Upcycled Suitcase Into A Nail Polish Storage Case

nail polish organizer storage caseAfter looking at many commercial nail polish organizers and solutions to create a storage case on Etsy and Pinterest, I decided to try to make my own.

My original plan was to use an airtight, hard-shell case, like the ones used to hold camera equipment.  After realizing how much money I would spend, I opted for a $3 garage sale suitcase.  It’s a sturdy one, made by Samsonite, and even still has the key, but I wasn’t very keen on the 1970’s shade of powder blue it was covered in.  A small investment in some plastic primer and spray paint, plus a cute stencil, resulted in a very fun, girlie case.

The next piece was to find the foam.  One case I saw online (retailing for $300) used pluck-n-pull foam, like what will come in a do-it-yourself camera case.  After searching high and low online, the best pricing I could get was about $14 per sheet plus an outrageous shipping charge.

$70 later, I was ready to put the case together. First, I organized my nail polish by color.  Can you tell I love purple?

Next, I started measuring and cutting my foam.  I added a thin layer of solid foam to the bottom and layered the pluck-n-pull on top of that.  I found that I needed two squares of foam in-between each hole.

All of the elastic was worn-out, so I also had to sew in some elastic ribbon to the divider pockets.

Making my own case was a giant puzzle, but long and tedious.  Now that it’s all organized and I can start using it, I’m very excited, but I have to say this was an extremely tedious process – especially plucking out all that foam!

About Lacey Clifton, MSEd

Social Media Marketing Expert, Lacey Clifton, specializes in leveraging dynamic media platforms for organic, customer-centric marketing. She has been working with surgeons and specialty medical practitioners since 2009, providing training, coaching, and full-service marketing for lead generation, but has been marketing through online social media platforms since their first adoption by small businesses. Lacey received her Master's of Education and Bachelor’s Degrees from Old Dominion University in Virginia, where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude among other honors. Additionally, she was recognized with a Faculty Award of Excellence for her performance at the university. She greatly enjoys learning environments, as both a student and a teacher, keeping her ahead of changes in social media platforms and fueling her passion to teach others.

Posted on August 9, 2014, in Crafts and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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