I found this horse at the thrift store for, I think, seven dollars…if I remember correctly? I’m actually not sure. I’ve bought so many things from the thrift store that it’s all starting to mush together, ha ha. I knew I wanted to change it up.
I initially thought that I would be able to strip the paint using furniture strip…
Or oven cleaner… Neither of those things worked. A lot of you on Instagram mentioned that the paint had been kiln fired on, or whatever you call that.
I decided to paint it. I wanted to make it look like some sort of old stone or pottery. I started off by fixing the ear/adding an ear. The left ear was broken off when I bought it, so I made another small ear as best as I could with this air dry clay, and it worked great!
I used a mixture of various craft paints, mixed with baking soda. Baking soda makes the paint more texturized, which is the look that I was going for. I don’t really have a ratio that I use of the baking soda/paint mixture, I just throw some baking soda in until it gets thicker. Excuse my screenshot below, as I erased all of my photos that I had taken because my phone photo storage was full, imagine that.
I dabbbed the first coat of paint onto the horse. The first coat was territorial beige and warm buff “Apple barrel paint“ from Walmart, mixed with baking soda. These paints are very budget friendly and I use them for a lot of things. At first I thought it was going to be pink-ish, but it dried a very pretty brownish color.
Then I used antique white Behr paint mixed with baking soda, because it was an off white color that I had on hand. The idea was to layer colors so that it would look more realistic when I was finished.
The next two colors were all mixtures of these Apple barrel craft paints from Walmart.. I used pewter gray, territorial beige, warm buff, khaki, melted chocolate, and white.
I mixed different ratios of these colors into two different batches, mixed with baking soda, until I had the color that I was desiring. I was going for a taupe/brownish color each time, but wanted each one to be a little bit different so I could layer them.
I don’t really have exact ratios, I just mixed the paint until it was the color that I wanted it to be.
I loved the color that it turned out to be! I wanted to add some tone variations when I was finished with the color so I, very lightly, brushed on some dark wax. I made sure to brush most of it off onto a lint free cloth before I started using it on the horse. This helped me to not get it on too thick.
I dabbbed the dark wax around on edges and corners and lightly brushed it on larger surface areas as well.
I did the same thing with some black craft paint, to give a little bit of dimension/variation in color. I again made sure that most of the paint was off of my brush before I dabbed it on different areas. I did not use baking soda with the black paint.
Here’s one more look at the before…
And, the after… I can’t even believe it’s the same horse! I am so in love with this horse that now looks like aged stoneware/pottery. Yayyyyy!
It’s exactly how I had pictured it turning out!
When I surveyed on Instagram whether or not I should get this horse, a lot of you said not to get it. Would you vote differently now?
I love that it’s now more my style, and it fits in so well!
Would you have bought the horse in the thrift store too?
You can see how the left ear is larger than the right. It helped that the part under the ear was still there when I was making another ear. That gave me an idea of how big I had to make the ear. When looking at the horse from the side, the left ear is supposed to stick out more because of the way the horses head is tilted. It worked great to make the ear out of air dry clay…after I super glued it back on after it fell off while I was painting it, haha.