Nail Polish Storage: Chanel, OPI, Essie, Zoya, Butter, RGB


If the opportunity presents itself, meaning: if I have enough other cabinet space in the bathroom to permit it, which I just so happen to have at the moment, I love storing my nail polishes {& nail tools} in the medicine cabinet above the sink.

Here’s why: It all stays in one place. It helps me weed out the old colors because I only have so much space to add new ones. I love opening the cabinet and seeing all the pretty colors. I love how organized it always looks. And I love that if I ever have a snoopy guest, this is all they’ll find 😉


* I bought those nail patches at Sephora ages ago & have yet to try them.
* That seafoam green nail buffer was my mom’s …from the 60’s. I don’t actually use it but I like the way it looks {though it looks dirtier in the photo than I ever noticed in person}
* I think my favorite brand of nail polish is OPI. It just seems to be the easiest to apply and stays on the longest.
* I go through nail files like water …I just bought 4 new ones yesterday. yay.
* If I go to the nail salon instead of doing my own mani/pedi I prefer to bring along my own color …so I can do touch-ups the very next day when it chips. grrr.
* I like Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cremejust after removing polish.
* I’m not a huge fan of Zoya nail polishes {because they seem to peel off my nails, yuck} but I LOVE Zoya Nail Polish Removerbecause it’s gentle, isn’t awful to smell & apparently moisturizes & nourishes 😉
* I used Polka Dots Contact Paperfor the shelves of the cabinet
* See how I DIY’d our vintage medicine cabinet & other projects –> here
* See our Beach Brick bathroom in it’s entirety –> here and the new counter trays –> here
* Where do you keep your nail polishes?

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Kayla

    January 22, 2011 |

    Love the idea of keeping nail polish in a medicine cabinet. Seems like a lovely colorful surprise every time you open the cabinet.

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  • Anonymous

    January 22, 2011 |

    Love your brick bathroom…….we have a contractor friend that would probably be interested in that bathroom look for his future clients! I will print out for him. p.s. I love your haircolor…it just might need an occasional root touchup. Love, love the color, as it brings out your beautiful eyes. Love the highlights of various shades, etc. etc. Have a beautiful weekend, Sunshine!! It’s been beautiful and sunny up here… fog, etc.

  • Aritza, Goddess ..

    January 22, 2011 |

    Happy to see that I’m not the only one who owns this many bottles of nail polish 😛 And I agree, OPI is my favorite as well!

    Great way of organizing them 🙂 I keep mine in a transparent pouch. Hopefully, one day I’ll have the space to display them like you did!

  • *amanda*

    January 22, 2011 |

    I do the same: bring my own polish to the mani/pedi place…it chips so quickly!

    …and I love the polka-dot on the med-cabby shelves!
    How? Paint?

  • Kelly

    January 22, 2011 |

    Have you tried crystal nail files? I switched this year and I’ll never go back. They are great!

  • Eli

    January 22, 2011 |

    I have a very tiny but growing nail polish collection only now in my life because they always (and I mean always) looked awful on me. I never learned the art of putting it on and not messing it up! Until recently when my sister introduced me to the Seche Vite top coat, this stuff is seriously amazing in a little bottle! it dries sooo fast! The only problem was that after two days the whole thing would peel off like a sticker, until we found this Orly bonder base coat that has some sort of rubber element that prevents the nail polish from falling off. So this combination has finally left me with perfect nails and a yearning for more nail polishes! they look so good, I highly recommend!

  • Miyan

    January 22, 2011 |

    i love your brick bathroom as well! i keep mine all bunched up in a light green and pink zipped makeup bag i have had since probably the 8th grade. note to self: get a new nail polish holder bag!


  • Marissa

    January 22, 2011 |

    You can never have too many nail polishes. I would buy them all if I could! haha


  • Dhalia

    January 22, 2011 |

    Thats a great idea Maegan!!! Mines are currently under the sink in a plastic shoe box. Viewing this post gives me great inspiration….now off to boot my hubbies stuff out the medicine cabinet…haha


  • A.Co

    January 22, 2011 |

    Same place for me – medicine cabinet.

    I too prefer OPI.

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  • Polyvorina

    January 22, 2011 |

    I have a huge nail polish collection as well! I have one of those clear plastic over-the-door hanging storage thingies. With all the compartments, you know? Each holds 1 to 3 nail polishes and I group them mostly by colour and brand. It hangs on the door of my closet/dressing room. OPI is my favourite too. Of course. 🙂 And now I can’t stop thinking about nail polish. You’ve totally inspired me – I think I’ll post a pic of two of my collection soon too! Great idea, Maegan, as always!

  • Anna-Marie

    January 22, 2011 |
  • silvergirl

    January 22, 2011 |

    I have mine in a cute little heart shaped basket under my sink.
    I love nail polish and the crazy thing is that I seem to gravitate to the same 5 colors only in different variations LOL

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  • clearlyfabulous

    January 23, 2011 |

    I actually have not one medicine cabinet in my new construction home and thought about installing one but never got around to it.
    I love your colors – very sexy.
    I keep my nail polish and implements in a random denim bag I got as a free gift… somewhere. It is the perfect size so once things don’t fit, I have to kick some stuff to the curb!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Twenty.Something

    January 23, 2011 |

    Ohh what a great nail polish collection! And love the exposed brick wall.

  • shinkirou93

    January 23, 2011 |

    The medicine cabinet looks fabulous! I wish my polishes were that organized. Currently, they’re all jumbled up in a plastic basket. 😛

    And I second Kelly – you should try out glass files sometime! I got mine from Sephora and they are AMAZING. and they never wear out either 🙂

  • blossomlink

    January 23, 2011 |

    so pretty:)
    I’m currently loving darker colors like the ones on your second shelf!


  • Lady K

    January 23, 2011 |

    I love this idea, and I am going to steal it! Thanks! And I never got manicures, because they seemed to be a waste of money. Never ever thought to bring my own nail polish — DUH!

  • Stacie

    January 23, 2011 |

    I think this is such a cute idea especially as a decoy for nosey visitors! Where do you put the stuff that would go in the cabinet though?

  • No Guilt Fashion

    January 23, 2011 |

    The polishes look great in a medicine cabinet. Way easier to find colors than the mess I have in a tub. I may have to see if I have enough room in my medicine cabinet to do this. However, than my daughter will want me to paint her nails every time we are in the bathroom. I agree with you. Love OPI and not a big fan of Zoya.

  • Tine

    January 23, 2011 |

    I love the look of all the nail polish bottles lined up! Too bad I don’t own any nail polish except for clear…. I absolutely cannot paint my own nails unless I want them to look like a 3 year old did them.

    By the way, your bathroom is gorgeous!


  • Meagan

    January 23, 2011 |

    love your colours!!!
    i bought a plastic display shelf like salons have hanging on the walls. i think it was $10 on ebay! i love it! it holds 36 bottles and is nice and sturdy. plus i love having my polish on display. they’re so pretty 🙂

    i must say, my favourite nail polish is china glaze. i find OPI brushes too wide and chips faster on my nails. american apparel polish is a close second. they make GREAT one coat polish (though i usually do 2 anyways).

  • Jeanie

    January 23, 2011 |

    you should get a crystal nail file. They work forever and look nice.
    I got one as a gift and I love it!

  • Kez

    January 23, 2011 |

    Looks fantastic!! There’s nothing like seeing all the colours lined up like your own mini salon. I keep all my nail stuff in a box. I love pulling it out and picking a colour to match my outfit, a mood or a special occasion – favourite way to pamper myself 🙂

  • Behind the Lashes

    January 23, 2011 |

    The contact paper was a great touch. Feels like part of the decor instead of the sterile white.

  • Sara

    January 24, 2011 |

    Mine is all jumbled in a box right now. I wish it was as organized as yours.

    I put that same contact paper up like wallpaper in my cube at work 🙂

  • dotty

    January 24, 2011 |

    OPI polishes are my favorite too! i really like the idea of (secretly) showcasing all your great colors!

  • Gwen

    January 24, 2011 |

    OPI is my favorite too!!! I see the Jade in there also. I store mine in the OPI train case that I modified to hold extra bottles. I have to do it this way so Ellie doesn’t go into the cabinet and get the polishes. I keep them stored in my closet and she has to ask permission to go into our room to get them. 🙂 XOXO

  • Lorena

    January 24, 2011 |

    I really like how they look… plus it’s really easy to find a color. Aren’t you afraid your guests may steal them ?
    I ask because I had “guests” to a party steal my perfume…. 🙁
    I keep mine in a small box in my bathroom.

  • josephine

    January 26, 2011 |

    love it. i have a built-in vanity in my bedroom, so i keep all my polished in one of the drawers, but i love looking at them and i’m running out of room (i’m a polish addict as well), so i may move them

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