Saturday, November 1, 2008

Refurbished buttons

I found J this jean jumper at a thrift store for $3. It was easy to repair the lace on the bottom But the dull buttons (with yellowish petals and white centre) just didn't reflect the colourful embroidery on the sides. So I dug into my stash and came up with some brighter colours -- flowers, music notes and a roller skate. J loves them. I was going to throw the old buttons into recycling but decided to see if I could re-paint them with nail polish. The centres of the buttons all popped out so that made it easier to paint. The lighter pink wasn't going on well at all compared to the darker one. So I put on a coat of white polish followed by the light pink. I also put a coat of white onto the centres to brighten them. I think the lighter pink actually looks better than the darker one.
I've repainted buttons with nail polish before and find it's a great way to re-use buttons or use what you have in your stash. They don't seem to chip in the wash but I let them dry over night before being handled.


Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

What a great idea to paint the buttons with nail polish!! I tried to paint buttons one time to use for eyes with reg. paint but it would scratch off.......I think I seen some black nail polish somewhere...will have to get some and give it a try, thank-you so much for the tip!!

Anonymous said...

thank you