When each month rolls around to the second Tuesday, it’s time for my Trash to Treasure friends and I to share with you our latest DIY transformations for you. You’ll see theirs in a bit, but take a minute to peek at what found me. Initially, my friend, Mandy, asked me if I wanted this dated carousel horse. I had no idea how big it was, but I spy an antique rocking horse makeover.
When I went to pick it up, I was like…whoa! It’s definitely bigger than a table top decoration I thought it was. However, that just means more fun for me. woot! Funny thing is, this poor old horse doesn’t have the get up and go it used to. The hole for the dowel is worn so much that it now rests on the ground. If I pick it up, it falls apart. Time for a makeover, right?
First, let’s take a look at what I’m dealing with. It looks easy enough to transform. The key is I need to dig into my stash to make this happen.
Then, looky at what I found. They’re leftovers from my upcycled lamp from broken rockers I made HERE in this post.
The only problem is that one is still broken. However, after a little bit of woodworking, I have a rebuilt rocker that is ready to go.
Next, I need to assemble it all. In order to do that, I have to figure out how to connect the rockers to the horse. I think the original dowel will work well for that.
Finally, once all the assembly is complete, it’s time for the finish work. I begin by painting a base coat of two colors, then follow up with the details.
Not only did I get to recreate this vintage carousel horse, but I also got to make 3 different projects in one. Here’s my antique rocking horse from reclaimed parts up first.
Isn’t he cute? I had fun with this to the end. Plus, the bonus is getting to use up my stash and have fun art time too. In addition, he even as a twinkle in his eye.
What shall we name him? Rocko? Spot? Let me hear it…
However, before I sign off, take a closer look at two more upcycles. First, let’s see the base of the carousel horse turned art.
Last, but not least, the wooden heart needs some love. I sand it down and add a bit of typography on a fresh coat of stain. Much better, right?
Now, it’s your turn. Which is your favorite? Also, if you’d like to own any or all of my creations, you can find them available in my online shop.
In addition to leaving some comment love, do pin and share my antique rocking horse creation so you can inspire others too!
With this intention of inspiration, I’ve got a hot new tool that I’m eager to try and I have one for you too!
Even more, it’s time to see what my Trash to Treasure friends have created for you. woot!
Additionally, more trash to treasure fun like my antique rocking horse: