If you follow me on instagram (dwellingsbydevore) then you'll recognize this little guy. I picked him up on clearance at hobby lobby for around $8. I've been wanting to add just a touch of taxidermy to our home, but never could find the right piece for the right price. So, when I came across this little fellow it was a no brainer. I actually didn't mind the finish on it for a more masculine space, but I wanted this to go in my daughter's bathroom so girly and glittery it was.
I removed the antlers (they just popped right out) and gave the body a few coats of glossy white spraypaint. I had someone ask a while ago about whether or not I prime when I spraypaint. I don't unless I'm spraypainting something super shiny or slick or something that I know is going to get a lot of use. Also, a lot of spraypaints are now made with built in primer so you can usually skip that step when using those products. Once the body got a coat of white, I spraypainted the antlers gold. I planned to bedazzle them with some gold glitter, but wanted to create a gold backdrop just in case the glitter didn't completely cover the surface. I'm glad I did this step because the glitter didn't completely cover the surface.
Once the gold paint was dry, I used a foam brush to coat the antlers in glue and then sprinkled them with some gold glitter. I picked it up on sale at Michaels for my daugther's party and had plenty leftover. This glitter is more like little strips instead of small dots like normal glitter so it added a little bit more texture to the antlers. I think if I try this again I'll do just regular glitter, I think it would adhere and cover better.
We had a boring towel ring in this bathroom before so I thought this would be a great place to use this hook. This bathroom is used for guests as well as for my daughter so I like that it's feminine and girly but still sophisticated.
I can't seem to find this hook on Hobby Lobby's website so I would check your local store, probably in the clearance section if you are interested. There's some great plastic taxidermy on ebay that would be great for this project. I think something like this deer would be great because of the large antlers. It would make such a statement to have them covered in glittery gold.