29 Jan 2016

Painting a carriage

No, not drawing but literally painting it!  We've been helping to revamp the static play carriage at Arlington Court.  This is used so much by the public, people love having their photographs taken on it.  After a season of constant use, you can imagine it needs a little attention.

So we set to and cleaned it off to begin with...(don't worry, I did do my share of work, but stopped to take some photos)

Husband dealt mostly with the steps and carriage part - luckily we were undercover in the arcade..

it was a bit wet out there in the Court yard....

You can see I had done some work...I sanded down more of the metalwork on the 'horse' before adding enamel paint....

it started to look better very quickly...glad we put the dustsheet down - the wind was blowing and every so often the wind was sending strings of paint onto the ground! 

There are a lot of fiddly bits to tackle yet, but that will have to be another time...

...and the wood preservative made a big impact straight away too...

We got as far as we could for one day, now it's a case of waiting for paint and preservative to dry before we can continue with this job

BEFORE                                                                                          AFTER

I think you will agree, that has made a difference already.


  1. That's a big improvement.

  2. The driving pony looks a lot smarter for his groom and brush up!

    We enjoyed our visit to the Arlington Court Carriage Museum last summer, although it was pouring with rain that day. It must be a really interesting place to volunteer.

  3. So beautiful. Great job. Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. You've done a good job, well done to the both of you.

  5. Thanks everyone. I'll do an update post when we have completed the job.

  6. A huge improvement, ready for another summer of horse and carriage riding.

  7. A vast improvement. I hope he had his bale of hay at the end of the day! Lol.
    Hugs Mrs A.

  8. Thank you, Ann! It's very interesting. Best wishes, Sadami


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