I got a cute little Lenovo ideapad a year ago with the intent to redecorate it like the baddest-ass steampunk netbook you ever did saw.
After a couple aborted efforts with veneer and some gold leafing, I switched to wood-grained vinyl, a sweet gear-patterned decal that I found on etsy, and added some silver-leafed gears and dichroic glass cabs. It didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped, but I learned a lot while I did this and have some great ideas for what I'm going to do for the next iteration...and, oh, there will be more steampunkish netbooks coming out of my studio! But I'll admit, my little Magpie is quite cute and inspiring to work on.
Completed book - lid:
Completed book - inside!
The "Before" photo - with a Diet Coke can so you can get a sense of scale, here.
The keys, when I was making them. I used some nice double-sided sticky graphic paper and metal leaf, and drew all of the lettering, etc. by hand. They're not perfect, but I like it that way.
Profile-view of the finished book:
Thanks for looking! I'm hoping my friends will like this little guy so much that they'll let me practice and trick out their laptops, too.