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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The un-Dala horse fiasco

A few months ago I posted about Swedish Dala horses. As fascinated as I am by their traditional design, I simply couldn't come up with a way to make them work in my home, but I couldn't quit thinking about the plain white and gray ones from The Swedish Wooden Horse Company.

However, they are a little pricey, so I decided to look on eBay. I finally won an unfinished one a few days ago. It had a coat of primer and was ready to paint. All I had to do was pick a color. A thought hit me. Would black show up better against my white walls?


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My Dala horse...primed and ready to paint


That black one looked great, but the white and gray ones kept calling my name. Gray or white? White or gray? I agonized. Why was I being so indecisive? That's not like me at all.

OK then...gray. But finding the perfect gray spray paint turned out to be harder than I had anticipated, so I abandoned that idea in favor of white.

Since the afternoon was beautifully sunny, I decided it was time to paint my un-Dala horse. Rattle can in hand, I put on the first coat. Then a second. And a third. Covering the blue primer was proving to be a challenge too. So much for super-duper paint + primer.

Suddenly, the sun went behind an odd little cloud, and out came a few sprinkles of rain, which stopped as quickly as they had started. Whew! The sun peeked back out from behind the cloud, and I went inside to let the horse dry for a few minutes.

Just as I smiled about my good luck, I heard thunder and rushed out to bring in the horse and my supplies as larger raindrops began to fall. I could see a few spots that needed one last coat. No time for gloves, I hurriedly held the horse out the back door and gave it a couple of spritzes, necessitating a new manicure and making this the most slapdash paint project of my life.

 But I had thought of a perfect place for a white horse, so all was right with the world.





18 comments:

  1. That reads like something I would do!

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    1. It was a mess from beginning to end...but I got that last bit sprayed in the nick of time. :)

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  2. You chose wisely, white is the best. Great job!

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    1. I'm not sure if I chose white or it chose me, but I like the result. :)

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  3. Love it in white! Looks great on the bright table.

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    1. Once I decided to put it on that orange table, white was the only way to go.

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  4. Two words...Chalk Paint! You need some.

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    1. I know, I know. I keep saying I'm going to try it, and after this experience, I will.

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    1. Strange what a little spray paint can do.

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    1. Thanks, Bea. Nobody would ever know I painted my hand white to get it finished in time to take pictures for this post. :)

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  7. Looks great, though the mid-way distressed paintwork in picture two is interesting too. But now you have something enigmatically unicornesque! Really great. Thinks.... could I whittle a horse? Mmmmm....

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    1. I had originally thought I might try my hand at whittling a horse. Here's a pattern I thought I might use.

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  8. That's such a great post to Start the Day with a smile! Hughes from Ria

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    1. Glad I could give you something to smile about. :)

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  9. Okay, I dare you. Whittle a horse. I like this one a lot. I think it goes nicely with your bird obsession.

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    1. Since I got this one for less than $10 on eBay, I've kinda lost my incentive...but I may take your dare and whittle something else soon. :)

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