Try It Tuesday

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I love a good “upcycling” project. If I can take something that looks like it should just be thrown out and then make it into something awesome, its a great feeling! (Remember when I did the play kitchen revamp?)

A few weeks ago, my mom and I were out running errands and we saw a little push car sitting by the curb. There were people in the front lawn, sitting on lawn chairs so I asked, “How much do you want for the little car?”

“Nothing!” said one of the men. “You can have it!”

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I grabbed it up and tossed it in the car. I thought Huff the Babe would love it, but it desperately needed a paint job and I knew EXACTLY how I wanted this bad boy to turn out:



I gave it a good scrub down, with help from my happy assistant:



Then, I disassembled it and taped down parts I didn’t want painted:



Then, I went to work sanding it. After I sanded everything, I painted it with a coat of primer. After that coat of paint dried, I painted it the color I chose:



Any guesses as to what it going to be?

When I was satisfied with the color, I got to work adding some accessories and special touches:



I put it back together (shout out to my dad for getting the wheels back on), replaced the broken safety strap, and hollered for the kiddos to come see!



They were VERY impressed! And, to be honest, so was I! I am extremely happy with how it turned out! Especially when I calculated everything. These cars run about $50. My Batmobile revamp? Less than $16! Woohoo!


Have you ever undertaken a project like this? What did you do? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

You guys. I am SO excited about today’s Try It! I seriously feel like this is the BEST Try It I’ve ever done!

I didn’t find this on Pinterest, I just came up with this on my own!

The other night, I was walking Pinny Lane and I saw an old highchair someone had thrown out. We’ve been needing an actual highchair because Hermione’s chubby little legs get stuck in the Bumbo. So when I saw the throw away highchair, I was super excited! Especially because the highchair I wanted from Target was crazy-expensive.

Here is the before:

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Very 1995.


First, I took the cushions off so I could clean them, as well as the inside of the highchair. It. Was. FUNKY.

At least a decade of fossilized fruit snacks.

At least a decade of fossilized fruit snacks.


I sprayed everything down with the water hose, and then I scrubbed it all with Scrubbing Bubbles and Clorox. I also took the plastic covers off of the chair’s corners. I cleaned the dirt off the metal and then use painter’s tape and newspaper to cover the metal pieces.

I used spray paint specifically formulated for plastics and painted the plastic areas.



While that dried, I thought about how to cover the cushions. I didn’t like the fabric, and both the seat and the back had tears in them.

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Somebody’s kid “went Wolverine” on this!


I didn’t want to use plain old material, because that would stain easily. I also knew that buying vinyl fabric would be expensive and the whole point of this was to save money. That’s when I had a brilliant idea: duct tape.

Duct tape comes in so many different colors now AND its basically plastic (meaning it will clean easily). So I went to Target and picked out two different colors: one for the back and one for the seat. I chose these:

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Pretty purple!


I used the paisley for the back and the purple for the seat. When I did the back, I tried to line up the pattern as best I could, to make it have a “seamless” look. I think they turned out pretty well:

My kind of "sewing".

My kind of “sewing”.


Then, I put everything back together again. And voila! A new highchair was born!

Hippie highchair.

Hippie highchair.


I really like how it turned out! And the best part is, I saved SO much!

Duct tape (paisley): $3.99

Duct tape (purple): $3.09

Spray paint: $4.85

Highchair: $0

Total: $11.93

Target highchair: $139.99

Total Savings: $128.06


Its official: I love upcycling!