Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Crafting: A Nail Polish Holder

I envy women who have long, strong, amazing fingernails that are always freshly painted.  In my opinion, biting your nails is such an ugly habit, and it is something that brings unneeded attention to my already not so pretty hands! That is where one of my new year resolutions came from.

Resolution #6- completely stop biting my nails.

So far, this resolution has been the most difficult to keep. I actually started this resolution back in November and was going strong up until New Years Eve. I have heard many different assumptions, but the most common seems to be that it takes 4-6 weeks to break a bad habit. I have tried applying 'stop the bite, kick the habit', but it tastes absolutely horrible (which it is suppose to). Until I applied stop the bite, I didn't realize how much I ate with my hands or how often my hands came to my mouth. Even putting vaseline on my lips, I would taste it. I realized this issue was only going to go away if I had a lot of will power.

Throughout this whole process of trying to stop biting, I realized I had less a tendency to bite my nails if they were painted. This was really the only thing that worked for me. Before you knew it, I started to accumulate quite the collection of nail polishes, because I was changing the color of my nails almost every other day or as soon as there was the littlest chip in the polish. 

Proof:


I now had all this nail polish and didn't know the correct way to store it or how to show it off. While on pinterest one afternoon I found this really cool nail polish holder made out of an old spice rack. 

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I loved the simplicity of this look and how easily all the colors were organized and shown off. I knew this would be the solution to how I was going to house and store my nail polish. 

The next step was to head to goodwill's in the area to see if I could find an old spice rack. Fortunately, after some digging, I found this beauty at my very first stop. 

 
Wow! What potential this bad boy had! I knew that I didn't have a specific spot that I wanted to hang it on the wall, so my plan was to remove the door, remove the hooks on the bottom, cut off the legs so it could sit up, and paint it. 

I'm not a fan of using lots of color, especially since we are just renting and I know when we eventually do move everything will probably change. For this reason, I usually stick with neutrals, black, and white when decorating. I ended up removing the door, unscrewing the hooks, using a hand saw to remove the legs, and then I painted it. I used a black gloss on the wood, and on the metal bars I used a silver sparkle. Who doesn't love a little sparkle! 


Tada! I love the finished product, and I'm so glad I decided to go with the glitter. In the store I was really debating it, but I love the way it turned out. It adds something a little extra.

Now this bad boy is currently housed in my bathroom.


I walk by it a few times a day and I'm so proud of what I accomplished. It is such a great feeling when you are able to re purpose something old into something you can benefit from. And look, another re purposed item got in the picture. The white candle we used in our wedding, got spruced up with a little double sided tape and glitter. Thanks again pinterest!  

Today starts day 1 of my challenge, and I have 6 brutal weeks of resisting to try and break this habit! My goal is to take hair skin & nail pills to help my nails grow, apply sally hanson: hard as nails to make them strong, and apply paint to keep them covered. Wish me luck!  

Ps- I'm linking up with Positively Splendid

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