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.
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 😉
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).
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.
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! =)
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):
Safety first!! =)
See you tomorrow!