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!
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…
Of course I just had to have it.
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?
I walked around the store and it hit me!
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 😉
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!
Y’all just don’t know how happy this make over made me! I am loving my Vintage Wood Rocking Horse!
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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?
29 thoughts on “Vintage Wood Rocking Horse Makeover”
How sweet! I have fallen in love with it!!! I’m an avid DIYer and always try to be busy with some new projects. Was searching for a unique idea to start. The Vintage Wood Rocking Horse made me stop and crazy to make it asap! In a hurry to start. Wish me good luck! 🙂
Oh I love it. I did something very similar to a smaller one because I did not feel right spending those big bucks. Fabulous transformation
Love the transformation! I think I might just cut out my own horse though since I do woodworking anyway! : )
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!
Hey girl, I’m 55 so I know what you’re saying
whoo hoo, Miss Debbie! Way to have some vision!!
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 🙂
wow! I will never look at those little horses the same, it’s really great!
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!
beautiful job on your horse makeover debbie! I love how it turned out… so sweet!
What an awesome project! LOVE it – pinning!
It’s beautiful and I love how your displayed.
She was just waiting to be found by someone like you!
So pretty now 🙂
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!
Oh how beautiful Debbie! I love the horse and how you arranged it with the basket on the wall. Amazing!!!
I’ve seen many a horse with hearts on them. LOL Great repurpose Debbie, love what you did with it!
Girl…you have knocked it out of the park! Love your smart, thrifty t and creative makeover.This rocking horse is just adorable!
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!!
Thanks Jenny, I almost kept walking!
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.
Thanks so much Kim, I will keep my eye out for you one!
I love what you did with the horse! He looks a lot like the more expensive ones! Great job!
Thanks so much Lindsay!
Debbie, This is just gorgeous! I want a 1980s rocking horse now!!!!!
I highly recommend the 8o’s version 🙂 Thank you!!