Here I am again with another fantastic Goodwill find and superb makeover!
This time, it’s a little wooden rocking pony for kids. I was literally doing a happy dance when I spotted this little guy sitting in a lonely corner in the thrift shop! Some may have appreciated him just as he was, in his natural state of wood, but by now you know me, and a paint job he did receive.
I used my favorite DIY chalk paint recipe. If I haven’t mentioned yet how great chalk paint is, let me just mention it again. This stuff has changed my furniture painting life.
I love how you can use any latex color you’d like, and create your own chalk paint.
As a recap, here’s the recipe and instructions I use-
Mix until dissolved into a pancake batter consistency –
5 tbsp dry Plaster of Paris
Approx 2 tbsp of water
Add and mix well-
2 Cups latex paint
Store in an airtight container.
Now, back to the pony. This guy was just asking for a shabby chic makeover. So, I began by cleaning him with a mixture of vinegar and water.
Once he dried, I did give him a light sanding. With chalk paint, you really don’t need to sand, but there were a few very rough spots on his legs, and they just needed to be worked out.
As you can see, the seat was in pretty rough shape as well, but a coat of chalk paint covered all of that craziness.
And of course, just to add my own personal touch of whimsy and uniqueness, I hand painted a little saddle onto his seat.
Every bit of distressed paint was completely intentional, and was created with a simple scrub in a few strategic spots with a sheet of sandpaper. Yet another reason to love and use chalk paint, because it’s super easy to distress.
Once the paint was dry and distressed to my liking, I used a polycrylic sealer. I haven’t tried the traditional wax sealer that some folks do on their chalk painted pieces, simply because I prefer the poly sealer. It works like a charm.
I was able to take this little guy out to my shop at Miles of Art, and he sold within a few days. Yes, he was that awesome!
And now, be inspired, and go make one of your own!