DIY White Deer Head (For 45 Bucks!)

By | Craft & Create | 33 Comments

While I’m waiting for the bathroom paint to dry (yippee!) I thought I would do a quick post on my weekend project.

Finished Deer Head - Front Shot

Animal-friendly taxidermy has been quite the rage for awhile, and I’ve seen deer heads and rams on walls pop up everywhere in the design world.

Ok anyways, these deer heads aren’t cheap. They are going for $100+ on Etsy and $250+ on sites like ZGallerie and Unica Home. So given that I couldn’t justify spending lots of money on something so “nice-to-have” I had given up on the thought of having one in my home for awhile. That was until I saw a listing on eBay last week with a current bid of $29.99.

Deer Head - Before

It was like a dream come true! It’s resin, large (about 24″ x 18″ when assembled) and already came ready to mount. I waited until the listing almost closed and bid last minute (sneaky) at $31.00. I won! Two days later, it arrived and I was so pumped to transform it into a nice fancy fake deer head (so strange to say that… who knew one day I would be wanting a deer head in my house?) Here it is partially unpacked:

Deer Head - It's Here!

The antlers came detached, which I was thankful for—will make painting that much easier!

Deer Head Antlers

I’m sure you figured this out already (or hopefully, have ignored this part of the post because you’re busy bidding on your own deer head) but all I planned on doing is coating this thing in high gloss spray paint. It only took about 5 coats. Here is the spray paint I used:

Deer Head Paint Source

Tip for spray painting your deer head: It is a very rough surface (for “fur” and texture on the antlers) which means there will be lots of dips and grooves. I painted the deer head at all angles several times over to make sure I was getting every nook and cranny.

And finally, here he is in all his glory:

Finished Deer Head - Front Shot

And a profile shot:

Finished Deer Head - Side Shot

Talk about a transformation! She’s not on the wall yet (the above photo is her on the floor of the black room) but I can’t get over how fancy she looks. Very quick (about two days mostly due to dry time) and inexpensive. My total expenses were deer head ($31) with shipping ($10) and spray paint ($3.24). Even the smaller ZGallerie one is more expensive than that. If you’re interested in a DIY deer head of your own, check out these great deer head deals on Amazon and eBay

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P/S: I just noticed the fun, pun-not-intended use of the word “bucks” in the headline. So clever I am sometimes.

Happy Sunday!

– emily

Psssssssssttt…. Reader Nick (check it out in the comments) just passed along this great Amazon deal. $45 deer head ready for spray painting. It looks like the savings on this project just got a whole lot better!




Putting Brass on Blast

By | Haus Hacks | 6 Comments

Catchy headline, huh? My house currently has a bad case of builder brass – meaning house builders throw some brass up on doors because it’s cheap and shiny. (Newsflash – we don’t like brass!!) And much to our dismay, it is expensive to replace these suckers. I have 7 (omg, SEVEN) sets of brassy door hardware to replace and at $24 a pop to replace a set, it gets expensive. And the last thing I want to do is spend my money on door knobs. Woof! That’s almost 5 gallons of paint! Or TWO Billy’s!

So, I had to get crafty (notice a theme here?). When I was at Home Depot buying spray paint for my air vents I noticed they had Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint! And since spray paint and I are becoming besties lately, I decided to buy two cans and get to work.

Here’s how I started – observe its brassy glory!

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And here’s my choice as far as Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint goes. It goes for about $6.50/can at Home Depot:

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And a progress shot. To get these suckers to stand up I just punched holes in the cardboard:

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Before I show you the official after photo, I must say I was pretty skeptical this would work. I just thought it would look cheap and spray painted. However, it turned out beautifully:

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And finally, on the door itself. (Confession – it’s not installed. I’m creeping in the background holding the knob in place while Aaron shot the photo. I’m waiting on the door plate/stop thinga-ma-bobber to dry)

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Since this worked out so well, I will be doing the remaining 6 (OMG, SIX) sets of door hardware so if I show up at dinner/work/parties covered in metallic spray paint, you’ll know why. I think it’s worth the cost savings! And the money I saved (to the tune of $155) I can spend on a non-metallic manicure or… more spray paint!

– emily

Another Bathroom Idea

By | Room Makeovers | One Comment

At this point I am desperate for bathroom ideas. I’ve had mental blocks from all sides – paint, accessories, fabric. And I’ve made the worst decision to buy things as I see them anyways. I’ve decided that the vanity is going to stay as-is, as well as the lighting. I have some major hardware clashing going on, so if I’ve made any decision, it’s that everything hardware-related is going to be oil rubbed bronze, which is what my lighting is anyways. Given what I already have, here is an idea:

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1.) DIY Deer Head – Already own (more details on that later – I saved mucho dollars!) – eBay

2.) Terrarium – Terrain

3.) Grapefruit Lotion – Willow

4.) Ceramic Tray – already own – Home Goods

5.) Rise and Shine Print – Keep Calm Gallery

6.) Marimekko Lumimarja Tablecloth – Already own (more details on this later – I’m turning it into a shower curtain) – Crate & Barrel

7.) Pumice Paint Color from Restoration Hardware

8.) Shell Ball – Home Goods

What do you think? I am liking this one, but anxious to see how it works next to my existing countertop, which has orange and grey flecks in the granite. I think at some point I just have to GET IT DONE.

– emily

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