Since moving into my boyfriend’s place, I’ve been gradually adding decor to make it feel less like a bachelor pad and more like a ‘home’. This has included an update in paint, a new dining table, a new couch, new curtains, wall art, and a fireplace, to name a few. Our fireplace was our latest installment and, excited at the idea of having a mantel to decorate, I began brainstorming. Which is how I discovered this genius way to decorate otherwise plain items. Watercolor via nailpolish!

This idea is super genius, so kudos to whoever came up with it originally. While the technique definitely takes a bit of getting used to, it’s almost impossible to screw up. And, if you do screw up, you can just face that part towards the wall 😉


To get started, all you’ll need is the colour of nail polish you want your vase (plate, cup, bowl) to be. Our living room is a slate blue/grey so I went for a blue-grey and mint. You can do as few or as many colours as you’d like.

Next, you’ll need a bowl of warm water, a toothpick, and the piece you’ll be colouring. That’s literally all you need!

First, pour some nail polish into the warm water (I found that using my two colours at the same time worked best). You’ll know that you have enough when you see a film start to form on the surface of the water. Use your toothpick to swirl the colours around. If you find your toothpick is picking up the film, stop swirling and get ready to dip your piece!


Dip your piece into the water for 3 seconds and remove – the nail polish film will be on your piece! If you want to do more than one spot, or if you want to do another colour overtop, wait for 5 minutes for that layer to dry, and then repeat. Use your toothpick to collect the leftover film before you go for round two.

Wait for your pieces to dry and, voila! One-of-a-kind decor for your home!


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