Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Polish Room

So I've been away because I recently moved. Now that things have settled down a bit, I should be able to get back into my routine. Before I start any nail art, I have to show you my new polish room. I had limited control over what I could do at my apartment, I wasn't allowed to paint, and if I bought new furniture pieces I would have had to lug it up a flight of stairs myself. Well at my new house I wanted to do it up and do it right! And it turned out soooooo good. I just love it! Here are some pictures for your enjoyment. I'll try to let you know what products I used or how I did it as we go along.


I painted the walls gray and added black stripes to an accent wall. To do the stripes, I just measured 6 inches apart and drew a little pencil mark. Then I placed blue painters tape down the height of the wall lining up to all of my pencil marks. It was a tedious process, but I knew that and that's why I stuck to an accent wall. ;) The bookcase is just a cheap item I bought at Target. I wanted it to have the damask pattern to the inside, so while I was constructing it according to the included directions, I altered it. Prior to nailing the back panel on, I layed it out and covered it with a patterned contact paper I also found at Target.

I got the black and metal computer desk as a freebie from my sister. I changed my desktop wallpaper to coordinate. The metal dress form was a housewarming present from when I moved into my apartment. The clock, mirror, and desk pin board were all bought at Hobby Lobby. I got the curtain from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I plan on having it hemmed about 1/2 inch because I hung the curtain rod too low, and it drags the floor. That was not my intention! Lol

The opposite side of the room is where I have my polishing station. Completely organized and well lit from my medusa lamp and my magnifying lamp. And I love the cute little teal pillow.

I have this little table to was originally brown, but I painted it black. The lamp and the faux books were also from Hobby Lobby. The fake books actually house my shipping supplies, bubble wrap, mailers, etc.

The wall rack is the same one I've had forever and shown you here. It's from the scrapbooking storage section at Michaels. The same collection that has the Melmers. It's meant to hang ribbon spools and knick-knacks, but I adapted it. It works great for polish and most brands fit either 2 bottles deep (OPI, China Glaze), or even 3 bottles deep (Essie, Barielle, Zoya). Here I have the more commonly used brands, and prettier bottles. ;)

Again at Target I bought a ClosetMaid 9 Cubeicals piece in black and then 3 of the fabric drawers in Ocean Blue. They are more teal in real life. My camera only sees blue. My little white dress used to be brown, but she got a paint job too.

On top of the Cubeicals piece I have these 3 photo storage boxes I got from Michaels. These house my seldom used polish brands and random polishes that didn't fit anywhere. Top box is back up bottles of favorite colors and others that are to swap or sell. Middle box is Revlon, Sation, and randomness. Bottom box is Sally Hansen, Wet N Wild, and Pure Ice.

My same Melmer got a makeover. I sanded/peeled off the scrapbooking paper I had on it and painted it a matching teal. I don't keep my polishes in here because it would be too top heavy when I pulled out the drawers. The Cubeicals is not sturdy enough. It would all toppled over. So instead, I have my printed pictures of inspiration in the top drawer. Nail art supplies in the middle drawer (foils, stamping polishes, striper polishes, microbeads, rhinestones.) The bottom drawer is my go to catch all. It's got my favorite nail art brushes, my clean up brush, files, cuticle pushers, clippers, nippers, etc.

In the Cubeicals unit there are some places I'm just storing random junk that isn't polish related. But I will show you all the ones that are. On the top row, far left is a white wicker basket that I already had. It keeps all of my swatchsicles.

The top row, middle space has a Scentsy wax melter. I got the white wooden "create" from Michaels for $1. And the little brown box I got when I bought a watch one time, it holds all of my stamping image plates.

The top row, far right is one of the fabric drawers that holds other commonly used products. Acetone, paper towels, lotion, sponges, & cuticle remover.

Middle row, far left is all of my acrylic paints and palettes. Middle section is another white wicker basket that holds cotton balls.

Then my desk. I looked for the longest time and couldn't find anything like what I wanted. I wanted solid black or white with a glass top. The glass top was critical because I wanted to be able to clean old polish off with acetone and not damage the surface. When I was in Target getting all of the other things I mentioned, this desk was just sitting there. A black computer desk with a glass top. On clearance for only $27! SCORE! I'm using the computer keyboard pull out tray to hold my tape dispenser, post its, spare camera batteries. Those are just clean paper towels on top for when I'm stamping.
I'm so incredibly happy with how it turned out! I could just stay in here all day long if I didn't have to work and have a life. ;) I hope you guys love it as much as I do!
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52 comments:

  1. Your polish room looks absolutely gorgeous! I love it. :)

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  2. I am full-on green with envy--what a great setup! Love the black and white patterns. :)

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  3. Hello!
    Your room is beautiful! Congratulations on the organization and good taste!
    Iva :)

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  4. Looks amazing! Love the black/white with some blue mixed in.

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  5. Congratulations with your new workspace - it looks great.
    I love my workspace too, it's nice to have everything organized and within reach :)

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  6. Wow! So cool. Love the stripes and the teal accents.

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  7. very nice! you did a great job decorating

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  8. OMG I am soo jealous of your polish room, it looks fab! I wish I had the space to have a polish room :(

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  9. Your room is fabulous! I love the color combination. The blue looks great in the room!
    I love your Scentsy warmer! The Crinkle warmer is so cute in your room!

    I love your polish collection!

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  10. so happy you finally got a chance to do the room how you want to! Looks Great! Here's to many awesome creations being made there!

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  11. I love your polish room! I use the same polish rack from Michael's and I love it :) Congrats on your new home!

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  12. i can't believe you have a polish ROOM! this is the most amazing thing i've seen. the colors are so pretty and fun and i love your nail table

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  13. Love it!!!! You did a great job with the stripes and I just love the black and white. Looks great!

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  14. Wow, what a beautiful room!! You did an amazing job!

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  15. I'm soooo loving what you did here!! I think I'm going to have to bookmark this post to keep in mind when I finally get to re-do my studio space!! Love it!

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  16. If I could get my office area this organized, I would be in heaven.. I think I may be a little envious of you.. :)

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  17. It seriously looks AMAZING! Great job and congrats on the new house! You did everything so cute! (Can you come do mine now)? lol

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  18. AMAZING! I hope I can have my very own polish room one day!

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  19. LOVE IT! I especially love the Crinkle Scentsy Warmer! :)

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  20. OMG! I love your polish room! Mine is so crappy in comparison :(

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  21. This is the kind of stuff dreams are made of.

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  22. oo this is awesome - I wish I had that glass desk - perfect for doing your nails!

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  23. So jealous! That room is amazing, you did a fantastic job!

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  24. That is an awesome room! So jealous!

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  25. What an amazing space for you to work, it's just a little bigger than my apartment (haha j/k...) I love the striped wall, and the bright blue accent color! Yay!

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  26. I love your new room! I'm soo inspired to fix my room and make it neat! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  27. WOW! So clean, neat and organized. I so wish I had room for my loves - my polish I mean of course. I have over 1500 bottles and due to zero space in this tiny cottage, they live stashed where I can in plastic shoeboxes (singles and doubles). I have a database for them all but don't know where things are. I really love that you have all yours on swatch sticks - that's been something I want to do but cannot pop for the $ right now due to no work and major orthopedic probs now meaning surgery. UGH. I wish I could come to your house and play polish!

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  28. Wow, amazing! I wish I had use of a room like this! Fantastic job!

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  29. The room looks great! Looking forward to seeing a lot more manis coming out of this creative space :)

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  30. Wow, as I was reading ur post I could feel myself turning green! So envious but thrilled at the same time. U need that awesomely organised room to keep us, ur readers and fans happy! ;-}

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  31. Congrats!!!! looks great!!! wish I had a space like this for all my polishes lol! :)

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  32. Wow, this is so amazing! I wish I would have the space to do that too :) I love how you organized all your things, it looks great!

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  33. Holy crap!! This room is absolutely gorgeous!!! Damn I wish I had the space for that! It's sooo nicely decorated too which is a great touch :D

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  34. Looks so great! May i know where did you get your swatchsicles? :D

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  35. Seeing this reminded me, I have that same desk from Target with the glass top that is currently not being used! I've been hinting to my boyfriend that I need my own area for doing nails and that little desk is perfect, as you have demonstrated. :) Your room looks great!

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  36. Love your shelves for all of your polish! :)

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  37. Wow, thats amazing! Im sooooo jealous im gonna cry! Will you come redo my house?

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  38. I am in awe at:

    a. a special polish room, and
    b. at your crafty nature: I would have just gone with what has been given to me, and you transformed the place in spite of the limitations :o !

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  39. I love it, the colors you used are really pretty and the organization is great!

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  40. I love your nail room. I am so jealous. I thought my Nail Room was awesome, but your's is unbelievable.

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  41. wow, now i want one for my self too ;)

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  42. it looks awesome!!
    Great job! :)
    What happend with Wally?
    xoxo

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  43. Your polish room looks fantastic! Love the shelving with the polishes on, it's a fab idea! I may have to get one for myself, my polishes are stored in a box but it's coming to a point where it's overflowing, ha!

    Halima

    xx

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  44. Amazing. Is there any other word? Oh wait, I got it. PERFECT!!! Very happy that you have such a beautiful space to work your magic!

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  45. I have a polish room too, but yours is so much prettier! I wanted a glass-top table but we couldn't find anything cheap and are on a budget for at least the next few months. I will probably get one at some point. I love all your knick-knacks and how well it all goes together :)

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