THEN, I had the idea.... to paint and frame them! YES, they would be fantastic. And, I wasn't wrong!
First, (after approval from hubby), I let the antlers dry in the shop for a couple days, then brushed them off with a stiff brush. Then, paint. Aqua, of course.
The wood is cedar fence boards - I dry brushed them with white and aqua paint, then stained over them with a driftwood stain.
Then, I bolted the skull onto the wood backers! (The skull already had holes in it from the previous owner, so I used those holes). I ended up having to do a BUNCH of grinding/cutting on the back of the skull to get it to lay flat-ish on the boards. Not a fun job, but it was necessary as the cut the PO did wasn't very flat.
I hung it in my bedroom on the wall across from the doorway so it can be seen from the living room :)
Isn't it fabulous?!!! I adore it SO much!
The thing you can see just to the left of the antlers is a shelf above the bed I made 18 years ago (I have sheers hanging from it that are my 'headboard') - I think it's time it come down and get painted (and maybe new sheers)....... It is displaying my hubby's snowboards..... I am debating about what color to paint it though. Walls are white. I don't think I want white, but I think maybe white sheers. My favorite color scheme is aqua/red/navy/gray/white (basically Bonnie and Camille minus the pink hehe). Possibly a pale gray, lighter than the driftwood stain.....