DIY painted copper cap toe shoes *

DIY painted copper cap toe shoes *


copper cap toe shoes - after

This isn’t turning into a fashion blog, I promise.

That said, I couldn’t resist sharing this mega shoe transformation. This pair of shoes was begging for a make over. If there is such a thing as having too many black shoes then I guess we found a cure!

This is a pretty simple DIY project, as easy as tape , paint, and voila! But as always, to appreciate the transformation you need to have a look at the before pic.

copper cap toe shoes - before

 I used black leather kitten heels for this project.

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  • A pair of shoes
  • Tape
  • Paint and paint brush
  • Ponal wood glue (not pictured)


copper cap toe shoes - supplies


I decided that I didn’t want to go the easiest route for these caps. I wanted some drama going on and so I settled for these skewed triangular caps.

I started by taping off the sides of the shoes about a centimetre from the sole on one shoe. I then taped the third side to form the triangle. Instead of doing this straight across the shoe, I did it at an angle to make the skewed triangle shape.

I finished the first shoe then started on the second shoe and tried my best to make it match the first shoe.


copper cap toe shoes - tape it


After that I pressed over the edges of the tape to make sure it lay completely flat all round to prevent paint from bleeding through.

I used acrylic paint for this project. I guess you can use other types of paint although leather dye would work better.

I applied two coats of paint and allowed time for the paint to dry in between coats. I painted in long steady strokes and tried as much as I could to blend out brush strokes.


copper cap toe shoes - painted tips

Peeling off the tape was very exciting for me. I couldn’t wait to see how the shoes would turn out. I was excited to reveal the crisp clean lines of success. I was not so lucky with the lines when I made my Moroccan lanterns so it was definitely a big deal for me this time.


copper cap toe shoes - crisp lines


I Loved the way they turned out! Just one problem though, the paint cracked in the area that the shoe folded.

To deal with the cracks, I mixed a bit of Ponal wood glue with the paint then I did one coat over the painted area. I flexed the shoe a couple of times during the drying period to make sure it would allow for movement afterwards.

The painted caps are really holding up well.

Here they are all finished and transformed. Would you try this? Would you paint your shoes?


diy painted copper cap toe shoes


Now, I know I kinda sneaked up this shoe post on you but I hope you liked it, that said let’s get back to home decor by visiting some earlier posts, shall we? (Click on the pics to view posts)



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  1. I have never done a shoe D.I.Y but after reading this may be I’ll try.Just not sure my clumsy self can pull out a neat cap such as this…

    • Shokey, you should give it a try. I promise you will get neat lines as long as you use tape, don´t try to freehand the painting. All the best :-)

  2. maria wangari :

    i love the look the shoe gets after the painting.. its actually a good idea to try on some plain color shoes.

    • Thank you Maria.
      I agree, it´s a great way to add some character to boring shoes. If you do get to do it, I would love to see what you come up with.

  3. Superbe!! I love this DIY.

  4. Love it! Love it! Love it!

    I will definitely give it a try, now to bookmark this page :)

  5. Wow! This is quite an idea, I never thought that it can be done this way… I am not so much of a DIY person myself but this does look easy and you did a great job…

    Love that Bronzy colour, NICE choice *_^

    Thanks for sharing.



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