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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