It’s no secret that one of my favorite bloggers is Marian over at Miss Mustard Seed. I take so much inspiration from her and when she posted her wood rocking horse in 2014, I fell in love. I wanted to find my own wood rocking horse and paint it similarly. Took me a while of thrifting, but I finally found on similar.
Miss Mustard Seed’s Painted Wood Rocking Horse Inspiration
She used this wooden horse from Restoration Hardware. I would have loved to have been able to purchase the exact same but at $299, it just wasn’t in my budget.
I never forgot about the post and kept my eyes open for something I could use to recreate it. My patience paid off. While stocking my booth at the Antique Mall, another vendor had just set out this wood horse.
Wood Horse Before
I asked her the price and when she said $20, I said “SOLD”. I am pretty sure I skipped my way to the register. You never know when those pieces will find their way into your hands but it’s so awesome when they do!
I brought my new found treasure home and set it off to the side until I could find the time to get around to painting it! I couldn’t wait to give this little wood horse a makeover!
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Milk Paint is one of my most favorite mediums as it can give such a unique and unexpected finish. I used this one here.
I didn’t have to do any prep work for this project. After mixing the milk paint (Miss Mustard Seed has many Milk Paint Tutorials and How Tos), I just started painting. This wood horse took two coats and then I let it dry.
This is where the magic happens. It naturally starts to crack and flake away. I used a scraper to help this process and I love how it looks!
Chipping Away the Milk Paint
There’s many ways you can seal Milk Paint, but for this project I used a White Wax to soften the brown contrast. Then finished it off with a light hand buffing using a cotton cloth. For the aged look, you can also use a darker wax. There are many options so just choose what will create the look you are going for. So many examples on Pinterest as well for easy comparison.
I am so happy with how this turned out. There are a few areas of the wood horse that the red and green from the original paint job peep through. But, for $20 and a little milk paint I am more than happy with this outcome of this project!
Completed Wood Horse
What recent project have you been working on? I always love getting inspiration from you.
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