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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