Friday, November 11, 2011

New Nail Polish Storage!

Hi friends! It's Friday- yay! Happy Veterans Day to all members of the military- I hope it's been a good day for you. For today's blog, I thought I'd show my recently re-vamped nail polish storage. Before this method, things were really getting disorganized. My new method for sorting things out is not only cheap... but it involves a kitchen item!

First off, this is my narrow white bookshelf. When we were in our apartment, our landlord offered us this leftover piece of furniture for free. In my mom's words- "you can never turn down good storage!" so we put it in the spare bedroom that doubled as my makeup room. When we moved into our house, I knew this piece was coming with us. With a fresh coat of white paint, it fit perfectly in the corner of my current makeup room. It now holds a small flatscreen TV, my beauty books, some random knick knacks, and nail stuff!

Here's a closer look at the bottom two shelves... at the very bottom I have nail accessories like files, remover, lotion and manicure kits. I also have a container filled with polishes I don't often use, along with a small container of clear polishes, base coats, strengtheners, etc.

Now this is where the fun begins! I re-did my nail polish with these clear 3-tiered spice racks that I found at The Container Store. When I went there, I wasn't sure what I'd find and I didn't take the time to measure the space I had. When I came across these tiered spice racks, I knew it was something I could work with. I just grabbed a wide one and a narrow one... not assuming they'd both fit perfectly in one shelf! Turns out the shelf is 17 inches wide, the larger rack is 10 inches, and the smaller rack is 6 inches. Perfect! I have just enough wiggle room to easily pull them out if I want. It's plenty of room to accommodate a big variety of polishes... and I probably enjoyed myself a little too much as I divided them by color. I have sections of metallics, pinks, reds, colors, and dark colors.

There are tons of different sizes of polishes, but in some cases, I can fit 3 front to back- in one level. Something I love about these racks is the raised border around each level. So if I want to slide the tray out, they won't fall off. Also, there's nothing about these spice racks that scream "kitchen!!!" They're just super basic and I could definitely see these being used for makeup storage as well... whether it's on a bookshelf or on top of a vanity.

All in all, don't forget to check the kitchen section of any store if you're looking for ways to improve your makeup storage. I've had good luck with a lazy susan turntable from Wal-Mart, as well as silverware dividers, and other random stuff! I'm sure you could find spice racks similar to these at stores other than The Container Store. If you have any other good makeup storage ideas, let me know!


Daily Nuggets...
  • Tyler & I went out to dinner and had the most amazing pizza at DiMaggio's in Carbondale!
  • On the downside, there was a serious accident on our way home & traffic was majorly backed up.
  • Tyler is watching a basketball game on TV that's being played on an aircraft carrier. How cool is that?
  • I am so tired after this week. Having a cold really drains you.

17 comments:

  1. Em- about how many nail polish do u have :)

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  2. I seriously need something like this, not just for nail polish but for the rest of my beauty items! This is great, thanks for showing it to us!

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  3. I got so excited when I saw this post! Couldn't wait to check it out. I love that clear spice rack!! I've been thinking for awhile of putting my nail polish out on display using a spice rack as well. They are just to pretty to hide somewhere!

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  4. Love this! I just pinned something similar earlier & tried to find a clear rack at the dollar store tonight. No such luck, but I'll find one soon!

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  5. Looks great! Mine would never fit like that, I had to build myself a "stage" for them. I have over 150at this point!

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  6. Hey Emily,

    My secret makeup storage tip is votive candle holders. My medicine cabinet where I keep my makeup has very narrow shelves and so I use votive holders to hold lip and eye pencils, one for brushes, one for my cleaning clothes for my glasses and a larger taller one for my long narrow tubes of gloss. It is also really handy when I want to find my tweezers, because I just slip them over the edge of the holder with my eye pencils.

    owb

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  7. That's a great storage/organization idea! Yum to the pizza, and feel better soon!

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  8. Wow...amazing you have a huge collection of nail paints.....

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  9. That's a great way of storing them! I used to just have them thrown about in a basket, but that didn't last very long. I might have to look into something like this. :)

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  10. very nice! mine are in multiple craft boxes that are like tackle boxes. not as pretty! give Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat (silver bottle, blue cap) a try. super-fast dry time, shiny finish, and a very professional look. people always ask who does my nails ... me! have a great weekend!

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  11. such a cute corner! so colorful. I love nail polish! will you do a nail polish collection video or post in more detail?

    x

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  12. That's such a great idea! I need to organize my nail polish as well, although I don't have as much! :)

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  13. WOW what a nice collection. I like the way you store all your products. That room of yours is like a makeup wonderland.

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  14. Love this! That's a great storage idea!

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  15. Thanks Emily!

    This is my next project! Hope everything looks as good as yours.

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  16. I'm getting my dad to make me a wall rack for my polish, they aren't even really all that difficult to make. Mine is going to be a wooden one, the perks of having a dad who is a finishing carpenter who just so happens to have a lot of spare wood that hadn't been used for anything just sitting in the shed. now to find the time to actually make it.

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