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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Oh Deer! {Head}

I will be starting on our bedroom in a couple of weeks so along with picking out colors and fabric, I have been keeping an eye out for some new decor.
These faux animal heads are everywhere you look these days.
You can hardly open a catalog without spying them.

Like anything else in decor trends, you'll have some you like and some.....well, not so much.
 Either way, there was no way I could justify paying the price most places were asking.
It's a paper mache head for goodness sake. 
Buuuuuuuut, since I had already decided my life will not be complete without one of these faux deer heads on my wall; I needed to get creative.
I improvised, I adapted, and I conquered. 
See this little guy?

He was bought for $1 at a garage sale and waited patiently for his debut. Tonight was going to be his night. You may want to look away if you're squeamish.

I cut his head off using a regular old steak knife. It's your basic paper mache so it was pretty easy.
Then he got 3 coats of white paint and a clear coat to protect his finish.
I had also picked up this adorable little oval frame at Goodwill and I decided it was going to be perfect for his 'mount.'
But this was the 'art' that lay inside. Not really my style so we need to cover that right up.
I used some hounds tooth scrapbook paper to cover the frame backing. Just flipped the paper over, trace, and cut. A little tape to hold it in place and we're done.
I gave the frame 1 coat of satin white paint and rubbed it back a bit with some 100 grit sandpaper. 
Nope, no good.
I didn't like how it turned out. 
Back to the design board. I had recently purchased a sample pot of Rust-oleum's new Metallic Accents in sterling silver so I gave it a coat of that.
Hello beautiful! Much better.
I added some black glaze, allowing it to settle a little thicker into the detailing on the frame. This is exactly what it needed to pop everything up a notch.

 I chose to hot glue the head right on top of the glass. Removing hot glue from glass will be easy~peasy if I ever want to use the frame for other purposes. 
Not that I would, my days of petty theft are over...I'm pretty sure. *wink-wink.
I went around the edges of the head with some nylon string I braided into a simple braid to hide the glue bumps. I melted the ends of the braid with a lighter to keep it from fraying.
He's was all set to 'hang out.' He he he he he, the humor is a freebie tonight.
Now for your viewing pleasure:
Hanging out on my mantel

I love the little details
It turned out better than I expected
He won't be hung up for a bit yet, I have yet to paint the walls in the bedroom. If all goes according to plans, I should begin painting by March first. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Until then, I shall call him Duke & he'll hang out in my studio to keep me company.
Until next time!


  1. Okay, I seriously love this one. :)



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