Have you ever seen a plastic cabinet makeover? I'm not sure when or why they made plastic radio consoles. Maybe someone in your family had one years and years ago?
Do you remember this haul from last month at the Hardin County Habitat Restore?
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Plastic Cabinet Makeover Tutorial
Begin Cabinet Makeover with Primer
Make Necessary Repairs
After priming, I decided I should remove this lower shelf, it was really too low to the bottom.
I patched, sanded and patched again.
Then, I decided I was going to leave this piece the original gray diy chalk paint, but paint the inside white. I didn’t want to remove this shelf – I’ll figure something out.
I’m thinking for this plastic cabinet makeover, I need to add shelves. The sides of this piece were probably speakers, as there were no doors.
I also made a little frame—faux door for the sides.
The plastic cabinet makeover is coming right along, eh? Here you can see that I painted each side white and you can see the cleats that I installed to hold up the new shelves I made.
Install Chicken Wire to Plastic Cabinet Faux Doors
It’s time for some chicken wire! I attached it with my staple gun.
Because chicken wire drives me crazy, I decided to cut some pieces to help hold the chicken wire in place.
I painted the newly cut pieces of luan and tested to make sure they would work, and allow me to insert the faux doors into the sides of the plastic cabinet.
uh oh! I painted the frames and luan pieces on a gloomy day. The next day when I was putting it all together to do a dry fit, I immediately noticed I had used the WRONG shade of gray! ugh! I had to take the little luan piece off, remove the chicken wire and repaint all of those pieces.
Time To Wax the DIY Chalk Paint
While that paint was drying I started waxing the DIY chalk paint. I used ASCP soft wax (clear) with my NEW best friend. Let me introduce you to the HomeRight AutoRight car buffer! I used this thick soft applicator sponge to apply the wax.
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The thick soft applicator sponge is great for getting into the recessed areas!
After allowing the wax to set up, I used this blue bonnet to polish the wax. It was quick, and easy to use. This buffer is battery operated, and the battery lasted through this whole project. I also like to use a clean white applicator sponge to buff.
I store my waxing sponge in a plastic bag. I’ve used it on several projects besides this plastic cabinet makeover.
Here is the console/cabinet all finished up, with shelves, but without the little faux chicken wire doors.
Plastic Cabinet Makeover Complete
With the little faux doors. The are easily removable if the new owner isn’t fond of chicken wire, but I think they are perfect for the plastic cabinet makeover!!!
This is how I dealt with the ugly shelf. I covered it with gray and white chevron fabric, using spray adhesive to attach the fabric.
I think this piece can be very versatile and used in many ways.
It amazes me how a piece of plastic furniture can be changed up with some paint, wax, and chicken wire!
I really love the color, do you? How would you use it?
I've also painted a Plastic Dresser Mirror
Another Plastic Mirror
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.