Nailed It!–Nail Polish Pot Painting

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Nailed-ItWelcome to “Nailed It!”: the article series where I find interesting crafter DIY ideas from the internet and try them out for you.  Then I judge it as either pass (Nailed It!) or fail (Screwed!).

Today’s “Nailed It!” comes from the website Henry Happened Nail Polish Painting, an interesting blog by a former 9-to-5’er turned stay at home Mom with three children.  Her DIY’s are quite cute, matching the overall style of the site.  I happened on the one entitled “Nail Polish Marbled DIY Planters,” and thought I can do that too!  Hence, today’s “Nailed It!”  I read through the post, and there doesn’t seem to be that much to it. So I eagerly went to gather my supplies.

*** WARNING!!! ***  I WILL be bashing nail polishes I purchased and hated.  If you liked them, this is the one and only sentence I am going to apologize… because I too defend my favorite nail colors.  To… the… death.  *** END OF WARNING ***

Supplies first.  She states that you need only three things: Bucket with water at room temperature, nail polishes, and terra cotta pots.  May I also suggest some plastic over the work surface to prevent nail polish from getting everywhere?  Also, you should work outside, as we all know that polish gets pretty stinky.  I delved into my bag of goodies (I have a scrapbook tools organizer for all my polishes) and picked out the ones I purchased and was sorely disappointed by.  Ugh, anything to get rid of these crap colors!  Also, I would suggest NOT using any with glitter and chunky things in them.  The key here is that the polish is slightly repelled by the water, and is lighter than the water.  The sequins and glitter make that stuff sink like a stone.  Trust me.  I you want your sparklies on there, let the project dry and slather that stuff over the first layer.

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Fill the bucket about halfway with water, lukewarm (or let it sit for a while before using).  Then sprinkle in the nail polishes one at a time. The key word here is sprinkle.  The first go I took, I just poured the sickly pink of my Wet-n-Wild manicure set, and it sunk right to the bottom of the bucket.  Best trick is to use the brush: load the brush up and let the polish go into the water a drop at a time.  I used this white-that-never-covered-my-nails-well polish as the base, so I kept putting it in until I had a good slick of it.  Then I broke out the day-glo Spoiled colors that turned out horridly on my nails.  Specifically: “Did I dye it too blonde?” (neon yellow-green), “Plastic flamingo” (hooker pink), and “Plenty of fish in the sea” (disappointing medium blue). 

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Holding the terra cotta pot at a tilt, SLOWLY dunk the pot through the paint slick, starting at one side of the pot (NOT THE MIDDLE).  You can almost hear the paint jump onto the pot.  Dip the pot through the slick, moving slightly towards the other side of the bucket as you go, and you will get roughly half the pot coated with… nail polish clumps.

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The paint stays pretty still, but look at it.  It is clumpy.  Of course, that could be because of the vigorous shaking and pouring into the water.  So I decided to give it another go.  I was much less shaky and much more drop-by-drop , and continued to do the other side of the pot  The results were… a little bit better.  But it had a lot of air bubbles and clumps.  Hopefully it will dry prettier than it is now.

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Okay.  I set this aside and try a suggesting she casually said in her supply list: I bought a plastic plant pot.  This time I desperately wanted to get rid of my Sally Hansen Chrome Nail Makeup in “white gold chrome.”  Makeup?  It is paint and lacquer, and anyone who doesn’t think so is mentally disturbed.  This stuff was a great color, but would peel off in a light breeze, and it was incredibly thin, so several coats had to be used.  I poured this crap into the water, and it never even tried to sink.  But I didn’t want the pink and blue from the last pot on this one, so I used the nail brush and swirled it around in the water.  The nail polish was already partly dry, and it dragged across the water surface to the edge, where I just stuck it to the side.  And it made the paint look COOL.  Use the brush (only if you aren’t using the polish for your nails again) to swirl the polish around the surface.  This helps break up clumps, which I wish I had known with the first pot, but live and learn right?

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Anyway, I used one of my best polishes: Pure Ice in “Excuse Me” (yellow) along with the previous pink.  I bought this for my wedding nails, but I somehow managed to get three pots of it, and I just have too much.  I dropped big yellow drops on the silver, it looked GOOD.  The thin silver polish didn’t clump like the manicure polish, and the gold and pink looked sweet against the metallic background.  I don’t know if it is the plastic over terra cotta, or the polishes themselves… but this time everything came out neater.  I repeated the process for the other side.  I didn’t actually cover the entire pot, but it looked sweet, so I set it out to dry.

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Lastly, I wanted to paint the dishes to coordinate.  Again I set up the water, this time swirling the background color with a brush to thin out the polish.  With the dish, I started vertically to one side of the bucket and dunked it like a donut, pulling towards the other side of the bucket in the process.  Success!  I did this for both the terra cotta and plastic dishes.

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After a while, I went back and took another picture of each of my two pots in the sort of sunshine…

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The paint doesn’t take too long to dry (most nail polish dries quickly these days), so it was over with fairly quickly.  And the plastic canvas can be peeled from the nail polish.  We are done!

Result: NAILED IT!  Nailed-It

The first pot isn’t the neatest, but you can always blame that on the kids.  And if you don’t have kids, say the dogs made that one…

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See you next week, for another installment of “Nailed It!”


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