September 20, 2012

Shabby Rocking Horse Transformation

 It's so fun to transform something besides the usual furniture, this time it was a vintage rocking horse


The owner of Orange Tree Antiques gave me this poor little pony, she thought maybe I could do something with it....Giddy up...


....Oh yes I could, I painted it with homemade chalk paint in heirloom white...She already feels better....Oh yes, she's a girl pony for sure! 


 Then I sanded her a little and used Annie Sloan dark wax to age her and applied water slide decals of roses on her legs.  

How to make water slide decals can be found HERE.  

I have had a lot of requests to make flower water slide decals to sell and I promise you, it is on my list to do after my son's November wedding.


The horse's mane was upholstery fringe I already had and the pearl eyes were from vintage earrings


And there you have it......Meet...."Abby Rose"


OH, I don't think it's ever a good idea to name your projects.....


....If I had a girl this would be staying right here.   Can't you see this in a little girls room or a nursery?


"Abby Rose" galloped over to my booth at Orange Tree Antiques where I priced her at $45.00

I love doing transformations, but I have to tell you....Some are a lot more fun than others!

Happy Creating!
Carol

43 comments:

Connie said...

Wow! I would have walked right past that ugly old horse without batting an eye. You took it and did your magic. It is so charming and wouldn't it look adorable in a baby girl's nursery.
You blow my mind, sister. Connie :)

nádya said...

Abbey Rose is just so adorable!!! Loved the way you transformed her from a ugly piece of rocking wood to a charming and elegant creature!!!
Blessings,
Nadya

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I have my son's rocking horse in storage...I keep saying I need to do something with it!! That little horsey will be GONE in no time!!

Simona said...

Carolo è il mio progetto preferito tra tutti quelli che ho visto finora.... così shabby e chic...
Un abbraccio dall'Italia

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

You took that pony right from Yee Haww to beautiful :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

At first I thought painting it white was enough of a difference...very cute! But the roses are just beautiful! Great job! I love pretty things like that in my home, like any 'little' girl! Hugs!

20 North Ora said...

What a beautiful transformation!! You did a wonderful job. Abbey Rose will find a new home right away I'm sure.

Judy

Barbara said...

Love it,love it, love it!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That is so cute, Carol! You really did a beautiful job on this transformation ~ from her head down to her gliders. : ) Love the fringe mane and the roses on the legs. I'm sure this will wind up in a nursery!

Maki said...

You've done it again, Girl!! Who would of thought it! It'll look good in anyone "Shabby Chic" home, doesn't
have to be baby's room ('course that'd be nice too)! You may be wishing you had it back one of these days. ha
Great job, my friend as always!
Hugs, Maki

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Oh, she's much more beautiful now and the name is so fitting! I hope she finds a home soon.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

LOL oh Carol you can make anything beeeee you tee ful !

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Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh Carol! I love it. It's so cute. So shabby...
...it makes me think of my kids and the littles on my knee.

"Ride a horsey into town;
to get a sack of peaches.
Watch out horsey don't fall down;
or skin Carol's knees to pieces!"

...love that Abby Rose! Pat

Roxanne Reinhart said...

That transformation is amazing. You still blow me away!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Abby Rose is so sweet! You sure know how to make "ugly" into pretty!
I hope a little package has arrived at your home!
Warmly,
deb

Laura | Bissonnette said...

You should totally make Miss. Abby Rose a Unicorn!

Gina said...

You totally did to something to it...Abby Rose is sooo pretty!

pogonip said...

I have a little dapple grey that belonged to my boys and needs to updated for the new grand-daughter...thanks for the inspiration!

Little Miss Maggie said...

This is so cute for a little girl. Love it!

Createology said...

Abby Rose is beautiful and I would be proud to have her in any one of MY rooms. You really do have an eye for taking sad forlorn homely pieces and making them beautiful and ever so treasured. Abby Rose ROCKS!!!

Pat C. said...

Wow! Abby Rose is as gorgeous as her name! Connie is so right--what you do is truly *magic*!!

xoxo

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That is so fun--how adorable! Looks nothing like the before. TFS!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

The Orange Tree owner gave that hobby horse to the perfect person. Abby Rose will go galloping out the door very soon!!! Great job!!!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, Oh I can see this rockin right out of the mall in a hurry!! Simply awesome. It turned out wonderful
Happy Weekend.
Celestina Marie XO

Debbie said...

Oh how cute Carol. I wish I still had my little pony, I loved her. This is a cutie pie. Enjoy your son this weekend!

pipigirl said...

i had one almost exactly like that. painted a pale blue, put in the old type of eyes. deco a pic of a horse with roses on one side. never did sell, so ended up giving to granbabe. hope you have better luck. im sure you will. maybe i should've named her....:)

Betty Sneeringer said...

Lookd like something that you might ought to save for a grandaughter!

Betty

Tee said...

Yee Hawl, way to go girl. You've inspired me AGAIN. I was given a butt ugly carnival horse a few years ago. When I picked it up it had the saddest fake flowers coming out of it's head where the handles use to be. I'm going to dig it out, paint it white and distress it.
THANKS!

Gypsy Heart said...

Carol, that is one of the best projects ever! Miss Abby Rose is beautiful and delightful. I would think any little girl would adore her.

xo
Pat
P.S. My gdaughter is an Abby too ~
Abigal Madison. :)

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

Charming little pony! So cute!!

Dewdrop Gardens said...

She turned out so beautiful!! Love it and wish I had one to do for my granddaughter...so upset I got rid of the old one a number of years back...before I learned how to make things better. Love the decal!!
Debbie :)

chris mckinley said...

What can I say??? So Very cute!!!

chris

Pam Lambky said...

Abby Rose is such a treasured keepsake now after your lovely re-do. Such an amazing transformation, I love it! xoxo's Pam

Diane said...

Happy Birthday! I little birdie told us you are having a "no big deal day" today..... :) I am always going to remember this cuz it's my sisters b'day too...yay!

Nancy said...

Good Morning Carol, These last 2 projects of yours are just adorable! I have got to try the raised stenciling, too cool!! How are you doing with all the Loot you picked up at last week end's Estate Sale?? Absolutely gorgeous Lot! Well I thought I would wonder over here as I didn't receive your last 2 posts in my email. :( Wedding coming along good? Seems like you already have most things done!!
Have a Great Week end Carol!!

Huggs, Nancy

Mary Ellen said...

Abby Rose will soon be galloping out your shop I am sure as she is so adorable!!! What a great transformation friend!!!

Today is Honey Harvest! Wonder how much honey those hard working bees made for me this year!

bee blessed
mary

Katherine Wolak said...

You are a master! What a brilliant transformation! Im so in love with this horse! :D

Hugs,

Heart Vintage Design said...

You're not a crafter, you're a miracle worker! That was one ugly pony you started with and now she's a doll.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You are just too clever. I love the way you transformed Abby Rose. Using earrings for the eyes and upholstery fringe is perfect. I'm sure she won't last long before she finds another good home.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

That looks soooo pretty!!

bj said...

This is adorable.

hopeandjoyhome said...

Great job as usual Carol! Lovely! Perfect for a lucky little girl.

Candy said...

So sweet. Love the rose decals. PERFECT TOUCH.