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Before and After : Repainting Cheap Old Plastic Junk

October 11, 2011

I will be the first to tell you that my kids don’t have a ton of toys. Sure, by global standards, they have so many.  But compared to most kids I know, they have very few – and I keep getting rid of more.  I especially can’t stand plastic crap and toys gender-marketed by throwing up pink all over everything that little girls are “supposed” to love.  But, every so often, I come across a deal that’s too good to resist.  That’s what happened here, so I decided to see what we could do and figured that if it didn’t work out, we could drop it off at Salvation Army.

At a recent big consignment sale, I found this baby center – old and plastic, but it would serve a good purpose and  it at least meets the criteria of being used if it’s going to be cheap plastic junk.  Weird stickers and random fading colors, but I knew the kids would love it, especially the part where the top comes off and there’s not only a changing table/crib for their babies, there’s also a bathtub!

I remembered seeing a post somewhere about someone renewing outdoor toys with plastic paint, so I figured it was worth a shot. I headed to Home Depot and bought some spray paint for plastics, used some Goo Gone to get the stickers off, gave it a good cleaning with soap and water and a Magic Eraser for the tough spots, then we took turns spray painting a few coats when we had a minute.  It took a few coats, but they dried quickly and evenly.

Before:

After:

Perfection? No.  But definitely better looking since it will live in our main living space.  Only time will tell how the paint actually holds up.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2011 2:05 pm

    Wow! That makes such a huge difference! Who knew you could paint plastic?

  2. October 11, 2011 2:06 pm

    P.S. – Your post title had me at ‘Before and After’. I am a sucker for before & after photos/stories!

  3. October 11, 2011 6:02 pm

    Wow, what a difference! I didn’t know you could paint over plastic like that. What a great way to renew something. I am sure your kids will love it.

  4. October 11, 2011 8:43 pm

    Hmm you have my mind working away…

  5. Alicia permalink
    October 18, 2011 10:01 am

    Thanks for this post! We recieved an old outdoor plastic Spring Horse. The paint is flaking off badly. I have wondered how to go about painting it. Your post is helping to get me motivated.

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