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!).