Are there any other horse lovers out there that collected these plastic Breyer horse statues as a child? I remember taking mine out in the yard and borrowing 2 x 4’s from Dad’s woodpile to build a big ranch-size pasture for them. Then I turned Malibu Barbie into a cowgirl and clamped her bendable legs on the back of those horses! It was all fun and games until Dad came out to mow the lawn and started hollering at me. I would have to dismantle Barbie’s ranch and rebuild it all over again the next day!
I was cleaning up the storage area in my basement the other day and came across a whole box of those horses! They were just collecting dust so I decided to get one out and see what I could do with it.
I gave it a good cleaning first and then applied a coat of Zinsser grey primer. I let that dry for 24 hours before applying a coat of Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in French Linen. After that had dried for a couple of hours I used a wash of Home Decor Chalk Paint in White Adirondack (about 50/50 water to paint). I let that dry overnight before I applied the Home Decor White Wax with a brush, wiping away the excess with a cloth, leaving wax in all the cracks and crevices. After it had dried 24 hours I used a soft cloth to buff it.
Instead of looking like a kids toy, I think it looks kind of like a vintage porcelain statue. It fits right in with my rustic, neutral decor!
Now instead of collecting dust in a box in my basement, I can re-love my childhood collection! Let me know if you try this, I’d love to know how it works out for you!