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Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2018 2:02 p.m. PST

Wondering how many, if any, TMP'ers are using nail polish stands, for holding their caft/pro paint bottles? Here is an example of what I am talking about, from Wal-Mart: link. Looking particularly for pro's and con's, if any. Cheers!

princeman19 Apr 2018 2:32 p.m. PST

Looks like it would work well if the craft paints will fit.

TonicNH19 Apr 2018 2:49 p.m. PST

I've got a few that I use for my collection of Vallejo paints

]2018-04-19_10-20-03 by tonicnh, on Flickr

Assuming your paints will fit then at about £10.00 GBP-15 a pop from Amazon they're cheaper than laser cut MDF storage systems, and because they're transparent you can quickly identify which colours you want

If I was starting from scratch id go with the the smaller/taller one on the right as i takes up less space and is less cumbersome than the wider/shorter one on the left (Ok it doesnt hold as many so you may need more…)

bobspruster19 Apr 2018 3:05 p.m. PST

The craft paint…carousels?….you can find at Michael's or A C Moore might be more practical. Use a coupon or wait for a sale. I have one, does it's job.

McWong7319 Apr 2018 3:23 p.m. PST

Use them. They're cheaper than the ones sold as hobby accessories, and are identical. Got a walk mounted one used as a ship display, perfect.

Gokiburi19 Apr 2018 6:07 p.m. PST

I got one of these: link a few years back, It holds about 75 dropper bottles comfortably, and a bit more if you stagger them. I'm happy with it, and it was way cheaper than some of the other options I'd looked into.
Although buying it did make my amazon recommendations a bit weird for a while. laugh

Oberlindes Sol LIC19 Apr 2018 6:09 p.m. PST

I just use a plastic storage container whose lid was lost long ago.

Ivan DBA19 Apr 2018 6:12 p.m. PST

Plastic tiered spice racks are similar, I got some very cheaply at Walmart a few years ago.

Weddier19 Apr 2018 6:41 p.m. PST

Check with local cosmetics sellers, they often change displays and just throw out the old ones. The amount of plastic displays, sheet plastic in multiple thicknesses and foam core signage disposed of by department stores is staggering.

Grelber19 Apr 2018 10:05 p.m. PST

I got a lipstick holder from The Container Store. It looked good, but when I took it home, my Vallejo and Reaper paints barely fit in the lipstick holes. When I took one out to use it, it was stuck so firmly that I picked up the whole tray. It went back to the store. Moral: Bring a jar of paint along when you go shopping for a paint rack.


Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2018 1:44 p.m. PST

Carousels have big footprints and hard-to-access interior spaces. Tall, minimal divisions, if any, and shallow shelves are best if you want to maximize painting space.

ced110621 Apr 2018 6:49 a.m. PST

I accidentally bought a lipstick holder as well for paints. Turns out they work even better to hold brushes!

My paints just go into the organizer with the drawers for nuts and bolts. Works great!

TamsinP23 Apr 2018 2:35 a.m. PST

Nail polish stands will fit most 60ml/2oz craft paint bottles, about 8 or 9 per tier if I remember from when I was doing a terrain project. For Vallejo type dropper bottles you can generally get 13 per tier but it's a tight fit.

PaulRPetri23 Apr 2018 2:36 p.m. PST

Bless you Sgt. Slag I bought one from Amazon arrived today it is a dream! I ordered two others to round out my painting table! It fits Ral Partha and standard craft paints easily and valejo has plenty of room. Thanks for the tip!!


PaulRPetri23 Apr 2018 2:37 p.m. PST

This is the one I got.


Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2018 8:16 p.m. PST

I picked up the wire carousel paint bottle holder, from Michael's, several years ago. I thought it would be a dream… No, it isn't, at least, not a great dream. It shows me the bottoms of the bottles, not the labels. The liquid paint, showing through the bottom of the bottles, is not very true to the color of the paint. I find it very disappointing. When I pull a bottle out of it, they tend to catch on the wires. Overall, I find it very disappointing. I find that spinning the wire carousel is not as satisfactory as I had hoped it would be. It takes up a large footprint, on the countertop, more than I expected, as well.

The nail polish racks will present the front of the bottles to me, and I believe they will allow me to pick up the bottles much easier than the wire rack does. Thank you, PaulRPetri, for your input on the rack you ordered from I think I will order a couple of those racks, myself! Cheers!

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