October 7, 2015 by Terry
This rocking horse will be the perfect gift for a little boy on his first birthday!
I was kind of surprised when I was asked if I would paint this little horse as I only ever do furniture.
I had done this piece earlier this year for a lady and her husband. Oh how I loved this piece!
Well now they wanted me to do another for them… a horse … for a first birthday! Wow! Honored! … but mostly nervous! I paint FURNITURE not toys! Important toys at that! I mean, it is a 1st ever birthday and that’s pretty important. Worst of all…” they trust me and whatever I do to it they’ll love!” … Pressure? Totally!
Here is what I decided to do with it.
But … as I began sanding it down ( not a fun job because of all the tiny nooks and crannies … took at least 2 hours to get every inch!) I started to feel like this was more of a “calm” horse. Not a wild crazy horse. One that if left out in the living room, would be more ornamental than just a toy for a one year old. Not an eyesore.
In the end I decided that “less” really is “more”.
Because this little horse already had a blue mane and tail I decided that the theme should be just that …..blue and white and mustard seed yellow to accent it!
I used MMS Linen for the body, MMS Artissimo for the saddle and rockers and then MMS Mustard Seed Yellow for the accent colours on the saddle and rockers.
I sanded the whole piece lightly distressing the edges here and there. Perfectly imperfect!
I decided that as someone who does not paint or draw very well, that I would not add eyes to the horse. I did an experimental eye a few times on some scrap wood, and each time they just looked down right creepy! So I decided to leave them off and if the parents of the little one wanted eyes then someone more qualified could add them easily. I don’t want to be responsible for any therapy needed for this little boy in the future! Ha, ha!
I did google images of painted rocking horse faces and found them all to look a little less than classy … more creepy. I opted for none.
The bangs and mane of the horse cover the eye area anyway.
I think this little horse is simple but sweet. It’s not over stimulating but still invites you to get on and ride. I hope this little horse sees many miles and lots of adventures at his new home.
There is a carving on the underside with the name of the fellow who made him and a date. I was going to take a picture of it but forgot. I tried not to sand it off when I was prepping as I thought this would give it some nice history.
Hope this is the best birthday ever for this little boy!
Just a reminder that the Making Broken Beautiful Linky Party begins tomorrow!
Hope to see you there!