I've had a few DIYs that have gotten "out there" quite a bit, but I think that the most popular one has been my wood-grain laptop skin (see it
). I've had TONS of questions and comments about it and (most) people loved it, which I was touched by!
So why am I revisiting this craft... with a PC? I mean, obviously, I'm a Mac girl. Through and through.
Well, my old G4 was running at snail speed. It has for a long time. My husband has fixed it and fixed it and fixed it again, but in the end it's just a laptop and you can't exect these things to last forever. But walking into an Apple store and shelling out a thousand bucks for a new one is just not a option at the moment. Then, a family membergave this PC to my husband (they were just going to throw it away, but they knew that he can fix, well...anything!). Not only did he getting working really well (like, lightyears better then my laptop) but he got and installed the Mac operating system on it (he purchased it, of course!). Woo hoo!
So maybe it's not pretty like an Apple would be but hey, it works waaaaay better. But it needed a nice makeover, so I figured I'd take this opportunity to make sure things were crystal clear and give you some new inspiration for how easily you can transform an old/scratched up laptop!
Start by cutting out a piece of contact paper a little larger then your actual laptop, then adhere it, being careful to smooth out bubbles as you go (it's pretty easy to do just with your hand by sliding your hand across it as you lay it down. Contact paper is pretty easy to peel off, so if you don't get it the first time just pull it up and try again).
For all of the cut-outs I used this method - using just your fingernail (a bone-folder is really handy too, if you have one!) "outline" all of your cutouts by gently pressing around those areas to show the lines underneath. Then just using an X-acto knife you can follow these lines and easily peel up those cut-outs.
The rounded corners are definitely the hardest part, but are really not bad at all if you just take your time and go slowly. At this point I thought about leaving it like this, but you could still kind of tell that there's a logo hiding under there so I decided to cut that out too.
I used the same method to cut out the logo. Like I said, just take your time and you'll be fine!
The interior is a tought spot, but certainly do-able! Use the same method as above. When you lay it down it's tricky to get it totally bubble free, but don't worry about those areas (like the keyboard) that you'll be cutting out. Just be extra gentle when working around the track pad. Take your time with all those funky little places you have to cut out and you'll be great!
Isn't it a little bit trippy to see Mac running on a PC? hehe! I love my husband!
I would love to see the results of anyone trying this!
Hope you're all having a great weekend:)