My Nail Varnish Storage!

I was going to save these photographs for a big room tour/makeup storage post, but I couldn’t contain my excitement any more, I just had to show you all!

Those who follow me on twitter (@katesnooks) will have noticed that over the Christmas holiday I was busy decorating my room.  My small attic room hadn’t been decorated properly since I was 16, so it was well over due.  After analysing all the space in my humble abode, my Mother and I brainstormed over the best ways to store my 147 nail polishes.  Yes – 147, I know I have a problem and I know that I do not have enough toes and fingers to use up that much polish, but I am a beauty blogger, and I can’t help it. 

I originally had all of my polishes in a drawer in my vanity table (photograph here), but it was so full that it wouldn’t shut anymore, so it was clear I needed to re-evaluate the best possible way of storing them, without taking up much room. 



I have literally been dreaming about owning something like this for a few years now, but due to laziness I just hadn’t knuckled down to finding exactly what I wanted, but that’s where Mother Snooks came up trumps.  She is an eBay queen and managed to find the most perfect rack to hold my beloved polishes.

How to co-ordinate them was a hard task – the decision of whether to line in colour order or brand order was very difficult, but I decided in the end to put all the same brand polishes together, and then line them in colour order.  Depending on the size, you can manage either one or two rows of polishes – for example, my No7 polishes are skinny so I can fit two rows of polishes on one level, where as my Look Beauty/Models Own polishes are fat and I can’t possibly squeeze another row in behind.  This does mean that I still have around 60 polishes sitting in a box in my room, until I purchase another spice rack to store them in (I’m thinking a horizontal one to hold the others).

1st Row – Barry M polishes
2nd – Boots No7 Polishes
3rd – Models Own, Look Beauty, NuBar, OPI & China Glaze Polishes
4th – GOSH, Kiss and Bourjois Polishes
5th – Miscellaneous featuring Kiko, Deborah Lippman, Topshop, Sephora, Rimmel, NuBar and Ciate polishes

My current makeup storage area – I absolutely adore this corner of my room, its almost perfect!  I will be doing a proper post on each drawer of my makeup storage space once it’s completely organized!15

As I said, I still have many more polishes needed to be stored so when I get another rack up then I’ll post more photographs.  I bought my one on eBay from this seller, for around £20 although you can always just search ‘spice rack’ and there are more options and varieties to choose from!

I hope you have enjoyed this post!

How do you store your nail varnishes?




  1. January 17, 2012 / 3:49 pm

    That is amazing! I am so jealous of your collection, do you have an all time favourite? xx

    • January 19, 2012 / 9:26 pm

      Oh that's such a hard question! I have so many favourites – Look Beauty's Bling, Barry M's Blue Glitter, No7's So Simple, Barry M's Pink Flamingo, GOSH's Holographic! Too many – maybe I'll do a post with my favourites! xxx

  2. January 17, 2012 / 5:14 pm

    Where did you get that purple pot from on top of the draws? I've been looking for one of those for ages! :-)xx

    • January 19, 2012 / 9:26 pm

      I got it from WH Smiths, but it was last year in the sale, for around £1.99! Maybe they'll be some on ebay? xx

  3. January 17, 2012 / 5:34 pm

    Oh my gosh! This is the best idea ever! 🙂 I just have an old shoebox (decorated with magazine clippings mind you) hoarding mine! I may have to take note from you and sort out myself something like this!
    Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂 xxx

  4. January 17, 2012 / 5:54 pm

    This idea is perfect! I just keep all mine in an overflowing box on top of my dresser,a spice rack is a much better idea! 🙂

  5. January 17, 2012 / 7:21 pm

    Wow thats a lot of polishes. Such a good way to store them x

  6. January 17, 2012 / 7:49 pm

    This is such a good idea, thank you for sharing. I need storage ideas for my polishes!
    Carissa xx

    Vanilla Crush Blog

  7. January 17, 2012 / 10:25 pm

    it looks like heaven 🙂 finally someone who understands nail varnish obsession atm i have mine chucked in a bag and its so hard to find specific colours so i may have to do the same and spice rack it!

    • January 19, 2012 / 9:27 pm

      You should definitely do something like this – having them all in a bag must be so difficult to manage! xx

  8. January 17, 2012 / 10:47 pm

    This is such a good idea!! Thank your mum from me haha will be getting one of those 🙂

  9. January 17, 2012 / 11:03 pm

    Looks great! I wish I had room, I would def try something like this! I adore all storage ideas:) as mine is always every changing with all my new additions:)

  10. January 17, 2012 / 11:17 pm

    Wow! I'm pretty jealous of your collection 😉 No7 are some of my favourite nail polishes and you have loads, and it's a really good storage idea too 🙂

  11. January 18, 2012 / 1:35 am

    This is such a gorgeous idea, I'd never have thought of it! My nail varnishes are currently kept in a huge travel bag, not exactly appealing to look at! xx

  12. January 18, 2012 / 2:12 am

    Your storage area looks amazing! Love the giant MAC bag. I keep my stuff in a sideboard, it's not very practical but it's pretty:

    • January 19, 2012 / 9:28 pm

      Oh that chest is beautiful! I love Ikea! xxx

  13. January 18, 2012 / 4:02 am

    lovely idea!


  14. January 18, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    I have a similar nail varnish habit to you haha so this is so useful! Is it attached to wall or free standing? I can't tell

    • January 19, 2012 / 9:29 pm

      Haha, glad you like!
      It is attached to the wall with a little screw in each corner, really easy to put up! xx

  15. January 18, 2012 / 6:11 pm

    such a good idea, i used to have loads of nail polishes but had no where to put them so through them out!

  16. January 18, 2012 / 6:30 pm

    Genius! Mums are always the best when it comes to making the most out of space and storage ideas! Mine are taking up too much space on a dressing table, I may keep this in mind 😉 Lovely post and can't wait to see the rest of your makeup storage!! Xxx

    • January 19, 2012 / 10:02 pm

      Mums are definitely the best, you are right! Let me know if you end up doing this. xxx

  17. January 18, 2012 / 7:58 pm

    Great idea (: seems rather effective..
    and i love your nail polish collection!
    CMPang x

  18. January 18, 2012 / 9:46 pm

    What a great idea! Do you find your nail polishes dry out over time? Does there come a day where you have to part with any of them because they just haven't lasted?

  19. January 19, 2012 / 8:59 am

    I really love your storage, can't wait to see more. xx

  20. Anonymous
    January 20, 2012 / 11:22 am

    I just built a little shelf from foam board for my nail polishes – there's several tutorials on youtube. I like your racks better though! Wish I could find the perfect size spice racks for my polishes.

  21. January 20, 2012 / 8:00 pm

    I love your storage! I don't have half enough nail polishes to fit a spice rack, but right now I'm keeping mine in a kitchen cutlery storage container. Do you like the Bourjois brand? I've been wanting to try them, but they don't sell the brand in the US.

  22. January 23, 2012 / 1:11 am

    I love the nail polish rack!! such a good idea!

  23. January 24, 2012 / 9:53 pm

    lovely way of organisation you've got 🙂


  24. January 28, 2012 / 9:32 pm

    i wish i was as organized as you! all my stuff is slung in a basket.
    a great collection

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