Do a Deer
Do (as in spraypaint) a deer. We are not talking about pulling any kinda Madonna horseplay….get your mind outta the gutter.
I wanna take this moment to relieve the awkward silence to talk about spraypainting. Did you know there is a proper way to spraypaint? Like rules…for real. And they help get the job done right.
first up – DO shake the can REALLY well before starting any spraypainting project (do not shake can WHILE spraying).
then - DO NOT start spraying (or end spraying) on your piece. Start next to it.
next - DO spray with even back and forth strokes (starting and ending each stroke BESIDE your piece)
also – DO start at the bottom and work up
additionally – DO NOT spray too quickly or too slow. Even LIGHT strokes are best.
lastly – DO allow for drying time in between coats.
Now that our little spraypaint study session is over, let’s get to the real meat of this post (venison if you will)…our deer head. I had my eyes on a dearhead for the longest time. I spent hours perusing craigslist looking for a bonafide deer head mount with no luck. I couldn’t find a thing under $200. So I turned to ebay to see my options there. Not much. Every real deer head was WAY overly priced for our budget. That’s when I decided to make one outta paper mache. The ZGallerie version was my inspiration. I figured that I could make a base of wood and use clothing hangers to be the supports for the antlers. My collection of newspapers and glue grew and grew. I literally had nightmares about mis-shapen deer heads floating in pools of Elmer’s and my Atlanta Journal Constitution life raft couldn’t hold me afloat. Then I saw a plastic deer head on ebay.
I got it for $35. And seeing as how it is larger than the ZGallerie one, I thought it would be a good DIY project. Plus, I like that it was a little more realistic in proportions. Another good thing is that it had a couple ways to sturdy-fy the thing to our wall…which is really good considering it would be hanging over our crib.
Shortly after ordering the deer head, I saw that Spearmint Decor did the very same project (except she left the antlers natural). Talk about great motivation! I already knew that it would turn out great…so after a few coats of high gloss spraypaint, I ended up with a ceramic-like white animal (I think that makes my tally seven of white critters).
Isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do?
Oh and because I had a little left in my second can of paint, I applied it to the cast owl I got at Goodwill. Now the little hooter doesn’t look so ominous.
So do you like spraypainting stuff as much as I do? Anyone else out there with additional tips to help out a fellow spraypainter? Do you use a paint can trigger accessory? I do. I love it…like Biggest Loser producers love sad stories. Or maybe you have a different comment – like how you have seen a billion deer heads inside the pages of every glossy mag these days? Or how that owl reminds you of the Tootsie Roll Pop owl? one…twoo…three….yum!