DIY bathroom shelves using nail polish

Last week I gave you guys a little preview of how I am planning on refreshing our upstairs bathroom, and today I wanted to share a little project that I made to organize our bedroom and add a little color :) We needed more storage space for little things items and thought I’d add this removable bathroom shelves, simply made with clear storage drawers, a painted wooden board and some nail polish. I absolutely LOVE how they turned out, and they are super affordable and easy to make! Probably one of my favorite projects I’ve ever made for this blog.

It’s been so nice to have the extra storage that I can easily move around or take down when we move out of our rental. I set up the finished shelf in the little window nook. Before them I didn’t really know how to best use that space, I tried to use wire baskets in the window to store things but it looked super cluttered and it wasn’t practical. I found these stackable clear show drawers, and they are actually perfect to store small to medium bathroom items.

I like that I can easily see what is where in each box, but didn’t want to clutter in them to show too much, so I decorate the front of each box with nail polish and put a small piece of contact paper to back it up – so cheap and easy, and a nice touch of personality! You’ve got so many possibilities with the nail polish, obviously I went a little fancy but you could simply do polka dots, tiny hearts, etc.

What your need

– 4 clear stackable boxes (but you could double up your shelf for even more storage!)
– Wooden board – 13 inches wide if you use the boxes I used + however long you want to make your shelf. If you want to make these shelves very long, you’ll probably want to add some clear boxes in the middle to provide more support.
– Dry-erase markers
– Nail polish (I got the really cheap kind at Target)
– White contact paper
– Scissors

What you do

1.With your dry-erase markers, draw the pattern of your liking on the front of your clear boxes. It will be easier to paint with the nail polish, you’ll just have to fill in the lines – kinda like a paint by number kit :) Let your imagination run wild!
2. Using one color at a time, start filling in the lines carefully. If you are not too sure of your skills, practice first on a random clear plastic container until you are happy with the results.
3. When you are done, erase any of the marker lines still visible.
4. Cut a piece of white contact paper to fit the front of the shoe box and stick it to the back so it will show behind the nail polish pattern you just made.
5. Cut and paint your wood board. Stack up the clear boxes and place your board on top. Voila, you’re done!

If you make these shelves, send me the pictures and show me what you did – I’d love to see what you guys come up with :)

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12 Responses to “DIY bathroom shelves using nail polish”
  1. emily says:

    cute pattern! i can’t believe you used nail polish…was there a particular reason you used nail polish instead of another type of paint?

    • audrey says:

      Not really, I think I was just experimenting and seeing what I could get out of nail polish :) I knew it would hold pretty well on plastic, and since I didn’t need a lot of each color it made the project pretty cheap with each bottle of polish being around $2. But I am sure you could also try this with other kinds of paint!

  2. Gabrielle says:

    It looks indeed very nice and seems so simple that I wonder what I didn’t think about it earlier: we have the same kind of window in our bathroom and I stack up boxes (not pretty, not practicle). I hope I will take the time to try this project at home 😉

    • audrey says:

      Totally agree! I like that this “hides” the clutter and also lets me display cute things and plants on top. Hope you take the time to try it out, really easy 😉

  3. jo says:

    They look fabulous Audrey! Bravo x

    Reminds me of Matisse.
    There’s an exhibition of his paper cut works opening at the Tate this week, so excited to go and visit.

    x x x

    • audrey says:

      Oh you are totally right, it does have some Matisse to it, I didn’t even thing of it :) Glad you like them Jo!

  4. Kathy says:

    This is one of the most creative things for a bottle of nail polish I have ever seen. I was a Nail Technician for over 20 years and this is such a good idea it is also very tastefully done and pretty. I will share with my friends they will love it!

    • audrey says:

      Aw thanks Kathy! I am no nail technician so I am pretty happy they turned out the way they did 😉 I am sure you and your friends could come up with amazing designs and patterns!

  5. Em says:

    Brilliant! Have you had issues with the odor of the polish?

    • audrey says:

      Nope! I’d recommend opening the window to let some air in as you’re working on the project, but when you’re done it doesn’t smell at all. Hope this helps Em :)

  6. How lovely!! =D=D=D=D=D <3

    Um beijinho dourado,
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