Antler Makeover

If you are vegan, turn away now. I don’t want to offend you.

This post about the makeover of a set of antlers is the launch of my A to Z blogging challenge. Each day of April, Monday through Saturday, is assigned a letter. I will blog a subject beginning with that letter on that assigned day. I have a lot of great vintage subjects to chat about.

I’ve been wanting to work on this post for awhile now. Vintage Antlers! I have a few sets of these, and of course I have grand plans for them. I even have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to antler projects; being the procrastinator that I am, it’s much easier to Pin that it is to do. Well, I am finally going to bedazzle the one mounted set of vintage antlers we have.

We purchased this wooden charger plate. We tried to just glue, but ultimately had to attach with screws. The glue just didn't hold.

We purchased this wooden charger plate at the Salvation Army. We tried to just glue, but ultimately had to attach with screws. The glue just didn’t hold.

First layer - I used silver spray paint. I think our gardener rolls his eyes every time he sees that I've been spray painting.

First layer – I used silver spray paint. I think our gardener rolls his eyes every time he sees that I’ve been spray painting.

 

After the first layer of silver, I did a sweep of black - not solid coverage. After the black dried, I sprayed overall with water, then added more silver. The water gives a doppled effect. Great for planters too.

After the first layer of silver, I did a sweep of black – not solid coverage. After the black dried, I sprayed overall with water, then added more silver. The water gives a doppled effect. Great for planters too.

Here is a close up of the doppled effect the sprayed water creates.

Here is a close up of the doppled effect the sprayed water creates.

Added a white wash on the plaque only.

Added a white wash on the plaque only.

Let the Glittering begin! I sprayed the tips of the antlers lightly with a 3M Adhesive, then used Martha Stewart's silver glitter. This glitter comes in a shaker.....so awesome.

Let the Glittering begin! I sprayed the tips of the antlers lightly with a 3M Adhesive, then used Martha Stewart’s silver glitter. This glitter comes in a shaker…..so awesome.

Well, I didn't get the piece of leather attached, to cover the icky skull, but here is the almost complete bedazzled / glittered antlers hanging.

Well, I didn’t get the piece of leather attached, to cover the icky skull, but here is the almost complete bedazzled / glittered antlers hanging.

Tomorrow’s subject: Bauer Pottery. Be sure to come back and check it out.

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Antler Makeover

    • Atomic Hostess says:

      My husband says the poor deer, not only has he been shot, but now he’s hanging on our wall with glitter. I like how they turned out (he does too secretly)! I have a few more sets, so if your imagination goes wild be sure to share!
      Have a great day – Kris

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      • Kalamity says:

        Will do. My husband shot a moose a few years ago and I had Little Britches’s husband mount them to a board and wrap leather around the skull part. He also made a coat rack out of another pair. He even made the bases. Maybe I will post his handy work one day. Husband would kill me if I spray painted his, but hey he didn’t say I couldn’t do mine.

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  1. Awillaway says:

    I love your disclaimer at the beginning of this post. It’s best not to go offending people! Being from the mountains, I have seen a million sets of antlers on the walls of just about every house I walked into as a child and they ALWAYS look the same. I think it’s a really great idea to spruce up the traditional design. I also think that you are taking a very interesting approach to the A to Z Challenge. I love creative projects but I’m not actually good at them so I tend to do them in my head…lol…I will be keeping an eye on your blog to see what your topics are in the coming month. 😀

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    • Atomic Hostess says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Yes, I have quite a few family members that hunt, so the antler thing doesn’t bother me either, but you just never know! Most of my A to Z posts will be true to my love of vintage. I look forward to checking out your blog and posts too!

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    • Atomic Hostess says:

      Hi Cristyl,
      Thanks for checking out the post! I actually do have them hanging year round and I’m enjoying the new sparkly look. Maybe I’ll have to take a living room shot with them. I think I am just a fan of the quirky of all things. Looking forward to checking out your blog and posts!

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