When we visited family in New Mexico during the summer, they sent me home with quite a few things, like my husband’s grandfather’s old tools that I turned into a keepsake displlay (seen here), and this toy sleigh. It isn’t very old, and looked a bit ho-hum – like something from an 80’s Lillian Vernon catalog, but I thought a makeover might do it wonders.
My original plan was to paint the wood white, and add a little sign on the side of the sleigh, but the “dreaded red” leaked through the paint. Grrr…I hate it when that happens!
Rather than try to seal it, then try again, I decided not to fight it, and just painted it red instead.
I’m SO glad now that that dreaded red showed up, because the glossy red paint took it from “ho hum” to “HO, Ho,Ho“! 🙂
The cute green runners were barely distinguishable from the original drab brown, but they really stand out now.
Filled with some greenery, pine cones and a few little presents, and it makes a cute mantel decoration or table centerpiece.
I made a bit of a mess on my kitchen table, but I wanted the slide to glide through “snow”, so I scattered a bunch of baking mix that had gone past its expiration date, all over the table.
Instant Snow! 🙂
I think the jolly old elf himself would approve of this toy sleigh’s new look! What do you think?