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Update Old Cameras With Paint for Fresh Room Decor

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As yard sale season begins, here is a tip for those of you who like to upcycle and redo: Buy those old film-only cameras that are broken or scratched and make them into something fresh and insteresting for that bookshelf now holding an eReader and no books!
Time: 3 Hours Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy
  • update old cameras with paint for fresh room decor, crafts, home decor, painting, repurposing upcycling
This is the finished product minus the straps - in the next picturethey have the straps clipped on........I just washed them with a load of towels and they came out very nice.
  • update old cameras with paint for fresh room decor, crafts, home decor, painting, repurposing upcycling
While I had a specific color scheme in mind but did not have those colors. I did have three parts of cans leftover from other projects: Raspberry, Watermelon, and Ballet Slipper - so I went for the "Ombre" look!
  • update old cameras with paint for fresh room decor, crafts, home decor, painting, repurposing upcycling
I bought all of these at yards sales last weekend for a total cost of $7. They were very dusty and dirty so, using a toothbrush and dish soap I scrubbed them up and let them dry overnight........P.S. - there was actual film in the front one that appeared to have 7 of the 12 exposures taken. I'm going to get it developed just because I must see what's on it!
  • update old cameras with paint for fresh room decor, crafts, home decor, painting, repurposing upcycling
You must use Primer for Plastic on these first. I have seen others on Pinterest and Etsy where the black of the camera bleeds through making it look amateurish to me. They are charging $15 - $20 each for these little cameras - the big polaroid ones are upwards of $50! Just be sure to let the Primer completely dry before starting on the top coat - I did 3.

Got a question about this project?

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I New York, NY

    What an awesome idea!!

  • Lucy Peroni
    Lucy Peroni Houston, TX

    I love this. What kind of paint do you use?

    • Kitchen Kelli
      Kitchen Kelli Norman, OK

      @Lucy Peroni Thank you! Just regular Krylon paint but only after putting on the Primer for Plastics - that's really important so the colored paint will adhere to the camera well!

  • Shelley
    Shelley Beaumont, TX

    Do let us know what is on the film! : )

  • Patricia W
    Patricia W Eugene, OR

    I used Ballet slipper for a sweet lamp for my baby granddaughters room! So soft and lovely!

    • Kitchen Kelli
      Kitchen Kelli Norman, OK

      @Patricia W Beautiful color, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by!

  • M
    M Nashua, NH

    too bad u didn't love them for what they were expected something classy

    • Kitchen Kelli
      Kitchen Kelli Norman, OK

      @Moli I agree except they were scratched and not taken care of well - the paint (at least to me) spruced them up a bit.

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