I already owned a pair of retro shades similar to the Juicy Couture style. I purchased them last summer from Goodwill for $3. Our local Goodwill stores sell brand new merchandise for a steal. I didn't have any mint colored paint but I knew I had some mint nail polish. I thought, why not. I'll try using nail polish. It even has a built in brush. I started by wiping the plastic part of the frame (that I'd be painting) with nail polish remover. The acetone helped to remove the coating from the plastic and helped the polish to adhere better.
I painted three thin coats on the upper frame to get complete coverage. I decided not to paint the ear pieces. I waited several hours between each coat of nail polish. I was going for an enamel look and wanted to ensure that the coating was even. After I got the desired color and coverage, I painted a clear coat on top.
Mint nail polish $1 Full bottle $4 (already owned)
Clear nail polish $1 Full bottle $5 (on sale but already owned)
TOTAL $5 (with tons of polish left over)
Shades of Couture Indie $114
I'm really excited with the way these sunglasses turned out. They look amazingly similar to the original and they cost just a fraction. It only took me about an hour total to produce these standout shades. I'm sure I'll be wearing them all spring and summer long.