This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Plasti Dip. All opinions are 100% mine.
We are a total Do-It-Yourself kind of family, so when my son started Kindergarten this year, he asked if he could have a new bedroom to celebrate. Since our youngest baby is still sleeping in our room for the foreseeable future, we decided to go ahead and set him up in the nursery. We dug out our old queen sized bed for him to help him sleep better (he was on a fold out cot before!), and I decided to make over a set of old beat up bedside tables into something funky I knew he would love. I used Plasti Dip air-dry specialty rubber coating to upcycle these ugly brown tables into a pearlescent orange masterpiece fit for a five year old!
For this project, I needed very few supplies, most of which I had on hand.
- 2 old bedside tables
- large pieces of cardboard or plastic (for catching overspray)
- painters tape
- Plasti Dip in Pumpkin Spice (get yours at Amazon)
- Plasti Dip in Crisp White
- Plasti Dip Pearlizer
To begin, I set the tables on a large piece of cardboard in my back yard. The directions say not to go in direct sunlight, so I made sure to place them in the shady part of the yard. Since this project was done over two days, I had to move the tables every so often to keep them out of the sun.
Next, I removed the drawers from the tables and used my screwdriver to remove the handles from the fronts. Make sure you screw the screws back into the handle and set them somewhere safe while you work so that everything can be put back where it belongs at the end.
Next I used the Plasti Dip in Pumpkin Spice to lightly spray the sides and fronts of each table with a thin layer of paint. Because of the color of the original veneer, the color was difficult to see until I’d built up several layers of paint over several hours.
I also sprayed the fronts of the drawers, and here is where I tripped up a bit. I sprayed a little too much and ended up with drips, which did not look so good. Thankfully, even though Plasti Dip presents like a spray paint, it’s actually way better. It is totally peelable off most surfaces when it dries! That means if you make a mistake, you can just peel it off and start again. I’m not proud to say that I had to do this a few times as I got used to working with it.
I even had my husband lend a hand when I was tired of bending over the low tables!
For these particular tables, I had to be sure to cover the sides, front, tops AND inside. But since I knew a drawer would cover the top half of the inside, I only painted halfway up – basically to the rails. I also switched out the colors halfway through, using the Crisp White for the inside and the top. I felt like the pumpkin color was making the drawers a little too vibrant for my son’s room, and I wanted to tone it down a little bit.
Once I was happy with the paint job, I used the Pearlizer, which is one of Plasti Dip’s three enhancers, to give the entire project a beautiful pearly finish. The result was beautiful!
Depending on the light, the tables glisten and shine in a soft orange or pearly white. They look so elegant, which is amazing for something that started so ugly!
With one on each side of his bed, he has the ability to use these for storage or to enhance the decor. Currently, he has books on one side and some toys on the other. I actually thought about trading out the handles on the drawers, but I wasn’t sure it needed it!
I really love the tops of the tables, as they aren’t just a boring flat white. They look very shimmery and pretty, which my son says makes him feel like he’s in a story. I love that!
One of the best things is that these tables were sort of pitted and pock-marked with deep scratches in the wood. The Plasti Dip filled in the dents and made it look brand new! And since it protects against moisture, acids, abrasion, corrosion and skipping/slipping, I know they’ll be safe with my crazy kid.
Plasti Dip provides a comfortable control grip and a sort of rubberized texture that remains flexible and stretchy over time. It comes in 7 colors and 3 enhancers, including:
- Crisp White
- Lemon Yellow
- Tin Roof Red
- Pumpkin Spice
- Midnight Black
- Gulf Coast Blue
- Gator Green
- Glossifier Enhancer
- Silver Metalizer Enhancer
- White Pearlizer Enhancer
I have a TON of ideas for crafts that I want to try out now that I have used Plasti Dip a few times. It’s so fun and simple, and it’s GREAT for beginners who are just learning how to spray because it is so forgiving of mistakes. The only warning I would give is that this stuff is NOT food safe. So don’t use it on things you’d put in your mouth or in a dishwasher. Other than that, the sky is the limit! I can’t recommend it enough.
Katie Reed is a passionate writer and mother of four vivacious boys from Salt Lake City, Utah. Drawing from her own journey through TTC, pregnancy, and the joys of raising children, she offers a wealth of insight into the world of motherhood. Beyond her heartfelt tales, Katie delights her readers with family-friendly recipes, engaging crafts, and a curated library of printables for both kids and adults. When she’s not penning her experiences, you’ll find her crafting memories with her husband and sons—Dexter, Daniel, Chester, and Wilder.