Who else had a rocking horse growing up? My brother and I had a red one and boy did we travel some miles (well pretend miles) with lots of giggles along the way! So when this guy became available at a local online Garage sale, I was instantly taken back to these fun times with my brother and wanted to give him a fresh new Rocking Horse Makeover.
Rocking Horse Makeover
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- Chalk Paint – I used my milk and duck egg coloured chalkpaint
- Sander – 180 and 120 grit sandpaper. I have been spoilt with my Bosch Sander but when I started out furniture makovers the one I’ve listed worked a treat.
- Wooden Rocking Horse in need of some love
- Star Stencil – I have had my star stencil for years but this one will so the trick!
- Stencil Spouncer
- 2″ paint brush
To start, use your sander and 180 grit sandpaper sand the entire rocking horse to remove any loose paint. Then using your brush go to town and paint the areas that you would like in each colour. I painted most of him in milk and the cross section and bottom part in Duck Egg Blue. Once dry, grab your star stencil and stencil spouncer stencil on a star, either side for his eyes. I used duck egg blue to blend in with his legs.
Swap your sandpaper over and start to sand back, distressing where you would like. I left the original blue colour underneath as I wanted it to come through the milk colour as I was sanding along with the wood.
Handy Hint: When distressing, sand where the piece of furniture that you are making over would get worn in day to day life. So for example with this Rocking Horse Makeover I distressed all along the edges.
Once your happy with the desired amount of distressing give him a coat of wax to seal. Then he’s all ready for loads more miles of traveling and plenty more giggles, just like my brother and I had! Well that’s what I was hoping as I was painting and sanding away!
Unfortunately due to bad weather he didn’t sell on his maiden appearance at recent market but he is available in my shop 🙂
Even if you don’t have a rocking horse to make over the same technique can be used on anything to give it another chance at being used once again!
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I love rocking horses! This one turned out so cute! Good job Sam!
You are amazing, my friend! this is so adorable!!
Super Cute! I have bought rocking horses for all my grandchildren, every child should have a rocking horse 🙂
I have never used wax, this is something I am looking forward to trying. Thanks for sharing your post with us at #CCBG http://tryit-likeit.com/link-party-it.
This guy is such a cutie! Love the colors you chose for the project. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg. Can’t wait to see your next project 🙂
Thank you, Lydia! I hope he finds a new home soon! 🙂
What a lovely memory shared Sam. And the project too! Mimi xxx
Thank you Mimi! It sure is a lovely memory! 🙂 xx
Sooo pretty and adorable this little horsy! I had one too, but not sure what happened with it…. I love the colours you used as well!
Such a cute rockin horse, this was a great post to share on Friday Favorites and hope you will stop by next week to share more.
your projects are always unique. love this horsey. I still have mine in the attic but he is one with the springs. thinking of pulling him out for my grandson! His name was Duke Harry for real. Great color choices Sam
Thank you so much, Debbie for your sweet words! I bet your rocking horse will be a HUGE winner with your grandson! 🙂
Cute rocking horse! I like the tip on sanding where the normal wear and tear would happen!
Thank you Melony! Yes I learnt that trick a long time ago and have always found it to be very useful when painting! Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂
That turned out adorable!! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty
Thank you, Jamie! I was pretty happy how he all turned out! Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂
Great job! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasure’s of the NW’s DIY Party!
Thank you, Helen! And thank you for having me 🙂
This is fabulous! I’m featuring this darling makeover this week on You’re Gonna Love it! Thanks for linking up!
Oh WOW thank you, Kim!! This sure has made my day! 🙂