Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Nail Polish Wars 'Mecca'

Hi everyone!  I am SOOO excited to show you what has been nicknamed the Nail Polish Wars Mecca!!  I have been craving something like this for quite sometime, so I went to one of the most creative and talented woodworking companies that I know of, Gl Wooden Things.  I gave them a rough idea of what I was looking for, and they immediately came up with a plan for something truly amazing!
(Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge!)


The Mecca is a custom corner unit that is made up of two separate pieces that were connected upon installation.  This piece has also been secured to the walls for safety and polish bottle security.  It consists of nine three tiered shelves on both sides.  The back and shelves were left open to allow my beloved office walls to shine through!!  As you can also see, support pieces have been added in the shelf tiers for better support, which I think also gives it a really great look!!!


Each piece of wood was sanded by hand for a smooth and even finish.  All pieces were then carefully burned to bring out the natural beauty in the wood grain, then stained a beautiful honey oak that I selected.  Once the staining was complete, the pieces were finished with a high gloss coat and then lightly sanded and polished for shine.  So, to sum up, GL Wooden Things really went above and beyond!!!


There is also a raised lip on the front of the bottom tier shelf to prevent the bottles from falling off of the unit should I bump a few of them.  *phew*

Here are some shots of the Mecca in progress!  
I stopped by one day to see how things were going with it, and they even let me get in on the fun!!


The GL Wooden Things four legged team, Chloë and Ralphie, were on the job too!!  I left a few bottles of polish with them so they could make sure the shelves were spaced perfectly, and it seems like they had a great deal of fun putting the polish in "danger"!  Anyone else stressed out seeing the bottles under the saw blade?!  Hahaha!


 I could not possibly be any happier with the way the Mecca turned out!  


I love how much room I still have for new additions to my arsenal of polish!  It is so nice to be able to easily see all of my bottles of polish and not have to go through drawer after drawer searching for just the right shade!!  (And don't worry, I have a step ladder to reach the top shelves!!)


I have organized my arsenal by brand and then by color.  It's hard to say just how many bottles it will hold, since so there are many different shapes and sizes of bottles.  It currently holds 1200 bottles of polish, and I have a lot of room for more!!


GL Wooden Things also went one step further and created this awesome plaque for me!  It features one of my all time favorite manis and one of my favorite Elixirs!  The white lettering also has white iridescent glitters!!!  I have it in a free standing frame right now, but it can also be hung on the wall, or even used as a front license plate for my car!!!!!  WOW!!!!


GL Wooden Things has some amazing pieces available on their storefront page here, and they also take custom orders like mine, for things large and small!!!  So if you're looking for an amazing polish rack, I think you know who to contact about it now!!

I really hope you enjoyed seeing this amazing piece that has made my office complete!  Now then, if you need me, I'll be sitting in my office staring at the Mecca!!!!!


39 comments:

  1. W O W!!!!! All I can say is wow!

    The Kracked Kat

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  2. That rack is stunning and the plaque is something you can treasure forever.

    My boyfriend is a stonemason and a carpenter and he custom built my polish shelves from reclaimed grey wood, but we were trying to come up with something tiered like yours! They did a great job!

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  3. Whoa!! How many bottles of polish will it hold?

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    1. That's what I want to know, also.

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    2. It's hard to do the math, since so many bottles have such different shapes. But there are currently 1200 bottles up and I have so much room for more!!!!

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    3. Wow!! And how did you do the chevron on the wall? Was there a stencil to get it so perfect? I love that!

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    4. I actually just taped two 12"x"12" pieces of scrapbook paper together and used it as a stencil. I made sure my points were level as I went and traced the design on the wall with a pencil, then used painter's tape to frame the design. I painted the first color, removed the tape, and waited for it to dry. Then I taped again, painted the second color, removed the tape - and done!!!!

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  4. i love this detailed post, the pic on facebook was great but seeing this is just jaw dropping! it is gorgeous, i love that burnt wood finish!

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    1. Thanks so much hun! I nearly fainted when I saw the finished piece!!!!

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  5. I cringed at those bottles by the blades! What an amazing way to store them, sooooo much better than peering into a helmer and really only seeing lids! I did question where there was space for more, but after closer inspection spotted some gaps.

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  6. This is beyond epic! Such a good idea, the tiered shelves :D

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  7. Holy nail polish Batman!! That is an amazing nail polish case!!! I want one like that made for me, but for purses lol!
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  8. Wohoo, this looks like heaven!

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  9. Holy Mecca of Meccas Nicole!!! Is it bad to tell you that I pulled this post up on my mobile as well just so I can zoom in on all the polishes on the racks LOL. I'm so nosey! :-P Hubby has a shelf unit somewhat similar to this that he and his Dad made to house his complete licensed regular Nintendo game collection ( yes, all 700-some, I don't know the actual # ) I'm going to have them build me something like this! Yours is beautiful though and I LOVE the sign they made you!! That's the Makeup Bee watermarbel isn't it??!!! Congratulations on an amazing way to display your beauties!!

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  10. Amazing, this is just great, I want one too :)

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  11. This is beyond amazing!!!! Wow, just pure, awesome wow!!!!!

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  12. Amazing!! I love all the details that went into the finished piece; the 'safety' features are awesome!!

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  13. This is a clever design! I love the tiers, it takes it from purely functional to art.

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  14. I love it, I would be so happy to have something like this, but I think I'll wait until we have a house so its more permanent. Right now, my helmers will have to do, and I'll just be jealous of you :p

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  15. Beautiful storage unit, I love it.

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  16. This. Is. Unreal! Anything other than the description of 'mecca' would do it a disservice. Enjoy! :)

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  17. I can't stop daydreaming about owning one of these and owning that much nail polish. I would truly be in heaven.

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  18. LOVE!!!!! What a beautiful job--I saved their site, I found a few smaller items I would love to get (the castle wall candle holder--sweet!)

    I have debated back and forth about whether to do wall racks or cabinets for my pretties (my husband is going to build either for me). Maybe I will have to do a bit of both--your photos make this very appealing!!

    Enjoy :)

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  19. I just sat there as I went through the photos with my mouth agape. Stunning collection!!! How do you even begin to choose what color to paint your nails?? I have 100 bottles and I have a hard time!! :)

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  20. This looks amazing, awesome!!! I spent the weekend drooling at this! My poor bf had to hear that he doesn't do this! LOLOL :D
    Looks great Nicole! Congrats!

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  21. I am very interested in this and am wondering how much this cost you? Can you please give me an idea? I'd really appreciate it!

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    1. My unit was $1200, but one this size without the center 45 degree angle would be $900. The 45 degree angle required a great deal more labor intensive time.

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    2. Thank you so much for the reply not quite understanding the 45 degree angle thing. I notice that only the front polish has a lip to keep from falling. Are the back two rows secure without the lip?

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