As you all know, the Mr. and I love to go garage sale-ing during the Summer. You can always find such wonderful little treasures for extremely cheap. A lot of my housewares have been from garage sales and I love that because I feel like it gives them a special history and uniqueness. One of my most prized finds this Summer has been this lovely little beach cruiser. I have always wanted a beach cruiser and when I found this lovely little gem I just had to call it "mine". However, Maroon just wasn't my color so I decided to give this little beauty a makeover and I love how it turned out.
Spray Paint Primer
1. First of all, start by taking several detailed pictures of your bike. The last thing you want is to have everything taken apart and not be able to put it back together.
2. Starting one section at a time, take apart your bike. After you finish a section, like the back wheel, for example, put all of the screws and bolts in a Ziploc bag and label the bag "Back Wheel". By doing this you eliminate any guessing games at the end.
3. Once you have everything taken apart as much as you can, start by taping off things that you do not want painted, such as the handle bar grips. I covered the grips with Saran wrap and taped just along the edges.
4. Sand your entire bike down well. Because most bikes are finished with high gloss paint, this will take most of your time. However, by doing an exceptional job here, you can prevent your new paint from chipping.
5. Start with your first layer of primer. Make sure you hold the spray can far enough away and move your can swiftly enough that you don't over paint and cause drips on the frame. Nobody likes drips!
(If you do cause drips, wipe it off with a paper towel, let it dry, sand it and try again.)
6. After the Primer is dry, paint on the first layer of paint. I did two layers, you might have to do more or less depending on the coverage you want.
7. After all the coats of paint are applied, let your bike dry for 24 hours to make sure it is dried all the way through.
8. Put the bike back together using your photos and nicely labeled baggies.
I have always wanted a bike with a basket so after I found this little beauty I went on a mission to find the perfect one, and I was pleased to find this adorable vintage bell to go along with it. Ever since I DIY'd this little beauty, biking to the farmers market has never been more enjoyable.
Do you have a bike that could use a little TLC?