THAT ONE PAIR OF OLD CONVERSE.
Article by Eleonora Mezzo
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WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Converse All-Star
- Fabric paint
- Thick paint brush
- Small paint brush (for details)
- Newspaper/towel or anything else that can be used to protect the suface
- Cotton swab
- Nail polish remover
Shoe laces and tape.
Carefully remove the shoe laces and begin appling tape on every section of the shoe that you do not want the paint to stain. I started off by covering the white midsole on each side of the shoe and then moved onto the Converse tag on the tongue in the front. Pay attention to where you apply the tape making sure not to go beyond the black line circling the whole shoe. If the tape covers part of the actual fabric, it will take longer to fix it after removing the tape. On the other hand, if you paint a little bit on the black line, it won’t be difficult to remove the excess paint with nail poilish remover afterwards and the finish will be much more clean.
Use the thicker paint brush to paint the sides of the shoe. Start by taking a little bit of fabric paint and adding just a few drops of water. If the colour is too liquid (you add too much water), the paint is likely to drip and the colour won’t be fully covering.
BUT EVEN PRETTIER
Check for any part you left out.
Once you have painted most of the surface with a thick paint brush, you can fill in the remaining little sections of fabric with a smaller paint brush. Make sure to pay particular attention to the front area where the eyelets are placed. Do not worry if you end up staining the eyelets, as you can remove the paint later on in the process.
Remove the tape.
Once the paint is completely dry, remove the tape. The edges of the white sole might look a little messy and there’s probably paint dripped everywhere, so move to the next step to fix it.
Remove any excess paint.
At this point the shoe will probably look a little messy but don’t worry. Just use a cotton swab dipped into nail polish remover to clean the eyelets and any part of the shoe which is not made of fabric. As you keep removing the excess paint, you will start to see the final result.
In order to fix the paint and make sure it lasts longer, iron the fabric of the shoe from the side where you have not applied any paint.
You are done!
Put the laces back into place et voilà! You now have brand new shoes that you will actually wear and not just look at in your wardrobe once in a while.