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DIY Nail Polish Rack Upcycled From An Old Spice Rack

Updated on January 4, 2015

Great DIY Project For Teen Girls

My teenage daughter is a major hoarder of nail polish and we needed to come up with a better storage solution to accommodate her ever growing collection. I had an old spice rack that I no longer used that I thought would work great for upcycling into a DIY Nail Polish Rack.

Follow along as I show you how we turned an ugly, brown spice rack into a stylish nail polish rack, perfect for a teen girl's bedroom, using spray paint and a roll of duck tape.

My daughter loves zebra prints and is completely obsessed with the color green, so she practically did cartwheels when she spotted the bright, colorful rolls of green zebra print Duck Tape while out shopping last month.

DIY Nail Polish Rack Tutorial
DIY Nail Polish Rack Tutorial

My daughter and I did this project together, but she could have easily tackled it herself. I basically just supervised. If your teen is not a crafty or DIY type kid, why not make it yourself and give it to her as a gift. There are tons of fun patterns of duck tape and endless possibilities of paint colors to choose from, so you should have no problem finding the perfect combination to suit your teen's personality and style.

Messy Stash Of Nail Polish
Messy Stash Of Nail Polish

My daughter's messy stash of nail polish drives me insane! I just had to come up with a better storage solution that both she and I could live with. When she is rooting around in the basket and the bottles are clanking together, I have nightmares that one of the bottles will break and make a huge mess.

DIY Nail Polish Rack Instructions

Upcycle An Old Spice Rack And Turn It Into A Stylish Nail Polish Rack With A Little Paint And Duck Tape
Upcycle An Old Spice Rack And Turn It Into A Stylish Nail Polish Rack With A Little Paint And Duck Tape

Learn how to turn an old spice rack into a stylish nail polish shelf for a teen girl's bedroom using spray paint and duck tape. If you don't have an old spice rack gathering dust in your garage, I would suggest scouring thrift stores and yard sales for one.

1. Sand The Spice Rack

Sand The Spice Rack With A Coarse Sandpaper So The Paint Will Adhere To The Surface
Sand The Spice Rack With A Coarse Sandpaper So The Paint Will Adhere To The Surface

Sand the entire surface of the spice rack with coarse sand paper. This will help the paint adhere to the surface and prevent it from peeling or chipping.

There is no need to sand the wood down to the bare surface. You only need to spend a few minutes roughening up the surface a bit. Make sure you remove all the dust residue with a cloth before painting. We used a microfiber cloth, which worked pretty good.

2. Prepare Your Work Area

Protect Your Work Surface With A Drop Cloth
Protect Your Work Surface With A Drop Cloth

You will need to prepare a work area outside as I would advise you not to use spray paints indoors. Choose a space that is not near your house, vehicles or outdoor furniture in case it is a little windy outside. You don't want the spray paint to travel and leave tiny particles of paint on your stuff.

Protect the table or ground with a drop cloth or old sheet. Newspapers rescued from the recycle bin or an old vinyl shower curtain will work just as well too!

3. Cover With White Primer Paint

Spray The Spice Rack With A Coat Of White Primer Paint
Spray The Spice Rack With A Coat Of White Primer Paint

Place the spice rack on an empty shoebox so you can paint the sides without having to touch or move he rack midway. Spray the entire spice rack with a coat of white primer paint. Wait five minutes and add a second coat. Allow to dry for 30 minutes before moving on to the next step.

This is the primer paint we used (pictured on the right). It is both a primer and a flat paint which will adhere to almost any surface. It is available in a spray can which is convenient for small projects.

5. Spray The Rack With A Paint Color Of Your Choice

Spray The Rack With A Paint Color Of Your Choice
Spray The Rack With A Paint Color Of Your Choice
Spray The Rack With A Second And Third Coat Of Paint
Spray The Rack With A Second And Third Coat Of Paint

Spray the entire surface of the rack with a paint color of your choice. We did not spray under the shelves or the backside of the rack because those areas are not visible. Spray the rack with a second coat of paint and a third if it is needed, waiting 5 minutes between coats.

We used a flat black paint, although there are hundreds of colors to choose from, available in glossy and/or flat if you like a splash of color. If you already have a pile of half empty paint cans stashed in your garage, you can use one of those instead of spray paint.

6. Allow To Dry For At Least 2 Hours

Allow The Paint To Dry For At Least 2 Hours
Allow The Paint To Dry For At Least 2 Hours

Allow the rack to dry for a minimum of two hours before applying the tape. We allowed our rack to dry overnight to make sure it was extra dry.

7. Add Strips Of Duct Tape

Cover The Spice Rack With A Patterned Duck Tape
Cover The Spice Rack With A Patterned Duck Tape

Decide on a design and start adding strips of tape to the spice rack. You can cover the entire surface or leave little gaps like we did. It is totally up to your preferences. What is your teens favorite pattern or theme for decorating her room? My daughter is obsessed with zebra prints right now. And everything green!

If your daughter likes zebra prints too, I have seen this zebra duck tape in the colors green, pink, purple and white. This Christmas, I found some glitter zebra print duct tape for her. If zebra prints are not your teens thing, there are hundreds of different patterns and colors of duct tape available to choose from.

8. Hang It And Stock It

DIY Nail Polish Rack
DIY Nail Polish Rack

Surprise your teen! Stock her newly upcycled nail polish rack with a couple of bright & colorful bottles of nail polish. My daughter loves the Kiss imPRESS Press-On Nails and Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Stickers. They come in lots of fun designs and colors and they are both very easy to apply. She is currently obsessed with bright green, blue, orange and pink nail polish.



What Do You Think?

DIY Nail Polish Rack
DIY Nail Polish Rack

Is this diy nail polish rack better than a basket filled with nail polish dumped unceremoniously inside? I think so. No more mess and it saves a ton of space.

DIY Teen Bedroom Décor
DIY Teen Bedroom Décor

© 2014 Corrinna Johnson

What Kinds Of DIY Projects Do You Like To Tackle? Do You Encourage Your Children To Get Involved?

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      I am going to make one of these for me and my adult daughter! The Duck tape is an awesome idea! Wonderful lens and idea!

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love this idea! Beautiful.

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      OMG I LOVE this!! I hope I'll find a co of spice racks at garage sales this summer. his way I can maybe make one formyself as well as a friend as a gift

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      P.s. I also included this lens in the featured nail lenses section of my Beauty Balm lens https://hubpages.com/style/the-beauty-balm

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      Tawnya 3 years ago from NE Ohio

      I also use a spice rack to keep my polishes organized and safe. I just bought mine from the store, but I wish I would have thought of upcycling first.

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      This is such a cool idea! My granddaughter needs one of these. I'll pass this info along. :)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      This looks great. I like this idea and adding the tape is fantastic. A must do!

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      Nelly van der Werff 3 years ago from The Netherlands

      What a great idea! I'll definitely share this idea with my daughter!

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      This is such a good idea! We do involve our grandchildren in age-appropriate DIY projects whenever we can. They love participating in the projects as much as they enjoy using our mutual creations. I avoid anything involving paints and sealant myself because they make me ill, so my projects tend to be window gardens, working with fabrics and the like.

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      Ruthi 2 years ago

      What a terrific idea and fabulous tutorial for turning that old spice rack into a perfect storage place for your daughter's nail polish collection! It really turned out great!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 2 years ago from Northern California

      Great idea. I've got to find something that will hold > 50 nail polishes though.

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