My Chic Antler Wall Decor

If you are married to a hunter, or are a hunter yourself, you may find yourself with a collection of trophies for the wall.  Since my husband has been an extremely successful hunter, he has accumulated quite a few over the years.  The plan was to have a trophy “room” which has expanded to a scattering throughout the basement and a few more at our cabin.

Although most of these trophies are worthy of display, there are some older ones that need to either decorate a garage or have a major overhaul.

One such case was a set of elk antlers that my husband mounted many years ago.  The other day I hesitantly asked him if I could have free reign over them and see what I could do to make them look a little nicer.  To my surprise, he said that I could!  I don’t think I actually said that I wanted to chic them up a little….

Here is what they looked like before:

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Basically, I like the antlers and that is it.  The leather color was not for me and I wanted to also lighten up the wood.  Since I also didn’t care for the exact shape of the part covered with leather, I decided to cover it with something that had texture.  I used snow-tex.

elk antlers before picture

What I love about snow-tex is that it sticks so nice to any surface once it is dry and it is fairly easy to apply.  I normally use it for winter crafts and making snowballs.  I used an old paint brush to brush it on, filling in any gaps where the leather did not meet the edges.

After the snow-tex was dry, I painted the wood back and the snow-tex with a semi-gloss latex paint.  I put on two coats and then sanded it smooth.  Since I wanted a small amount of the wood to show through, for a distressed look, I sanded a little heavier in a couple of areas.

Then, instead of hanging the antlers back up in my husband’s trophy room, I moved them into our basement family room!

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I’m happy with how they fit in with our lodge-y space and now there is more room in his trophy “room” for more trophies!

For more ideas on decorating with antlers, check out Decorating With Antlers For A Rustic Chic Style.

Happy Decorating!

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Decorating With Antlers Works For A Rustic Chic Style

I have found that embracing my husband’s passion for hunting has worked to my advantage!  I’m not real fond of  full trophy deer heads on the wall, accept for in designated “masculine” areas, but I do love all of the antlers that he has collected over the years.

At one time, my husband had a large trappers basket packed full of antlers that he either found or had saved from his successful hunts.  However, once I discovered how much I liked to decorate with them, they slowly started to disappear out of the basket.  Luckily, he is happy to see them displayed just as much as I am.

Although most of the antlers are displayed either on a table or wrapped around a picture frame, I came up with kind of a crazy, artsy project for one set.

Because I wanted to repurpose an old seatless chair, I figured I could incorporate the antlers to decorate it. Now, instead of using the chair as a seat, it is used to hold a bucket and magazines.

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I wasn’t sure how my husband would feel about a set of his antlers draped with faux pearls but he got kind of a kick out of it …I think.  He did think that it looked a bit like a torture chair at first until I explained that it was no longer an actual chair but a decorative accent to hold magazines!  You can see the whole before and after of the chair here.

The single antler hugging the picture frame is typically the way I like to use the antlers.  It’s an easy way to add a rustic touch to any decor piece.  I have also placed them by lamps, hanging out of a basket, and wrapped around a candy dish.

Here are some more fun ways to decorate with antlers that I have found:


I love how these antlers look against the white walls and the antlers on the table surrounded by all of the colorful flowers looks surprisingly right in place.  It must be that nature complements nature!

Casa Sugar has an excellent idea for decorating with antlers!  The horns look stunning when placed in glass.  I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of this before!  This is something I will definitely be doing with a couple that I have left.  I even already have the perfect hurricane glass!

See how rustic and chic this centerpiece bowl looks with the pine, the apples, and the antlers!  Cactus Creek Daily had the right idea in mind when coming up with this holiday arrangement.

I’m going to need to send my husband out to do more hunting!  Oops…..did I say that out loud?  It’s okay…I NEED more antlers so that I can paint a set white like this set by Pepper Design Blog.  I am loving the contrast with the dark wall.

A painted antler adds another fun dimension to decorating with a single antler.


These antlers make a decorative way to prop up the rustic shelf, adding so much more to the rustic design at the same time.

Have you done any unique decorating with antlers?  What do you think of some of these ideas?  Leave me your thoughts below…..I love to hear from you!