Monday, 8 July 2013

Rocking Zebra

I got this little guy at a charity shop over two months ago - I've finally finished him off and 'he' is now a 'she'! A pink rocking horse wasn't exciting enough for me so the horse has become a zebra.  Silver stripes, no less!

First things first is to sand the horse.  This is where husbands come in handy!   You don't have to go mad trying to get it down to the original wood, just sand enough that the surface is no longer glossy or the paint wont stick to it.

Then a primer coat of paint.  This just gives you a nice even base to work from once you decide what colours you're going to use.  I'm afraid I don't have any pics of this step but it just looked like a coat of white paint.

Usually I spend time researching what other people have done with similar projects to what I am working on.  I don't like to copy anything but it's good to get ideas and see what works and what doesn't.  In this case, not many people seem to have upcycled their rocking horses so there wasn't much inspiration online.  However, I did come across a few that were painted to look like zebras.  For me black and white zebras are a little dull so I decided to make it pink with silver stripes!

The pink paint shade is called Strawberry Splash from Taubmans.  I didn't need much paint so just got a sample pot.  The sample pot is approx AU$7 for 250ml, otherwise the next size up is a litre and costs about AU$30.

The silver I used is a spray paint.  You can get metallic pots of paint but over here they are really pricey, AU$25 for 200ml.  I just sprayed the spray paint into the lid of the can so it was liquid, then used a paint brush for the stripes.   You shouldn't need a top coat on this paint but a layer of varnish wouldn't hurt if you're worried.

I'm working on another one for a friend whose having a boy so watch this space!!

Linking to: Liz Marie Blog

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