January 1, 2014

DIY painted antlers under $15 & boxwoods

I've been really inspired lately so slowly but surely, I've been tackling small and some large projects as well. Among those projects were to get myself some more antlers because I'm currently obsessed. So enter Hobby Lobby and me browsing every single aisle because I'm crazy. Or am I? Do y'all do that too? I feel like I might miss something if I don't but then I usually walk out with more than I planned for. But what's new?

Enter these antlers that were in the man cave section where all the boat and hunting accessories are. I usually bypass that section with a quick glance and thought of "there's nothing in there for me." And then enter Ally walking around…and I found them! They were $27.99 but 50% off which made them roughly $14.00! Amazing considering what you might pay elsewhere for these since they are all the rage right now and if you don't have some, you're just not cool. I'm kidding. But I really do like them.

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So let's get started! By the way, if you love this project as much as I do, hover over the pictures and you can pin them to your Pinterest so you can always have them for reference if you wanna do this project yourself! Pretty easy! And if you haven't started following me on Pinterest, you can do so by clicking here. I pin lots of pretty things that I'm sure you'll love too :-)

Here's what I started with & the list of my supplies.

Hobby Lobby Antlers: $27.99 >> 50% off = Roughly $14.00
White paint: On hand = FREE
Paint brushes: On hand = FREE

Here is what they looked like before. Great bones, haha get it? But really… very manly, man cave-esc…and so not working for me! But that's ok because that all changed with the power of paint.

I was too excited and forgot to take photos of the "process" of painting these but its pretty fool proof. I did one coat of primer and two coats of bright white paint. I didn't seal them and don't really feel the need to either. I'm not sure if it's my favorite part where I put them but for now, I'll leave it.

Isn't that mirror to die for? I did literally about die when I saw it. I love the shape, finish and just everything about it. If I could have bought 100, I might have. In case you were wondering and curious, we also painted our interior of our home and are still working on some rooms. I wanted a nice gray-beige (greige) so we opted for Valspar's Subtle Taupe. It's a historical preservation color and looks amazing in every room, in every light. It's the perfect neutral.

There's a close up. They are super cute now. And my husband still cannot figure out why I am currently obsessed with antlers. Just tell him for me ok? The table below I found at a cute little shop while I was in North Carolina. I really love it but I keep looking at that wall thinking it needs more. It's rather large and that being such a small table, it's not really working. I'm thinking I'm going to use it in the guest bedroom for a bedside table though. 

Here's a better peak at the mirror. I might buy another. I just cannot help myself. 

OH! And in case you are new to these parts, you might not know that I am also obsessed with boxwoods. I have a ton of wreaths, balls and topiaries. Home by Ally is taken part in a "Vintage Market" sale on January 10th (See flyer below) and I will have a few boxwoods there. A lot of you always ask me where I get them but a girl cannot reveal all of her secrets ;-) If you're in the local area, you should really stop by. Everyone has such fabulous things. I will have a lot of furniture and decor as usual and a lot of it I'm going to mark down to move it since it's been in our garage for some time now.

Aren't they adorable? I found the little pots at Target and knew I had to have them…and I finally found a great use for them. These little boxwoods are probably not even a foot tall. They are so cute and petite and I am already thinking I'll probably keep these… Oops!

I never tire of them, their smells and their great pop of color to any space. 

It's a rainy day here in central Florida so hubby and I may make a trip to Lowes or Home Depot to look around. Happy New Year to y'all and I hope this year brings nothing but great things! I really feel like GREAT things in are store for us or at least I hope so… One sad thing that we just got word of a few weeks ago is that my husband will be deploying this year. I'll let you know more on that later but I am trying to be positive and I promised myself it would be a great time for all of my DIY projects and to get some things done around here! We'll see how that goes.


  1. I love boxwoods, too, and your antlers looks great above the mirror!

    1. Thanks Danelle! I am obsessed with both! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I always see that man-cave section in HL and it's horrid! LOL I'm usually great at seeing past something and knowing what things like paint can do but this never crossed my mine. LOVE IT!!!


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