|Rocking Horse Before|
I started by prying the mane and tail off. I wore gloves for this part. As far as I could tell, that matted disgusting material used to be strands of yarn. Next, I carefully removed the bridal, because it was in good shape and I knew I wanted to reuse it. Then I began sanding the entire thing. I sanded it down to the bare wood to get all of the scratches off.
|Naked Rocking Horse (Sat in garage for 6+ months in this state)|
My husband helped me add some structural supporting screws to make the whole thing more sturdy. I filled the screw holes and the badly splintered rockers with wood filler. I then stained the horse a dark walnut shade by Minwax. Next, I coated it in a thick coat of oil based polyurethane. I read that oil based polyurethane holds up stronger than water based.
The mane and tail were made from ribbon. I followed this tutorial about how to make a korker bow, except I sprayed my ribbon with starch before I baked it. It took seven spools of ribbon to make this happen!