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Marbleized Ceramic Vases

Adding style and polish to a bunch of mismatched vases can be as simple as, well, adding polish.

marbleized vases

Photography: Chelsea Cavanaugh

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Nail lacquer, which floats on water, is an ingenious medium for marbleizing ceramics. And the design possibilities are endless: We chose pastels, but you literally have hundreds of options at your fingertips. We suggest picking two polishes you love, plus a brighter accent.

materials

  • Pure white ceramic vases, from $39 each, westelm.com.

  • Teardrop white ceramic bud vase, 5" (second from right), $4, jamaligarden.com.

  • Essie nail polish, in Turquoise & Caicos, and Sand Tropez, $9 each, essie.com.

  • Nail-polish remover
  • Plastic bowl
  • Toothpick
  • Paper towels

steps

  1. Fill a plastic bowl with water, then carefully pour in a quarter-bottle of nail polish (too fast and it will sink; too slow and it will get brittle before you dip). Add additional shades, and swirl with a toothpick.
    essie and sinful color nail polish
  2. Dip in the part of the vase you want to marbleize, and twist it to transfer the pattern. Set the vase on paper towels to dry. Once the polish is totally dry, use nail-polish remover to clean up any stray marks.
    dip vase and twist

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