Easy Antler Makeover

A few weeks ago I went to the most amazing antique store/flea market (Lucketts Store) and scored some incredible pieces for really great prices (details are in this post here).  One of my favorite pieces that I bought was this little set of antlers.  I have no clue what sort of animal they belonged to (the tag said “jackalope,” which is not a real creature, obviously), and they looked super rustic and like they should be in some sort of hunting cabin.  I knew that they had the potential to be fabulous though, so I snatched them up immediately.  I’m kicking myself for only buying one pair when there were about 4 pairs available, but I’m hoping to atone for that sin soon once I’m able to visit the store again.

The antlers were attached by 3 little nails, so I was able to separate the horns from the base easily.  I had a hard time deciding between three different color combos: pink base with white antlers, white base with gold antlers, and white base with pink antlers.  I settled on white base with gold antlers though, and I’m so glad I did.

This is the priming step.  Wood and bone/antlers soak up paint, so this is an essential step.

I used 2 coats of primer on both pieces, and then used a white lacquer spray paint on the base (3 coats because a weird pink hue kept showing through), and metallic gold spray paint on the antlers.  

I’m in love with the “after” antlers.  It’s amazing what a little spray paint can do!

Don’t you just love them?  I’m a little bit obsessed.  They just are so perfect in my gallery wall!

The “V” in the top left is an ongoing project.  It was orange but I primed it and haven’t had a chance to do the finishing touches.

You’ll have to forgive me because I’m falling into a bit of a spray painting craze right now (because I finally have time and outdoor space), so there will be quite a few upcoming makeovers that involve spray paint.  Stay tuned for more!  
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Katie Vail
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  1. September 4, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    Love it, I really want to get some antlers! Spray painting is quite addicting. Lol, I have a letter primed and not finished too! (an S)

  2. September 4, 2014 / 9:50 pm

    Katie, you're such an inspiration to me! I'm super excited – I'm moving on Saturday, and for the first time, I'm ready to decorate!!

  3. September 10, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    Thank you Sarah! Yeah it's amazing what a little spray paint can do!

  4. September 10, 2014 / 2:50 pm

    Aww thanks Anastasia! I hope your move went well and have fun decorating! It can be overwhelming sometimes, but also lots of fun!

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