Monday, September 9, 2013

Pimped Out Big Wheel, Evil Knievel Style

My son is a huge, HUGE motorcycle lover. He loves all things motorcycle from the motorcycle all the way down to the helmet and gloves. He calls them momo's and it's the cutest thing in the world. That's why when my grandparents were visiting this summer and saw this big wheel at the thrift store for only $5 they had to snatch it right up for him.


As you can see he loved it from the first moment he saw it. He didn't even want to get off of it to go swimming and that's saying something! 
I had taken a couple of pics while I was washing it but for the life of me I cannot find them. I have scoured about 300 hundred pics looking for them and have come to the conclusion that they are just gone. So this is the only before pic I have. 
The big wheel wasn't in terrible shape, just well used by the child before Jake. Lots of sun fading, peeling stickers, etc. Well after reading about other bloggers "pimping" out their child's ride on toys, I happily jumped on the band wagon. I actually couldn't find any big wheels that had been redone, only the Little Tikes buggy type cars, so I sat around for a while trying to come up with a few ideas. 
I finally decided that Evil Knievel's motorcycle would best suit both Jakey and the big wheel. 


So after googling some images I got right to work.




 First I taped, bagged, and painted. I painted the headlight silver, but it doesn't show up well in the photos. I followed the painting up with some vinyl stickers I ordered on ebay and cut into shape for the red and blue stripes, as well as the stars. 








Total cost of the makeover was less than ten bucks. I bought the vinyl on ebay and cut it myself which was about $4 with free shipping. The can of spray paint I bought at Lowes for $3.99. Not a bad deal for a $5 big wheel. 
And of course Jakey loves it.










6 comments:

  1. Wow, What a transformation! Great idea!

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    1. Thanks, it feels brand new again and best of all the kiddo loves it!

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  2. Great job on the transformation by the way! You are super creative!!!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words!!! So happy to have you following along with me! :)

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  3. That's awesome Mel!! I have a question... I got a free Radio flyer wagon with the wood rail. The problem is someone painted it a mustard yellow! They left the logo unpainted but the logo has an unflattering box of red and sloppy mustard yellow border. Any suggestions on how I can scrape the paint off and repainting the beautiful red without harming the original logo? Thanks!

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    1. I would say painters tape and some sanding are your best friend. Be sure when taping the logo to use an exacto knife to get a good fit and that it's really taped down, you can tape the logo before sanding and lightly sand the areas around the tape. I would sand as much of the paint off as possible. I would use a low grit paper such as 80. Then I would buy a spray paint primer+paint (Rustoleum, valspar, any of these are good and cost under five bucks at Lowes, Home depot, etc.) and spray to my heart's content. Let dry for 24 hours and you're good to go. Let me know if you have questions?

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