But the pink could stay. I was not too hip on the shocking color of this item, but hey I got it for nothing on our local Freecycle. If you have not discovered this in your local community it is a moderated yahoo group where you can request or give away items you no longer have a use for.
It keeps stuff out of the landfill and builds community. I have gotten many needed items for our house this way and it cost me nothing.
I took a risk on this item as we had to drive clear to another town and pick it up. I was unsure if it would be worth it in the end. The final result is stunning. I hope the Kaz princess learns to use it and we don't end up having to give it away ourselves too soon. I was inspired by a sun faded Cozy Coupe I saw on another creative mom blog. She spray painted it all black and stenciled colorful flames on the sides-very cool! I have used way too much spray paint this summer for other projects so I decided I had to work with the original paint color. Spray paint is toxic and wasteful so I only use it as a last result.
First I removed all Disney princess stickers and painted over what could not be peeled off. I decided to keep the plastic basket as it is hard to remove and will withstand a tip over unlike a nice wicker one. I did dress it up with a bright sash and some embellishments. Some colorful ribbons on the handle bar and new stickers was all it took to complete the look. I think I spent about two hours on the project and spent maybe two dollars for supplies. Carbon footprint evaluation- I get a gold star for recycling a toy and keeping it out of the dump. Most of the supplies I had on hand so there was no need to be a consumer for this project. I get a lump of coal for having to use gas and drive several miles to get it. Beep Beep and away she goes!