Ok now there are two ways to paint these. You can either take them apart and only paint the wood or just paint it. I unhooked mine because I didn't want to paint the metal part. But it's all up to you. If you do take them apart be prepared to get your fingers a little messy. You'll need to paint the top and one side first and let it dry. I repeat Let this dry!! And then paint the other side. If the nail polish is thin just paint another coat, I had to for the green. Oh, and add a top coat.