I am a firm believer that one can never own too many pairs of shoes, handbags, or nail polish colors. While having a polish to account for every shade of the rainbow is a good thing when it comes to having options, it might not be so great for the cabinet or drawer that your little bottles are pouring out of.
Being that here at the Organized Optimist we like to decorize (decorate + organize) our essentials (nail polish totally qualifies as an essential), I offer you the following decorative DIY to neatly display your polish.
- Shadow box frame with the glass removed
- Wooden boards for your shelves
- Wood glue to adhere your shelves
- Paint if you wish to paint your frame/shelves
- Paint brush
Step 1: Remove the Glass
I had the glass removed from my shadow box frame at my local craft store. If you choose to remove it yourself, you can pound out the glass with a hammer – just be sure to exercise caution and wear the proper gear to protect yourself. We don’t want our crafty little DIY to impose any unnecessary injuries.
Step 2: Cut Wooden Boards to Size
I purchased lightweight wooden boards to use for my shelves in the wood crafts aisle of my local craft store. You’ll want to measure the boards across your frame to ensure they’re long enough. Cut the boards to size so that they fit tightly within your frame. I used an X-Acto knife to trim my wooden boards. You can also ask for assistance with this step at your local craft store.
Step 3: Paint
This step is optional. I wanted my frame and boards to both be a crisp white, so I decided to give them a few coats of paint. If you choose to paint your materials, just be sure they are completely dry before proceeding to step 4.
Step 4: Adhere Shelves
I cannot stress this enough, be careful using the wood glue. I used Gorilla Super Glue and can attest that they are not kidding when they slap the words “strong hold” on the packaging. This optimist did not exercise proper caution when adhering her shelves, resulting in a big sticky mess. So sticky, in fact, that I had to use acetone to remove the glue from my hands – stripping my freshly painted nails – hey, you live & you learn.
Anyway, back to step 4. You’ll want to carefully apply wood glue to the left and right edges of the wooden boards, before slipping them tightly into place. I decided to use three boards, but you can use how many ever you’d like based on the size of your frame.
Wait patiently for your boards to dry completely before piling on the polish.
Step 5: Add Your Polish & Display!
Once your shelves are fully dried – I recommend letting them sit for a few hours – you can get that pile of nail polish organized and displayed.
Nail polish not your thing? You can use this frame to hold essential oils, small fragrances, jewelry, you-name-it.
What’s your go-to method for storing & organizing nail polish? Share in the comments! With all of the nail polish piles accumulating around the world, we surely have room for more than one method.