DIY Colored Spurs

For the past few months colored spurs seem to be popping up all over. I myself even ordered Covesca rainbow spurs a few weeks ago because they were on sale… Because rainbow. That said I wanted a pair of navy spurs to add to my tool kit. I however refuse to pay $50 to have my own spurs painted and so the idea of painting my own came to life.

One trip to Lowes and $6 later I was ready to go. I found just the right color blue in a can of cobalt blue metallic rustoleum spray paint. If blue isn’t your jam there are a variety of other colors to choose from. I only chose Rust-Oleum as I knew this brand to be long lasting and it had the blue I wanted.Before you get started I would recommend having a pair of gloves handy and picking a safe place to spray your spurs. I used the gloves to pick my spurs up (by expanding my fingers inside the spur – didn’t want to risk messing up any pant by touching the outsides/ visible parts). A reader mentioned that she had strung her spurs up. I think this sounds brilliant and should definitely be tried!

  • Place spurs on flat clean area
  • Spray light coat on both sides
  • Wait for spurs to dry between each side and coat
  • Spray heavy “wet” coat to both sides
  • Let Dry
  • Spray with Chipguard
  • Enjoy

When painting them I had a couple panic moments because I was not trying to have some crazy bright blue spurs. Thankfully as they dried they became a nice deep blue that was closer to the navy that I was aiming for. Bottom line is that if you have been wanting colored spurs but without the hefty price tag you should try this! I would definitely do it again! Time will tell how they wear but even if I have to reapply the paint every so often they would still be a deal. Next time I want to find a cool matte finish! What DIY projects have you guys taken on? Any hacks to save money and still have a fun item you’ve been eyeing?

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25 Comments

  1. Wow. These came out REALLY well! Nicely done. I am petrified of DIY projects… I would consider staining my dressage saddle, but instead sold it and am hoping when I get a new one I won’t need to, lol

  2. They look great!

    I attempted to paint a pair of spurs and they didn’t turn out that great. They looked fine from far away, but close up was not so pretty.

    I have bought several hay nets that had crappy strings for closing the nets and hanging them. I have restrung a few hay nets and the strings I used worked great and are still holding up a year later.

  3. I might have to try that on some stirrup irons. They might not hold up as well, but it would be worth a shot. The colored ones I’ve been lusting after aren’t worth the price tag.

  4. I’ve been eyeing some navy spurs online, but couldn’t pull the trigger!! Super excited to try this soon. 🙂 Thanks for the DIY.

  5. Those look great! I really like the way the blue came out. I’ll be interested to see how often they need to be repainted, maybe there is some sort of clear sealant you could spray on to help if they do chip a lot.

  6. Having done this before, an easy way to do it without ruining the paint is to put a barbecue skewer through the spur strap slots and hold it while spraying (wear a glove in case you spritz your hand) It takes about five minutes for the paint to set enough that you can gently put them down and you can do both sides at once.