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Last week I went home to Georgia for my sister-in-law’s baby shower where I got to ooh and ahh over all of the precious baby gifts without worrying about those sleepless nights that lay ahead for a new mom. Ironically, my youngest had a major allergy flair up after that trip and we haven’t slept through the night since then.
Oh Karma… You are so, so very cruel.
And just in case your wondering (and just in case Karma is listening!), I will be more than sympathetic when Shaina talks about her sleepless nights with Baby E.
Ok, Karma do you think we can get some much needed sleep now?
So after being around all those cute baby gifts, I decided to pull out this old rocking horse and give it a much needed makeover. It had been stored in the top of our garage for about a year and it was dusty and stained…but that’s all cosmetic and we all know a little paint can make a huge difference.
This is what it looked like after getting a thorough cleaning. Still stained but no more surface dirt.
I wanted to use paint I had on hand so I pulled out my favorite DIY homemade chalk paint powder called Poppie’s Paint Powder.
If you’ve never used Poppie’s I’ll give you the specifics on mixing. It’s very easy and pretty fool proof in my opinion.
I used homemade chalk paint recipes for a long time and they never mixed as smoothly as Poppie’s Paint Powder. I always had little bumps that had to be filtered out of the paint and who wants to take the time to filter paint when you’re excited about getting started on a project? Well, there’s no worries about that with Poppie’s. It has mixed smoothly and has stayed the same consistency throughout each of my projects.
I started off with the Dove White paint I had mixed up for my Poppie’s Mailbox project. The paint had been mixed up at the beginning of March and it was still a perfect consistency. I did two coats of white to give the rocking horse a fresh, clean look.
I then mixed Blue Grey Slate latex paint from Glidden with Poppie’s Paint Powder. After mixing it, I decided I wanted a color closer to navy so I added a touch of black latex paint until I got the shade I was going after.
Do your used paint cans look like mine??? Some days I’m neater than others :-).
I painted the seat, handles, foot rests, and slats blue. As you can see in this picture, I had a few navy spots get on the white. Not a biggie. I always have touch ups. It’s just part of doing two tone painting.
Every horse needs a bridle so I decided to use a cute stencil instead of painting a more traditional bridle on the rocking horse.
I used chalk to outline where I wanted my bridle and reins to go.
I then used small stencils I had found at a hobby store. Since they were already sticky on one side, I didn’t have to use any stencil spray adhesive, but if you’re stencils aren’t sticky I would highly recommend using stencil adhesive to hold them in place.
I stenciled the bridle portion first using the same blue paint I had used for other parts of the horse. I then moved onto stenciling the reins. By the way I changed to a different stencil pattern than the one shown in above picture.
Looking better, right?
And did you see The Tattered Rabbit made its first appearance? He’s been hanging out, waiting patiently to show up in a picture. And yes, “he” is pink and there’s nothing wrong with that.
I gave the rocking horse a slight distressing to make it look well-loved just like my tattered rabbit that’s sitting next to it.
I’m a firm believer in distressing a stencil when other parts of a project are distressed otherwise the piece will look disjointed with parts looking old and worn and a stencil looking perfect and clean.
I painted eyes and did some final touch ups before sealing with several coats of General Finishes High Performance Flat sealer. By the way, “Flat” is not really flat in this case. The top coat has a slight sheen to it, but I love how it looks and feels.
And here it is…
How stinking cute is this?
What’s my verdict on Poppie’s Paint Powder?
- Budget friendly
- Easy to mix
- Very smooth consistency
- Adheres well
- Versatile–can mix with any latex or acrylic paint
- Mixed paint can last up to two years without thickening or drying out if stored properly
Overall, Poppie’s Paint Powder is my go to homemade chalk paint. It beats all other DIY, homemade chalk paint recipes I’ve tried hands down.
I was given free product from Poppie’s Paint Powder in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% mine. I only review products which meet my standards and which I would use personally.