I love taking something old, with a story, and bringing it to life again. Here is a rocking horse that my husband played with as a child. There are plenty of these old gems around at thrift stores, yard sales, and even on craigslist, so keep your eyes out for one!
The horse had been stored away until it was handed down to us by my husbands oldest sister. When we first got the horse, it was well loved and in need of a fresh coat of paint. So we sanded it down to remove its old, weathered brown paint, along with any splintered wood. We applied wood putty to fill small holes and chips, then applied a fresh coat of paint. We used an off white semi-gloss trim paint.
We then added some yarn to it, using a hot glue, to give it a pretty mane.