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How To Easily Paint Your Computer Case

We love not having to spend money on new things. Learn how you can redo your old laptop case using paint instead of purchasing a new one.

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Can you paint your computer case?

Yes, you can and we will show you how in this post. My pink laptop case had some wear and tear on it. You can see that the pink was very dirty from just rubbing on the edges of my bag. If I were to buy a new plastic laptop case, I would definitely get a darker one and one with a pattern. 

Recently I purchased this one for a new computer we have and absolutely loved the design. Therefore, I thought why not be inspired by this abstract artwork and create a version of my own with paint?

acrylic paint with two brushes on old laptop case before being painted

Can I paint my laptop case with acrylic?

Yes, we used acrylic paint like this bottle. I would not recommend using the cheapest kind, but a medium of the road paint quality will work.

No need to use the highest artistic quality paints.

The most important part about painting your plastic laptop case is to make sure you clean it really well. We used a green rough sponge to help rough up the surface well. Here is my specific laptop case model in case you want to compare the surface we painted on and the one you will be painting.

If you are really nervous about the paint sticking to the cover you could use fine sandpaper or even a deglosser to really get the paint to adhere. The acrylic paint seems to be sticking just fine on my cover.

What do you use to seal the laptop case?

hand holding sparkle mod podge over diy painted computer case

You can use mod podge to help seal your laptop case. Painting in thin layers and allowing time to dry is the best method. You can even decide to add a little sparkle to our Macbook case by using this Mod Podge

Sealing acrylic paint with Mod Podge sure works well and this painting idea can even be used when doing DIY baby helmet decorating or using dishwasher-safe Mod Podge on our nail polish mugs.

Abstract Art Ideas

  • Color block out large areas first with lighter colors
  • Keep adding organic shapes
  • Blend in darker paints for a more dimensional feel
  • Add small lines, dots and shapes with a small brush
  • Repeat shapes and lines in different areas to create balance 
  • Other cool laptop case painting ideas
  • Landscapes with simple shapes
  • Blended colors (think ombre effect)
  • Simple floral designs
  • Graffiti name design
  • Geometric shapes
  • Use painter’s tape to create a more geometric abstract design

There are so many different cool laptop cases out there that you can just “shop” and be inspired like we were. We also were considering trying to do a spray paint hydro dip on our old case, like our fun painted flower pot idea. We still may do that to a different case in the near future!

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How To Paint A Laptop Case

Step 1: Clean Case

Clean the areas using the rough side of a sponge with soap and water (green sponges are our go-to).

Let fully dry before starting to paint.

green sponge clean computer case cover

Step 2: Use Acrylic Paint

Begin designing with acrylic paint. We did an abstract-type design inspired by this cover we were thinking of buying. 

4 different images of paint on laptop case.

Step 3: Add More Details With Paint

Consider flipping the brush over to get dots and let the paint fully dry.

4 images of details being painted on laptop case with paint.

Step 5: Add Clear Coat

Once the paint is fully dry, you will use a small foam brush to add a layer of Mod Podge.

foam brush applying sparkle mod podge to painted laptop case.

Step 6: Apply 2-3 More Layers Of Mod Podge

Let each layer dry in between and use the foam brush to add another layer for extra protection. If your case feels a little sticky, place it outside to dry. This happens when you do not let the Mod Podge or paint fully dry.

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Do you like creating fun and unique DIY art pieces?

Check out our super simple DIY word canvas project and amazing large rainbow string art. We love when art projects are easy enough for all!

Painted laptop case on computer stand with green chair in the background

We hope you love your new painted laptop case.

How To Paint a Computer Case

5 from 2 votes
Learn how you can makeover your old laptop cover into a unique piece of art. Save money by painting what you have with this fun and easy painting idea.
Print Tutorial
cool abstract painting on laptop case
Prep:5 minutes
Active Time:15 minutes
Additional Time:25 minutes
Total Time:45 minutes


  • Green Sponge
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Palette or plate
  • Foam Brush


  • Clean the areas using the rough side of a sponge with soap and water (green sponges are our go-to).
    green sponge clean computer case cover
  • Begin designing with acrylic paint. We did an abstract type design inspired by this cover we were thinking of buying. 
    Pink and green acrylic painted shapes on laptop cover
  • Once layers of paint are dry, apply a layer of Mod Podge. We chose sparkle Mod Podge because we had it and thought it might be fun. But any clear coat would work. 
    foam brush applying sparkle mod podge
  • Let dry and apply at least 2-3 coats of Mod Podge. You want the layers to be dry.
    painted laptop case with abstract design sitting on DIY desk.



  • Place your laptop case outside in between layers of Mod Podge to help them dry quickly.
  • Paint your design going from general to specific and light to dark colors.
  • Have fun and create awesome artwork!
Author: Erin Nutter
Cost: under $5

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  1. 5 stars
    This was SUPER helpful!!

    1. Hi Mary. My laptop case is still going strong! I hope you love your painted case!