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Add metallic tips to a plain pair of combat boots
***Recommended: Do this project outdoors/in a well ventilated space!***

I've been wanting to add "metal" tips to a pair of brown combat boots for quite some time, but knew I didn't want to use acrylics or spray paint. I was looking for something for metallic looking - almost chrome - that had that bright finish. Chrome spray paint would probably work, but I liked the idea of being able to control the paint with a brush. After a few rounds at my local Michael's trying to hunt something down, I came across Martha Stewart's Liquid Gilding. JUST what I needed. I chose Gold, but it's also available in Brass, Copper and Silver. Count on Martha to save the day.

Posted by Kirsten Nunez from New York, New York, United States • Published See Kirsten Nunez's 17 projects »
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  • How to make a boot. Gold Tip Combat Boots - Step 1
    Step 1

    Supplies:

    - Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding (About $7 at Michael's)
    - Masking and/or electrical tape
    - Soft bristled paint brush
    - Scissors
    - Combat boots, or shoes of your choice
    - Scrap newspaper/magazines and popsicle stick (not shown)
    - Nail polish remover and cotton swabs, optional

    You'll also need an open, well ventilated space to work in. Outside is probably the best bet!

  • How to make a boot. Gold Tip Combat Boots - Step 2
    Step 2

    1) Tape off the tip of each boot. Most combat boots will probably have a seam that will guide you. You can also tape off the heel, too. I used multiple pieces of tape around the tips to work with the rounded shape of each boots.

  • How to make a boot. Gold Tip Combat Boots - Step 3
    Step 3

    Taping off the heel.

  • How to make a boot. Gold Tip Combat Boots - Step 4
    Step 4

    2) Mix the liquid gilding really, really well. Settling is natural with liquid gilding, so the metallic part will be on the bottom. I used a popsicle stick to mix mine up.

  • How to make a boot. Gold Tip Combat Boots - Step 5
    Step 5

    3) Firmly press down on the tape to ensure that it is adhered to the boot. Begin painting the tips in short, even strokes.

  • How to make a boot. Gold Tip Combat Boots - Step 6
    Step 6

    Continue painting.

  • Step 7

    4) Let dry at least 24 hours, then remove the tape. In order to fix up mistakes, you can use a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to remove any stray liquid gilding.

  • Step 8

    If possible, try not to wear your gold (or silver/brass/copper) tip boots when it's raining/snowing (I waited until it was done raining to take this picture!) - This will help keep that metallic luster of the liquid gilding.

  • Step 9

    Enjoy your new autumn boots!

    xo

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