Dad missing twins in lockdown gives Little Tikes cars amazing £45 Toy Story makeover
EXCLUSIVE: Liam Andrew, 29, from Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, bought the scruffy second-hand Little Tikes Cosy Coupes from Facebook and has now turned them into a Disney dream all for £45 using items from B&M and The Range
Liam Andrew has been unable to see Jude and Florence due to the coronavirus lockdown as the 18-month-old toddlers live at a separate address with their mother.And the 29-year-old, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, is counting down the days until they can be reunited and have a huge hug.
In the meantime, he has been using every spare opportunity to makeover the Cosy Coupes as an adorable present.Liam's labour of love has taken 10 days in between work, as well as at the weekend.He bought the second hand cars off Facebook and picked up other bits from B&M and The Range.
Do you have a similar story to share? Email email@example.com In total it has cost him £45 - and the results are incredible.The faded, neglected toys are now a Disney dream with one Woody themed and the other inspired by Jessie.They come complete with cuddly versions of the popular characters, as well as little cowboy hats on the roof and personalised number plates.
He delivered the cars to their mum last night and is excitedly awaiting photos of them playing in them.Liam, who works as an estimator for The Garden Trellis Co, told Mirror Online: "It took a few weeks of concentration, frustration and focus to be able to do it.
"My twins are growing up so quickly and not being able to see them because of the lockdown has been one of the hardest things I've ever had to do."Anyone who knows me, knows that I love my babies more than anything and they're getting to the age now where they just want to be riding on things - and in things.
"Myself and their mummy had talked about getting them a Cosy Coupe each and I wanted to make them special and give them something that no one else has that reminds them that daddy is here even when he's not."Liam spotted the pre-loved Coupes on Facebook's Marketplace and thought he would give the transformation for Jude and Florence a go.
"They have become (more than) a little obsessed with Toy Story, so it made sense," he said.He started off by thoroughly cleaning the cars before using PlastiKote spray paints from B&M and black, red and yellow acrylic paints from The Range.
"Once I was happy with how the outsides looked I sealed everything with a gloss spray lacquer also from PlastiKote," he explained."A lot of effort and some minor heartbreak later (when Woody's shirt pattern came off with masking tape) I feel that I'm finally finished at a point where I can share them with others.
"I wanted to remind us all that sometimes it's not about buying the newest or the most expensive toy and that sometimes, the thought really can mean more."Speaking on being reunited with his twins, he said: "I'll definitely breakdown I'm sure.
"Being able to see them again will be the most amazing thing ever and I'll forget all about the cars once I'm able to physically cuddle them again!"It's been really tough, I won't lie. Myself and their mum want to keep them as safe as possible during this difficult time so we agreed that FaceTime was the best way forward until the lockdown rules allow me to visit them properly, which I'm hoping will be sometime soon."
Top news stories from Mirror Online Liam has also been inundated with requests to paint Coupes for people and their families and he plans to create a matching pair to raffle off to raise money for the NHS.Liam's top tips are to make sure your Coupe is nice and clean, make sure to seal the paint with a lacquer to make it waterproof and prevent it rubbing off, and to use Frogtape for masking bits off, especially on freshly painted areas.Read more: Daily Mirror »
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