywhere and watch out if its windy.. make sure you’re not standing down wind or you’ll end up with some silver looking skin!

*Don’t leave your fab new shoes outside to dry,then go make yourself a congratulatory coffee and not realise its raining… :-/

*Do body up, the more the better.

* And don’t forget to get some funky ribbon to use as laces, i plan on changing these out to some lovely polka dots or possibly some blue… oh the possibilities are endless. Interchangeable laces!

And then finally go wear your new pretty shoes!

 The fab thing is you can pretty much do whatever colour you want, I’m thinking of going over these with GOLD for autumn/winter. 

So there we have it! Rachel The Hat’s first DIY!

Easy Peasy right?!

So, i hope you like it, and if you give it a go please do let me know!!


  1. August 10, 2012 / 9:06 am

    Wow, great diy, they look like new shoes, love it 😀

  2. August 10, 2012 / 10:56 am

    I love these! Nice work! I would love a pair of metallic brogues. I am also thinking gold for Fall. I just may have to try this!

    • August 12, 2012 / 7:35 pm

      i know gold would be soooo good right?! i think these bad boys may get a re spray ;)xx

  3. August 10, 2012 / 11:30 am

    These look amazing! I have some ribbon-laced brogues and really like them, it makes them stand out and look a bit different. I love that yours match your outfit too! x

    • August 10, 2012 / 5:08 pm

      They are shiny silver rather than matt but don't think I've shown it to well :/

  4. August 10, 2012 / 12:37 pm

    This is such a great idea, I'll definitely be trying this out at some point.

  5. August 10, 2012 / 3:29 pm

    Totally easy peasy and so completely adorable!!!! I seriously am in love with the silver and red together. Great job, love!

    P.s. I have a giveaway going on…there's some Irregular Choice in it…!! You can enter if you want 🙂

  6. August 10, 2012 / 5:23 pm

    It must be the name change on your blog because you are becoming more and more fabulous with your diy's and amazing clothing!!! HaHa. enjoying your instagram too. dawn suitcase vignettes xo

    • August 12, 2012 / 7:34 pm

      Aw thanks Dawn, im trying to be as fabulous as you my dear!:)xx

  7. August 10, 2012 / 5:24 pm

    Oh goodness they came out so cute! I am such a sucker for some silver shoes!

  8. August 10, 2012 / 5:37 pm

    Oh My! Those are just too cool for school!!!!!! Love it! And it looks so easy! I'll have to find me some old oxfords stat!

  9. August 10, 2012 / 6:33 pm

    Great job! I'm curious though how well the spray paint will hold up. it would be awesome if you could update us on that after wearing them awhile 🙂
    I'm also LOVING that adorable dress!


    • August 12, 2012 / 7:33 pm

      thats a great idea! i will post again in a while to let you know the longevity of the paint job! 🙂 i think the key is to body up with a good few layers too. But i am curious to see how long it'll last. Good thing is though you can always spray again and in a different colour if you so wish;)xx

  10. August 10, 2012 / 7:55 pm

    Oh my GOSH! How freakin cute? Are you kidding me!? I think I'm going to have to share this link on my blog! SO FUN! 🙂

  11. August 10, 2012 / 8:24 pm

    I've seen this DIY a couple times and it never fails to be utterly adorable. Yours turned out great! Hope you get lots of use out of them!

  12. August 10, 2012 / 11:11 pm

    Your brogues look so cute and unique! They look great with your lovely red dress.
    Megan Jane // Seek My Scribbles

  13. August 11, 2012 / 6:53 am

    Look fab!! Lovely idea. The ribbon laces look gorgeous.

    Can you wear them in the rain?


    • August 12, 2012 / 7:31 pm

      Hey Alex, yes you can, you just need to check your paint is made for use outdoors like on fences etc. I havent been wearing these long enough to know the longevity yet, but will keep you posted!xx

    • August 13, 2012 / 9:32 pm

      Ooo, that's good to know!! I love this idea.. 🙂 xx

  14. August 11, 2012 / 7:55 am

    Hi there,
    I just found your blog and im so so glad i did!

    your blog is so amazing and i love your photos! those brogues are lovely!

    would you like to follow each other?i just followed you on GFC and would appreciate if you could do the same back! 🙂

    have a great day!

    Nicole and Eli

  15. August 11, 2012 / 11:06 pm

    lovely outfit and you're looking gorgeous! i'm following you on gfc now, please follow me too? 🙂 i think you'll like some of my outfits, and i just posted about the IT color for the fall!


  16. August 12, 2012 / 8:19 am

    wow amazing. I totally love your outfit too x

  17. August 12, 2012 / 6:55 pm

    omg thats amazing! i love what you did with the shoes 🙂 Hey, if you want, check out my blog
    http://www.nessa-mae.blogspot.co.uk, If you like it follow on GFC and Bloglovin, and I ALWAYS follow back xx – Vanessa Mae

  18. August 14, 2012 / 6:09 am

    Oh my goodness girlie these are ADORABLE. They're so you too. And I'm in love with your dress! I always switch out different colored ribbon as ties in my oxfords but I never thought of getting out the spray paint! These turned out fabulous!


  19. August 16, 2012 / 1:32 am

    These are so so cool! They remind me of the Wizard of Oz – the silver of the tin man and the red of the ruby slippers – all rolled into one awesome shoe. Amazing! You look so adorable in the photos at the end, too.
    I can't believe this is your first diy tutorial – it's pretty perfect!
    Nice job, Rachel!!!


  20. August 20, 2012 / 1:49 pm

    Wow so cute 😀 … Love the red dress too 😀 x

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