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Radio Flyer Book Wagon

Red wagon decorating ideas like this one are perfect for the kids' playroom!

Radio Flyer Book Wagon
Radio Flyer Book Wagon
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Red wagon decorating ideas like this one are perfect for the kids' playroom! Turn an old Radio Flyer wagon into a beautiful decorative book display. With a fresh coat of spray paint and books that follow a similar color scheme, you can create both a fabulous storage system and a gorgeous decorating idea for the kids' room.

This dazzling display is perfect because you could always wheel the books to another room as needed. The colors are playful and kid-like, and the tutorial itself is quite easy to do yourself. This is a simply darling repurposing idea for a wagon that might have been sitting in the garage for years!

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteWeekend project

MaterialsPaint, Recycled Materials

Primary TechniqueRepurposing


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Design Master Primer
  • Design Master COLORTOOL® Spray Pacific Blue
  • Design Master übermatte® Sprout
  • Coaster wagon, approx. 15" wide x 34" long (not including the handle)
  • Plastic bags (to cover wheels) 
  • Screwdriver and pliers (to remove the handle)
  • Sand paper
  • Masking tape
  • Old newspapers 
  • Large cardboard box (for spraying)
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning cloths

From the Designer: Here’s a toy story to warm your heart.  A forgotten wagon gets color-freshened and repurposed for a new home.  Could it be for your favorite child?


  1. Clean the wagon and sand any rust spots to remove any loose metal. Then, wipe off the dust. Decide what you do not want to spray and mask it off. Example: Use plastic bags to cover the wheels and tape to hold them in place so that they don't cover any areas you want sprayed. 

  2. Read the manufacturer's instructions on the cans for spraying tips, and change the newspapers between colors.  In a well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area spray the wagon and handle with 1-2 coats of Primer. Let dry.

  3. Spray the wagon with several light coats of Sprout. Let dry between coats.

  4. Spray the handle with several light coats of Pacific Blue.  Let dry between coats.

  5. Remove the bags and tape. Note: If any areas need a little touch-up, you can spray the paint into a small container until it creates a little puddle. Then dip a small paintbrush into the puddle and touch up the spot. 

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