(cup hooks drying between coats. Taping them to a table edge with masking tapes lets them dry without the paint/polish coming into contact with other surfaces and rubbing off.)
Did you know you can use nail polish (varnish) as a paint alternative or a finishing tool? Obviously it’s not a great plan if you want to refinish a wall or something of similar magnitude (how many bottles of polish would it take to paint a door I wonder?) but for little jobs it is brilliant - like colour matching your staples so they are less obtrusive for a home decor project (I know. I don't get out much)
There’s no messy clean-up of brushes etc, the very nature of it means that the varnish seals beautifully, dries fast and is durable, it adheres fantastically to metal, and since you can get them so cheaply in such a myriad of colours there’s never a problem with getting the right one for the task at hand…even if your beloved Essie/Opi is the perfect shade, I bet you could find a $2 version to match! And a couple of coats has the lovely glossy smooth finish of a good spray job!
I confess that this polish/varnish discovery came about as a result of my need to paint something small as part of a home dec project (I'll be sharing it tomorrow) coupled with my aversion to dragging out the paints and trying to mix something the right shade, and all the associated clean up and blah blah blah; sometimes laziness does pay off!
Plus, turns out you can even use the polish on your nails...and who can say that about test pots?!?