Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Large Chippy Rocking Horse


Awhile back I bought a very large and heavy rocking horse that had so much potential.  
Before:
I debated about painting it or keeping it as is and decided to paint it a chippy white and grey.  I have admired Miss Mustard Seed's horse and so that is what inspired me.  I first painted the horse in grey chalk paint so that the grey  would show up if the milk paint chipped. Next I mixed up MMS Ironstone milk paint for the body of the horse. I wanted a crackle finish, so I painted on multiple coats of milk paint and I dried each layer with my hair dryer on hot. This made the paint dry fast and have lots of crackle.  

After the Ironstone paint had dried I used my scraper to get a chippy look and have some of the grey show through.  

I painted the base in grey and added character with dark wax and then painted the rocking part in black.  The final step was to seal it all with clear wax. 



Aged base with dark wax

I love the stern look the horse has

Chippy hooves

Love all the crackle! 


I kept the wheels the way they were when I found it






I am loving the Rocking Horse now! 
Linking up with:
missmustardseed
redouxinteriors
funkyjunkinteriors
findingsilverpennies
interiorfrugalista
betweennapsontheporch
niftythriftythings
astrollthrulife
thededicatedhouse
lessthanperfectlifeofbliss
rayofbliss

48 comments:

  1. WOW what a fabulous makeover!! Love it Darrielle!

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    1. Thank you Martina-I love the horse now!

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    1. Thank you Julie-I think I nailed it too!

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  3. I love it. I want to find a smaller version.

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    1. Thank you Kim-I hope you are able to find one!

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  4. Happy New Year!!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. You have been busy I see. So many beautiful pieces and jam too?!?!?! I love the green dresser (of course).

    Blessings...
    Sherri

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    1. Thank you Sherri-I had a great Christmas and I knew you would love the green dresser-you are a green fan like me! Happy New Year to you too!

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    1. Thank you Marigene-I am very happy with the horse now!

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  6. I. LOVE. IT. And I want it, too!! What a makeover. The wreath is a very lovely touch. XOXO

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    1. Thank you Meredith-I am glad I went and painted the horse-decorating with wreaths is so easy and they look good too!

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  7. loooove your horse!!!!!!! happy new year!!! hugs, angie from germany

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    1. Thank you Angie-the horse turned out just like I wanted it too!

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  8. Great job--it was totally meant to look like that!

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    1. Thank you Susan-I agree-the horse was meant to look this way! I think I need to name her!

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  9. It truly is a beautiful piece! I wish I live closer so it could be mine!

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  10. Thank you Victoria-I wish it could be yours too! I am selling it and do have it on CL. More projects in the wings so I need to make room!

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  11. Wow, wow, wow! I love that horse!

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  12. Wowsie this is a beautiful re love of this piece. Looks so gorgeous.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you Kris-I think it looks much better now that it is re-loved!

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  13. What a gorgeous makeover! Stunning!

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    1. Thank you Kim-I think the horse looks much better now too!

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  14. So stunning. Looks amazing!......as is your photography.
    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

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    1. Thank you Mary-not bad for an iPhone! By the way I am having troubles leaving a comment on your blog, not sure why that is, but I love your pieces!

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  15. What an amazing before and after transformation. I love the subtle crackling and the darker base. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

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  16. Its gorgeous, you definitely made the right decision painting it Darrielle. It's got just the right amount of chippiness and the colors are perfect. So pretty!

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    1. Thank you Marie-I am happy I painted it too and I love the crackle!

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  17. What a find!!! I wish I could find something so awesome, and I love the character it has now!

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  18. Thank you very much-I agree - it does have more character now!

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  19. It looks amazing now! Well done! Great technique, thanks for sharing it. xx

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    1. Thank you Camille-I love using milk paint!

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  20. What a beautiful horse:-) I love the look after:-)
    Greetings:-)

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    1. Thank you Nitka-I love the after too!

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  21. Great job. I love his expression too. He reminds me of schoolmaster horse in dressage. "I'm telling ya, kid , you're on the wrong wrong lead!"

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    1. Thank you Susan-I agree--I grew up riding horses on a horse ranch agree!

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  22. Definitely a unique and amazing piece!!

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    1. Thank you Julie-I think is is pretty neat too!

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  23. Another beautiful makeover! I have been searching for a rocking horse for ages! Thanks for linking up to the Pretty Preppy Party.

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    1. Thank you Chirsty-It was a fun project and I love MMS milk paint so it was a win win for me!

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  24. I am a big fan of MMS milk paint and I love how the rocking horse turned out!

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    1. Thank you Dorene-I am a fan o f MMS too and I love how it chips and crackles!

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