Volkswagen Mini BEEP and Hippie Paint Brush Fun

Y’all ready for this? Last week in my antique side table post I mentioned being in a contest this week with four other bloggers. The challenge was to take a set of my favorite Zibra paint brushes and give them and artistic vibe in my choosing. The winner of the contest gets $350 (yep, oodles of smackers!!). Do you think I can do it? With your  help I can. (giveaway for you too!) Here are the brushes I was sent:

Zibra Paint Brushes for Paint Off! | Project by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Inside, this is what you see: the boxed set of the project brushes, whereas the bag of brushes contain some newly created brushes that haven’t hit the market yet. So, that will be fun to give them a test run.

Selection of Brushes for Zibra Paint Off! as shown by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

*post contest sponsored by Zibra and includes affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

Okay…so you see that boxed set…what do you envision? Think for a minute.

Me and my quirky self saw people. Yep. I not only saw people, but hippies and a Volkswagen mini BEEP bus! What in the world is a BEEP bus, you say? One of my world renown makeovers is my Art Deco Waterfall chest of drawers that I turned into a Volkswagen Bus. You can read how a broken down freebie got new life HERE.

A garage sale freebie Art Deco water dresser gets a sweet Volkswagen Bus makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

For me it was a given that I had to do some sort of BEEP with that long shape the box had. Okay, so to get started I gave the box a primed coat so that my details would look solid. I used the new small triangle brush they sent to get into that box corners. You know I already love my large Triangle Brush.

Painting Inside Paint Brush Box with Zibra Triangle Brush |

The brush handles had a hole in them for hanging up to dry, but in this case I needed a solid surface. I filled them in with dowel and wood filler, then sanded smooth.

Filling Brush Holes |

To give them a fresh new surface, I also painted them like I did the box.

Priming Zibra Paint Brushes for Project |

Time for the fun! This part of the work is a drawn out process as you have to wait for things to dry in layers so you can complete the work. Kinda like using building blocks to build. I used various paints to get the look.

Painting Details of Hippie Family Zibra Paint Brush Set by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

To take my Volkswagen mini BEEP up a notch, I used some scrap Sculpey to create a VW emblem and mini windshield wipers. Fun!

Making Volkswagen Emblem for BEEP bus out of Sculpey by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Once everything was painted and detailed, it was time to seal it all in with a poly topcoat.

Adding Topcoat to Volkswagen Mini BEEP bus by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Are you ready for the BIG reveal of my Volkswagen mini BEEP bus and hippie family? {{deep breath}}

Ta da!!

Hippie Volkswagen Bus with Paint Brush Hippie Family created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Can you tell I had a blast with this?! So absolutely fun!! Time to meet the family. {{turn, turn, turn, starts to play}}

Arlo is a free-spirited, groovy guy who loves his kids and taking long rides in their VW bus. Notice the shades, man.

Groovy Hippie Dad Paint Brush by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Blaze is a fab mom to her kids, though back in the day she was quite the foxy lady with her long red locks.

Hippie Mom Paint Brush created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Of course this lovely couple decided it would be hip to have kids and welcomed their son, Marley, to the crew. He’s a hang-loose kinda guy on his skateboard.

Hippie Son Paint Brush created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

And then there’s Clover. A sweet ray of sunshine that is outta sight.

Hippie Girl Paint Brush created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

What’s a family without a pet, right? Zappa is a tight dog who gets stoked at the possibility of getting to go for a ride in the Volkswagen mini BEEP bus.

Hippie Paint Brush Dog created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Now for the star of the show….mini BEEP.

Mini Volkswagen Bus created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Volkswagen Mini BEEP bus by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

My boring box got lifted onto some wheels and decked out both inside and out. Tie-dye interior with shag carpet even. hahaha!! I seriously could have gone all out inside there, but had to restrain myself.

Inside Volkswagen Mini BEEP Bus by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

There you have my hippie family complete with Volkswagen mini BEEP bus – my entry for this fun contest.

Hippie Paint Brush Family with Volkswagen Bus by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Super Fun Details in this Custom Zibra Paint Brush Set by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Not only was my only goal in creating this set for the contest, but also to raise money for a local Care Center that offers help to mommies-to-be with crisis pregnancies. This organization does amazing things to educate, provide counseling, even beyond giving them basic needs to assist a mom who is questioning their pregnancies. Many just don’t know how they’re going to make it.

So, here’s how you can help. First, please VOTE FOR ME to win the $350 cash prize. You can vote from now until noon EST on December 5th AND your vote enters you to win a set of your own.

–>> Head here to VOTE <<–

Hippie Volkswagen Bus with Paint Brush Hippie Family created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Second, won’t you bid on this sweet set to aid the Care Center in their ministry? I have the set listed in my shop with a starting price of $60. Bidding is open until noon EST on Monday the 5th. You can place a bid by emailing me the amount using “Hippie Family Bid” in the subject line – use the CONTACT tab at the top of the page. If during the auction the bids rise close to $100, I will raise the listing price by $25, and continue to raise it by $25 to allow the bidding to continue. Shipping is FREE to anywhere in the U.S. with the value at $12. Will also ship to other countries with a $12 discount.

UPDATE: Bids went up to $125 –  THANK YOU!! and…I WON!! That was the best gift ever and totally an answer to prayer. Thank you all for you unending love.

Larissa Haynes of Prodigal Pieces | Winner of the Zibra Paint Brush Paint-Off |

On Tuesday after the end of the auction, I will announce the winner here, via my newsletter list, and in my social media. I will then re-list the Hippie Family and mini BEEP as a reserved item in my shop under the winner’s name. The winner will then be able to pay for the item and I will ship out the next business day after payment is received. We accept all major forms of payment (see shop listing for details). All proceeds will go to the Care Center. 

There you have it. I need your love with your vote and your support to offer help to many by paying it forward. Please feel free to send me any questions you may have.

Do pin and share my creations to inspire others to have fun with their tools and pay forward the blessings we all have. Thank you!

Groovy man! A Hippie Family with Volkswagen Mini Bus all from a boxed set of Zibra Paint Brushes. Come see! |

Up next this week is Furniture Fixer Uppers day and this upholstered bench is about to get a change-up. See the after HERE.

Upholstered Bench Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • ColleenB.~ Tx.

    went and voted. Best of luck to you
    :} Cute job on your Beep, beep bus and the painting of your ‘family’ brushes. Really makes for a very cute set.

    November 28, 2017 at 6:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Colleen. I appreciate it. 😀

      November 28, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply
  • Christina in FL

    Larissa, you really amaze me! This is such a wonderful creation and you got my vote! Nothing else like it. Love the VW bus and hippies. Your artistry is spectacular.

    November 28, 2017 at 6:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I had such fun! Thank you. I hope the auction raises much for the center. 🙂

      November 28, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply
  • Dana Miller

    such talent! I keep saying that, because it’s so true. You have wonderful vision for so many things. Love seeing what you create.

    November 28, 2017 at 6:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Your words mean so much to me, Dana. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

      November 28, 2017 at 9:57 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    Voted and good luck. Your entry is so stinking cute.

    November 28, 2017 at 6:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee hee… Thanks, Debra!

      November 28, 2017 at 9:57 am Reply
  • Claudine

    Wow! Your design is so original! That family is just adorable and the bus! lol I love it! I voted and while the other entries are pretty, yours is by far the most interesting! 🙂

    November 28, 2017 at 7:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m happy to hear it, Claudine. Thanks!

      November 28, 2017 at 9:57 am Reply
  • Becky

    Oh my goodness! You have some SERIOUS detail skills! This is wonderful! : ) Here’s hoping you WIN!!!

    November 28, 2017 at 7:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What a booger to paint on round…hahaha! It was so fun and reminded me of creating for my kids. 😉 Thanks!

      November 28, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply
  • Jewell

    Yours is by far the most creative. You’ve got this!

    November 28, 2017 at 7:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Super fun to do and share. Thank you!!

      November 28, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply
  • Elaine

    So adorable… I love the hippy family, and their dog! Of course you have my vote… Good luck!

    November 28, 2017 at 8:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Had to have a dog…hahaha! Thanks so much!

      November 28, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply
  • Kathy E.

    You’ve got my vote! Your creativity outshines all of the other entries, Larissa! Best of luck to you!

    November 28, 2017 at 9:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet to say so, Kathy. Thank you!

      November 28, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply
  • Mary

    This is so adorable. Love hat hippie family but also how you bought back Beep! Just popped over and voted!

    November 28, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Gotta love BEEP!! I will forever love that guy. 😉 Thanks, Mary!

      November 28, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Truly amazing and one of a kind. I’m always amazed by your artistic talent!! Wish I had a tiny bit of your talent! I went over and voted for you. Best of luck and praying you win!!

    November 28, 2017 at 9:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You made me giggle, Debra. Thank you for the love and vote. Hugs!!

      November 28, 2017 at 10:00 am Reply
  • Sue Pagels

    Oh my! I checked all the projects and wanted to be honest and vote for the best, not just because I follow you. No worries there, though, yours WAS the best and most creative! So very cute and I voted for you – good luck and I hope you win!

    November 28, 2017 at 10:35 am Reply
  • Linda Petteys

    I voted for you! Each one did a gorgeous job though. What talent.

    November 28, 2017 at 10:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What a fun group of gals I got to be paired with. Love them all!

      November 28, 2017 at 11:00 am Reply
  • Susan

    Super creative project – you rock, and definitely earned my vote !

    November 28, 2017 at 11:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yeehaw!! Thanks so much!

      November 28, 2017 at 12:40 pm Reply
  • Minnie McCoy

    You got my vote, not because you asked but because you earned it! Love your ideas, finished results and the fact that you share step by step how to do it ourselves. You are my kind a gal!!
    Blessings to you!

    November 28, 2017 at 11:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I tend to go overboard when getting creative, but it’s so fun!! Thank you, Minne. 😀

      November 28, 2017 at 12:40 pm Reply
  • Claudette Desroches

    I voted for you without any hesitation. You are such a creative artist!

    November 28, 2017 at 11:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are the best, Claudette!

      November 28, 2017 at 12:46 pm Reply
  • Lauren

    This is TOO cute, Larissa! To even have an ounce of that talent!

    November 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…Lauren, you made my day. Thank you!

      November 28, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply
  • Bryn Kaufman

    How fun. Brings back lots of “Hippie” memories. LOL

    November 28, 2017 at 6:21 pm Reply
  • Lee Oliverio

    I voted for you! Your hippie bus and family is incredibly cute! I love that they have a dog :-). I love to see the things that you create!

    November 28, 2017 at 6:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Gotta have dog to hang their head out a VW bus. 😀

      November 28, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply
  • Pamela

    Your hippie VW bus family is crazy cute. I voted for you cause yours was the best, but all you gals are crazy talented. Good luck 😊

    November 28, 2017 at 9:18 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you. 🙂

      November 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply
  • Debbie

    I voted. I looked the 5 entries over to be fair and really thought yours was the most creative. so I voted for it! Good luck!

    November 29, 2017 at 5:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Debbie.

      November 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply
  • Carolyn George

    Hope you win, too cute!!!!!!

    November 29, 2017 at 11:32 am Reply
  • Marie

    These are just the grooviest brushes I’ve ever seen! I voted – I pinned – I’m shar’n…Peace Out xo

    November 29, 2017 at 4:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are far out, Marie. 🙂

      November 29, 2017 at 9:01 pm Reply
  • Laurie @ VinYet Etc.

    Oh MY GOODNESS! I voted, this is just so so cute! You have to win!

    November 30, 2017 at 9:41 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so cute! I had a blast and more excited that the auction is going well. Thank you!

      December 3, 2017 at 7:01 pm Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    Congratulations on winning the contest. Yay!

    December 6, 2017 at 7:56 am Reply
  • Dodie

    Congratulations on winning ! SO HAPPY for you – your clothespin people are fun, creative, and gleeful !!! And what a presentation with the VW bus – hey, VW should include your scenario in their next commercial. Should contact them and see if they’ll do something as the reprisal of the VW van/bus is getting tons of publicity.

    December 6, 2017 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Maureen Clipperton

    Congrats! You WON!

    December 6, 2017 at 9:16 am Reply
  • Sam

    I love the dresser. Up until the age of youtube I never thought that i would be able to make things. But I have been practicing and researching, of course. Thats actually how I found your site. Since I am a single mom with no friends and insomnia most nights I like to create things I have been stuck on handmade signs with phrasings on them.

    May 24, 2018 at 2:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I hear ya! It’s so fun to try and you learn the best that way anyway. Glad you found me! 😀

      May 24, 2018 at 5:09 pm Reply

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