Stashology

Who wants to learn about my stash?

For all your nerdy spreadsheet needs, you can view my entire polish inventory by brand, name, dominant colour, and finish on Google Docs

Nevermind learn... just want see my stash? Yes, you do.

POLISH COLLECTION VIDEO:
(August 2015)

All 4 shelf units couldn't fit in one pic frame:
August 2015 - full wall unit!

HOW DID I MAKE IT THO??? WATCH HERE:


Let's go through a short history of my nail polish shelf growth:

Up until June of 2013, I'd been storing my nail polish in a large fishing tackle box with a lid that was always open (because it could not be closed). Eventually my nail polish started exceeding the capacity of the tackle box and it was all over my desk. Something had to change.

In the summer of 2013, I decided to take charge of my nail polish inventory situation. I knew about the Helmer option, but I wanted to display my babies instead of shove them in a dark drawer. I didn't want to build a rack out of foam board and a glue gun either, as there's been one too many horror stories about the 'shelves' caving in and.... splat. The thought of my nail polish causing the shelves to cave in was like knowingly watching a horror movie that you know is going to give you nightmares all night. I want my nail polish to LIVE, not DIE.

To solve this dilemma I recruited my dear boyfriend to build me a nail polish rack, and I mean a REAL RACK, made of actual wood, fused together with wood glue and nails, then spray painted a matte black.

I picked up some cheap $3 black fabric from Fabricland and used spray adhesive glue to stick to a large particle board that would become the backbone of the nail rack. After affixing the backboard to the assembled shelves with nails, it really looked like something semi-professional. We mounted it to the wall of the office/den room with proper screws and drywall plugs, and I decorated it with some black glittery swirly decal things from Michael's craft store.

By October of 2014 I'd outgrown my one nail polish rack (growing from 350 polishes to 500), and for my birthday my boyfriend surprised me with a second rack, almost exactly the same as the first!

In August of 2015 shit really got out of control and we built two more shelves. By then I had over 1,000 polishes. Now that my entire office wall is covered in shelves, there's really no more room to store any nail polish. 'Tis why I'm saving for a bigger house ;)

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Throwback! Here's some history of my growing nail polish stash.

May, 2015 (801 polishes)

First shelf (left) and second new shelf (right) May 2015

Nail polish rack Nov 2014

Nail polish rack Nov 2014

June 2014
June 2014
June 2014

June 2014
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July 2013
July 2013

Thanks for surfing my nail polish porn!

22 comments:

  1. I want shelves like that I know I've not got loads like u have (btw wow I'm droolin at all that polish!!) my collection is in plastic storage boxes... Xx

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  2. *happy* I love a spreadsheet!! I am sad it's not updated and I would add maybe two columns. The first is # coats to opacity, and the second is a general 1-10 rating. Not for the ones already on the list, but going forward when you add more. If you DO use an old polish you can update, but no need to stress out over perfectly useful spreadsheets.

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  3. Amazing!! Love it! I bought a carrying caddy from julep, but I am starting to grow out of it lol.

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  4. I did some math work... If you wanted to try all of your nail polishes (assuming you have about a 1000), you'd need over 2 years to do this if you tried a new polish every day, and about 20 years if you tried one every week. Of course, most humans have 10 finger nails, and 10 toenails, so you don't really need to take that long to try out all of your nail polishes. Yes, I have too much time on my hands.

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  5. hey christine, i was wondering if you have ever heard of pacifica rainbow gloss. im pretty sure its holo but its really pretty. maybe you could look into getting it.

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  7. Hey did you buy these shelves somewhere? I'm looking to buy a double tier nail polish shelf and I have no idea where to find??

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    1. It clearly says 'MADE'. Her boyfriend made them all for her. Maybe try to actually read before commenting dumb shit.

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  8. Will you ever update the spreadsheet? It's nice to look at...

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  9. As an analyst, that google spreadsheet is so legit

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  10. You are my hero! This is so rad. I need to get shelves. I'm using shoe boxes and Sephora Bags. If only I had a guy to build me some shelvery like yours! I'd be set for......that day! Ha! I love your collection. So many must haves and just all around gorgeousness!!! The spreadsheet is a great idea! Are your polishes insured? I would love to tally them up to see what you would need for coverage on a stash like that!

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  11. Cristine, I am pissed off. None of my local drugstores have holo. Some attempted at making holo, but ended up make some stupid a** flakes of dull silver. Where can I find some?

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  12. Holo. I am 38 and from Virginia. What is the 2017 preferred top coat?

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  13. I wanted to thank you for this websites! Thanks for sharing. Great websites!
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  14. Now all you have to do is make three more shelves and attach them to a rail that lets them slide back and forth in front of the four existing ones. You can access the shelves behind by sliding the font shelves aside to expose one of the back shelves. No additional wall space required.

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    1. yass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Thank you so much for commenting, it is lovely and really makes my day!
    ludo king , bubble am

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