My Most Ambitious DIY Yet: Frankenputer
This post is about the most ambitious salvage yet! I had a laptop that dropped dead.... So, I was very fortunate that someone I knew was getting ready to dispose of an old Gateway 450ROG laptop. So, after the hard drive was wiped, I was given this. So.... Here's what it looked like, scratched and blah.
I filled in the Gateway logo with the molding putty.
I let it dry and then sanded it and buffed it down.
I sanded and buffed the rest of the top of the laptop. It helps the paint bond better.
Then, down goes an old cardboard box on my deck.
Then, I covered the cardboard with a plastic bag from the local store. I didn't want any spray to go through the gaps.
Then, on went a couple of coats of stone texturing spray paint.
I did a sketch and scanned it into a .jpg, enlarged it and printed out to be a custom stencil.
Then, I cut out parts.......
The red went in the heart cut outs, and some pearly white on the pearls.
I took the stencil off.....
Now, to be adventurous.... free hand filling in the heart more and free hand painting the little heart.
Then, I found a black detailing nail art polish. Outlining with the black makes it look a little like tattoo art.
I found some cute butterfly nail decals. I figured they'd add a little bit to it.
I randomly placed them in the empty space.
I let it all dry a bit, and then added 3 partial bottles of clear nail polish. I want to preserve all that art.
Now, to the insides of the computer... I yanked out the two 256MB of SD RAM and replaced them with 1G of SD RAM. I needed that RAM.... I spent $16, including shipping, from a seller on eBay.
Then, I replaced XP Home Edition with XP Pro. Then, I removed all the unnecessary programs, and added a bunch of stuff I wanted. So.... not bad..... it cost me $6.73 for the paint and putty, and $16 for the SD RAM. Wooo!!! A bargain for a pretty stylish laptop, and a very functional one, too!
Saint Salvage strikes again!!!!