New Antlers, Same Old Cupboard

I wasn't planning on giving you a repeat viewing of my cupboard so soon, but when Mr. CF put the kibosh on where I'd planned to hang my latest antler project,
this is what I came up with. 

Start with a set of 35+ year old deer antlers from your parent's attic.

Add paint you already have on hand and beverage(s) of your choice.

I just didn't 'get' the whole chevron thing.

Maybe because it looks too much like the tire tracks left by the vehicle that
drove through my wildflower bed behind my back fence (twice) this summer.

I do like the ombre trend though...

Attempt #1. The gradient is a bit too subtle maybe. I'll remember that for my
next ombre paint project,if that day ever comes.

I covered the skull with batting and found out that regular gunny sack burlap is much too thick. A WalMart fat quarter of burlap was $5, thinner, and comes in two colours. Perfect. After using the hot glue gun on a hot afternoon in the middle of a hot flash, it was attached. Not nearly as smooth as I would like, but I'll take it.

The base was $3.14 with my coupon at Michael's. Painted, sanded, antiqued, and Mr. CF helped me attach this baby to the board with 3" deck screws.

I then proceeded into the family room to hang my prize over a vintage
painting and that is where Mr. CF's cooperation abruptly ended.

What man doesn't want a set of turquoise antlers hanging near the TV?

I think I like them here better anyway (shhhh). I didn't notice until I had them up on the wall how wonky they are. This poor buck didn't have the most beautiful rack
(or the best luck) but I quite like them now in ombre turquoise.

Mr. CF is happy and that is important. You never know when you will need
a willing assistant in your crafty DIY adventures.

Right, deer?

**Edited to add: Mr. CF just told me that my antlers are upside down.
NOW he tells me.  My Dad says they aren't upside down, they just need to be pointed upwards more. It also has to do with how they were removed from the... host. Whew. Nothing like an antler faux pas. :)

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  1. It was a lot of fun to read about your project and ...the antlers fit right in. Love their new look!

  2. Ah, ha, ha... you crack me up. The "hot glue gun on a hot afternoon in the middle of a hot flash" is priceless. I have to give you props for turquoise antlers. I can't imagine I would've thunk it, but you've won me over to them. They are a fun accent.

  3. It's just the height your vignette needed! Well, I didn't know it needed height until I saw the turquoise antlers mounted on the wall. All it needs is that cool vintage turquoise telephone I saw last week. I can see it now. Antler with phone attached as if having a conversation. :@
    I don't mind seeing your old cupboard again. I love that piece!

    I'm picturing a bungee jumping adventure for 2 of your tenants. But it is kinda close to the fan.

    Great project in spite of the hot flashes.

  4. Yes, it is very important to listen to the hubby's opinion on the little stuff...because you'll need his help with the big stuff ;) Like hanging a ladder canopy over your bed...or "something" like that...ha! Love your turquoise antlers!! Laurel

  5. Another fabulous vignette from my favorite stylist! I love the pops of turquoise, and the antlers are so unexpected and fun. I'd say it was a hot flash of an afternoon very well spent.

  6. Can't wait to see Mr. VZ's reaction when I tell him I want to paint some antlers BLUE. I'm bookmarking this page to show him!

    MML - your saying, "Best thing about being 50 is that you are in your own vintage photographs." You'll have to check out my 8-31-12 post about the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.

    Popped in from S&S Fridays.

  7. Oh YUM! I love the whole vignette :) Super pretty. And my fav shade.

    BOO! Too people driving through your garden though :(

  8. I love ombre and i Love Antlers and the combination of them both is just Awesome! Your display is so cool thanks for inspiring!!

  9. this is so cool, i love the display you have set up, it would be great if you came and linked up at

    have a great weekend
    love aimee xx

  10. Oh I really, really love this! Ombre antlers! Clever girl.

  11. I love that pop of color over the cabinet. Who knew they were upside down? I wouldn't. They look really good and you have great color sense!

  12. I really love this whole vignette! The cupboard, the antlers, the fan-perfect! I'm your newest follower! :)

  13. I just stumbled upon your turquoise antlers, read your story about them and couldn't stop laughing...and relating!!! I LOVE Canadians!!!

  14. Thank you so much for sharing this creative vignette on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Great idea to paint the antlers! Hope you have a wonderful week.


  15. I love this idea! I can't wait to do this myself! This is so pretty and creative and would go great in my own bedroom (the color is right on!)you can see here: where I redid my bedroom with this beautiful blue color you used.

    I'd love it of you checked out my blog!

    Have a lovely Sunday!

    Bethany @

  16. I think the antlers look perfect. Never would have thought of painting them blue, looks really cool! And they fit right in with your other blue accents.

  17. Tracy - Your antlers are so cute! I love the shade of blue you picked!! I am going to be on the hunt for some antlers...wish there were some in my parents attic :) to be so lucky!! Maybe I should take a look just in case...

    Blessings - Sara


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