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Quick fix: rocking horse redo

Rocking horse redo

A little while ago my mom found this adorable rocking horse for my kiddos, for an absolute steal (something like $2, woop woop!). The only downside was that we really weren’t fans of the colour scheme. So i decided to give it a quick update with some spray paint. In my infinite wisdom i decided to ignore stupid questions from my brother along the lines of : Did you sand before you painted? Did you use primer? and, What kind of paint is that anyway??

Brothers. Pfffff.

So, yes, the rocker looked really cute for about six months, after which all the “love” my kids showed it helped the original paintwork to show through. oops. I absolutely adore this little rocker, and the colours i chose – but unfortunately now i’m going to have to take a little time to remove alllll the paint and start from scratch.

There is a lesson in this, it’s either A) Listen to your brother, or B) Do it right the first time. Oh, heck can’t it both?!

ps. Matt how do you feel about helping me paint a rocking horse?! hehehe

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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10 years ago

great redo! who cares if it shows a little ago. isn’t that part of the allure of handmade :)

10 years ago

Luckily I have all the woodworking skills and general manliness of Ron Swanson.
Be happy to give you a hand :)
ps. the price of this service will be macaroni cheese, which can be collected during the refinishing..

10 years ago
Reply to  Meg

Haha love Matts avatar! ;)

10 years ago

Ahahahahahaha! I had the same conversation with my husband recently when he wanted to repaint a table, but in reverse (he’s not suuuuper savvy about handy projects). “Um, did you sand this at all, or…?” But the rocking horse looks just fine to me and it a really sweet update!