Monday, October 15, 2012

Cozy Coupe Makeover

I wanted to share with you a fun little project that I worked on over the past week, with Tyson "helping" me in the afternoons while Miles napped.

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe to John Deere Tractor Makeover

We had an old faded Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, like many other families with toddlers, that had a couple broken parts and needed a bit of revitalization.

Enter Pinterest, with all of its cool Cozy Coupe makeovers, and the seed was firmly planted in my head to "upcycle" ours.

It looked more faded in person, I promise you

I hadn't seen any that were made-over to look like a John Deere tractor, but I thought that would be perfect for Miles, our tractor lover. Tyson also loves the color green, so even though he is almost too big for the Cozy Coupe, it's a win-win situation for both kids!

This past week was warm enough but windy, so we had to pick and choose our days to work on this spray painting project. I chose the Rust-Oleum colors Meadow Green and Sun Yellow (in gloss), which are suitable for plastic/outdoor use, along with a clear gloss top coat.

First I took everything apart - there are only two screws, so it was simple enough. Tyson and I took buckets of dish soap and water outside and scrubbed it all down.

The next day, I tied grocery bags around the tires to cover them, laid down my drop cloth, and got to spray painting. After doing a couple coats, I ended up using the whole can of green and most of the yellow.

After spraying on the top coat, putting it back together, and adding the John Deere decals that I found on Etsy, it was complete!

The paint is already chipping in a few places, like where the door opens, but I'm happy with the finished product and more importantly, so are the boys.

What a good model!

 When Miles woke up and saw it, he yelled, "YOU MADE ME A TRACTOR!!"

And there you have it, the simple Cozy Coupe to John Deere Tractor Makeover.

It sure is worth it making these little people happy. ;-)

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  1. I was wondering what kind of screw driver did you use to remove the screws? I am buying one on craigslist, but need to break it down to fit into my car first.

    1. Hi Catherine,
      I just used a regular Phillips screwdriver. A drill made things go faster, but wasn't necessary. Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!


  2. Hi!

    This looks amazing! :) Did you only have to use the two cans in the end? I'm going out to buy spray paint for a Batman Cozy Coupe makeover for my son and I want to make sure I've bought enough!

    1. Hi Kerry!
      I do recall wishing I had a bit more paint, although I got by with one of each color. Plus the Rustoleum 2x cover really does help. If you're doing black for Batman, you might want to pick up an extra can. :) Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  3. can you tell me what seller you purchased your decals from and what size are they?

    1. Unfortunately the Etsy seller, 3BGrafix, appears to no longer have a shop open. But the decals are 6" square. Hope that helps!

  4. Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me how the paint has held up? I'm thinking of using the same type of paint and want to know if it stays on well. Thanks.

  5. Hi Sandi, it's still holding up pretty well. A few chips on the door and where it rubs against the body of the car when it closes, but nothing major! :)

  6. Love this....have my parts drying in back yard nownow. Fyi- don't try Krylon for plastic spray paint....terrible, terrible. Rustoleum 2x like shown above works fantastic. Tried to cut corners and use what I had...big mistake. No fear though rustoleum covered like a charm 1 can of each.

    1. Good to know! Thank you and good luck with your Cozy Coupe Makeover!!


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