Hi there! Happy Friday! We made it through another week. It was a fast one here, the Big Sweet was out of town all week at an annual conference. While I usually take this week to tackle a big project, I decided to binge Gilmore Girls and work on the back end of the blog when Mom duty was done. It was JUST what I needed! Today I am going to share a Truck Cozy Coupe Makeover that I tackled right before Christmas. Admittedly, this post has a pretty narrow niche, but if you know me personally you know my children have a major Ghostbuster obsession.
Basically since last September little Sweet B has been singing Ghostbusters and getting “ghosts.” So it would make perfect sense that an old Cozy Coupe would have a Cozy Coupe Makeover and become a Ghostbusters car. This was such a fun part of Christmas for me!
So if you aren’t into Cozy Coupes and Ghostbusters then check back next week. But if you have a little one that would love this, you are in the right place!
OK, here is how it started. Every time we asked Sweet B what he wanted for Christmas he would just say “Ghostbusters”. So I was racking my brain trying to figure out something unique to get the little guy for Christmas. I mean, what do you really get a second child that has everything he could possibly ask for? Then it hit me! How about his very own life sized Ghostbuster Ecto-1 car? We had a Cozy Coupe sitting in the garage really not getting much attention and I knew it would make the perfect present for him.
So I went hunting down in the garage and pulled out the Truck Cozy Coupe. It was in great condition and I had a vision!
Once I confirmed the Cozy Coupe would work, I started to collect my supplies. This was really fun actually. I did a little online research and then just went cruising the aisles of Home Depot and a quick stop at Wal-mart. What I consider the crown jewel- the police beacon- was ordered from Amazon.
Supplies Needed for Truck Cozy Coupe Makeover
- Little Tikes Cozy Coupe
- White Spray Paint (I used Rustoleum suitable for plastic toys)
- Painters Tape
- Red Acrylic Paint & Foam Brush
Accessories I used to finish off the Cozy Coupe Makeover :
- Ecto-1 License Plate
- Red reflection tape
- Blue Police Beacon (battery operated)
- Velcro to attached Police light
- Pair of Vinyl 5″ Ghostbuster Stickers
- Blue tubing found at Home Depot
- Brackets to affix blue tubing to side of car
- White PVC pipes cut down to size and painted yellow
- Yellow/Black Duck Tape to add to PVC pipe
STEP 1: Cozy Coupe Makeover
I washed the Truck Cozy Coupe and removed the crud that had gathered in the crevices. Then I taped off all of the areas I didn’t want to paint using painters tape. You can see how I used plastic grocery bags on the tires and steering wheel.
STEP 2: Cozy Coupe Makeover
It got a new coat of paint! I used Rustoleum Gloss White that is suitable paint for plastic toys. Mine sort of bubbled up on the first coat (see below) because I think it was a little too cold outside so had to do the next two coats in the garage.
STEP 3: Cozy Coupe Makeover
Now is the fun part! Collect all of the Ghostbuster elements to make it look legit. I studied multiple examples I found online and then went to Home Depot, Walmart and even ordered a few pieces from Amazon. This was definitely a labor of love one week before Christmas, but I was one determined Mama! The tubes on top are PVC pipes and caps from Home Depot that I painted yellow and added Duck Tape. The funnel was from Walmart.
STEP 4: Cozy Coupe Makeover
Now go to town making it a Ghostbuster car! I added the red paint, the stickers and drilled the license plate in. I did enroll the help of my Dad when it came to affixing the top contraption. I knew he would have much better ideas than me on how to get it all to stay together. Thanks Dad!
We used velcro to attach the police light so I can replace the batteries if needed.
I was pretty excited that the blue tubing I found from Home Depot fit exactly in the Truck Cozy Coupe gas tank- that was a happy accident!
Then my Dad drilled a hole in the hood and we stuck the other end to the front.
For my license plate, I just found an image of the Ecto-1 license plate, printed it off and laminated it. Then I used some screws to put it directly into the Cozy Coupe.
Sweet B was thrilled on Christmas morning when he realized he had his very own Ecto-1 Ghostbusters car. I love that we gave life to a new toy and it was fun to make his little dreams come true!