October 7, 2013

DIY Painted Step2 Wagon Party Favor Station

I am a Step2 Test Drive Blogger.  I created this DIY Painted Step2 Wagon Party Favor Station as part of a sponsored post for Step2.   It's the perfect solution for what to do with an old wagon or how to upcycle a toy wagon. 

If you're in a similar stage of life to the one I've been in, bulky plastic items in your living room are just a fact of life.  I too had visions of a home where only painstakingly chosen pieces of discrete kid decor existed.  Then reality hit.  Do you buy the $200 sleek looking wooden baby bouncer that doesn't do a darn thing other than look pretty?  Or do you buy the one that sings, vibrates and has rainforest creature rattles on it for $60?  Let's be honest.  Is this really a question? You buy whatever makes that baby happy and gives you 3 more minutes to have a prayer at shaved legs. Or breakfast.

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Lately I've been on a let's reclaim the living room kick.  Kayla recently moved into a nice big bedroom that has plenty of room for toys.  I've given away all but one of the big toddler toys we had.  And if you follow me on Instagram then you'd know I've already unleashed my new found love of painting on her beloved easel.  I wouldn't take the easel away or send it into her bedroom because it's a tool that we use with her for learning and I think a common gathering area is the right place for it.  It recently went from pink to grey and as you know I'm never someone who can leave well enough alone so that got me thinking...

Do you remember this wagon?  

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I was about to retire that wagon and send it into the garage for winter hibernation when I got the painting urge.  Okay at this point it's a painting twitch.  In the end that wagon got a slightly more grown up makeover in my new favorite shade of grey. Insert adult humor here. 

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The textured surface of the plastic body of the wagon makes it fairly easy to paint.  I gave it 3 coats of grey paint, letting it dry for a few minutes between coats and it was good to go.  While I was waiting for the paint to dry I started pulling out our Halloween decorations from the shed.  Always fun to find the bazillion things I bought after the holiday on clearance at Target.  Yes, that's my approach to amassing a collection.  Okay, fine. There are a few Pottery Barn Kids things sprinkled in.  Just don't tell my husband, mmmkay?

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And at this moment it totally dawned on me.  I knew exactly what this wagon was perfect for.  I had picked out some Pumpkin kickballs to use as party favors for a Halloween party and couldn't figure out what the right vessel was to hold them in.   My new aesthetically pleasing wagon went from summertime kid schlepper to aesthetically pleasing party decor. 

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And of course you can easily adapt this to suit any party.  Obviously I've got a Halloween thing going on here but I could just as easily see filling it with sidewalk chalk, Disney Princess balls or just about anything else.  I can't bear the thought of handing out the traditional bag of plastic junk and candy at a party.  No one wants it and it winds up in the trash so I think picking up a bunch of those balls you find in the big bins at Target or Walmart will have the kids excited and the parents relieved that they don't have to argue with their kids about another bag junk. 

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I will say that I don't recommend painting these kinds of things until your child is well beyond the put-everything-in-the-mouth stage.  I was semi-crazy about making sure Kayla avoided all things painted at that point so at almost 5 paint is just starting to feel like an option to me.  And I have to let you know that if you do choose to alter a Step2 product, it will void the warranty on it.  For me that's no biggie because um, with all of the products we have had over the years I haven't had to actually utilize a warranty once.  Yep, you read that right.



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