The Tale of a Rocking ‘Sea’ Horse

The Tale of a Rocking ‘Sea’ Horse

The Rocking ‘Sea’ Horse

Once upon a time, there was a rocking horse that no one loved until one day a girl and her paintbrush came along….

I guess you need to see the before picture to see how very sad this ordinary pine horse looked before:


Nice and rustic.  But the yellow varnish was peeling and there were scuff marks.  The poor horse hadn’t been played with in quite some time.  This very heavy and sturdy horse was calling out for some help.

So I got my trusty Annie Sloan Chalk Paint out and started:
First coat of Old White

I did two coats of Old White on most parts, but the head I did one.  Followed by Paris Grey on the head and the body.  I added a couple of starfish stencils to make it a ‘Sea’ horse.

A coat of clear wax and buffed.  I didn’t want to distress this piece as I wanted it to look sparkling and new.  To finish off, I added antique gray buttons for the eyes and chocolate brown faux suede for the mane and tail (attached with adhesive as recommended by my friend, Nancy, at the Sea Rose Cottage).
Here is an additional shot out on the deck which is more true to the color:
What do you think?  Conor tried him out:
And didn’t want to get off…
Linking to:

Funky Junk Interiors

Home Stories A2Z


  1. Danielle, that is gorgeous!!

  2. Thanks, Ali, it was fun to paint :)

  3. Danielle, This is sooooo precious! I just love everything about it!

  4. Thanks, Nancy! I appreciate it.

  5. Great job Danielle! LOVE it :)

  6. Thanks, Jessica. I had fun with it.

  7. That is cute!! Love the story with it. No surprise Conor didn’t want to get off. I love your blog. I’m your newest follower. Would love you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home

    P.S. I have a linky every Monday would love you to stop by Monday and link up.

  8. Thanks, Jamie. It was fun to work on. I’ll check out your blog now.

  9. Great job-the horse, AND the little guy are super cute:)Thank you so much for linking up your lovely project at Get Schooled Saturday. We will be open for business again Friday night-Sunday night!
    Kim @ Too Much Time

  10. Thanks, Kim. I’ll link some things up later tonight. I love your blog :) Love that desk too that you decoupaged!

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