Refurbishing My Rocking Horse

About 35 years ago, when I was a year old, my uncle made me a rocking horse in high school shop class.  My sister and I played with it a lot as little kids.  Then my parents held onto it for me for when I had kids.  My 4 boys also were able to use it and enjoy the horse.  With all that playing and use the horse was starting to look worn out.

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I forgot to take a picture before I did a little sanding.

My youngest is a girl and she is about to turn 2.  She absolutely loves the My Little Ponies, so I decided to turn my rocking horse into one of the My Little Ponies named Pinkie Pie.

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The first step in turning my horse into Pinkie Pie was to remove the original varnish coating.  My 8 year old son helped me with sanding the varnish off of the wood.

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Dissected and sanded horse

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Priming the horse

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Ever feel you were being watched?
 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the big things I wanted to do was to add a mane and tail back to the horse.  I doubt it will last long, because it didn’t last me long as a child.  However, if I was going to redo the horse then I wanted to have it done right at the start.  After looking into materials, I decided jute would be the best choice since it is rough and pretty durable.  I also got pink dye to use on the jute.

 

After painting the horse bubblegum pink, the only thing left was to add on the balloon “cutie” marks.  I found the correct image online and printed it.  Then I cut out the balloons and used the paper as a stencil.  I put a small balloon mark on the side of the rocker, but some of the paper stuck in the acrylic paint which I am not happy about.

 

The balloons on the side were not impressive enough for me so I made a bigger stencil to paint balloons on the seat section of the horse. This time I traced the image onto the horse with a pencil and then painted.  I am much happier with how that part turned out.

 

All in all, I am happy with how the horse turned out.  Now to see what my daughter thinks at her 2 year old birthday party tonight.

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-Joshua

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Refurbishing My Rocking Horse

  1. I am impressed how you transformed your rocking horse into a suitably feminine version for your little girl. And after years of fun, it can be stored away and refurbished for the grandkids to come. A true family heirloom.

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