Several years ago, I played a game at a Disney Vacation Club meeting and won some cool DVC stuff, like a lunch bag, a bottle cover, and a license plate frame. That frame has graced my license plate for so long, the sun bleached out the letters. I contemplated throwing it away, but I have a hard time getting rid of sentimental items. Sound familiar?! After a quick peek on eBay, there are currently none of these frames for sale. And those DVC games are long gone.
The DVC license plate frames were never for sale to begin with, but it seems I can’t buy one if I wanted. Now this has turned into a cheapskate dilemma.
So what did I do with it?
I headed off to the craft store and bought two bottles of paint.
I hadn’t realized how bad this thing looked until I took it off the car.
I painted the entire cover white, which took a long time and about six coats for an even look. The brush was small.
I had a helper stop by while I repainted the screws. They were never white to begin with, but I think paint helped them blend in.
It didn’t take long to paint the words blue, but this required some patience and a steady hand. I went back with white paint for spots I messed up when my hand was non-steady.
The effect was almost as good as new. It looks way better than it did before, and I don’t think anyone will be bending close enough in a parking lot to determine if the paint is fresh or original.
Who knows how long the paint will last, but it did extend the life of the cherished item.
Before you throw it out, think about how you can possibly fix it up old Disney World souvenirs and continue using them. People do this with furniture all the time; the concept isn’t really all that different. Of course my kids call me a vacation hoarder, but I didn’t see them ordering a license plate frame for me, so there.
One person’s trash is another person’s afternoon project.
$4.36 for a “new” license plate frame. I’ll take it.
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