Creations, Little Red Truck MacKenzie-Childs Makeover


I have a passion for MacKenzie-Childs and all things black and white


Last week they held their annual mid Summer Barn Sale,

with tons of pretties deeply discounted~

This year I was actually able to go because it was online!





Even though I filled my cart several times,

checking the website every day for new additions,

ultimately, nothing I really wanted was on sale {or already sold out}

so, I didn’t buy a thing…





As I was looking through my fall decor,

I spotted this little red truck that I bought last year at Hobby Lobby {$12}

With MacKenzie-Childs on my mind,

I immediately thought of their Courtly Check Christmas Truck


I will paint mine!





My truck has a candle holder in the back,

which just adds to the decorating possibilities




I started with painting the top, fenders and truck bed sides

with white glossy craft enamel




The first coat was a bit thin as the gloss paint doesn’t love the slick metal,

but after applying a second coat it was fine

In the photo above,

you can see the contrast between the first coat on the candle holder in the truck bed,

while the top, sides and fenders had received a second coat





When the white was dry, I added the checks with a flat square tip brush





I used several sizes,

the largest for the main large areas

and the smaller ones to fill in the tight and smaller spaces





Practice your strokes on a piece of paper,

You want to apply the checks with one stroke for the best results





My checks are far from perfect,

but when you look at the finished truck you don’t really notice





The hub caps, door handles and headlamp backs were painted with several coats of gold

After finishing {and loving!} the checks on the fenders, sides and truck cab,

I decided to paint the hood too





Now this little red truck was ready for dressing up!





When I bought this truck last year,

I liked the rusty orange/red color because it would work

for not only fall and holiday decor,

but year round








I am going to have a lot of fun with my newly made over little red truck!





The MacKenzie-Childs truck is no longer available but I think it sold for $250!


So I’m loving my truck makeover!






Shop your house and see if you have anything that needs a makeover!

Juicy Details

truck/Hobby Lobby

paint/acrylic craft glossy enamels


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56 Responses to “Creations, Little Red Truck MacKenzie-Childs Makeover”
  1. Nancy Sharp says:

    So cute. I love your creations.

  2. says:

    Oh my goodness! I adore a little red truck and look at you! I love how you painted it. So very darling. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  3. How clever you are!! That little truck turned out charming!

  4. Jenna, your red truck is fabulous. Why spend $250 when you can spend $12 and get the same results? Of course, you have the talent and creativity to do that, I wouldn’t even attempt to try. I can’t wait to see all the creative vignettes and tablescapes using your red truck. Happy Wednesday!

  5. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, you certainly had a clever idea! I love your little red truck makeover. It is adorable and I know you will enjoy and have fun decorating it and decorating with it in all seasons…….

  6. Sarah Anderson says:

    Jenna, your little red truck makeover is a creative idea. You can use it year round. What fun it will be in vignettes oor as a table centerpiece. Your grands are going to find it fun. I’ve always thought the MC truck was adorable with lots of possibilities, but its one more thing for me to stoe. I’ve never bought it.

  7. I love the little red truck Jenna! Not sure I’m ready to think about fall…

  8. Rosie M. says:

    Love your “MC” truck and its endless possibilities through all the seasons as well. It’s funny….when you said check your house for anything else that could use a makeover, my first thought was “after this quarantine……..that would be ME!!” Ha..ha….

  9. You, my friend, are one smart cookie! This looks terrific (and very expensive!)

  10. It turned out so adorable! How fun!

  11. Doris says:

    SWEEEEET!! You are so talented.

  12. Judy Brucker says:

    Just the right amount of black and white! Cute truck for all year.

  13. Terrie says:

    Oh Jenna you just pushed me to paint my little truck. I love what you did with this. Great job. It looks so adorable.

  14. Lovin the gold headlights:@)

  15. Ricki Treleaven says:

    I love it! And I love that it has the candleholder on the back, too. You are so clever, Jenna, and you don’t have to worry about receiving broken pieces in a box! ;P

  16. Rita C. says:


  17. pattyanneart says:

    Oh I love your little red truck! Awesome makeover, Jenna! 😍❤️

  18. Cyndi Raines says:

    Great job! So cute! You just saved yourself a ton of money!

  19. Kitty says:

    Your little red truck looks all spiffed up, Jenna! I ❤️ It!

  20. Karen says:

    It seems that you can take a MacKenzie-Childs creation and turn it into a Jenna created rendition at a fraction of the price. Love the little truck…I used to have a little red antique one that sat under our Christmas tree when we lived in our historic home in New England.

  21. Mary says:

    Oh em gee Jenna, this truck lovin’ girl is loving your MKC makeover!! Too darn cute!!! Bravo! ♥

  22. Your truck turned out so cute. Now, you can use it for all different seasons. With your talents it makes sense to paint it.

  23. Dot says:

    I just painted “checks” for a baby shower. I used a paper plate and paper towel to wipe off extra paint from brush before applying. I also used a tiny bit of blue on a brush to add depth. The MC truck has yellow. You must have a steady hand!

    • Thanks Dot, yes, if I really wanted it to be authentic, I should have added a few streaks of color to the white, but I still love the way it turned out…as for the steady hand, it’s all about the brush!

  24. So cute! And yay for creating your own MacKenzie Child style fire truck. Thank you for sharing with Creative Compulsions!

  25. Pam says:

    Oh, I just love what you did with that little red truck, Jenna! Thanks for sharing with us at the TFT link party. I hope you’re having a great week!

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