My son is a bit obsessed with playing police. He has a ride on motorcycle, clothes, badges, handcuffs….you name it and he’s probably got it! He dresses up every single day and plays police officer non-stop.
He informed us that every good police officer needs to have a car to drive – not just a motorcycle. His sister had a pink Barbie Mustang sitting in the garage which she rarely used anymore. Garrett (my son) would create his own police stickers and did all he could to make that pink car a bit more masculine (to no avail). So, one day, I mentioned that maybe we could turn that pink car into a police car and he ran with it!
He and his dad got busy going to work. He picked up 2 cans of black spray paint (the kind specially designed to adhere to plastic surfaces). Then, they took it all apart and got busy transforming the color from pink to black!
First, they removed the seat, steering wheel, dashboard, insides and the battery:
Then, they taped off the wheels and got busy spraying:
Once that was done, I took the decals off of the door, dash and other items (carefully peeled them up). Then, sprayed them all black and while it was still wet, pushed the decals back into place (and they dried to the plastic when the paint dried.
Now the car was all black, but he still needed the one feature that all cars have — a light bar. My husband thought about making something out of wood and attaching it, but I thought of something else. I picked up a pool noodle and cut it to the right length so it would fit on the windshield. I then split the back so it could slide on with ease. Finally, I sprayed it red, white and blue – so it looked just like a light bar!
The last detail we needed for the car was decals. I did not want to spend a LOT of money on this at all, so I started to look around on Etsy. I found some older style Little Tikes decals that were sold by a toy store and they ended up working perfectly!!! They ended up costing me around $22 (with shipping), which was less than I was able to find them anywhere else.
The end result was amazing! Our son is beyond thrilled and for less than a total cost of $35 (3 cans of spray paint, decals and a pool noodle), we were done! It really did not take too long for us to do – maybe 3 hours or so from start to finish (not counting drying time).
What do you think?