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Wood Rocking Horse Upcycle

Wood Rocking Horse Upcycle | MommyzoidWhen I first laid eyes on this freaky little horse, I knew I’d give him a makeover…it was just a matter of time. The colors were frightening and those eyes. Don’t get me started on those eyes. My son is madly in love with this horse. He legit thinks his closet is his stable but really it’s just where we had to hide the horse so we didn’t have to look at its scary little face.

It was time to do something about it! And what perfect timing what with the March challenge for #12monthsofDIY being woodworking!


  • Orbital sander or sanding paper
  • Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash, Picket Fence, and Pale Gold
  • Medium and small bristle brushes
  • Screwdriver
  • Leather cord for reins

I started by giving the horse a good all over sanding just to rough the paint up a little. It was very shiny so I wanted to take that sheen off so the paint would stick nicely. Then I removed the handles, the ears and the reins with my screwdriver.

Wood Rocking Horse Upcycle | Mommyzoid

This was my first time using Fusion Mineral Paints and I was really impressed! It is extremely pigmented and goes on really well. I really loved that a little bit goes a long way. My first coat of Picket Fence went on over that putrid yellow and almost completely covered it. I was impressed! It took a total of 3 coats to have it looking like a new horse. If I had sanded the entire horse down to bare wood I would have only needed 2 coats.

Wood Rocking Horse Upcycle | Mommyzoid

Wood Rocking Horse Upcycle | Mommyzoid

Wood Rocking Horse Upcycle | Mommyzoid

Wood Rocking Horse Upcycle | Mommyzoid

Wood Rocking Horse Upcycle | Mommyzoid

Wood Rocking Horse Upcycle | Mommyzoid

Wood Rocking Horse Upcycle | Mommyzoid

Wood Rocking Horse Upcycle | Mommyzoid

Such an improvement, right? And my son loves it, just as much as before…if not more!

Wood Rocking Horse Upcycle | Mommyzoid
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY woodworking project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.

#12MonthsofDIY | March Woodworking

From the top left, they are:

Wood Slice Art from Vin’yet Etc.

Ikea Bedside Table Revamp from PMQ for Two

Painting Wood Furniture from Fresh Crush

Easy Wooden Table Makeover from Woman in Real Life

Wooden Rocking Horse Upcycle from Mommyzoid

Metallic Painted Nightstand from New House New Home

Industrial Side Table from Love Create Celebrate

Wood Coffee Table Tray Gets New Makeover from Time with Thea

Paint Dipped Frame from Brooklyn Berry Designs

Giant Reclaimed Wooden Clock from an Electrical Reel from The DIY Mommy

Beach Inspired Farmhouse Dresser Upcycle from Sustain My Craft Habit

Twig Houses from Life is a Party

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: I’ll be sharing this post on these blogs!

PPS: Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paints. all of the opinions here are my own and I only recommend companies that I love and use.

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  • Ariel Garneau

    that’s an adorable rocking horse! I love its modern makeover with the metallics and braided reins. Good job!

  • Lindi

    I LOVE this horse!! It’s adorable!! I want to find an old horse for my girls now! Beautiful!

  • Laurie Dickson

    This make over is so adorable! And your little model is beyond cute! 😉

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  • Thea Morris

    It is a huge improvement! I love your paint colour choices and how clever to paint the seat gold! You have given life to a gorgeous toy but also home decor piece!

  • I love what you did with this once “frightening” horse. I think I have a similar one around here somewhere, although my kids are much too big. Maybe I’ll make it over for grandchildren in 20 years or so, ha ha. You did a great job!

  • Dannyelle

    What a great makeover, love the new colours, and all the little details like the leather ears, and reins. Great job!

  • Christina Dennis

    Oh, CUTE! I love what you did to update this sweet horse, and your son is AAAHHHHdorable. 🙂

  • Absolutely adorable! What a treasure. And I totally get what you mean about the “eyes”…good call covering them up.