Hey, y’all! Happy Holidays again! I am so excited about Christmas (though my decorating is STILL not done- sheesh) and was even more excited when Karah and Jessica asked me to be a part of this little jaunt through a bunch of AMAZING blogs with their holiday ideas using ONLY items already on-hand. Hopefully that means some of you are coming from Cuckoo 4 Design who posted her super gorgeous Painted Brushstroke Ornaments yesterday! Welcome!
When asked to do this little holiday challenge, I realized that the room that holds all of my supplies was currently being painted so…what the HECK did I have on-hand to begin with?! I knew we had some old pallets on the back porch and that *somewhere* there was a thing of white paint lying around. I decided to come to the party with a deer silhouette on my pallet. Now, doing a pallet project when you’re in a trail of blogs that includes Karah (who wrote a BOOK on PALLET PROJECTS) is like asking to sing and dance at a party hosted by Julie Andrews…but it was all I had!
-white acrylic paint
-some kind of paper
-picture/silhouette you want to use
-drill and sander
-husband who works outside in the dark for you (optional if you’re a better planner than I am)
My sweet husband cut apart our pallet so that the boards were roughly the same size. Pallet wood isn’t known for being the best wood, but we found 4 good pieces AND he found a thin board to screw them onto. The board happened to be EXACTLY the right size. Fate.
After the boards were attached, I sanded with some 60 grit sand paper to get all the…yuck off. I don’t know what is on pallets. I can only imagine. But I sanded some of it off, at least. Doesn’t it look better?
Yes. I sanded this in my living room floor. Yes, my husband attached the boards in our living floor as well. It’s cold outside, y’all. And the boards were attached VERY late at night. I have no patience for being outside like that. Plus, I was watching Christmas movies.
The stencil, if you could call it that, was the hardest part for me. I basically took some packing paper, like the kind you get your items wrapped in if you happen to frequent antique stores, LAID IT ON MY COMPUTER SCREEN- THIS IS SO GHETTO, zoomed in on a deer silhouette I liked until it was the size I wanted to fit the boards, and then traced over the edges of the silhouette with a pencil. This is REALLY PRECISE AND SCIENTIFIC, EVERYONE. Obviously, due to my extensive precision, the deer ended up being the wrong size. No biggie, I just modified it myself on the paper and then cut it out with an Exacto knife. I chose to use the outside part of the paper (with the deer head missing) and draw around the lines of it, rather than using the less-sturdy deer head to trace.
I’m not going to lie, he looked WAY better than I anticipated. After that, I got a skinny stencil brush (even though the stencil wasn’t on the board anymore) and started painting with the easiest part (the bottom) first.
I did consider staining this first because I had some stain on hand. I’ve never stained anything before, though, and the wood looked better after sanding than I had anticipated. I *may* still go back and stain it before I clear coat (also something not on hand), but I’m going to live with it a minute and then decide.
The antlers were a terrifying experience for me. I was SO scared I would mess it up because my hands aren’t as steady as I feel they should be…as evidenced by this really good picture showing you how precise I was trying to be.
My hand is blurry because…I’m right-handed and I was holding the camera with my left and taking the picture. It was a thrilling scene. I’m sure you wish you could have been here.
Eventually…voila! The deer was done!
We decided that we’ll probably hang him in our entryway, but I have a hard time deciding on an exact height alone, so that will have to be updated later. For the time being, I put him up on our board and batten shelf near the little brass fawn that was already there. I love the way this entryway looks now…even though it JUST looked different last week!
Best parts: this took under 2 hours start-to-finish AND he can change for the seasons…I’m already thinking of getting him a little red pom pom so he can dress up as Rudolph! Thanks SO much for coming by today and PLEASE head over to the unbeatable Caitlin, at Desert Domicile! Go through and read all of the great posts from the last two days. Only 14 days until Christmas! 🙂
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