Saturday, April 21, 2012

Olivia's Love Bug (Cozy Coupe Makeover)

Last week while I was rummaging through the magazines in the recycling center, I found a recent issue of  Family Fun.  In the issue was a picture of a [used] Little Tikes Cozy Coupe car that had been made-over to look like a Mini Cooper.  Since Olivia's birthday was approaching, the wheels in my wee brain started to turn.  Thanks to my little friend Emerson, whose Cozy Coupe days were long-gone, I had a well-loved and used Cozy Coupe in my possession within a day. With a couple cans of spray paint and some vinyl, I transformed the Coupe into a Love Bug for granddaughter, Olivia.

well-loved Cozy Coupe before.....

Olivia's Love Bug

I first primed the car with Valspar plastic spray paint primer and let it dry for 24 hours.
I then applied two coats of Valspar spray paint (frosty berry)
The vinyl decals were cut using my Cricut machine. 

I can hardly believe that my vision for this car turned out as I had hoped and dreamed.

Today, we (Grandma and Grandpa Bozell) attended Olivia's 1st birthday party and presented her with her Love Bug. She seemed to love it. We put her inside and she immediately took to the steering wheel. We pushed her around the house...she was all smiles and so were we.

Birthday party pics to follow soon......

I linked up this project to:



The Shabby Nest


Leasa said...


sweetlittlelife said...

Amazing, Mama. Thank you so much!

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Oh my gosh! Cutest project ever!
What a good Promo for the Cricut! haha
You did a really sweet thing for your granddaughter.
Erica :)

Tresa said...

You are so welcome. It was a joy and my pleasure!

Tresa said...

Thank you so much! I *heart* my Cricut!


Tammy's in Love said...

That is the BEST use of spray paint EVER!!!


Tresa said...

You made me laugh! I could not agree more!

Mimos da Claralú! said...

Wow! Tresa, you really are an artist! Congratulations! It was perfect and beautiful!
It seems like it left the factory or shop!
Hugs and blessings!

Tresa said...


You are so sweet, thank you! This project was so much fun.


The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW PRECIOUS!!!!! Such creativity! Such workmanship! Applause and Appaws from all of us here -- but that smile is simply PRICELESS!!!!!!! : ) thanks for sharing this happy moment!!!! sending tons of pinkalicious hugs!

Tresa said...

Andrea, you are so sweet, thank you! You have made my day.

I can't even begin to tell you how much working on this project meant to me. I agree, the smile was priceless. :)


Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Oh my goodness Tresa, LOVE the love bug! She is so lucky to have you for a grandma! Isn't it amazing the way these grandkids can steal our hearts? I see you are just as smitten with your granddaughter as I am with mine! Just wait till she gets older and you can do all of your hobbies with her - it's so much fun!

Tresa said...

Thank you Julie for the sweet comment. When I saw the pictures of the space you made in your studio for your granddaughter, I got all giddy with excitement over the future with Olivia. I don't want to rush time; I just like thinking about what the future holds. I hope she will be my crafting buddy someday.


Suzan said...

this is absolutly adorable!!!!!! What a great idea

Tresa said...

Hi Suzan!

Nice to hear from you. Thank you. It was such a fun project for me.


Mimos da Claralú! said...

Oh my dear friend, thanks for the sweet words!
You who are very affectionate.
Have a blessed day.

Megan @ Apple House Revival said...

Adorable! What a lucky little girl!

Janet said...

Wow! It's hard to believe that it's even the same car, what an amazing transformation! Your granddaughter looks adorable sitting in her pink car, what sweet memories you've created. :)

Christa said...

That is amazing! Not only updated & brand new looking, it looks like it was designed for a little girl. Because it was of course! :) But the store bought version isn't nearly as appealing for little ladies! I have a handful of nieces who would be very jealous!

Tresa said...

Thank you for the sweet comment! I must say, decorating that car was so much fun. I was giddy with excitement. I'm honestly not the best crafter in the world, but with Olivia as my inspiration, I was really focused. Thank you for stopping by!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

That is sooo cute! Happy Birthday Olivia!

Tresa said...

Thank you for visiting! I enjoy your blog so much. The items from your tag sale are incredible. Oh how I wish I could have come!


Mrs Sarah Coller said...

That is SO adorable! Hope you don't mind if I pin it!

Have a great week!

Tresa said...

Thank you! And thank you for the pin (my first!) :)


Mommyof3girls said...

I absolutly LOVE this!! I just picked up a coupe at a garage sale today and was thinking of how I could update it and use a a Christmas gift. PERFECT!! Only my daughters will be more Barbi themed. Just courious, how many bottles of primer as well as paint did you go through? THanks!!