Recently Target started displaying this awesome ceramic horse head:
Despite being different colors, they are identical in shape. I hypothesize that they are from one of those paint your own pottery places. One was $3.43 and the other $2.42 ($6.20 total after tax). Our plan is to paint them the same color.
Then I took the bookends to the garage for priming. I used the primer from our ceiling fan project. We placed the horses in a drawer from a broken IKEA dresser, in a corner of the garage.
It took several coats to cover the horses completely. There was lots of rotating to get in all the crevices. The snouts are particularly difficult to paint. Once the paint cured, I attached new felt to the bottoms.
The bottoms were cut from a 29 cent sheet of felt (hooray!). I tried attaching the felt with hot glue, like the previous owner. That was not very successful, so I used spray adhesive instead. I sprayed a light coat onto both the bottom on the bookends, and to the rough side of the felt. I then pressed the felt firmly to the bookends, and let them dry upside down (as pictured) for a few hours.
Here’s a finished bookend on our built-in bookcase. He fits nicely on that angled shelf, and coordinates well with the other green elements. Although the middle picture frame is more olive in color, the horses tie-in with the frame and art on the other two shelves.
Although the bookends are not as glossy as I had hoped, I still love the color. This project was fairly cheap ($11.49), and has satisfied my ceramic horse craving (for now). Who knows, maybe that Target horse will join our green friends one day. What about you, are you loving the green? Do you also have a crush on ceramic animals?