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
This plastic cabinet was part of my painting marathon using my diy chalk paint in my HomeRight Finish Max.
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.
This Buffer is now available on Amazon.com
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
Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
WOW! Who would have thought? you could paint plastic! My Grandmother left me her plastic curio/cabinet in the 70's. She also had plastic wall hangings. I'd love to paint the curio/cabinet! It wasn't till 2016 I realized after all these years they were plastic they look so real! I'm going to paint it now! Thank You!
I'm so, so happy you found my painted plastic project so useful! Good luck and have fun. I think it's awesome you still have your grandmother's plastic decor!
Amazing transformation, never heard of a plastic cabinet to my knowledge, it is a gorgeous piece.
Hi it looks amazing! I have a vanity in my bathroom that is not wood but plastic, I dont know what it would be called. I wanted to paint it but was told I couldn't. Can I?
If you don't like it "as is" what do you have to lose? 🙂
I would use chalk paint or my chalky paint primer, doing several light coats, then several light coats of semi-gloss to protect it. It will take about 30 days for ANY painted project to fully cure. Until that point, it may easily scratch off. After that, I think it will be fine.
Hi piece looks great !!! I just bought same finish max sprayer and read to do some chairs and I was wondering if u could share your homemade chalk paint recipe for me ?? Ty steve
Here's the link Steve
Beautiful makeover! I'm fascinated by your ability to see the potential in your projects. Plastic console, I wouldn't have looked twice. Now I think I'm going to challenge myself more when shopping.
It takes time to realize the beauty that is in these old pieces. Generally the prices are low enough that it's worth the chance I take.
I hope you see things as they can be.
How do you access the shelves behind the chicken wire if they aren't real doors? They'd be great places to display a treasure or two but I don't see how you get to that area since there's a divider in the front section.
The chicken wire pieces are basically inserts. You would put your treasures on the shelves, then put the inserts in place, and voila! you're good to go! Of course it wouldn't make sense to put something on the shelves that you want ot get to every day. 😉
I hope that makes sense.
JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose
My jaw is literally dropping... PLASTIC? never heard of that before... and it looks like real wood - fabulous make over! And Love the chicken wire addition!
Wow...looks great. Nice to see that you are able to move around to really start working on things again. Missed your projects.
Did you sand this before you painted? By the I love I too love this project.
I sanded the top slightly because the finish was rough... then I washed it with the hose and left it in the sun to dry.
Thanks for your comment!
I love the shape of this table.
I've seen this as a credenza type cabinet... sans stereo. I have looked for one to redo...but never find one. This one would make a pretty neat buffet... with appetizers or something.
You did a great job... I like the color and you know I love the chicken wire!
I bet the buffer helped ease up on the shoulder a bit?
Linda @ Hello I Live Here
Awesome transformation - I am sure it will be very useful in an entry way or a dining area for extra storage or even as a TV cabinet. Love what you did!
You sure turned that Ugly Duckling into a Swan!!! It looks fabulous and I love the color & the chicken wire.
Oh I like the idea of that buffer! I bet it gives you a better finish as well than hand applied. There you go painting the hardware the same color as the cabinet lol Get the rub n buff back out 🙂
FANTASTIC!! I LOVE THE GRAY! YOUR SHELVES ARE TERRIFIC, THE CHEVRON CLOTH COVER SHELF IS AN UNEXPECTED AND EYE CATCHING FEATURE! YOU ARE A GENIUS!! LOVE YOUR CREATIVITY!!
I love what you did with the cabinet, but I love how you used to AutoRight Polisher even more....I will HAVE to have one of these...buffing and waxing has been killing me lately. You always have such great ideas!
Karen Marie Kedzuch
Where would you buy the AutoRight Buffer? I love the transformation with your talent you made that cabinet useful in a current room.
wow,, i l ove this Gail.. GREAT job, as always. I have the perfect place in my kitchen that I would sit our kitchen tv on and use the bottom part for extra storage in there. Love it!
Love it! Love the tutorial as well.
This looks so good!! I am loving the color and the chicken wire (that stinks you had to re do that part, ugh is right!) You are amazing Gail! The chevron shelf is super cute too! I am glad the buffer can help your shoulder, I hope it quits hurting!
Cher @ Designs by Studio C
Love it! I have a smaller plastic console that looks like it could be a laundry hamper. I paid $2.00 for it at the ReStore, the paid another $1.00 for a piece of shelving that will make the perfect top. I really like the plastic-y furniture - it looks neat and is easy to paint!
Another great project! I agree that this could be used in so many different ways. I think near an entryway would be great - catch keys, hold gloves, etc. I do have a suggestion though... I think I would either replace the door hardware or paint it another color. It seems to get sort of lost - unless of course, that's what you had in mind anyway! Have a blessed day!
Donna in SC
Another favorite! Love how you treated the side areas and the lighter color on the inside! Great re-purpose as always.
Lovely job!! What product did you use to patch, & how do you do it? Thanks:)
It turned out amazing! Chalk paint is my new best friend, loving it 🙂 Nice tip on the auto buffer also, may have to try that one 🙂
Love it. Great job the piece looks amazing.
That looks wonderful; love the color!! I would probably use it as a bar, either coffee or wine.
Wow! Amazing job. I love it.
Julie @ follow your heart woodworking
Great little cabinet... hard to believe it was so plain before.
I can't believe you used the buffer on this! You're going to start a whole new trend for Home Right, without a doubt. The piece looks great!
Love this! Gorgeous. Great color.
Beautiful job on this little piece....love it! That little buffer looks like it worked perfect for this kind of a job!
wow- what a difference! it looks amazing!
It turned out great! I can see it used under a flat screen to store components. Love the car buffer! I have those attachments on one of my orbital sanders...I should try it out. Great idea!
Wow Gail, you sure made this gorgeous! I would never guess it was plastic... I so love gray!
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
What a beautiful transformation! I love the addition of the chicken wire and the way you finished it. Those sharp edges bug me too. And what a fun new toy you have there. I hope it saves some wear and tear on your shoulder!