When it comes to spray painting plastic furniture, there are plenty of tutorials out there. And what I learned in my "research" is that different types of plastic (even within Little Tikes toys) respond differently to paint. I'm usually a Rustoleum girl, so I went with that because they had the colors I wanted. There's also a Krylon Fusion that is specifically for Plastic, and I could have done a primer coat of that and then the Rustoleum on top.
I did 2-3 light coats on each piece and they have held up (in the rain in my back
The fun part was picking fabric to match the cute hot pink and gray paint. These two prints are from JoAnn Fabrics - I spent about $6 total. To cover that pastel flowery goodness on the pad (which was in really good shape, just UG) I just pinned the fabric around the shape and sewed a tight-fitting cover for it. And then I sewed it shut.
You could use velcro, but I wanted this to be finished during naptime and I was racing the clock!
Add a few pillows that match, a "sheet" made of one long piece sewn together, and my kids were happy as can be to have a new place for their babies!
My 2-year-old son sleeps with a pink baby he named Baby Suzy. I know some parents freak out about that stuff, but I think it's cute! He is so loving with her and now he has something to use when Sister wants to play pretend.
Since I already had one of the cans of paint, the whole project cost about $12! My kids are having so much fun playing with their new (to them) crib, and I didn't spend enough money to feel bad about donating it back when they outgrow it!
Here are some fabulous upcycled projects that my sis has done:
Trash Can to Lantern • New Twist on an Old Dresser • DIY Sequin Pillow
Wishing you a relaxing weekend! Thanks for reading!