4 Jul 2012

DIY / Tutorial : How to make a nail polish storage unit


This post has been a long time coming - I've had my nail polish storage up and running for about six weeks, so I'm sorry for the delay with the promised post on how we made it.  I know lots of you were interested - one of the pictures I posted on Instagram of the finished shelves filled with polish, is my most liked image ever!

So, to start, you need to decide how large you want your unit to be and how many shelves you want to have. If you have a really large collection you'll want to work out how many shelves of what length you'll need to fit all of the polishes in.  With the size we went for, I knew that I'd have plenty of room for my collection plus space to buy more!  The unit we made it 90cm wide by 80cm high.  

My boyfriend went to a DIY store to get the supplies we needed, or used things he already had- 
  • several lengths of wood (we used some very narrow skirting boards which were pre-primed and had a curved edge)
  • medium wood screws (for the frame)
  • small tack screws (for the backing)
  • strong heavy duty wall screws (for hanging from the wall)
  • large sheet of laminate flooring insulation (for the backing)
  • L-shaped brackets (for hanging)
  • Nuts and bolts (for the brackets)
  • Rawl plugs (for hanging)
You will also need a screwdriver, drill, stanley knife, tape measure, pencil, saw and an old sheet to work on.  

Measuring and building the frame

Measure out the frame and the lengths of the shelves.  Mark each piece of wood and then cut it to size.  Put the outside frame pieces together first and screw together (holes need to be drilled first).  Next measure the space between each shelf - we found using an off-cut of wood was a good way to measure these accurately - and mark the placements with a pencil.  Once all of the shelves are cut to size and lined up, fix each one to the frame at either end using screws.  



Attaching the backing

Line up the backing with the frame ensuring it's straight.  Drill some small holes for little screws to attach the backing to the frame.  Place these screws at equal distances around the frame and along the center of each shelf to ensure it's attached securely.  Then, trim the excess backing with a stanley knife.


Attaching the wall brackets 

If you want to put your nail polish storage unit on a wall, you need to attach some brackets to the frame.  We used L-shaped brackets and these were fixed to the shelving unit by drilling a hole all the way through the frame and inserting two nuts and bolts through the bracket.  We used four of these brackets - two along the top and two at the bottom.


Here you can see the finished unit and a better look at the fixings for the backing and each shelf.


Hanging the unit from a wall 

Firstly we lined up and measured where the unit would be on the wall and marked the placements with a pencil.  My boyfriend then drilled holes in the wall and added rawl plugs.  We then held the unit up to the wall and screwed the brackets into the rawl plugs with heavy duty screws.  Don't use normal screws - the unit will be too heavy once it's filled with all your nail polish!


That's it done - now you can enjoy colour coordinating all of your polishes and lining them up!


It was really quite simple to make this polish unit, although my boyfriend is pretty good at making things from wood.  It did take quite a bit of time in terms of all of the measuring and cutting of wood, so you probably want to set aside half a day or more.  

I hope you liked this tutorial - let me know if you have any questions which I've not covered here and I'll do my best to answer them (or I'll ask my boyfriend!).

31 comments:

  1. WOW that is some collection lol xx

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  2. What a collection! Nice storage, I really want to get one but don't think I would manage doing it DIY style! x

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    1. It was quicker and easier than I expected, although admittedly the boy did all the work!

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  3. Wow- you are an expert at DIY :) Love the result. Well done.

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  4. Wow this is amazing :)
    You've got such a gorgeous collection :)
    xx

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  5. This is fantastic! Practical and almost looks like a work of art with all your nail polishes coordinating :) Might have to get my fiancé to build me one haha!

    Tara xox

    www.headlinebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes, do it! It's so much better being able to see every colour xx

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  6. If I had wall space I'd make one of these! Looks lovely :)

    Lucy
    http://lucyywrites01.blogspot.com
    x

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    1. Space everyone forgets about is on the closet door....either on the inside or outside of the door.There's usually space behind a bedroom door on the wall also

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  7. Wow it looks lovely. I don't think I'd be able to make it though :(
    x
    http://www.daniellesdiscerningeye.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Enlist a male of the species to help - boyf / Dad / brother / anyone that can use a drill!

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  8. Great job Gem! It looks lovely x

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  9. Fab haha me and my friend were just drooling at the amount of nail polishes you had! xx

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    1. Hehe, I think I have a bit of a problem! xx

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  10. So you like Nails Inc polishes a bit then? He he x

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  11. Love this tutorial...I'm currently trying to persuade my husband to make me one, haha, thanks!! :)

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  12. Haha I absolutely LOVE this. Definitely one for the boy to make! Roughly, how much did it cost you to buy all the equipment?

    Rachel x
    Lost In Lipstick

    lostinlipstick.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. This is soo pretty! What brand are the polishes on the bottom shelf? Do you have a blogpost about your favourite shade?

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  14. Love these shelves!! I'm planning on making something for my polish as well. Does it ever bother you that you don't have something across the front to "hold" the bottles in? I'm afraid I'd knock polish down all the time accidentally.

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    1. No not at all - the shelves are deep enough that the polishes don't 'stick out' if you see what I mean? Also I have my shelves on a wall which has a chest of drawers in front, so you never walk close to the polishes to knock them :)

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  15. Your rack looks great! My hubbie has offered to make something similar for me but I was just wondering if you've has any issues with your lacquers being exposed to light? I would put them up in a room that's not super bright but still gets some sunlight and the lights are on most evenings.

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    1. Mine are sort of to the side of the window, so not in any direct sunlight.

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  16. This is such a lovely shelf. I was just wondering, i read a while ago that nail polish just stays good for half a year once opened and nearly freaked since several of mine are for sure older. What is your opinion on this. Seeing your collection i guess they are not all from the last 6month? Can i still use my older ones?

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    1. Mine last so much longer than that! I tend to give my polishes a shake when I dust them, and they're fine. I always find one or two will go a bit gloopy or dry up and I throw those ones out, but the majority last a good few years :)

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