Carousel Horse & More

adina72(z5 CNY)June 25, 2009

I am so excited to have found this metal carousel horse when we were antiquing last week. I plan on painting it, possibly doing a mosaic collar on it and placing it in the garden. It's really heavy, maybe 80+ pounds and stands almost 5 feet tall. I wonder if it was ever on a real carousel at some point. It's been repaired, which is why I got it so cheap ($43 plus tax).

Any ideas what else I could do with it? Right now, I'm thinking of painting it to look like a real carousel horse...maybe a white or cream body with bright colored saddle and accessories.

I also found too cool pieces when we were on vacation in the Poconos. This is a dragonfly and the other is a hummingbird.

Almost forgot...this planter goes well with the hummingbird.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Website

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leveta(6)

Love your finds...I still love to ride the big carousel horses...I always went for the black ones...I'm sure what ever you do will be fantastic...

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 1:53PM
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susiewantsroses(7b)

Adina, Also check out the mosaic forum to see the mosaiced horse. You a found such a fantastic project!!!!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 2:02PM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

Fantastic finds!
Check out the 2 horses pictured in the thread below which was in trash to treasure last fall. You have to scroll down through quite a few messages to get to the second one but its worth it!
kathy

Here is a link that might be useful: Painted carousel horses

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 4:42PM
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adina72(z5 CNY)

Thank you for posting that link...I hadn't got around to doing a search on horses yet. I need to patch a couple of holes this weekend and then I hope to get started next week.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 4:54PM
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leveta(6)

LOVE that sunflower one...

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 4:57PM
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Purplemoon

You got some GREAT stuff. I'm a vivid green right now, LOL.
Especially on the carousel horse find. I have a Wonder Pony I'm going to paint one of these days. Here's a link to a lady to makes and sells Carousel horses, you can find lots of ideas on her site I think. I've been trying to make a final decision on what I want to do.

Congratulations on a super bunch of yard goodies!
hugs, Karen

Here is a link that might be useful: carousel horses

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 5:36PM
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goldenpond((Vero.Beach FL 9b))

FANTASTIC stuff Love it all.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 9:18PM
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nonacook(8bFL)

I have 4 'jumpy' horses of different sizes.
Now to find the time to paint!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 10:18PM
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jeannespines

WOW! Great finds! Luv the metal pcs....especially the hummer! That carousel horse is awesome! Have lots of fun with your new GJ! Jeanne S. ... ps. don't forget to share more pics when they are in place!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 10:23PM
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sunnyca_gw

Love all your goodies!! The dragonfly is really nice & so is the horse!! They are so expensive out here!!Great buy!!Have fun making him over!! Jan

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 2:38AM
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Marlene Kindred

What a haul Adina!! LOVE the carousel horse! He will look awesome wherever you put him! And the dragonfly and hummingbird...well...I'm wiping the drool off of my keyboard! Great finds!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 10:08AM
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carousel222(z6 OH)

The carousel horse was sold in garden centers, so it's not from an actual carousel. You did get a good deal on it. I have a cement carousel horse in my garden. I also have several rocking horses that I plan on making into carousels. I have done one so far. I've seen pictures of them in gardens, so this guy would definitely look nice in your garden. Having a vine run up the pole might be nice.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 11:10AM
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adina72(z5 CNY)

Carousel222 - Thanks for the info on where this may have originated. I had no idea these would be sold in garden centers.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 11:29AM
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akup_a(7)

Lucky you to get a horsey & all your other goodies too! He's going to be the Majestic in your garden kingdom.
Vickie

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 11:40AM
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spedigrees z4VT

I am so envious of your spectacular finds, adina! And such bargains! I paid 3 times the price of your magnificent carousel horse for my small aluminum playground pony.

I think your carousel horse would look lovely painted like a horse on a real merry-go-round. I'd paint all the little gee-gaws on its bridle and saddle bright colors. I think it would really set off the cream color you plan for the body and bring the creature to life. I hope you post more pictures when this steed is installed in your garden.

I love your other metal art creatures too!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 12:14PM
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luckygal(3b)

All are wonderful finds but that carousel horse is fantastic! And the price was sooo good. I love those horses but I think I'll be satisfied to get the two childrens' plastic rocking horses DH bot me painted.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 1:22PM
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tennesseetrash(7 east tenn)

Great pics, love all the rusty garden art pieces, but especially that great Carousel Horse! I'm salivating! What a find, and with only $43 invested you can feel better about putting it outside. It will be a great focal point in your garden. Can't wait to see what you do with it and where you put it in your garden! ~tenderlee

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 1:34PM
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jlily(Z6)

All of your projects are great. BUT the carousel horse is marvelous!! I can't wait to see it when yiu are done. JLily

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 2:02PM
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cheribelle(Z5 IA)

Here's what I do with the plastic ones

This one is painted with the faux stone spray paint. Prime it first with the kind that sticks to plastic.

This one wasn't primed, I was in a hurry, so it is an appaloosa!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2009 at 5:15PM
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adina72(z5 CNY)

That's awesome cheribelle! Now I need to find a plastic one....LOL. I've used that fleckstone paint on bowling balls....really makes them look like stone.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2009 at 5:46PM
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blossomsandlace

Great finds, cant wait to see what you you do with it.

Betty

    Bookmark   June 27, 2009 at 9:21PM
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