Apartment Living BlogDiy › DIY: Nail Polish Rack

If you are anything like me, you probably have a messy drawer or box filled with nail polish. Am I right?


Well I have a solution for you! I got so sick of my unorganized clutter that I called my “nail polish drawer,” that I came to the conclusion that I needed a nail polish rack.  Buying one was too expensive, so I decided it was time to get creative and make one.


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I found two creative and affordable ways to make a nail polish rack. One using cut up pieces of wood (that’s the one I did), and one using foam poster board (even less expensive).



Wood Nail Polish Rack


You will need:

  • 10- 2.5 in x 2 ft wood boards
  • 2- 2.5 in x 36 in wood boards
  • 1- 24.5 in x 36 in wood backboard
  • 1 can of Ultra Cover Gloss in the color of your choice
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pencil
  • Ruler


*Wood boards can be found and cut at Home Depot*


Use your ruler and pencil to measure and mark 4 inches on the backboard so you know where to glue your shelves.  Repeat until you have 8 lines for the shelves.


Take your hot glue gun and go over the 4 inches where you marked for the shelves and quickly place the 2.5 in x 2ft boards. You must do this one at a time because the glue will dry fast.  Also use a board for the top and bottom of the rack.


Rapidly put glue on the sides of the shelves and put one 2.5 in x 36 in board on both sides.


Take your Gorilla Glue and place it on the bottom and top of each shelve to make it more secure.


Take a can of the Ultra Cover Gloss in the color of your choice and spray the rack.


Now organize your nail polish anyway you would like.


Video by DulceCandy87



Foam Nail Polish Rack

You will need:

  • 3 foam boards
  • Exacto knife
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Duct tape in the design of your choice (optional)




Take one of the foam boards (this will be your backboard), ruler and pencil and mark off every 5 inches. These marks will help you know where to place your shelves.


Take the second foam board and use your Exacto knife to cut 7 horizontal  pieces that are each 2 inches long (for the shelves), and cut 7 one inch horizontal pieces (for “guard rails” that will keep the nail polish from sliding out).


Take the third foam board and cut 2 pieces that are each  ½ inch (this will be for the sides of your rack).


If you decide to use the duct tape to decorate your shelf, cut pieces of tape that are as long as the 1 inch horizontal piece. Wrap the duct tape around each piece.


Use the hot glue gun to glue down each 2 inch piece of foam as shelves.


Glue both sides of the board and place the ½ inch pieces.


Take the duct tape-covered pieces and glue them horizontally on the outer side of the shelves.


After you have completed all the steps, you may begin to fill your rack with your nail polishes.

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Video by Nguerriero19 http://bit.ly/r2m1Dy and Picture from flickr.com by Hopeful Gratitude


  1. Nice tutorial thank you, i’m starting a very small studio to practice my nail design skills, and this can be handy.

    merci <3

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