I have a fondness for old things...and I adore old-fashioned ladies bicycles...the kind that were meant for carrying flowers to a picnic or dressed up with flags for a parade. So when my husband and I found one at a few years ago at and old car swap meet for $40, I wanted it. Even though it looked nothing like the romantic vision I had in my head...
Yeah it was in rough shape, and not-so-very-cute looking with the scratches and rust, but it had potential! A diamond in the rough!
Actually I think it was the old-fashioned bell on the left handlebar that redeemed it for me. So cute! Anyway, I knew my husband could restore it for me and make it the romantic ride of my dreams :)
So my husband took it apart, piece by piece - sandblasting (down to the bare metal) what he could, fixing what was fixable, and replacing what was obviously too worn. He repainted it with automotive paint for durability and I chose a Ferrari red paint that glistens in the sunlight with fleck in it.
I asked him to paint something cute on it to personalize it, so we came up with "Judy's Floral Delivery" (since I carry flowers in the basket) followed by the year of the bike.
We bought new white wall tires, a new white leather seat with embossed flowers in the leather (my hubby found it at the bike shop on clearance for a steal!), new handbars, new handlebar grips, and a darling New England woven basket :)
I absolutely love it! It turned out beautifully!
This past summer, my husband found ANOTHER bike - this time with the metal basket. He plans to begin restoration on it this winter. I'm thinking of painting this next one either pink or lavendar...
which would you chose??