May 19, 2014

Baby Project: Wooden Rocking Horse Makeover

I'm back again this week guys :) 

I'm finally starting to get pictures of things and slowly be able to edit them to get them up!!
If you only knew the transformation that this little house has gone through in the past few weeks!!! 

One of the major things was kicking our computers out of the now-nursery and fine a new spot to set up camp for them. 
Because we are a desktop loving family over here. 
And I have to have a regular computer monitor for editing photos- because the coloring on my laptop does not allow for good photo editing. 
Who knew? 
So that was a fun thing to figure out :) 

More to come on the solution to all that soon!!
It turned out so much better than I was planning so yippee for plans (and Ikea) working out!! 

Onto baby project number 2 that I'm sharing with you guys! 
I shared the highchair update with you last week and  we're continuing on a white & pink theme apparently with this makeover too. 
But the nursery is so close to final reveal time and eeek! I can't wait to share!

But in the meantime, remember this sad guy we picked up at Habitat? 

The one that I was super excited about finding and Hubby wasn't really sold on it?
We actually walked out of Habitat because he told me he didn't want it and then I looked at him and said we needed to go back in or we'd regret it later. 

Hubby wasn't thrilled about forking out the whopping 20$ for it but as soon as it was loaded in the car he looked at me and said he had already changed his mind and decided it would be great. 
Love that guy :) 

But seriously, I'm a sucker for wooden toys and you just can't find them the way they used to make them anymore.
Without shelling out big bucks anyways.
So 20$ was a steal for me considering it was incredibly solid and just needed some cosmetic help. 

Want to see her (yes, it's a her!) now? 

Get ready....

I know, isn't she gorgeous??? 

Take a look at that gorgeous mane...

When I brought our sad horse home, I knew I wanted to make some thick, girly tassels for her mane and tail. 
I had never made them before so I found this great tutorial for yarn tassels here
I made mine quite a bit longer than hers were so I used a big book to wind them. 

I also added a twist with mine and strung in some pretty ribbons. They turned out so much better than I thought they would. 
I found some gorgeous chunky white yarn that I used as the base for both tassels and added in the colors with the ribbons. 

The kids named our pretty girl "Sugar" and is was perfect considering that is daddy's nicknames for his girls. 
So I added some hot pink vinyl to make sure her name stuck around :) 

She was, of course, painted white after a very long & thorough sanding. 
The poor thing had obviously been loved a lot in her past life. 
Her bridal was hanging off in pieces but was easily taken off with needlenose pliers. 
I filled in some holes, sanded her down and gave her two coats of fresh white paint. 

I gave her a light sanding after being painted for a more hand-made and loved feel to her. 
Plus it won't make me crazy about the kids actually playing with her. lol

Isn't she absolutely fabulous now? 
I still can't believe how well she cleaned up...

and just in case you're wondering if I actually used the same horse I started with...
here are the before and afters of her :) 

Are you as taken with Sugar as we are?? 
The big kiddos absolutely love sitting in Maggie's room and riding Sugar too :) 

And you'll have to be patient for the full nursery reveal- we are nearly there! We made huge progress in there this past weekend :) 

For now, you can have the sneak peeks behind Sugar to get a glimpse.
But it'll be even better when it's all done!!

Love you friends- talk to you soon :)

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1 comment:

  1. Doing one just like this and was stuck on the mane until I read your blog. Fantastic idea. I've added it to Pinterest. Thank you!


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