April 3, 2014

Painting A Vintage Bike


 I thought painting this vintage bike would be a ton of work, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was!



I bought this bike to use at the Polka Dot Flea...of course I had plans to spruce it up.


 I think it will be perfect leaning up against the front railing greeting shoppers as they arrive. 


Of course I had to paint it, and what would one of my projects be if I didn't add flowers?! 



Since I wanted the bike to have a little contrast I covered the seat, handle bars and pedals so they would remain black.   

 Then spray painted it using two cans of Krylons "Catalina Mist"...Oh, I love that color!  I sprayed the top then turned it upside down and spun the tires as I sprayed.

I used zip ties to attach a basket and added faux, and real flowers (from my garden).


I made the sign by using the EZ tracer; you can see the method HERE.


It looks ok from far away, but look close.....


Goodness a second grader has better decorative painting skills than I do...good thing I'm crafting in the age of "shabby is cool"...lol!

OK, I know the weather is still crummy for so many of you, but I couldn't resist showing you the flowers that are blooming here in Orlando...my bougainvillea is going crazy!


So there you have it...Painting a Vintage Bike 101...

This would look so cute in a vintage shop or garden...it really is an easy project!

I would love for you to visit the Polka Dot Flea website HERE
Or 
Follow the Polka Dot Flea on FB HERE


OMG the Polka Dot Flea is just over 2 months away!

Happy Creating
Carol

39 comments:

lynn said...

it's adorable, carol! i have an old bike to paint this spring--if it ever warms up!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks great, Carol! I love that color!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Great job, Carol! ♥

Okio B Designs said...

Gorgeous! Love the color you chose. Very inviting!

Jeanine

Laurie M said...

it looks wonderful. love the color, I am in awe of the flowers in your garden, I obviously live in the wrong country!

Createology said...

Now you have truly done it! What a wonderful fun greeting to your Fabulous Polka Dot Flea!!! You really rock my dear...Creative Bliss

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
Love your vintage bike. It looks fantastic and makes a real big statement to what's coming up.

hugs
Sissie

Kathy said...

How perfect!! Your shoppers are going to love it and be inspired. Well done!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

I love the bike! but I am afraid I would keep it and put it in my garden or yard!!!! Nancy

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

soooo pretty! Beautiful bike!

Donna said...

Your bike is just adorable, Carol! I love that color! And the basket of flowers is so pretty. We had ice here today, I am so ready for green and spring! Your sign is cute, hey, you could always dust it with clear glitter!

NanaDiana said...

That is one of my favorite colors and the bike turned out great. I have that same spray planned for mine this summer. It is hot pink right now. I never thought to spray tires and all though-xo Diana

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Oh Carol, that bike is going to look so cute out front of the flea!!! Love that color...the basket of flowers and the sign...totally shabby cool!!!

Heart Vintage Design said...

Great color. Love it!

Kelley said...

I'm headed over there right now to sew this beauty some BIKE SEAT BLOOMERS in black and white polka dot, of course! She is so adorbs (as my 27-year-old would say)!

Hugs and happy day,
Kelley~

Debbie said...

I love that!! I would like something like that for my house just because it's cute. I have an old bike, but I am SUPPOSED to be riding it...

Ros Crawford said...

WOW!!! I LOVE this ... Love the colours and I want that bike! Now I'm going to be on the hunt for one ...

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

The bike is super cute for the FLEA!! I LOVE the color. I must find myself a little bike this year for my front yard! LOVE your flowers:)
We have a FOOT of SNOW this morning!
Well, it is Minnesota :)
Happy Weekend!
Only 2 months before the Flea opens! WOW!!!! EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
warmly,
deb

Linda P said...

Truly a lovely project and it also looks so French.

Becky said...

wow, that bike is so cool. People will love this!

Linda Johnston said...

I love the bicycle project! However, I wanted to send you a special thanks for the information on EZ Projector! I had no idea it existed and I am so limited to projects because I couldn't afford the *heavy duty* tools. I am a semi-shut in so this kind of sharing is what I rely on. I hope to see you in Lakeland!

Jamie Wilcox said...

Oh my gosh!!! That's the cutest thing ever! May I ask, did you have to do any sanding or "de-rusting" before you painted? I must do one of those for my patio! Thanks for sharing.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, Love your painted vintage bike. With the sign the customers are going to love the greeting. Great color too.
I just painted a frenchy bike red for my garden.
Have fun getting ready and a great weekend.
Hugs

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

It turned out beautiful and I so love the color, Carol. Your garden looks gorgeous.
Have a great weekend!
Julia

Dee Lapin said...

The bike is beautiful! I love the color and your floral basket and sign.

Tante Mali said...

Hi Carol,
great bike and your bougainvillea is making me jalous!!!
Have a great time and all the best from Austria
Elisabeth

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Another fabyoulous project ! I'm getting antsy for the FLEA !!!!
(())

pogonip said...

Your bike and sign are just darling! You are amazing, Carol. I love your try anything and make it work attitude!

Bente said...

LOVE, LOVE it. The bicycle is gorgeous. Fantastic job.

Hugs from here

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This turned out so great, Carol! It will look wonderful at the show!

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

All I'm saying is Fab.U.Lous :)

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Soooo cute!!

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

Everything you create turns great : I'm always amazed ! Would like to be as productive as you are !
xoxo from a sunny PARIS in the spring
Joëlle

Cynthia said...

Carol, this bike is adorable and I LOVE the color!! The sign turned out great and the basket willed with all that beauty will attract many people. You are doing great!!!

Cynthia

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I think you better lock it up or someone might ride away with it, lol. I love it and that color is fabulous!

Angelina- JoJo & Eloise said...

OH!!!! This is So ADORABLE!!!! Love the colors and sign.. I think I NEED this bike in my life :)
xoxo

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Carol,
I Love this!! I wish I had the room for one in my yard....maybe a child's one would fit???? Thanks again for the inspiration!!

Hugs,
Deb

Little Miss Maggie said...

Very cute. A perfect accessory at the entrance of the Polka Dot Flea.

Carla said...

Looks great.