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Monday, 28 August 2017

DIY Nail Rack

DIY Nail Rack with Foam Boards

Growing up we were DIY enthusiasts in my house. I loved watching Art Attack and having a go at doing things myself, although my Sister was always the more creative one. She also loved her nail polishes, and so we grew quite a big collection (it's still growing!). I remember she had seen these DIY nail racks on youtube and wanted to have a go herself. I honestly didn't expect it to come out looking this good, but it did. It's also worth keeping in mind that we made it over five years ago, and it's still doing well (as you can see in the pictures). If one of the shelves does fall off, you can always hot glue it back together.

We also made this without any fancy tools, apart from a crafting knife and hot glue gun (although we did get someone to drill it onto a wall with two screws in the centre holding it together after we had finished). I really wish I could show you step by step pictures but this was way before I even set up my blog, so I never thought to take any images.

DIY Nail Rack with Foam Boards

However, I will point you in the way of a few pages and let you know the materials we used.

Materials:
  • Foam Board (you could also use wood, or a similar durable material). We ordered ours from ebay and the main thing you need to have in mind is that the measurements need to be exact when cutting the various pieces.
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Craft Knife
  • Ribbon (the choice is yours! You can find them on ebay, Tiger, Poundshops or any craft shops)
Some useful links:
  • This is quite similar to how we made ours (here).
  • These two are also similar (here) and (here).
  • This youtube video also uses the foam board technique (here).
  • This one's a bit more complex as it uses wood you so you have more steps and you have to use screws (here).
DIY Nail Rack with Foam Boards

As you can see, there's a lot of Nails Inc (sorry that you can't see the shades well) - quite a few of them are the freebies that Glamour mag did over the years and a few gift sets I got. A few were also from a Poundland Haul (see here). Then I have some Essie polishes in the top right hand corner, it's a bit cramped there so some are at the back. The second row is our (huge) Rimmel 60 second collection. Generally, I find OPI, Essie and Nails Inc to be really good quality, and the Rimmel range is up there too with them. The third row is some nail art pens my Sister brought (she used to be so good at doing fancy designs!). Then there's some Revlon polishes, I love their glitters. Lastly, there's my OPI collection, and some Barry M.

In addition, there's various others on the bottom shelf (including Hema), and some dotted around the room because there's no space left on the rack! It's also a nice way to showcase your small perfume bottles, and other little bits and bobs.

DIY Nail Rack with Foam Boards

Even though it's been years since we made it, it still looks as good as new and it doesn't look cheap in the slightest. Infact, I think it adds quite a cool look to the room. As you can tell, there is a slight pink and magnolia theme going on!

I hope you enjoyed this post!
What has been your best DIY success?


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100 comments:

  1. This is a brilliant idea! I used to love watching Art Attack too :) xo
    www.mamavoom.com

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    1. It was such a big part of my childhood!

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  2. This is such a great idea and it has lasted so well! This would be great for in my dressing room so I am definitely going to give it a try :) x

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    1. Thank you! You have such an amazing collection, I think you'd love something like this x

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  3. Wow, that looks so pretty and well made. http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

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  4. I looove what you did there! It looks so stylish! Almost like shelves in a nail salon hihi xx

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    1. Thank you, it is like a DIY version of the salon ones, I'm glad you like it x

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  5. This is so cool! I have always struggled with how I should organize my nail polishes xx

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  6. this looks so fab, such a great way to organise and see all of your shades! make me one?! hahaha.
    jen, velvet spring x

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    1. Haha I'm rubbish at the measurements, so I'll need to get my Sister on the job :)

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  7. Great project ! It looks good and it is always nice to make something by yourself !
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    1. Thank you, it is certainly something to talk about x

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  8. That is awesome! Do you have a dip in your wall that made this the perfect space for doing that?

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    1. No I just put it wherever I had some space, so it went well next to my other shelving (although you can't see it from the pictures) x

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  9. This looks amazing!! what a great idea! <3
    Chlo xx
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  10. This looks so good, great job! I wish I was better at DIY projects, I'm always amazed at what people can do with some creativity:)
    xx Viktoria
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    1. Thank you! I haven't done a good one in years now so I probably wouldn't be so good at it anymore x

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  11. I will definitely have to go at making this myself when we decorate!

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  12. Wow, it looks so professional! I'm not very proficient at DIYing myself, but this is a really great idea. I've always kept my nail polishes in a drawer, which works just fine but it's always nice to see them on display!

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

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    1. Thank you! I guess you're more likely to remember them or pick out a shade you haven't worn in a while if it's on display x

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  13. This is such a good diy idea! I need to give it a go!

    Have an amazing day!
    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

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  14. I love this, and your collection is really impressive!

    Lauren x Huggled

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  15. This is s cool lovely! As is your collection - I'm not that good at DIY, but hubby is, so you're giving me ideas here mmmm!
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    1. Haha you should ask him if he fancies giving it a go!

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  16. That is such a beautiful display. I don't have any nail polishes currently as I barely ever use them but I have my eye on some Barry M nude ones. I love that you made this and it looks so profesh too! Well done...gotta love a hot glue gun xxx
    UmmBabyBeauty

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    1. Thank you! I think nude shades look so elegant, I've been so lazy with applying nail polish myself these last two years but I have been enjoying wearing them more lately x

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  17. This is such an amazing idea! I have so much nail polish and never thought of putting them in a wall display. It honestly looks like something from a nail salon! x

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net/

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    1. The design is based on the salon seque ones, but a lot more affordable!

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  18. This is so pretty! It looks like something you could totally buy. I consider myself a creative but I can't do stuff like this!

    Hannah
    Floraful

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    1. I doubt I could do it now! The creative juices have long left me haha :)

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  19. Such a good idea! I love all kinds of DIYs!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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  20. I love diys and this one is brilliant!! I could have never imagined you did that! Great job!! And this is an impressive collection you have here! x

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, haha years of collecting (and letting them go to waste!)

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  21. I was a big fan of Art Attack as a kid as well haha! The rack looks so professional, you definitely did a good job of assembling it! I think I need one of these nail racks in my life because I have too many scattered all over the place. The Rimmel 60 Seconds and Barry M are my biggest collection of nail polishes, but I love your selection too! I keep meaning to try Essie. Loved reading your post!

    Jenny x
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    1. Thank you! It was an amazing show, was't it?! Snap, the 60 seconds range is just so good for a drugstore brand x

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  22. This looks great! I am so bad at DIY but I feel like I would actually be able to do this haha!

    Emily xo
    www.emilynewstead.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. Wow this looks so professional! I love DIYing small projects but I'm hopeless when it comes to larger ones like refinishing furniture or something like this! You guys did an amazing job though!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

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    1. Thank you so much! Don't worry, I think I would be rubbish too as it's been a long time since I did anything haha x

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  24. I used to absolutely love DIY and I have spent hours upon hours watching YouTube videos on things like this. I really wanted to create one of these nail polish racks ages ago, but then I started Uni and got too busy to even paint my nails, let alone build a rack for them. However, I definitely want to make one someday. I love yours, it's so pretty and you seem to have a great collection <3

    Lots of love,
    Agnese | www.agnesehadebe.com

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    1. Aww Uni can be so hectic, so I know exactly what you mean about finding yourself short on time. Don't worry, when you graduate you'll have a few months spare, and then you can give it a go :)

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  25. This is so pretty! I'm pretty bad at DIYs but I love this. Love your collection too! xx

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  26. That’s cool post!
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    Have a nice day!
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  27. Oh wow, I couldn't believe this rack is actually a DIY because it looks store bought! What's been more amazing is it lasted so long!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Thank you! It really does stand the test of time x

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  28. I am impressed, girl! You ladies did an incredible job at constructing and maintaining the rack in such great condition. I definitely need to create something like this, it's so much easier to find what colors you're looking for and just more organized. Thanks for sharing and I hope you're having a great week so far!

    XO,
    Jalisa
    THE STYLE CONTOUR

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    1. Thank you! It really is so much more convenient to spot a shade or one you haven't used in a while x

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  29. This looks amazing! Such a great DIY! Gemma x
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  30. This is such a helpful blog post, plus that nail rack is super cool considering you created it yourself!!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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  31. OMG so pretty 😍
    Haniya
    booknauthors.blogspot.com

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  32. This is such a good idea! So nice that you can see all the polishes laid out like this. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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    1. Thank you! It sure does make it convenient x

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  33. This is awesome! I must say what a fantastic job and it sure beats the big box of bottles that I have in my closet!
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  35. That rack looks amazing! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  36. I've never seen a rack this cute - you girls did an amazing job! I wish I high a nail rack like this, it is like having your own nail salon at home. Very nice!

    Naya // www.partyparrotblog.com

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  37. This looks so professional! It looks like something straight out of a salon! Love a good DIY :)

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  38. This has to be the dreamiest DIY ever, I adore the pretty pink hue and how divine it looks. It's so impressive it's stood the test of time too. Your nail polishes all look like such gorgeous shades, adoring all the pretty colours <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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    1. Aww thank you, that was the pink ribbon we decided to add! I really need to wear them more x

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  39. This is such a cute nail rack!
    So creative!!

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  40. Such a fun and unique post. A nail varnish rack really shows off your collection in a pretty way. I used to watch Art Attack all the time as a child, it was one of my favourite shows. Do you remember Smart (was it called that?) another arty/crafty show which I loved! Ah – I have such fond memories of those shows. Hope you are having a nice weekend so far. :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thank you! Yes, smart was one of my favourites, I used to send in my drawings to one of them haha :) Thank you, I hope you did too x

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  41. What a cool idea! I've just chucked half of my nail polish collection but I think this is unique regardless and perhaps I will try this out in the future when I regain a bigger collection again :]

    Stacey, thebambieyes.com

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    1. Thank you! Wow what made you chuck it out?

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