For the past several years, all of my nail polishes and nail supplies have been tossed into a makeup bag and the lack of organization has always driven me crazy! I absolutely love it when my things are organized but I don’t always have the time to organize something as insignificant as bottles of nail polish when there are much bigger fish to fry! There are always other projects that need immediate attention! But, I finally decided to devote some time to figuring out the nail polish bottle organization issue, and I’m so glad I did! I can now rest better knowing that one more item in my house has a set location and looks pretty and organized (yes, my OCD-tendencies as I call them are showing here!)
So decided to make a DIY wood nail polish rack out to hang on an empty space on my master bedroom closet wall, and I really like how it turned out!
I created four shelves specifically for polish, and then a larger space to store bottles of nail polish remover and nail files. Here are the instructions on how to build this.
DIY Wood Nail Polish Rack Materials:
- 1 – Sheet of 1/4″ plywood (must be at least 20″ x 24″)
- 2 – 1×2 @ 8 ft
- 13 ft of 1″ trim pieces
- Ryobi Airstrike Brad Nailer
- 1 1/4″ finish nails
- wood glue
- Circular saw or table saw
- 1 – 1/4″ plywood @ 20″x 24″
- 2 – 1×2 @ 20″
- 2 – 1×2 @ 24″ (with ends cut at perpendicular 45 degree angles)
- 2 – 1×2 @ 20″ (with ends cut at parallel 45 degree angles)
- 2 – 1×2 @22 9/16″
- 1 – 1×2 @ 15″
- 1 – 1×2 @ 8 3/4″
- 4 – 1″ trim pieces @ 22 5//8″
- 1 – 1″ trim pieces @ 15″
- 2 – 1″ trim pieces @ 20″
- 1 – 1″ trim pieces @ 8 3/8″
DIY Wood Nail Polish Rack Instructions:
First, begin by cutting a piece of 1/4″ plywood to 20″ x 24″ using a circular saw or table saw.
Next, cut 2 1×2 boards at 24″ each long end to long end, with the ends cut at perpendicular 45 degree angles and cut 2 1×2 boards at 20″ long end to short end with each end cut at parallel 45 degree angles:
Using wood glue and finish nails, attach the 1×2 boards to the front edges of the 1/4″ plywood, shoot or hammer the nails in from the backside of the plywood, after gluing the 1×2 boards onto the front. Make sure the corners line up when attaching:
Now. cut the 1×2 boards to make the shelves. Cut 2 1×2 boards to 22 9/16″ each. Cut 1 1×2 to 15″, and cut 1 1×2 to 8 3/4″. The two 22 9/16″ boards create the top shelf and the 2nd to top shelf. The 15″ board makes the shorter shelf towards the bottom. Attach all three boards using glue (use a level to ensure all boards are straight and level), and then once dry, shoot or hammer finish nails into the shelf boards from the back side of the plywood.
Attach the 8 3/4″ board vertically, butting it up against the 15″ board and the bottom shelf and third shelf boards. Attach using wood glue and finish nails.
Cut the 1″ trim pieces. The trim pieces I used were left over from a previous project. The trim is 1″ wide and about 1/8″ to a 1/4″ in thickness:
Cut four trim pieces to 22 5/8″ each and 1 trim piece to 15″. Attach these to the front of each of the horizontal 1×2″ boards (the bottom of the trim pieces should line up with the bottom of the 1×2 shelf, and should stick up slightly higher than the 1×2 shelf – this will prevent polish bottles from falling off the shelves). Attach the trim pieces with wood glue, and then with finish nails through the front of the trim pieces into the 1×2 boards. The horizontal trim pieces will only be as long as the 1×2 boards, they won’t go to the ends of each side of the shelf.
Next, cut 2 trim pieces to 20″ in length. Attach these to the vertical 1×2 boards that make up the sides of the rack. The inside edge of the 1×2 should be even with the inside edge of the trim pieces. (So the trim pieces will extend out past the edges of the rack on each side of the rack).
Lastly, cut one trim piece to 8 3/8″. Use wood glue and finish nails to attach this board to the short vertical board that makes up the larger storage section on the rack.
Once the rack was built, I stained it with Minwax Dark Walnut and let it dry.
Before hanging the nail polish rack, I wanted to add some pizazz and sparkle, so I decided to add a small phrase in white paint to the top, as well as some glitter glue.
I printed out a phrase that I chose on the printer using a font that I liked. I then taped the paper with the phrase to the top trim board on my shelf:
I then traced the letters with a pen so indentations were created in the wood.
I then used a chiseled tip white paint pen to trace over the lettering. Once that was done, I used a silver glitter glue pen to trace over the words “Sparkle” and “Shine”. I also added a little silver glitter glue to the ends of the top trim board. The lettering didn’t come out as clean and neat as I would have liked, but it still readable. If I were to build another nail polish rack in the future, I’d probably paint it white instead of staining it. I can always paint this one in the future, but for now, I am just SO happy to have an organized location where I can easily see all my polishes. 🙂
I’d love to hear your questions or comments below!