Rocking Horse Makeover

Hey y’all…I can’t wait to share this adorable rocking horse makeover. But first…Do you ever feel so busy that you can’t seem to focus your thoughts? Or that the hamster-wheel of life is spinning out of control? Jenn and I have so much going on right now, we don’t even know which end is up LOL. I’m not too sure what we were thinking…we are participating in the six-week One Room Challenge™ and creating a master bedroom closet for Jenn’s home and there is only a week and a half to go.  After spending weeks getting my home ready to sell at the beginning of April (which by the way sold within hours of going on the market), I am now preparing for our move in just over a week. Oh, and on top of all of that, Jenn and I decided that it was a great idea to take vacations in April … Jenn to the mountains of Colorado as I headed to the beaches of Florida!

We managed to regroup this week and create a list of our priorities. We are back on track for the One Room Challenge™…because we have had some definite challenges in this closet space. I was tasked with trying to find a pair of thrift store bookcases and y’all know I love thrifting.

The first thrift store I visited was Goodwill and they sadly didn’t have any bookcases. But, what kind of thrifter would I be though if I didn’t peruse the aisles? Nothing was really striking my fancy until I saw this guy… (more about the One Room Challenge™ later)

Thrift store rocking horse gets a makeover with chalk paint.

This cute rocking horse just spoke to me. I knew I could give him a makeover and take him from his country attire to a more rustic and primitive look.

The best part? This little pony was marked for $4.94 BUT…on this day at Goodwill the 50% off tickets were yellow. So this cutie was only $2.47!!! Can you believe it? He’s large, heavy and made of 100% wood.

Thrift store rocking horse gets a makeover with chalk paint.

I couldn’t wait to get started with the makeover. The first thing I did was remove his fabulous bow tie. I next used fingernail polish remover to take of his cow markings and pink heart. The rocking horse’s tail and rocker were almost an orange color. I wanted a very basic finish and knew which paint finishes I would use.

Thrift store rocking horse gets a makeover with chalk paint.

I painted his body with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. The rocker was painted in Amy Howard’s One Step Paint in French Blue.

Thrift store rocking horse gets a makeover with chalk paint.

I very slightly distressed the finish with 220 grit sandpaper and a bit of dark paste wax.

Thrift store rocking horse gets a makeover with chalk paint.

He looks great atop my antique tool chest…

Thrift store rocking horse gets a makeover with chalk paint.

 

Thrift store rocking horse gets a makeover with chalk paint.

 

Thrift store rocking horse gets a makeover with chalk paint.

This is my favorite type of makeover…a small investment with a big impact. I eventually found the bookcases that we needed at another thrift store…and we gave them a makeover too! We will be sharing more of that project with you later this week.

Have you found any great thrifting deals lately?

Until tomorrow…

XO~Vicki

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Rocking Horse Makeover.Thrift store rocking horse makeover with chalk paint.

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