First off, thank you all so much for your comments on Monday’s post.
There was a good mix of city slickers and country bumpkins with a few suburbanites plus one ‘lake lassie’ thrown in for good measure. It was fun to read all of your various reasons for your choice of country v. city!
Don’t forget, if you didn’t already comment on Monday’s post, you have until Friday to leave a comment on that post to be in the running for the prize.
You’ll remember back in May I purchased some handmade vintage wooden toys at a garage sale for $1. They weren’t marked and there was a sign at the sale that said everything that wasn’t marked was a quarter. But I really thought the seller would say “Oh, but not those …” when I asked about them, but instead she said “you can have them all for $1.”
My first makeover was the adorable pull-toy elephant whose head bobs up and down when you pull him along.
My handyman Ken had to do a few repairs on him before I gave him a milk paint makeover.
Next up was the truck.
Ken fixed the gate on the truck bed, and then I used Dixie Belle paint and some Prima Marketing knob transfers to dress it up.
I’ve saved the best for last though. I called this one the Find of the Day when I bought it.
I just love those horses.
But I didn’t love the faded shades of red and green on the wheels and the wagon bed. So I painted the wheels using Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky and the wagon bed using Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth. Initially I had also planned on repainting the horses, but in the end I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to recreate those faces adequately. So instead I just gave them a good scrubbing to clean them up.
I mean really, how sweet are those faces?
And the Drop Cloth on the wagon was a pretty good match for the existing color on the horses.
Once the cart was painted I added some portions of the smaller Prima Marketing Seeds transfer to each side.
They were perfectly suited for it.
I filled the wagon with a set of Wonder Books of the World’s Progress.
I purchased them at a garage sale too. There were quite a few sets of vintage books for sale and another shopper was scrutinizing them all, I’m sure looking for publishing dates and trying to figure out if they might be valuable. But I just grabbed these because I thought they were pretty.
They are such a lovely shade of blue. And they just happened to fit perfectly in the cart being pulled by these horses.
Small projects like these aren’t great money makers for me, especially considering the amount of time that goes into them. I’d be much better off spending that time working on a piece of furniture. But I love taking cast off things like these toys and bringing them back to life. I know my handyman Ken really enjoyed working on these toys as well.
How about you guys? Do you enjoy the blog posts about small projects like this, or would you prefer it was all furniture, all the time?