January 28, 2011

My Custom Nail Polish Shelf! (updated pics) Plus: Help me decide how to orgaznie my polishes!

Hello, Beautiful!

As promised, I have some better (non cell phone pic) photos of my custom nail polish shelf. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I have the best husband in the world! Thanks to him, and his complete understanding of my beauty obsession, he (and my 5 year old son) created a custom nail polish shelf for me!!

Originally it was going to be a book shelf design with a back, sides, top and bottom. But it turned into a floating shelf system that I love even more! I do need to paint it eventually, but for now I actually don't mind the bare wood.

My husband is going to extend the length of the shelves soon because the shelves barely hold my current collection. My collection will continue to grow, so more room is needed. I have 6 Essie polishes, 11 Sephora by OPI polishes and a NARS polish coming in the mail soon to add to this shelf, plus 7 Color Club polishes my mom found for me.

And by the way, Sephora has Sephora by OPI polishes on sale for just $5 each! They just added 15 colors to the sale section. Grab a few before they sell out.

Anyhow, back to the shelf...

I need some opinions on deciding which way to organize my polishes on the shelves: by brand or by color.

I have photos of the shelf showing it both ways and I'm leaning more in the direction of sorting by brand. I do like to sort things in color order. My closet is color coordinated and in order by sleeve size (for tops) or by length (for pants, skirts, dresses). Can you tell I'm a bit obsessed with organizing things?! :)

* Click on a photo to view it larger. *

So here it my custom nail polish shelf sorted BY BRAND:

And here is my custom nail polish shelf sorted BY COLOR:

How should I organize them?


  1. Definitely organize them by color! It looks so nice and neat. I'm so jealous of your collection! :)

  2. I prefer by brands, it seems less messy ^^
    So many polishes, I'm jealous!! ^^

  3. waouh !
    that's a big collection ! enjoy it :-)

  4. I prefer by colour! So if you're going to buy a new polish and you want to check if you have a dupe, it's much easier! And you have a wonderful gorgeous collection!

  5. This is awesome! I'm at 185 now! What is the grand total? I like the idea of floating shelves, but I'm a little more partial to an entire unit that can just be mounted on the wall. It's hard to find :( Colorc coordinating is a good idea. I like seeing them all together.

  6. OMG I am sooo jealous! I'm obsessed with nails & nail varnish I wish my collection was as big as yours lol

  7. how many nail polishes are there?!

  8. @ Anonymous: When this photo was taken, there was only about 500. It's since be updated and I have over 2,000 shades. In the link below, there is about 1,900 shades: http://xoxovalentinekissesxoxo.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-nail-polish-shelves-collection-plus.html

  9. brand :) so awesome!!!!!

  10. the easiest solution i can think of is by brand, THEN colour :)

  11. How many are there altogether?
    i have more than that i have 600 nail polishes

  12. @ mehak sajjad: This is an old post... you'll have to check out my current collection (linked at the top bar). I have over 2,300 bottles now.

  13. The sort by color seem more user friendly. Because one typically selects a polish based upon color. You it will be easier to find the right color by just going down the line, instead of going brand to brand looking for the desired color. :)


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