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Make A Gorgeous Hand Painted Antique Rocking Horse

This next project was truly a labor of love! It took quite some time to get it how I envisioned it, but I am so stoked by how it turned out!

I drive by the most adorable country store on my way to work everyday. One day as I was driving by I saw this cute little rocking horse in the front of the store.

As you know from my recent posts, I have all things baby on my mind. I went there on my lunch break to see if I could get a decent price-knowing it was an antique I was a little leary, but the shop owner was the sweetest lady & gave me a great deal.

It needed work though. I know some people cringe at painting an antique, but I feel it is important to love what you have in a room & if you don’t love it, what is the point?

I didn’t love it, but knew I could & now I absolutely love it!! I went with yellow & gray as those are the colors the Mom To Be chose for the nursery.

I even braided ribbon & yarn for the tail. The eyes were the hardest, but I think they are so sweet now. When the baby is named I plan to paint it on the side.

Trust me when I tell you I really did a happy dance when she was complete! My Son caught me & said I was losing my marbles 🙂 anyway here she is in all her glory:

antique painted rocking horse


rocking horse painted antique

painted antique rocking horse











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Wednesday 6th of May 2015

What a great Job!! Very Cute!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love having you!! Pinned!!

Michelle James

Thursday 7th of May 2015

Thank you Elaine! Have a great week. See you tomorrow! Michelle

Cyndee Christman

Tuesday 5th of May 2015

Very cute! My two year old grand-daughter would love this!

Michelle James

Wednesday 6th of May 2015

Thank you Cyndee! It was very fun to update. I am hoping it will become an heirloom to be passed on! Have a great week. Michelle

Heaven Smiling

Wednesday 29th of April 2015

The braided tail is my favorite! I would love to have something like this in my home. Well done. Stopping by from Creative Spark. Pinned!

Michelle James

Thursday 30th of April 2015

Thank you Heaven! The tail is my favorite too! Reminded me of playing with barbies with my daughter when she was little & she always wanted me to braid their hair. Have a great week. Michelle

Trish Martin

Wednesday 29th of April 2015

MIchelle this is so adorable. I love it.

Michelle James

Wednesday 29th of April 2015

Thanks Trish! Is your baby coming home from College soon? Mine will be home May 14th & I am counting the days. It was a tough transition but we all got through it :) Hope all is well. Have a great week! Michelle


Tuesday 28th of April 2015

Hi Michelle, I have this exact rocking horse. It has the same happy face. My Dad made it for my son before he was born. He was the first grandchild. My husband has repainted it for me and we keep it by a large window in our dining room. My grandchildren love this rocking horse. I am so glad I kept it. I can't tell you how many times I have been watching my grand kids and found one of them happily rocking while looking out the window. I was so surprised to see our same rocking horse on your blog. I hope my children or grandchildren will keep it for their kids someday.

Michelle James

Wednesday 29th of April 2015

Elisa-thank you for sharing your beautiful story. I was so surprised when I looked up antique rocking horses & found the exact same one we have. Here is the link appears it is from the 1970's. I love finding items and researching the history. I am hoping my niece passes it on to her children as well. Nothing like a family keepsake. I have my wooden rocking chair that I used to rock both my babies (24 & 18 now) to sleep. I plan to pass it on for them to use with their babies. I have a post about it here: Have a great day! Michelle

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