My how time flies when you’re overwhelmed… SOO much to do around here and no time to do it all. I am admitting defeat and doing what I can.
A few weeks ago my oldest and I went on a decor run and found this in a thrift store:
The oldest looked at me as I carried it to the register with disgust on her face.. “seriously?!” For real! I gave her a small hint into my plan and it completely changed her outlook.
I came home and stripped it clean:
Scary right? I sanded it down a bit (that star on the back end has glitter all over it) to give a good surface to start with and painted it up with Shabby Paints. I wanted to get a sold pure white so I painted Worn White first as a base to cover all the old colors and then two coats of Snow White.
Here is my inspiration photo:
Gracie loves My Little Pony. She has several favorites but this one had to be a unicorn and this one is her favorite unicorn- Rarity. The best part is that “cutie mark” is pretty easy.
Really the eye is the pony so that is where I would have to spend the most time. I blew up a picture of the eye and grabbed a pencil and some very small artist brushes.
then ended up here:
I started adding the mane back (though admittedly she still looks like she could use some Rogaine).
When I was completely finished, she looked a bit like this:
The rear was an easy one. I ordered some crystals online that weren’t big enough so I improvised”
First thing Gracie says when she sees it? “Umm, she needs eyeshadow.” Yep, not what I was expecting. Ugh… ok, drag the pony back out to the shop…. mixed up a custom Shimmer for “Miss Thing”
Much better reception the second time around…
Here is a close up of the finished head (with a much better camera) and a full shot of the bookcase in Gracie’s room:
So what do you think? It’s not the highest quality bookcase, but seriously, it’s adorable and will last longer than her fascination with ponies I bet…
(Oh and in case you’re wondering, I sealed it with Shabby Varnish for shine and the eye color is a few versions of custom blues I mixed up)