April 27, 2012

DIY - revamp an old necklace with nail polish



A few years ago I'd bought a necklace on sale from Jacquie E and never actually wore it. I just found it a bit blah, and even though I love the shape the colour didn't do anything for me and didn't go with any of my outfits.

If only there was a way to change the colour... wait a minute... there is! Nail polish! Before jumping into painting the fake gemstones with polish and possibly ruining it all I Googled to make sure it was doable and sure enough there are a million posts from DIY blogs where they've used polish to revamp their jewellery. Perfect!

Here's how. 


Step by Step instructions


Notes:
  • make sure you lay some newspaper down before you start painting in case of any spillage
  • a white nail polish is important to give you a clean base to start with. 
  • make sure you let the nail polish dry between coats
  • you will need to do several coats with your chosen colour (mine was Essie Absolutely Shore) to get a fully opaque coverage. I did 4 coats but I may end up doing another coat as I can still see the dark gemstones on some parts.
  • optional - finish with a layer of top coat.

End result... love it!

Have you ever tried to revamp your jewellery with nail polish?

35 comments :

  1. Love this! How creative, and what a great way to get use out of it!

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  2. Awesome idea!!! It just looks like new necklace! ^_^

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  3. Lilit, this is a FAB idea! I have to clean out my bathroom cupboards/jewellery in the coming days so I'm going to have a search through and see if I have anything suitable to do this! Thanks for sharing, yours looks gorgeous! Xx

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  4. i do remember i had this little black butterfly necklace when i was in high school, and it was my favourite! but i wore it that much the black paint had come off and i was sooooo gutted, because the metal of the necklace was a bright grey colour and it was so obvious. but then, me and my awesome skills painted over it with nail polish...as black was the only one i owned at the time. perfect!

    so yes, i have revamped (sort of) my jewellery with nail polish :)

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  5. That is so good. Very creative. It looks so much better now x x

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  6. Best idea ever, I have never tried it but when I get home tonight I'm so going to have a look through my old costume jewels and see what could use a bit of sprucing up!

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  7. Wow, fantastic idea! It looks so much fresher and more "current" :) You did a great job, you really can't tell it's been painted with several coats of nail polish.

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  8. Great idea! I'm definitely trying this on some of my jewelry!


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  9. What a great idea! Love the colour you chose too :)

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  10. seriously love this idea! thanks for this xx

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  11. Very cool! I love the colors you chose to change it to. :)

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  12. That's friggen awesome! It's so much prettier now! Brilliant idea.

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  13. I am always thinking about doing something similar to my old necklaces but didnt think it would work def going to try this out :) thanks
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  14. Mind = blown!
    Off to raid my jewellery box!

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  15. I love crafting!what a brilliant idea!!love it!!

    xxxx

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  16. wow! Amazing! I would have never thought that something like this is possible. I love the result!

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  17. I love this! I'm going to try it now!!

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  18. Oh wow, this is stunning! I must try this! xx

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  19. OMG I'm so inspired! This looks amazing Lilit!
    I want to do a neon necklace using your amazing idea :)
    So excited to try this! :)
    xx

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  20. this looks great! I love the colour that you chose!

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  21. You picked a great color to amp up this jewelry. I don't know if I even have something to change, but maybe I'll go thrifting just to try it out :)

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  22. This is such an awesome idea!! And if you get bored of that colour just change it haha genius!

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  23. ....So....you're genius....and I'm...really...really...impressed!

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  24. Fantastic idea - I love how it's changed the look completely!

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  25. LOVE it!! :) Thanks for sharing!! Will totally be doing this! xo Jenny Holiday

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  26. Oooh, what a good idea! This would be awesome for thrift shop finds that I am not too sure about :D

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  27. This looks amazing!

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  28. Oh wow! This is such a brilliant idea! I have a similar necklace that doesnt get much love but some of the stones have fallen out. Oh how I wish I could do this.

    Wonderful, thanks so much for sharing!

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  29. I did this today on a clearance necklace.... I turned it from white to dark gray! Thanks so much for the fantastic idea!!

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  30. I love your lipstick! What color is it?

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    1. Thanks! It's Impassioned by MAC, one of my absolute favourites.

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  31. What a great idea. I will totally repost this on my blog www.fiftyfivesf.com! Love it!

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