This is the best photo I could find of Miss 11’s muddy canvas shoes and this wasn’t as bad as they eventually ended up! Our recent trip to Toowoomba for the annual music festival, Easterfest, was loads of fun.
Our whole family has been volunteering at the festival in the media/video/tv area for the last few years. This year, there was a bit of rain involved, the ground was wet, which then turned to mud!I’m talking about this kind of MUD:Many were prepared with gumboots, some dared to venture out in public wearing crocs, and some of us ended up removing our shoes and embracing the “mud beauty foot treatment”.
Normally I’d have a go at scrubbing the mud off any of our shoes and seeing how they fare, before deciding to ditch them altogether. And these were looking like they were headed for land fill. I mean they weren’t name brand or anything, just a cheap pair of canvas shoes.
But then, why not take the opportunity to experiment with one of my new favourite paint products – Fusion Mineral Paint. Here’s how the shoes scrubbed up AFTER washing them! That red rich Toowoomba soil aint goin’ anywhere!A 500ml pot of Fusion Paint in the colour Ash – chosen by Miss 11, herself. It’s a lovely dark charcoal colour. We grabbed a small craft brush and away we went.We painted over the eyelets and everything, leaving the rubber sole and toe. If paint got onto the rubber, it was easily removed with a wet cloth right away.Awesome result hey? Obviously we chose a darker colour for best coverage, and this only took ONE COAT of Fusion Mineral Paint. So good. I had thought that it might take a couple of coats being canvas – a fabric, with the paint soaking into the weave, etc. but no, one coat. I’d say if you wanted to use a lighter colour, you may just have to use an extra coat or two for good coverage.And ta-da – both finished! And here she is, modelling her “new shoes” which now totally match her Easterfest 2015 Crew T-shirt and her blue canvas pants are the same blue as the little stripe around the sole of the shoe – of course! Such a simple, quick fix to change up your tired looking canvas shoes, or any other fabric for that matter.
We sell Fusion Mineral Paint on our Product tab here on the website. There are 24 beautiful colours to choose from, plus metallics, and if you are just needing a small quantity for a project like this, we have 37ml sample size pots for $8. A sample size would easily cover a pair of shoes.
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