Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Painters Paint Pens. All opinions are 100% my own.
Will had been asking for a skateboard for a quite a while. We got him a scooter and apparently that was an insult to his five year old manliness….he wanted a BIG BOY skateboard….a real one. Lo and behold a miracle happened and Will and Jeremy found one trashed. It was obviously well used and needed a makeover but we figured that it would be a great fit for his first skateboard.
Will would practice on the board and Jeremy and I loved watching his balance improve! He looked so little with all his safety gear on coasting in front of the house….like a little driveway surfer! When we saw that the Painters Paint Pen contest this month was for sports equipment or back to school gear….I knew that a makeover was due! (For those that don’t know….Painters is hosting “Style by Aisle” contest and they want to see paint pen transformations. Each month there is an inspiration theme….home decor, back to school, clothing, entertaining, and holiday….and you can show off your best paint pen project by submitting them to their website. You can win a prize for your project and even if you don’t participate, you can download a coupon to add more colors to your paint pen arsenal.)
After removing the trucks and the wheels and sanding it down, it was time for a good ole coat of paint! Will was adamant that he got to spray paint it. He thinks spray painting is better than video games….and that is saying something 🙂
We used a couple coats of white flat Rust-Oleum 2x for the best coverage.
While it was drying, Will got to pick out a picture he wanted me to draw. Of course my little man decided that superheros would be the best thing to put on the skateboard bottom….he has always been OBSESSED with all things Spiderman but recently he started mentioning that Wolverine is now his favorite because he can heal himself. I love how he is growing up and I will be so sad when super heroes aren’t the cool thing anymore 🙁 Oh yeah…I am gonna be that mom sobbing over the loss of Wolverine and Spidie.
Anyhoo…I broke out the paint pens (my favorite!!!) and got to work free handing it. I even filmed a little time lapse for you because you know…I am crazy for time lapse….
There were some areas that I didn’t have a particular color…like Wolverine’s skin…so I mixed a couple colors up on some cardboard to give me that color. You can put a couple paint dots together and then use a white paint pen to ‘stir the pot’ if you will….it will create your new color and you use the tip of your white pen like a brush. When you are done with that color, compress the white pen down on your cardboard until the paint runs white again! I used the brown, yellow and white to create Wolverine’s chin skin color 🙂
Will was super excited and told me he couldn’t go to bed until he saw the board (little negotiator!)….
Close up you can tell it isn’t perfect. The shading and details aren’t always exact….
But from a normal viewing distance, it has the cartoonish but dramatic look I was going for! I did a couple clear coats of spray paint over the whole thing and then we put the regular wheels and trucks back on.
It’s amazing how a little paint can totally transform this entire thing! Will is so excited to have a personalized board that reflects HIM and I am so excited that I don’t have to buy him something new (sports equipment is so expensive!). It’s definitely the best of both worlds…inexpensive and looks brand new! Paint pens for the win!