Tuesday, November 11, 2014

DIY Nail Polish Display- Tuesday Tutorial



I've decided that I'm going to do a series. It's going to be called Tutorial Tuesdays and I'm SOOO excited! The other week I showed you how to make a scarf ladder. You can see that tutorial HERE.

This week, I had another project that I wanted to tackle that I have been putting off for way too long. It's a nail polish display:) This was another pretty simply project (which I prefer and so does my husband) so it only took a little bit to complete.

The supplies you will need are:

  • Hammer
  • long thin nails (we honestly just used nails we had on hand)

  • A small level
  • Paint
  • Saw
  • Drill

We bought three of these

and two of these

I am going to have two displays built so that's why we bought extra material :) I have just a few too many bottles of nail polish to fit in just one lol.

We used the backer board as the guide.

  • The top and bottom boards are 12" across.
  • The sides are 22 1/2"
  • Each shelf is 10 1/2" across
  • My shelves are spaced at few different sizes because I have different heights of nail polish. The top shelf is 4 1/2" tall, the next one is 3 1/2" and then the last three are all 4" a part.

I actually painted my boards the night before so it was quicker to assemble in the morning. I did white as my backer and black for my frame and shelves. You can of course paint your nail polish rack whatever color you would like :) *See note below about painting

Painted backer boards

Figuring out my layout and spacing
Pieces drying after being repainted. See note below.

Beginning of the frame being built

The Mr. pre-drilled all the holes and then used small nails to assemble the frame

More assembly of the frame

Figuring out placement again before nailing each shelf in

He put two nails in for each shelf on both sides to
make sure the shelf was secure and could hold weight.

 At this point make sure you level each shelf before you put in the back nail. We didn't have a small enough level so we had to eyeball it. We did pretty good...only one shelf leans to the back a little lol.

Test run to make sure the heights are right and then it
was time to do all the last minute touch ups.

Here it is! Getting all filled up :)

*I have to say after it was all put together I wouldn't have painted everything before the cuts were made.The backer boards are fine but I'd wait on the rest until they are cut. I had a lot of touching up to do and sanding once the boards were cut to size. I'd cut, paint, then assemble next time :)

Here's the finished product :) I absolutely LOVE it and it makes it so much easier to see all the colors I have. It will be even nicer when the Mr. finishes my other display so I don't have to double them up!!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please leave some love, feedback or questions down in the comments!!!

Much love,


  1. Wow - great job in creating a fab nail display!!

    1. Thanks Karen! I can't believe how great it turned out. I am kind of OCD when it comes to having things organized so this is perfect!

  2. This is great! You wouldn't believe how many nail polishes I have so I should probably look into making one of these babies instead keeping them all mixed up in a big box!

    Arica, xxo

    1. Hi Arica! You definitely should!! It wasn't too hard at all to make it was soooo rewarding to get everything organized where I could see it all!

  3. Liz! This is fantastic!! I don't have as many nail polishes as you, but I do need a new system for organizing and storing everything!

    1. Thanks Vicky!!! I didn't have ANY nail polish until early this spring when my step mom insisted that every girl should have painted toe nails. After that...I became a little obsessed lol. You'll love how much easier it is to find colors once you have one :)

  4. I need this, I think I will try making one!

    1. You definitely should Ashley!!! I absolutely love mine and can't believe it took me so long to decide to make one!

  5. This is awesome! I just keep mine in a little box on my chest of drawers, but maybe someday I can make something like this. Great job!! :)

    1. Thanks Christina :) Lol the box I had mine in was full to the top so I figured it was about time to organize them!

  6. OMG LOVE THIS! Need to have hubby make one of these for me too! ;) hahahaha Great post! Love how this came out!

    1. Awww thanks Jennifer!!! He's been so good about making things for me lately. I think he is sercretly enjoying it ;) shhhhh don't tell him!

  7. Yupp yupp I desperately need one of these babies! Very cute Liz! xo

    1. You sure do Brooke!!! It wasn't too hard at all to put together. I did more supervising than building but it came together pretty quickly.