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DIY: Glossy White 'Faux Mac' Monitor

Last week my husband got a great deal on a refurbished LCD monitor for my office and suggested I paint it white - so I did, and it turned out remarkably well! I've been dreaming of a sleek white Mac monitor for some time but it's just not in my budget, so a homemade white monitor is the next best thing. Here's what I did:

Poor Man's Mac Monitor How-To:

Step 1: Cut a piece of plastic into a rectangle just slightly smaller than your LCD screen. Use high-quality painter's tape to tape the plastic to the monitor, masking it off completely. Be carefully not to push down too hard or scratch the monitor with your nails. Use the masking tape to cover any outlets, buttons or vents.

Step 2: Cover your work area with a tarp and prop your monitor up on something sturdy (I used a paint can). Use steel wool to scuff up the surface of your monitor, then wipe clean, to help the paint stick. Use spray paint to cover the entire monitor using two or three light coats. I used Rust-Oleum Universal Advanced Formula Paint & Primer In One in Gloss White purchased at Home Depot.

Step 3: Once the paint is dry to the touch, remove the tape. Then let the paint dry overnight or 24 hours before using it. The result: A superaffordable glossy white monitor that adds a chic, feminine touch to your home office!
That is awesome!! Hey, why couldn't you make it white? :-)

Awesome DIY!
#1 Kat (Homepage) on 2012-06-06 16:34 (Reply)
Thanks Kat! My photos don't quite do it justice but spray paint today has really improved, looks profesh.
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2012-06-06 18:21 (Reply)
This looks soooo good! I am really tempted to try it, although I think I would probably tape the heck out of the screen! Looks so much better than the black.
#2 Amber ~ Real Girl Glam (Homepage) on 2012-06-06 19:25 (Reply)
This is fabulous! So smart. I would have never thought to paint electronic equipment.
#3 Madeline (Homepage) on 2012-06-06 19:56 (Reply)
Ohmygosh, that's so chic! I never would've guessed that you could safely paint and use star to your hubby for that one!
#4 The Dazzling Diva (Homepage) on 2012-06-08 20:16 (Reply)
Did the spray paint get into the "holes" at the back of the monitor?
#5 Claire on 2016-10-11 08:53 (Reply)
It didn't get into any areas which could compromise the functionality of the monitor, which is good! :-)
#5.1 The Budget Babe on 2016-10-12 07:38 (Reply)
How did you keep the paint from getting in the areas such as ports or vents?
#6 Susan on 2021-08-12 21:17 (Reply)
I think I used masking tape. This was a while ago and I no longer have the monitor so I can't actually recall...maybe I left the back black since it was against a wall and wouldn't be visible? I definitely would not spray in or near any ports/vents/openings. Hope this helps!
#6.1 Dianna Baros on 2021-08-16 18:08 (Reply)
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