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She Bought This Old Sleigh At An Estate Sale...What She Did To It Is So Gorgeous

OCTOBER 31, 2015  —  By Grace Eire  
Grace Eire

Grace Eire

On Viral Nova, Grace writes about cute animals. She also writes for design42day.com, and thoroughly enjoys puns - the good kind or the bad kind. She's not picky when it comes to puns. She's studied English, music, film, and other creative fields. In her spare time she's reading or writing creative nonfiction, arranging songs, or writing jokes just in case she some day decides to try stand up comedy.

When Jasmin Marisett over at Gypsy Barn found an old William Gray and Sons Carriage Company sleigh from the very early 1900s, she couldn't help but jump on the opportunity to breathe new life into it. And the antique really, really needed it! The vintage child's toy was pretty much rotted to the bone, but that wasn't going to stop this DIYer from giving it the love it deserved!

Here's the sleigh at the start.

It was completely rotted, and needed to be stripped down entirely.

That didn't take much effort, since the wood pretty much crumbled away!

Wood rot stabilizer and wood conditioner were key in this revival.

Multiple coats of each helped bring the frame back to a safe condition.

She was lucky enough to have a tub of antique barn nails around the house to use when reconstructing the sleigh. She wanted to uphold the authenticity.

Even luckier: she salvaged boards from an old barn and used them to replace the rotted ones.

After the structure was all set, she called in some reinforcements to sew the cushioning.

She chose this durable red fabric to keep with the antique vibe.

To bring the faded pink boards from the barn back to their original red, she painted a black stain on and wiped it off immediately.

And just like that...

She's got a beautiful and functional vintage piece to curl up on!

(via Little Things)

You can hardly even tell that it's the same sleigh! To be honest, I never would have looked twice at that old, rotting thing, but luckily, someone was there to see its potential!

For more makeovers like this, make sure you have a look at Jasmin's blog, where there are tons of wonderful projects to inspire you.