One of my favorite projects was creating and decorating baby Colt’s room in our super small space. We’ve added his bookshelf/toy storage project . And the added decorative touches seem to hold Colt’s interest during changing time which makes the room feel special. The wall is a mini-gallery of farm elements that were bought (like the horse painting) and other that were made like the project I’m sharing today. It’s an easy project that I used already on hand items to create. What makes it even better is seeing what others are paying for a similar project online and knowing that I didn’t! This easy DIY painted deer antlers project will take you less than a day to complete.
For this project, I politely asked Kurt to give up a random deer skull and antlers that were taking up space in my workshop. He wanted to know what I was doing with them and I said a project for the baby (he didn’t push the issue with the then crazy pregnant lady).
For this project, you only need a few more items:
- Valspar white primer spray paint
- painters tape and an old newspaper and/or shop paper towels
- various paint types (gloss, flat, chalk, etc…) in as many colors as you want!
- deer skull with antlers or antler shed(s)
First, I went over the skull and antlers and removed any extra bits of hair or flesh (yes, gag worthy but necessary).
Using the painters tape and shop towels (the tough blue kind), I covered the antlers well to prevent any over spray to the natural color parts I wanted to keep. Two coats of Valspar white primer spray paint to the skull gave it a nice matte finish.
Now the fun part – deciding on the colors! Because the baby’s room was going to be a neutral color palette, I went with similar colors (black and gray). There really isn’t a “correct way” to do this but make sure your tape lines are neat and even – also, make sure to use newspaper when you need to prevent overspray. Once the skull was dry, I automatically covered it with towels and tape. I also taped the sections of the antlers that I knew I wanted to keep natural.
This left a lot of area to tape stripes for the colors. I used chalk paint in gray towards the middle of the antlers, a white satin spray paint on one end of the antlers, and a gloss black spray paint on the very ends. All of the paint was leftover from projects so no costs!
The DIY painted deer antlers are the perfect wall art next to the vintage tractor hood and the horse painting.
Note: the inside pictures aren’t the best because the baby’s room doesn’t have a window for natural light!
Would you be willing to tackle a deer antler project?