Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine had a few blips along the way, and so I’m asking for prayer for my family and for me–we could use some mighty prayers of faith right now. Because I have “emergency” posts waiting in the wings, I’m able to be here today with you all. Do any of you recall a certain vibrant, mustard-yellow horse statue I bought not so long ago? Well he had been waiting patiently for his makeover, and his day finally arrived(!).
I think he’s rather handsome, don’t you?
Here’s his before shot. We called him “Mr. Sunshine.” While I believe he could fit in with a [very] certain home decor, he did not fit in with mine, and in his last home, they must have played some indoor football because he has chips and hairline cracks all over his poor body. (1) For the first step in his make over, I sanded him all over with medium grit paper.
(2) Then I gave him two coats of Americana DecoArt Chalky Paint in Timeless–a nice, easy-on-the-eye white. The idea was to give him the look of Chinese marble, rather than sunshine-yellow, ceramics class.
(3) After the paint had thoroughly dried, then came the process of apply dark wax over the paint.
I applied it one section at a time with a piece of cheese cloth, let it dry for about 5 minutes or so, then buffed it with a clean piece of cheese cloth. Buffing removed excess wax and created a smooth, hard surface.
I left some of the wax stuck in crevices and paint lines because it enhances the “aged” look. It’s where dust and things would have settled over time and created the sort of patina we’ve all come to know and love. The idea of course, is to try to make it look as natural as possible.
Yea or nay on the pretty painted horse? He certainly fits in with the mantel decor better than his former yellow self, wouldn’t you say?
Thanks so much for stopping by today to see my horse makeover.
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