This is the rack I’ve been using to display my polishes. (It was originally sold as a scrapbooking embellishments storage unit)
1st row is crackles, glitters, magnetics, holographics. (28 polishes)
2nd row is red, orange, coral, and pink. (43 polishes)
3rd row is green, teal, and blue. (48 polishes)
4th row Muppet glitters, yellows, striper polishes, and stamping polishes. (34 polishes)
5th row is purple, black, gray, and white. (42 polishes)
6th row is base coats, top coats, and browns. (28 polishes)
These polishes on the display rack are my most used polishes. It hangs above my desk where I generally paint my nails.
The desk top extends to the left and that is where I have my Melmer sitting. On top of that is my exhibit project which has been entered in an art show to be held in March.
The top drawer to my Melmer is total chaos. It has my stamping plates, toe seperators, extra files, cuticle cream, loose false nails, etc.
2nd drawer of the Melmer contains my neglected polishes. These are ones that I don’t use because I don’t like them or have a better dupe. This drawer is the one my friends go shopping in when they come over. 🙂
The bottom drawer of the Melmer is where I keep new polishes that I haven’t swatched yet, frankens, back up bottles, and nail art pens.
Then I have a shoebox size storage box on a bottom shelf filled with frankening supplies. I have 54 polishes in there that are glitters or polishes I don’t mind wasting on frankens if they turn out badly. In there I also keep any bottles of polish I manage to empty so that I can franken into them in the future. I have 11 empties right now.
How do you like my updated status on my stash? How many polishes do you have?
- How do you do this? The fairies come in at night and take care of it all. I just have to take pictures in the morning when I wake up. 🙂 Nah, it takes a lot of practice and patience. If you look back to some of my first blog posts…. I did not have these “mad skills” if ya know what I mean.
- Do you use acrylic paint? Yes and no. Yes I use acrylic paint, but not exclusively. Most of the colors are from nail polishes. I do like to use acrylic paint when it comes to skin tone, black, and white. The reason being, I feel like I can create smaller outlines with black acrylic paint. Also white acrylic paint seems more opaque than polish. When I use acrylic paint, I use whatever brand I already have on hand. Usually the cheapest I could find in the store. 69 cents per 60mL bottle…. You can’t get any better than that!
- Do I use different sized paintbrushes? Yes. I have a few different sizes that I use for different parts. Refer to photo. (A) works best for long, thin outlines. (B) ~FAVE~ works great with outlines. (C) used for filling in large areas of a design (D&E) ~FAVE~ virtually the exact same brush, I just happen to have two. Great for small areas where I can have better control with the shorter bristles. If I needed to I could make it by with only B & D (or E).