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Vintage Wood Rocking Horse Makeover

Welcome to the “Home For Christmas” party hosted by Country Living and Hometalk! I have a fun Christmas project, I’m sharing my vintage wood rocking horse makeover…one that I just couldn’t live without!

Home for Christmas with Country Living and HomeTalk Vintage Wood Rocking Horse

Do you ever keep seeing something every where you look? It seems like every time I jumped on Facebook I kept seeing vintage wood rocking horses. Of course I took that as a sign, so I started looking for one. I found them ranging from $60 to a couple hundred. Crossed that off the list, no way was I paying that for something that I really didn’t need.

Until this Vintage Wood Rocking Horse came along…

Wood rocking horse from 70's crafty horse at refresh restyle - Home for Christmas with Country Living and HomeTalk Vintage Wood Rocking Horse

Of course I just had to have it.

Wood rocking horse before transformed at Refresh Restyle - Home for Christmas with Country Living and HomeTalk Vintage Wood Rocking Horse

When I saw this lovely 80’s lady standing alone in a thrift store, I chuckled to myself. What were we thinking in the 80’s? Burgundy, spots, hearts?

Wood rocking horse makeover before heart seat at refreshrestyle.com - Home for Christmas with Country Living and HomeTalk Vintage Wood Rocking Horse

I walked around the store and it hit me!

Vintage Rocking Horse Makeover from 80's Burgundy heart & pine furniture Home for Christmas with Country Living and HomeTalk

So for under $15 and a few minutes with my paint brush, I created my long sought after wood horse. Miss Mustard Seed and Dear Lilly don’t have anything on me 😉

Vintage Rocking Horse Makeover from 80's Burgundy heart pine furniture Home for Christmas with Country Living and HomeTalk Vintage Wood Rocking Horse

Steps to refreshing an 80’s Lady aka Vintage Wood Rocking Horse:

  • remove heart seat
  • remove rafia necklace
  • paint the whole thing in a dark color of your choice, let it dry
  • paint a lighter coat on the top, leaving the rockers dark
  • sand to distress areas so your dark paint shows through
  • wax for a durable finish (or any top coat of your choosing)

For Christmas add a wreath around her neck. I bought mine at PierOne, it fits perfectly!

Dry brushed finish on wood rocking horse makeover at refresh restyle

Vintage Rocking Horse Makeover from 80's Burgundy heart pine furniture Home for Christmas with Country Living and HomeTalk Vintage Wood Rocking Horse

Y’all just don’t know how happy this make over made me! I am loving my Vintage Wood Rocking Horse!

Vintage Rocking Horse Makeover from 80's Burgundy heart pine furniture Home for Christmas with Country Living and HomeTalk Vintage Wood Rocking Horse

Vintage wood rocking horse with tobacco basket for Christmas at Refresh Restyle Home for Christmas with Country Living and Hometalk

Speaking of the 70’s – 80’s what do you think of the 2016 Colors of the Year??  Rose and Baby Blue, are we going to see a comeback of ducks too?

Wow! what an idea for a vintage wood rocking horse makeover at refresh restyle

26 comments

  1. Debbie, This is just gorgeous! I want a 1980s rocking horse now!!!!!

  2. I love what you did with the horse! He looks a lot like the more expensive ones! Great job!

  3. No they sure don’t have any thing on you anymore. I want one, too that doesn’t cost a fortune. Great makeover and vision.

  4. I love, love your little rocking horse! I must admit, I might have walked right by that 80s horse without giving her a second look – shame on me!!

  5. Girl…you have knocked it out of the park! Love your smart, thrifty t and creative makeover.This rocking horse is just adorable!

  6. I’ve seen many a horse with hearts on them. LOL Great repurpose Debbie, love what you did with it!

  7. Oh how beautiful Debbie! I love the horse and how you arranged it with the basket on the wall. Amazing!!!

  8. Love the rocking horse and her makeover! I, too, wanted one and found two for a reasonable price. The small one is done and now I’m working on the big one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Super score!
    She was just waiting to be found by someone like you!
    So pretty now 🙂

  10. Debbie,

    It’s beautiful and I love how your displayed.

  11. What an awesome project! LOVE it – pinning!

  12. beautiful job on your horse makeover debbie! I love how it turned out… so sweet!

    pinning!

    gail

  13. I’m in love! It’s always so astounding what a little paint can transform. Blended with your talent, the sky’s the limit. Such a gorgeous project!

  14. wow! I will never look at those little horses the same, it’s really great!

  15. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Like you, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for a rocking horse ever since seeing Marian’s at Miss Mustard Seed. How lucky you found one and I love how you decorated it for the holidays! Pinning to share 🙂

  16. whoo hoo, Miss Debbie! Way to have some vision!!

  17. You did an awesome job…I have to comment on your question, What were they thinking in the 1970’s? Girl, I hate to break it to you, but in 40 years, the next generation of crafters will be wondering, What is with all this repurposed junk (which I love, collect and use, by the way…)
    I am in my 60s and I grew up with mid century modern and didn’t particularly care for it. Now, I love it and wish to lay my hands on any and everything. I guess my point is, styles and likes change. What I love about the internet is that we can share ideas. Years ago, in the 90s, I had a deer skull I found on a walk in the woods on my bathroom walls, my grandmother’s washboard hanging there too, which she thought was odd as all get out, and old advertising signs.
    Style and imagination truly come within the creative souls of each of us. I know you didn’t mean it in a cruel way, but remember, generations will wonder what the heck YOU were thinking. 🙂 First time to your site by the way and I’ll be back!

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