If you only knew all the projects that I thought up in my head….
….that never work out.
Does that ever happen to anyone else? Am I the only one?
I think I have a 95% almost-make-it-but-not-quite-because-what-was-I-thinking rate.
But sometimes all the stars align and the cherubs sing and tiny bluebirds fly by in a crystal blue sky and a project jumps perfectly from my brain into fruition.
And sometimes it turns out even better than I imagined.
Here’s one that did.
Stained Deer Head DIY
old barn door (or just some old wood)
stain paint pen
hand to pat yourself on the back with
1: Start with a barn door
Easy for me to say….right? I live in the country.
If you don’t live next to a barn….you can find old barn doors at junk stores or flea markets.
Or you could simply use a piece of wood from the home improvement store.
Here’s a close up of the barn door wood.
It was a little challenging to stain on because it has these ridges.
Which makes it even more wonderful looking when you are finished.
2: Trace a chalk outline of a deer head
I kind of invented this one from some other deer projects I had around the house.
You can google deer head silhouettes online and there are so many different sizes and shapes.
Here’s another picture so you can get the idea of how I added a few antlers here and there.
Stand back once you’ve traced it and adjust as necessary.
You can always use a little water to erase the chalk and start again.
3. Fill in with a stain paint pen
Here’s the part where I wasn’t sure it was going to work out.
My original idea had been to tape off the outline and use a can of stain to fill in.
But the challenge?
The wood is so old and so porous that I was worried the stain would bleed through and look more like a rhinocerous.
Then I found these stain paint pens at the home improvement store.
They worked like a charm.
I traced the outline with the stain paint pen and then used the pen to color in the center.
It only took me one pen for this project.
4. Erase chalk
Use a little water and erase the chalk outlines.
You can use the stain paint pen to touch up any places you missed.
And here it is.
In all its wonderful-finished-rustic-stained-paint-pen glory.
The one that worked out. 🙂