Using Nail Polish in Home Decor

Nail polish is so popular right now. But what about us rebels who prefer our nails to be naked in public? C’mon raise your hands and your naked nails and wave, I know you’re out there! I’d show you my naked nails but their cuticles are horribly ragged from doing so many DIYs lately. But trust me, I’m all about naked fingernails, my hands are natural no matter how popular nail polish is.

But I do love nail polish colors. Their depth, their sheen, the metallic ones especially. I’ve built a collection of pretty polishes for my toes, but for half the year they’re hidden under socks, shoes and boots. What if I want to enjoy nail polish more?

What about using nail polish for home décor? Could you? Should you?

Yes you can. Nail polish is great when you want a durable change of color for little details. I made this lamp from a vase and a lampshade, both purchased at HomeGoods. Can you see what is painted with nail polish here?

Nail Polish Painted Lamp Finial

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DIY Coffee Table Tray with Picture Frame and Scrapbook Paper

I’m feeling defensive after very basic DIY makeovers I posted recently. A doorbell cover? A soap dish? And today, a picture frame with scrapbook paper stuck in it? Really? Is that all I have to offer you?

But this is so much more than a picture frame with scrapbook paper stuck in it. It’s the key to sanity. It’s a Clutter Prevention Strategy:

Picture-Frame-to-a-Tray-4

Clutter prevention strategy? This? Yes! Here’s how:

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DIY: Tabula rasa, Transformed for Thanksgiving

Family and friends are visiting this long holiday weekend, much fun will revolve around food, and the table should be special. For decorating, this year I was inspired by the outdoors. We live in a beautiful suburban Chicago neighborhood full of trees. Some oaks have stood for centuries here. I’ve collected acorns during walks, and our yard is full of pinecones and willow, maple and oak leaves.

This year’s theme is natural and simple. I hope this inspires you to look at what’s around you in autumn, and use it in decorating.

Here’s how I built the table, layer by layer. You can see the room already has autumn colors …

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Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room

So many of you are liking the elephants in the current giveaway, I thought today that we could discuss the elephant in the room. Or, the many elephants …

Do you ever look around and suddenly notice a recurring theme? One day I noticed lots of big ears and stocky bodies around here. Not on the people, on four-legged creatures!

Here’s a bejeweled beauty on a frame from Z Gallerie. We’re shown in a happy vacation photo:

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