Thursday, June 9, 2011

Rocking Horse Before and After

Is it just me, or are there lots of baby showers to attend these days? I think it's just this stage of life. Surely it's not the water.

When I'm out thrifting, I always stay on the lookout for unique baby presents so I'll be ready for the next shower. One morning I ran across this sad little wooden rocking horse for $2. It looked like someone had tried to spray paint it black and then gave up.
I couldn't help but imagine it painted and pretty, and the cheap price tag made it easy to say yes. So I took it home with the idea that, once refinished, it might be a great gift for a baby shower I'm attending this month. I started sanding and discovered this...
No wonder it was $2! But some wood filler, lots of sanding, and even more coats of blue paint led to this...

I used my trusty Silhouette machine to cut out a vinyl monogram in the baby's initials, and then whipped up some rosettes (how-to here) that match the nursery colors picked out by the mommy-to-be.

Unique, thoughtful and TWO DOLLARS. I can't wait to give this to her!

Linking to:
Sew Much Ado ... Beyond the Picket Fence ... Tip Junkie ... Skip to My Lou ...



  1. So classy looking, love the flower. I deleted your extra entries :), thanks for letting me know!

  2. Really lovely! I think the rosettes are a perfect touch!

  3. Adorable! What an awesome gift. Love that you pointed out the "teeth marks" in your post! I came from tip junkie where I posted (yet another) baby shower decorations tip.

  4. I've been looking around your blog and love it. Such fun projects and great pictures. I'm your newest follower.

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