DIY Project: restoration – Wooden Rocking Horse

DIY Project: restoration - Rocking Wooden Horse | by http://www.SomethingOnEverything.com As my “catch-up” post showed, I restored a wooden rocking horse to give to my nephew on his 1st birthday. 

Seriously, I love these rocking horses, that we had as kids and are now called vintage. Wow. My toys are called vintage now. I’m officially old. Not really, but still.

I found a really old, solid wood, rocking horse and decided to do this for him a couple of months ago.

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This is how it looked. It had lots of chipped paint, was seriously dirty but I looked way beyond that and imagined it restored. =)

The first task was (asking my boyfriend to) disassemble it 😉

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Then, using a sandpaper, I carefully prepared the entire surface of the rocking horse. I think the sandpaper I used was 100 or 120, but I’m not sure and I don’t have it anymore, sorry. But any sandpaper would do in this case; the only thing that would differ was the amount of time it took to smooth the entire surface.

After that, I made sure that there wasn’t any leftover powder anywhere; that would get stuck in the paint.

I used two different shades of a synthetic enamel by Dyrup (Dyrulux 309 Creme and 775 Chocolate).

DIY Project: restoration - Rocking Wooden Horse | by http://www.SomethingOnEverything.com

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It took me three days total to paint with the enamel. You really need to make sure it’s fully dry in order to paint a second coat – and a second coat was needed. For the mane effects, I actually used an old makeup brush (beauty Gods wouldn’t approve). It seems odd, but a big old powder brush was perfect to make those hair effects. And I saved it afterwards, with a good old synthetic diluent.  

After everything was dry, I applied a light coat of a Bondex Universal translucent wood stain and let it dry for a day and a half.

DIY Project: restoration - Rocking Wooden Horse | by http://www.SomethingOnEverything.com

DIY Project: restoration - Rocking Wooden Horse | by http://www.SomethingOnEverything.com

And that was it! This is how it turned out =) I placed a baby blue ribbon on the neck and it was ready for the party! =)

DIY Project: restoration - Rocking Wooden Horse | by http://www.SomethingOnEverything.com

DIY Project: restoration - Rocking Wooden Horse | by http://www.SomethingOnEverything.com

It was hard work, but totally worth it! Doesn’t it look cute? I love it and I’m proud! eheh

Just to wrap-up this cool DIY post, here’s a photo of the horse travelling to the location of the party (it was a 3-hour drive):

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Safety first!! =)

 

See you tomorrow!

 


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One thought on “DIY Project: restoration – Wooden Rocking Horse

  • July 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm
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    Hello, thank you very much for having shared this information on how to properly restore a wooden rocking horse! These types of wooden toys can sometime get ware and tear as they are used frequently by many generations. I think it’s good to know how to properly restore this type of toy to keep it in good shape over the years.

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