I was horse-mad as a kid and had horses all over my room. Over the years, they were given away, broken, or donated but a few managed to get boxed up. I had previously turned one into an art piece and when I found this beautiful palomino in another box, I knew I had to transform him as well.
This project is a bit time consuming, mainly because of the wait time for the drying paint, but I really like how it turned out.
You will need
- a large plastic horse
- hack saw
- sanding block
- 2 small pieces of wood
- gorilla glue
- kreg jig
- wood glue
- 4 larger pieces of wood
- spray primer
- spray paint
1. Start with your large plastic horse. Mark with tape where you will want to make your cut.
2. Make your cut. If the edges are a bit rough, sand them with the sanding block. Give each side a quick spray with the primer.
3. My horse was hollow so I needed to add an additional support to screw into the wooden part of the bookcase. I cut 2 small pieces to fit inside, rounding the edges. I used the gorilla glue to secure it inside the horse.
4. I used my Kreg jig drill the holes to secure the pieces of wood for each bookend. I used the wood glue for a little extra insurance. If you don't have a Kreg jig, just make sure to pre-drill your holes so the wood doesn't split.
6. Using caulk, fill in any gaps.
7. Give everything a spray and you are all set. I used Krylon Ivy Leaf. It is the same green that is in the fabric for the chair I am reupholstering.