Bicycle Makeover - The Dainty Squid

Bicycle Makeover

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Last month with the help of my parents I gave my bicycle a makeover. I've had this bike for a few years now. It's in great shape but I wasn't crazy about the color and the stickers on it. I didn't like the big logo on it and definitely would prefer if it were a little bit more me. Here is a before shot...
I had two ideas in my head for what I wanted to do. One was to paint it a ton of different colors, and buy mismatched tires and the other was all white with brown accents. After a trip to the store to check out my options I ended up chosing Krylon paints in Celery and Ivory for my bike, which is pretty close to my all white option. The colors looked completely different on the cans but when it came right down to it, the are fairly similar on my bike. So I picked up a bright blue color (Rust-Oleum Satin Lagoon) for my wheels. It was the perfect pop of color, even though I had no plans to add one. Here are some in progress photos, we hung all the pieces from the ceiling of my dad's garage. 
A few days and a bunch of coats later it was ready to be put back together. I bought myself a new brown saddle, some handle bar grips and a pretty little basket. I was in love at this point but knew I had to find some brown tires. I was even so obsessed with having brown tires I completely forgot about getting matching pedals.
A week or so later I bought brown pedals and finally found some brown tires on ebay. It was quite a hunt, I had a hard time finding brown tires in the right size that didn't cost a pretty penny. At one point I kind of gave up and just figured I'd put the black seat and grips back on instead of the new brown ones. Luckily one last search of the internet left me with "rust" colored tires and I figured that was close enough.

Here she is all done! I am just absolutely smitten. It's such a great improvement from that blue bike with logo stickers covering the body. All the brown is just perfect. I'm really glad I finally found brown tires because I feel like those are what really seal the deal.
Isn't she pretty? Every time I walk into the garage and see it I smile. I have yet to do more than ride around the yard on her. It's been disgustingly hot the last week or two and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little out of shape so I'd rather not go on a super hot day. I look forward to cruising around the neighborhood and exploring all the local bike trails.
xoxo

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108 thoughts

  1. I really love that little pop of color form the turquoise! I now have bike jealousy - and I don't even ride! lol


    Rachel
    www.lalalist.com

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  2. Wow, that's amazing. I didn't know brown tires even existed, they look so good.

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  3. Oh, she is divine! I agree- the brown tires really make it. I love that you did all of this at home. Makes her even more special :$

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  4. Cuuute! I have a yellow vintage bike and honestly was not thrilled about the color, but i got it for like $40 which is in great condition & a great steal.... i thought about doing this to it, but we'll see if i decide to get my hands dirty one day.... and it looks great!!!

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  5. Gorgeous! I predict the next bike makeover will be yarnbombing. :)

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  6. That is SUCH an amazing handmade, makeover. The turquoise and brown really go well together, as well. Next step: orane streamers on the handlebars? ;)

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  7. I love how you revamped your bicycle, Kaylah! I've wanted to do this to an old bike for a very long time but I doubt I'd get such incredible results! yours looks incredible :)

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  8. I've been dying to re-do my bike! living on campus though I don't have a place where i could put my bike to paint it.

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  9. I love it, it is the greatest bike ever! I don't have a bike right now and hopefully I'll get one soon because I miss riding it. It was so much fun!

    chamomiledealer.blogspot.com

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  10. This is one of the coolest makeovers ever. It came out so stylin. All the colors are so nice together- and the brown tires are perfect.

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  11. It looks so pretty and retro now, I love the colour combination!
    Faye x

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  12. Oh she is absolutely amazing! I am so impressed you did this :) I have a vintage raleigh caprice that I have named Dolores, you should name her :) x

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  13. Oh my goodness, she is a beauty! This makes me really want a bike.

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  14. oh WOW what a beaut! I've been considering doing a bit of a makeover on my bike as well, but with the bike being 40 years old as it is (and, were she not so rusty, really quite gorgeous), I wonder if I shouldn't just invest in a whole new bike.

    Did you have to scuff the bike up with some sandpaper for the paint to really stick? And I LOVE the idea of painting the wheel and spokes! Admittedly I like the look of the black tire, just because it has the band of white on it. So fresh!

    --Erin
    www.predictionspast.blogspot.ca

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  15. Oh how beautiful! And so unique-- she's yours now!

    http://aclosetintellectual.blogspot.com/

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  16. She looks beautiful! I'm hoping to get my first bike soon. It's nice to see that I could always give one a make over :)

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  17. It came out really nice - I have an Electra bike my husband bought for me for my birthday a couple years ago. http://www.electrabike.com/Bikes/cruiser-superdeluxe-bikes-ladies-136199 Mine is the "aqua/cream" I actually keep it in my living room! It's just too pretty to leave outside or put in the basement (we don't have a garage)I'm jealous that you get to put a basket on yours. Because of how my front forks are, you can't hang a front basket on mine. The first thing I said to him when he gave it to me was jumping up and down and saying yay! now i just need streamers and a basket to complete her! But my dreams were quickly crushed.

    Have fun riding!

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  18. i am totally impressed, and jealous, wow!!

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  19. I just had to comment - AMAZING! Congrats on having the most awesome bike EVER!

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  20. ACK!!! It's SO beautiful!! Mine needs a makeover like that - STAT!! It goes to show that all the bikes I admire can be made into cute ones from not so cute ones...

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  21. I liked the blue original one too, but Im a blue person! :D But she got really gorgeous in white with the blue and brown details! :D

    My bike is plain black, but she works. And people tend to steal bikes in my town, so not worth putting any energy into making her beautiful :/
    Enjoy your future rides! :D

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  22. very nice and she does totally look like the perfect bike for you :)
    i never knew they made brown tires - cool!

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  23. Kaylah, your bike looks incredible! You did a fantastic job! Have fun riding her!

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  24. Wow she came out super awesome and pretty. i love the colors!

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  25. i love it! I've been riding bikes all my life, but when it comes to fixing them up I'm so intimidated and have no idea what to do. Maybe you or your family could do a feature about bikes? that would be so awesome. happy 4th :-)

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  26. HOLY CRAP!!!! Your bike is off the hook!!!!! Oh man, you are going to laugh at my manly mountain bike when I bring it next week.

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  27. Lush - I love what you've done to her.

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  28. How adorable! I recently bought myself a Cream beach cruiser and added the exact same seat and basket as you, but I found some rainbow glitter grips on ebay for mine :)

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  29. Absolutely love it - the tyres really finish the whole look :)

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  30. I am in love with you bike. What an awesome makeover!!! The brown tires and pedals were definitely worth the hunt-I'm glad you found them! And I really love that you threw the blue accent in there as well. High five!

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  31. Wow - what a transformation!! I looove this!

    I've been itching to have a bike lately because I am moving out of my parents' home for the first time in just a month! And I'm going to need a mode of transformation, and I don't want to spend on bus money every time I need to go just down the street for groceries! Now I want even more to get a bike and make it my own :( wah!

    xo
    http://kittysnooks.blogspot.ca/

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  32. Whoa what a brilliant makeover! I really need to get myself a new bike!

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  33. Love Love Love this...my bike ples in comparrison!

    I did a quick blog about your lovely bike here: http://ilikemakingthings.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/bicycles.html

    I will be adding a picture of my bike to it ASAP!

    Thanks, love the blog, Laura xxx

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  34. That's so cool! Makes me wanna make my own fancy bike!

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  35. I love it! I wish I had a bike to transform into a beauty.
    Chelsey

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  36. she looks incredible!!! i want, i want!!

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  37. that's an amazing transformation

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  38. D: So cute! I really need to look into getting a bike; this absolutely sealed the deal for me!

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  39. Brilliant job! Looks great :)

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  40. It looks great, you did an amazing job :)

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  41. That bike sure is lovely, waw! You did a great job Kaylah! (well, and Kaylah's dad ;-) )

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  42. Oh my gosh Kaylah! I am so inspired to give my old bike a makeover now. This is too cool for school. I seriously love all of the brown accents!

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  43. Wow, your bike's so pretty! I love the tires, they're such a neat twist :)

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  44. Wow, the ending result is so beautiful! I really like the color combination you chose and the brown/rust tires are perfect!

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  45. WOW! It turned out really great. Love the colors you picked!

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  46. oh wow that looks fantastic! You were so right to get the tyres and the matching pedals, fabulous!

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  47. Awesome! It's so much more fun to customize something. It really helps you appreciate the item and makes it less likely that you'll let it fall by the wayside and go unused.

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  48. Holy crap this bike looks awesome!

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  49. That is one cool bike makeover! I didn't know could get brown tires. I wonder if there are other colors.

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  50. amazing idea! :D I would have never thought of this!!

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  51. What a cute bike!

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  52. Wowee, she is beautiful! I wish I had a lovely bike to ride around on, especially one with a basket! I have just bought a VW campervan which I am planning to make over, Ive actually gone for pretty much exaxlctly the same colour scheme as your lovely bike! I think you should give your bike a name, my van is called Pip! :)

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  53. I LOVE your new an't believe it's the same bike!! Looks so nice :)

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  54. much better and definitely more you! well done :)

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  55. Oh my gosh!! It looks amazing! :O
    If I had more confidence in my taking-apart-and-putting-back-together skills I'd totally try this on my own bike.

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  56. That is incredible! The quilted saddle is my favourite part. I really wish I had a cute little bicycle.

    Becky
    xx

    http://www.beckybedbug.com

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  57. The pop wheels are just lovely! And I love the vintage effect of the ivory base colour!

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  58. Ooh I might even like it better than my Hello Kitty bike! It sure is lovely!!!

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  59. yay for bikes! I really love what you did with it... the white, brown, and blue are quite fantastic!

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  60. sweet! I started the process of making over a couple vintage bikes, but I got burnt out just trying to get rid of the rust:/ argh! I bought that same brown seat on amazon, though. and this post has inspired me to go at it again. thank you, ma'am, for the inspiration!

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  61. It came out super cute! Hope you're having a great 4th!

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  62. This is an awesome makeover! It really inspires me to take another look at my bike... I would never have thought about brown tires -- but they do really make it look special!

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  63. WoooW! It looks amazingly cool! I can't really believe that the bike on the last pictures, are the same as the one in the first picture. Really, really super nice! Hope you will enjoy your new bike a lot:-)!

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  64. oh my goodness, the final product is perfection

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  65. she looks like a lego bike...that is awesome!! Love it!! you did a great job :) xx

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  66. I absolutely love it, Kaylah! You did such an awesome job! Buying and redesigning a bike is on my 25 before 25 list :)

    http://viennawaitsblog.blogspot.com/

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  67. You have such a good eye for making things beautiful! Great job xx

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  68. What a wonderful DIY improvement! And you are right that the tires do seal the deal.

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  69. This is fantastic! Great job! This bike looks absolutely adorable.

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  70. Oh my goodness, I'm so in love! I might just have to do this to my bike now~

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  71. Lady, you are so talented, is there anything you cannot do?

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  72. What a beauty! Excellent makeover.

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  73. It turned out great! I wouldn't have thought about changing the tires as well. I gave my old bike a makeover last summer too, if you are curious here is my result: http://magicaldaydream.blogspot.nl/2011/07/bike-makeover.html

    x

    Marielle

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  74. Oh wow! I didn't recognize the bike after the make-over! You did an awesome job with this bike! And now I kinda want to give my own bike a make-over because it's a plain black colour haha. Anyway I love the colours that you have used, I would'n think of these colours all together but it worked out perfectly. <3

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  75. Wow! What a lovely bicycle! I love love love the brown tires.

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  76. Wow, this is really a phenomenal transformation! It is so cute now and I love the brown tires and seat. Perfect!

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  77. SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! =) Which parts did you paint 'celery'? It looks great! Very jealous!

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  78. Gorgeous makeover! I did the same thing with my bike - although mine's a road bike from the 80s (a Freespirit), not a cruiser. Too many hills in this city for a cruiser haha :) But yeah, I gave my bike the spraypaint makeover & swapped out the tires & saddle for white ones. I didn't seal my paint or anything, so 2 years later it's chipping something fierce. Oh well! Never would have thought to paint the actual wheels - yours look awesome!

    Here is the latest incarnation of my bike - http://www.flickr.com/photos/lladybird/7426051522/ - although now I have a small basket on the front. I am saving up for a Brook's saddle & leather handlebar grips - they are so expensive, though!

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  79. It looks FANTASTIC!!! I have a purple bike that has a huge logo on the side and I just really dislike it and never want to ride it! Perhaps if I give it a makeover like this I will ride it more!!! :)

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  80. Your bike looks so beautiful! It's inspiring and now my precious darling needs a similar workup. I'm scared to dismantle, though, since she has a pedal-powered generator. Google will help me, I imagine.

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  81. You're bike looks so great! I really like it. I'm working on revamping mine as well. It's nice to see the step by step you did here.

    I know you like going to the beach. On mentor headlands they have a cute little bike trail. You should go sometime! I have gone rollerblading a few times there.

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  82. Wow, Kaylah that's an awesome job! Love it!

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  83. Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow!!! This is incredible! Beautiful, beautiful make over. Absolutely love it!

    Jo :-) x
    http://harryandleelee.blogspot.co.uk/

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  84. This wins cutest bike ever!!! Nice job girl!

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  85. This is the prettiest, cutest bike I have ever seen!

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  86. This is awesome! You're such a DIY inspiration :D

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  87. awesome! she's gorgeous, does she have a name yet/

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  88. I love it! I think you've sparked some inspiration!

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  89. Ohmygosh...it's gorgeous!! :) I love the brown tires! I bike everywhere - to school & work, the grocery store, you name it - around here, and I have no speeds, so I often walk up hills with my lil bike. lol. You'll find that after a few weeks of biking, you get in rad shape - I lost 10 pounds last summer/fall riding everywhere accidentally...he he. Have fun!!

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  90. wow what a difference! looks amazing

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  91. It will really make a difference in how much you ride - if you like your bike, you'll ride more. If you don't, you won't. When I first got my bike, there were a few things I wasn't happy with, but a few trips to the bike shop later, and it's the best bike I've ever owned.

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  92. Absolutely gorgeous! :)
    I only recently realised that lots of cruisers don't have front brakes, but only rear coaster ones - from the photos it looks like yours is built that way? I am shopping around for a bike at the moment, so I wondered how you're finding the 'one break only' thing?

    Anyway, best project ever! Riding this beauty must put one massive smile on your face and having done it all yourself must be a big bonus :D

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    1. Doesn't bother me at all! I rather like it.
      :)

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    2. Thanks :) That's good to know!

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