Wednesday, 4 November 2015

How to use nail polish to upcycle a photo frame

Do you ever just feel yourself struck with a notion? This is exactly the position I found myself in this morning. Since moving home (into a nicer house and better situation), I've been determined to add some personal touches. However, on a seriously strict budget it can be extremely hard to make a house a home. Those personal touches can sometimes cost the earth. Sure, I'd love to be buying handpainted and handcrafted ornamental bits and pieces but for now it's just not possible.

A couple of months ago I happened to be in Poundland and spotted some plain white (plastic) photo frames. Nothing special at all but I thought they might come in handy for blog posts or something and at just £1 they seemed an absolute bargain so I picked a few up.

There they sat, in a box to be unpacked, for months. I hadn't looked near them at all until this morning when a notion took hold of me.

Last week I had ordered a few new nail polishes from Fragrance Direct (they had a free shipping code, it seemed rude not to) and finally managed to pick up a couple of polishes I'd long since had my eye on. Orly Rage and Essie Summit of Style. I picked these up for festive nails however... the white photo frames where begging for some upcycling this morning and so that's just what I did.

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I laid out a tea towel, unwrapped my plain white £1 photo frame and started painting it with Orly Rage. The photo frame took just 2 coats of Orly Rage and it gives it a lovely rose gold style finish. I then decided to use some of the chunky gold glitter, Essie Summit of Style, on the inside frame of the photo frame, just to give it a little sparkle and I think it turned out rather well! So well that I've already planned to do my next frame later today.

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All in all it took just 45 minutes, 2 coats of both Orly Rage and Essie Summit of Style and an open window (or you'll have a headache from the fumes!). You might think (as Mr Style Guide did) that the little nail polish brush wouldn't do the job but I found it perfect for getting into the teeny tiny detailed corners of the frame. It took less than half the bottle of Orly Rage to paint so considering I picked the nail polish up from Fragrance Direct for just £1.99 (for the Orly) and £2.49 (for the Essie) and I have enough to do at least one more similar sized frame plus a smaller one... well, it all adds up to a great way to add personality to your home without breaking the bank! 3 brand new sparkly rose gold photo frames for less than a tenner!

What do you think? Will you be giving this a go? Who would have thought nail polish had so many uses! If you want to see the full process, add me on snapchat (seraemily).

If you love the little postcard quote as much as I do, you can grab yourself a pack of short girl appreciation postcards from the newly launched (and LOCAL!)  Pretty in Petite store here.

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