One of my favorite magazines to premiere this summer was Romantic Prairie Style by Fifi O'Neill. The magazine delivered much inspiration and drool worthy interiors all with a vintage twist.
Source: scanned image from Romantic Prairie Style Summer 2012
The vintage all mixed with the rustic was so up my alley. I couldn't help but be intrigued by this one home photographed with the deer antlers mounted right on the wall! I happened to have a set of antlers just like this! What to do...what to do. I thought about it awhile. Should I just mount them right on the wall?
Well bare antlers can look amazing in a lot of spaces. I am not against mounting them as is. But, I wanted to display them in my dining room so, I thought they needed a little more modesty. Yes, that meant I was going to try taxidermy! How hard could this project be right? Here are my supplies: wooden plaque, antlers, hot glue gun, leather square, and upholstery tacks.
I spray painted the wooden plaque first. I then hot glued the antlers to the plaque. Then I sketched out a pattern for my leather cover.
I then cut the leather out.
I then trimmed the leather even more and positioned the tacks.
I did a few tacks to anchor it first.
The bland spray paint just wasn't the look I was wanting so I sanded that up and applied a glaze to the whole plaque to make it look a little more aged.
So here is where I wanted to put them, right above my buffet in the dining room. I was pleased with how they turned out. It wasn't hard at all to do this. A bit of a rustic touch for fall and winter.
That vine hanging in the side of the photo above is this. I found a real bittersweet vine for fall!!! Love this stuff, talk about fabulously rustic, bittersweet is it!
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