By Vanessa

This is the tragic story of nail polish gone bad.

Long ago, that nail polish was strong and bright. It stood beside you for ladies night at the club and date night with your man. It had the power to take your outfit from frumpy to fabulous! Your relationship was wonderful… until that fateful day. You noticed that your polish was now old and rough. It no longer shone in the light of the sun. Your favorite polish went BAD. Ahhhhhhh!!!

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Don’t panic, my bare fingernail friends, I have a solution to your woes. You can REUSE your polish gone bad is many unusual ways. With these DIY projects, you and your favorite polish will never part.

Marbled Drawer Knobs | via


  • skewer
  • base color nail polish
  • white nail polish
  • clear nail polish
  • drawer knob
  • spray bottle
  • and a cup of clean water


Do: Paint the knob (2-3 coats for better coverage). Add about 5-6 drops of white nail polish on to your cup of water. The white nail polish should spread out. Use the spray bottle filled with water to spray the white nail polish 1-2 times. Dip the knob and let it stay submerged for about 20 seconds. While the  knob is still submerged, clean the remaining floating white nail polish with a barbecue stick. Remove the knob from the water. Add clear polish for shine.

Nail Polish Bottle Vase | via



  • Old nail polish bottle
  • Disposable plastic cup
  • Spray paint (color of your choice)
  • Newspaper
  • Button
  • Yarn, ribbon or twine
  • Scissors


Do: Peel off any existing labels from the nail polish bottle. Pour any remaining nail polish from the bottle into a plastic cup and toss out.
Place the bottle on newspaper sheets to protect your workspace and spray paint until it is completely covered (few light coats). Follow the manufacturer’s directions when painting and always work in a well-ventilated area. Let dry. Wrap the yarn around the top of the bottle. Tie a knot at the back of the bottle or behind the button and cut off any excess yarn. Before adding water or a flower bud to the vase, make sure the nail polish inside the bottle is completely dry. You may need to let it dry overnight.

Marbled Art | via

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  • watercolor paper
  • various nail polish colors
  • pan
  • toothpick
  • warm water


Do: Filled pan with about an inch of water. Slowly drizzle polish on water surface. Use toothpick to create patterns. Quickly put paper on water surface. Tilt pan back and forth to create patterns. Let dry. Hang in frame when done.

Marble Dipped Mug | via


  • mug
  • nail polish
  • old container
  • toothpick
  • paper towel


Do: Fill an old container with warm water (not too full). Pour a few drops of polish into the water. Swirl with toothpick if necessary.  A film will start to form (it is starting to dry already). Grab your mug, dip and swirl to pick up the paint. Place your mug on the paper towel to dry.

Painted Bobby Pins | via




  • Bobby Pins
  • Nail Polish
  • Index card
  • Wax paper


Do: Place your wax paper onto your index card, then start sliding your bobby pins onto the index card over the wax paper. Take your nail polish and start painting your bobby pins in long and gentle strokes. Do a few coats so that the color really POPS and so it doesn’t chip easily. Let dry.

Now you and your OLD polish can live happily ever after!

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Vanessa Rao | CW44 Tampa Bay