How to Create Nail Polish Storage With Ikea Spice Racks
Lately, I organized all my beauty products and found great makeup storage options for everything—except nail polish. I was at a loss for how I wanted to handle nail polish storage, and then I found out about Ikea spice racks.
I went out, got the Bekvam spice racks, and rocked those suckers until they adequately stored my nail polish.
Step 1: Assemble the Ikea Spice Racks
I wasn’t sure how many I needed, but I came home with 3. It seemed like a magic number.
- Directions (which are just pictures, and no words)
- All the screws and wood dowel-y things you need (except the stuff that goes in the wall)
- An Allen wrench for screwing in the screws.
- The wood pieces
You can see it all in the picture above.
Step 2: Paint Your Shelves
You may like the natural wood of the shelves. If that’s the case, you can skip this step. But, if you’re a painting type, then read on.
(You may be wondering why I’m painting the shelves after assembly, rather than before. Because–that’s why!)
I decided to paint my nail polish racks white. I used the leftover white Behr Premium Plus Ultra paint I used in my DIY Framed Ribbon Art post.
If you’re picking a color other than white, you’ll want to use a white primer first. That’s just Painting Things 101.
The longer you let them dry, the better. Plus, you get to demonstrate your awesome patience skills.
Step 3: Hanging Your Shelves
If you’ve ever hung something, then you know what to do.
Experts would tell you to use a stud finder to find a stud and a level to make sure that you’re shelves are level and your nail polish collection won’t just roll off and crash to the floor.
Well, I didn’t have a stud finder or a level. Trisha had to improvise (and briefly write in third person, apparently.)
Hold your top rack where you want it on the wall (I decided to make my topmost nail polish rack at eye level). Once it’s in place and level (or seemingly level), mark on the wall with pencil right above each end of the rack, right in the middle of where the side pieces touch the wall.
Now, at this point I took a solid half hour trying to decide how to proceed from here. In the end, I decided to leave that rack up there, then measure 6 inches down from the bottom of that rack, which would then serve as the point where the next screws would go in. Then I repeated the process of holding the rack up, leveling it (or whatever) and marking where the screws should go.
In the end, the racks are about 5 inches apart. That gives enough room so it’s easy to grab your favorite nail polish and even add some taller things to the shelves.
Step 4: Load Up Your New Nail Polish Storage Shelves
You’re done! Now you can add nail polish to your shelves.
Because these shelves are deep, you can fit at least two rows of nail polish on each shelf.
Here’s a video walkthrough of my new nail polish storage so you can see more of how it turned out.
Honestly, I love my new shelves. Every time I go in my bedroom, I’m like, “Look at that!” It’s much better than piling them all on top of my dresser, that’s for sure.