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Thursday, August 7, 2014

From Old Boys Bike into New Girls Bike

Girls bicycles are a little bit pricey, you could easily pay $65 for that.  I am not willing to do it at all.

First because we don't have a budget for that and kids grow like a mushroom! 

My daughter would probably be using that for only 2 hours! Okay, just kidding.  Really they do grow turbo fast!  And that means, she can only enjoy that bicycle for a little bit of time.

So we improvised.
Why not, right?


That means, my son does not need his old bike with training wheels anymore since he's grown into a bigger bike without training wheels.  We are also lucky, because The Mr.'s friend gave his son's old boys bike with bigger wheels to us and our son is pretty happy with it.  

So, my son hand his old boys bike down to his younger sister for it to become a new girls bike.

And we had a turnover ceremony for that... lol!
So here's what I did to transform this bike.

Removed the bell, lights and handle bar pads, then cover up the part of the bike that I don't want to paint with old newspaper and paint tape.
Used a left-over paint from the DIY Kids Travel Tray on this project, after three coats of paint plus clear coat after that, we had this.
While waiting for the paint to dry, I started working on the handle bar pads first.  
Instead of keeping the boyish look of "rock it" handle bar pads, I covered it up with pink and white polka dots decorative tape.

Once the paint was dry, I removed the newspaper and the paint tape, then I had this on the handle bar.
I wasn't worried because I knew it would have that, all I did was cover it up with the same decorative tape that I used for the handle bar pads.
Then I replaced the bell with a horn from my daughter's old trike.
Since my daughter had a sticker book of Minnie Mouse and the pink and white polka dots kind of match the theme.

I went ahead and put some stickers on the bike.
Attached the light back and put some more stickers.
And when we finally let our daughter tried it.

She thought that it was a new bike!
She is pretty happy and excited about it!

And I am too...

it makes me happy that my kids are easy and very simple...

it will make them appreciate when they grow up that what's more important in life is the memory and the journey of it all, rather than how much it is...

What do you think?  

Would you go through all the trouble of doing what I did?

or 

Would you just rather buy it?
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4 comments:

  1. All that matters is she is happy! Great job, Rea!

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    1. she is happy brandi ♥ it makes me happy that my kids are easy and very simple...it will make them appreciate when they grow up that what's more important in life is the memory and the journey of it all, rather than how much it is...

      thanks for stopping by, huggies♥
      rea

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  2. Great idea! I think it was worth upcycling it rather than purchasing a new one. Thanks for linking up to The DIY'ers!

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