Wooden Rocking Horse

Hello everyone.  Thanks again for stopping by.  I hope you are finding time in the midst of the busyness to enjoy and be thankful for the moments.  I’ve had a mix of excitement and grief this week as my amazing Grandfather went to his eternal abode.  He was a phenomenal man (and I don’t say that lightly), who overcame so much, and brought joy and the love of God wherever he went.  (I shared a bit about him in this post on Veteran’s Day). He leaves a great big hole here on earth, and will be greatly missed.  But his legacy lives on, and I am so grateful for the days, the visits, the phone calls, letters, and cassette tapes he made me and my brother telling stories and jokes, we titled it “Grandpa Funny.”  I love that though we lived far away, but he was intentional about connecting with us and loving us before the days of Skype and Facetime.  I will always hear the joy and hope in his voice, concluding almost every conversation with  a genuine, “There is so much to be thankful for.”  He was truly a gift.

In the midst of that, I’ve been tickled by four little excited men around our house, trying to guess their presents, begging to eat more sugar when they already had their fair share, excited for meaningful traditions and the anticipation of school being out.  And with that, I have decided to slow down on the blog output the next few weeks.  So, the next few weeks, I’ll only be posting once a week.  I had no idea when I begun how much time each post would take.  It’s been so much fun, but I do want to slow down during the holidays and focus on my family, not my computer and tasks.

So your post of the week this week is brought to you by way of a two-year-old’s gift.  A few months back I found this little wooden rocking horse at a thrift store for $4.  I let my then almost 2 year old test it out to see if he would like it.  And indeed, he did.  He desperately wanted to keep on “gock-gocking” and threw a miniature fit when I made him get off and loaded it into the car.

Rocking Horse 1

I decided this would be a great makeover for a Christmas gift for the two year old.  Not that he would care if it were the original light wood or painted, but I reasoned, that if it did look a little more vintage, I would be okay with it hanging out in our main living area.

Rocking Horse 2

Rocking Horse 3

So I painted it in several layers of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.  First I did a light sanding.  Then I started with Linen and the bonding agent, then did a combination of Curio and Linen, then I did a layer of Mocha Burnishing Paste to add a subtle antique look underneath, and I finished it with Grainsack and some Hemp Oil to seal it all in.

Rocking Horse 5

Rocking Horse 7

Rocking Horse 8

The base I did in Artissimo which has become my favorite for rich dark navy blues.

Rocking Horse 4

Rocking Horse 5

I am really pleased with how it turned out.  And pleased with how great it looks in front of the Christmas tree.  Doesn’t everything look better in front of the Christmas tree?

Thanks for stopping by!  See you next week!



Because I have received so many requests for close ups of the this rocking horse as others work on restoring their own, I am going to post the two photos I send out the most.

The close up of the mane shows the yarn sewn onto twill tape and then stapled into the head of the horse.

Rocking Horse Mane

The tail comes out of a hole that is not drilled all the way through the tail end of the horse.  This part could probably not be duplicated, as it was most likely two pieces of wood glued together with the tail glued inside.  However, this may be a creative guide as to a way you could attempt a similar one.

Rocking Horse Tale

If you still need more clarification or direction, please don’t hesitate to ask.  If this has helped in any way, please drop a comment.  It helps me to continue to know that what I am doing is helping people or inspiriting others out there!  I love seeing your photos too!


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