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In other words, your perimeter paint only has to be about 2 inches wide since you’ll fill in the rest of the floor paint with the roller.
Are you new to painting your nails? Maybe you used to get them done at a salon and are trying to save some money. Maybe you just have never had the time or desire to paint your own nails before. Either way, you are at the right place! Today I am showing you how to paint your nails a single, solid color.
First step, pick out your color of choice. Today I chose a cheerful, bright yellow.
Start by painting a fat line down the middle of your nail. Make sure you have enough polish on the brush. If you have to dip it again, sometimes that can lead to streaks or uneven paint.
Next paint one side of your nail from the cuticle to the edge.
Then paint the remaining side of the nail. Repeat these steps until all nails have received one full coat of polish. Let dry for about a minute, and then apply a second coat in the same manner. This is an important step. It not only makes your paint color more saturated, but it also helps your nail polish to last longer.
If you finish your second coat and realize you have a small smudge or bubble, don’t worry! I had one on my thumb, but this little trick here saves you time and adds a cute detail to your nails. With a different color of polish, gently dab the tip of the brush to make five dots in a circle.
Then choose one last color and gently dab a dot in the middle of those circles. Voila! You now have a cute little flower completely covering up the mess-up, smudge, or bubble. If you really wanted to you could remove the polish from that one finger and reapply, but I think this step is easier, quicker, and adds a unique touch to the nail. The last and final step is to apply a single coat of clear top-coat to your nails. Then you’re done!
Simple, quick, and easy! Now you’re ready to enjoy your beautiful nails.
About the Author:
Let me start off by saying, I am not a professional! I simply enjoy having nails that look nice without having to pay to go to a nail salon. As a momma, I don’t always have the time or the money to do that so I love working with what I have around the house.
For years, I bit my nails. It was my biggest bad habit. If I was nervous, I bit my nails. If I was studying, I bit my nails, and I don’t just mean little nibbles here, ladies. It was so bad that I would bite them down until they would bleed and then be sore for days. It was a nasty habit. Well, it seems I have finally broken that habit, and to celebrate, I wanted to paint my nails in a way that showed just how much they had grown!
So today, we are learning a homemaker’s version of colorful tips.
First start with your color of choice. I chose a pretty light blue with a bit of green in it. The other item you will need, unless you have an extremely steady hand, unlike me, is tape. Regular old scotch tape from the dollar store will do. Remember, we are using what we have around the house. Don’t have tape? What about bandaids? Or stickers? Hole protectors? I could probably figure out how to use plastic wrap and a rubber band if needed, but that is a bit of work! The point is you need something to protect your skin under and around your nail from the inevitable extra polish. So here is what I did…
I tucked the tape under the free-edge of my nail and wrapped it around behind my finger. This way it protected my finger from the polish as I don’t have very steady hands… especially when I use my non-dominant hand to paint. Wrap the tape for all fingers on one hand that way you can quickly go from nail to nail.
Next, starting on whichever side seems most comfortable, slowly paint following the free-edge along the top of your nail. If you mess-up a little you can always go back with a Q-tip and nail polish remover to clean it up. The tape should catch any excess paint. Remove the tape from each finger as soon as you are done before it dries.
If you have a translucent polish, like glitter or a french manicure style pink, after the tips have dried, you can apply a single coat over the entire nail to really bring the look together.
The last step is to apply a top coat. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this particular one because it dries really fast. As a momma of two little boys, this is super important if I want my nails to stay looking nice! The top coat also keeps your nails looking nice for a longer period of time without chipping. Apply one coat over each entire nail, and as soon as it dries, you are done!
Beautiful, cute, and affordable nails done at home. Enjoy!
My husband and I have been busy working on DIY projects around the house and wanted to share some we’ve recently completed. We are in the process of completely updating our home (on a budget and completely debt free). I hate debt and have no intention of accumulating any during this renovation.
One of the things I’ve wanted for months has been these way cute light fixtures from Ikea but would have to drive four hours there and back to get them.
I mentioned my love of them to my husband for months and he wouldn’t bite. He couldn’t see the sense in driving two hour to Charlotte to get my light fixtures.
But lo and behold, I found the second one plus the one hanging in my bedroom in the picture below at Lowes. Now there are two of these beauties hanging in my master bedroom.
Another area of my bedroom that I focused on was storage. My husband and I were using baskets and on 5 drawer dresser for some of our clothes. I wanted a larger dresser but at a frugal price. I’d been scouring Craigslist and cam across this Stanley furniture dresser with two larger mirrors on Craigslist for $30!
I’d love to paint the dresser in a Chartreuse using the technique Melissa from Number2Pencil used but my husband is not sold on painting or removing the drawers a perfectly fine dresser.
If you look at her dresser, it looks very similar to mine. Melissa’s was the inspiration for me waiting months to finally find one I liked on Craigslist.
Another things I did around the house was try my hand at spray painting instead hand painting. So many DIY’ers have been talking about the amount of time they save using spray paint and how spray paint leaves a smoother finish so I decided to give it a try.
I took a few old items that were in desperate need of some TLC.
I didn’t follow the instructions but tried to be cheap and skip the primer step. Well, the finish was not very pretty. You may not be able to tell, but some of the original color still shows through the paint.
Overall, I was happy with the quick trial and error session with spray paint.
The next thing I tried, was painting glass. I changed the dollar store vase in the picture below from clear to white by filling it with paint, emptying it and allowing it to dry.
As you know, our den flooded around 2011 and it’s been an eye sore ever since. We finally began working on it in December and had just finished painting the walls and all of the trim.
I was so pleased with the outcome and next up was purchasing and installing the hardwood.
We planned to buy it in April but just recently found a leak behind the walls I’d just painted so my newly painted den turned into to semi demolition project.
We had to pull off the existing sheet rock and seal the concrete wall with hydraulic cement. It was fairly simple but not the sheet rock and insulation must be replaced =$$$ 🙁
In the meantime, I decided to turn me focus back to my master bedroom and created some decorative pillows and an upholstered headboard.
The headboard was a really inexpensive project so I duplicated it in my children’s bedroom using different fabrics. I hope you are inspired to tackle some do-it-yourself projects this month.
If you’d like to take pictures and share your projects with APW readers, simply contact me.