Painted Retro Telephone

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I found this old phone for free at the dump and immediately had to give it a colorful makeover.

painted retro phone

There’s probably not much need for actual *instructions* to this DIY but I’ll give you an overview of what I did if you promise to send me pictures of anything similar if you do one yourself!

Step 1: Take apart the phone

I had to look this one up on YouTube to figure out how to separate the top of the phone from the back of the phone. There were a few small screws involved but also some release tabs (that I ended up breaking anyways…)

take apart the phone

This probably seems obvious, but take lots of pictures to help you remember where everything goes and save all the small parts.

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save small parts of phone

Prep the Phone

I made sure to wipe the phone clean first and then gave it a base coat of this KILZ primer.

prime the phone first

Add Color and Paint the Phone

Paint pens would probably work, but I had an assortment of thin craft brushes so just used those and basic craft paint. In general, I didn’t have any plans for this other than using my favorite colors and trying to stagger the patterns etc. I started with a color block and then added the details.

painting the colorful phone

I’m calling this phone “retro” even though, to me, this is just… a phone. But given that most houses don’t have a corded phone, I figured it’s probably safer just to consider it old rather than pretend I’m not that old.

painted retro phone
retro painted phone
painting a retro phone with colorful craft paint

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