The Mani Cave: Still workin’ the basics

First…big day today…Victoria of the Manicurator and I have launched a massive giveaway! Click the graphic in the sidebar to see the prizes and learn how to enter! Okay…on to the weekly Mani Cave update…

This past week, Mr. Workplaypolish and I started to install wainscoting around the perimeter of The Mani Cave (well, really HE started installing it and I popped in occasionally to tell him how awesome it looked). It may not seem like we got much done, but really we are light years ahead of where I thought we’d be (notice the use of the term “we”…I’ve officially declared this a family project). Before I show you our progress…here’s a shot of The Mani Cave carnage I’ve got going on right now. If you know me, then you know that this mess makes my head spin around on my shoulders!

The Mani Cave Week 2 (work / play / polish)

So…ta da! Below is a photo of the hubby’s handiwork. We don’t have the trim up yet. We’re going to reinstall the six inch baseboard. For the chair rail, we bought special trim that has a lip which rests on the wainscoting. I love how the white looks against the navy!

The Mani Cave Week 2 (work / play / polish)

And here is an intentionally vague shot of my polish shelving experiment. We attached the secret contraption to the wall in a place that will be covered up later anyway. I piled on the guinea pigs (Butter LONDONs…sorry guys) and we’ve been slamming doors and jumping and using the nail gun (not all at once, of course) to see if the polish falls off the shelf. So far, so good. But more on that in a later post.

The Mani Cave Week 2 (work / play / polish)

I’ve also started looking at accessories. I love this signage. I think I’m going to order a canvas print of it with navy letters instead of black. And of course I’ll find a place for my shadow box containing my mother’s vintage Zoya polish. If you don’t know the story about the polish…you can read about the mystery here and about the Zoya Fairies solving the mystery here.

So in the coming week, I hope to complete the wainscoting task (fill in nail holes, sand, paint). There are not enough hours in the day!!

If you have any killer ideas that you’d love to see in The Mani Cave of your dreams…let’s hear em’! (side note: I resisted buying The Mani Cave it’s own small pink feathered Christmas tree.)

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  1. Marion says:

    love the room! Mr WPP has done an awesome job! (You down with WPP? Yeah, you know me.) :)

  2. This is looking great! We don’t have a mani cave, but we have A LOT of projects around the house. I’m inspired. About the tree . . . you could probably make one inexpensively with Styrofoam, a glue gun, and a feather boa. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  3. I think you’ve made leaps and bounds of progress (well, Mr. Workplaypolish). I hope you enjoyed Cheeto eating while you project managed and why in the world would you pass on a pink feathered Christmas tree?! :)

  4. manicurator says:

    J.E.A.L.O.U.S. Looks gorgeous!

  5. Yay you’re getting there! It looks awesome!

    I’ve nominated you for a Sunshine Award… You’re such a inspiration. So you deserve it!
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  6. Jen says:

    I’m really excited to see the finished mani cave, and I’m super jealous that you even have one in the first place. :P I love that sign, too!

  7. Krystan says:

    This is so cool! I am in the process of buying a house and I have the polish room all picked out! My boyfriend has built me 2 giant racks and I have already ran out of room so I asked for 2 more. It’s so much fun to have a room dedicated to things we love completely.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Go to and look at the back bar displays and floating wall shelves for some neat ideas for displaying your polish!

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