Saturday, November 5, 2016

Rustic Glam

Why Hello here and welcome to my blog. Today starts a new challenge at Anything But Cute where I am hosting this month, and we have a fun theme but more about that in a minute. I have been re-re doing my master bedroom and have finally reached a color scheme and theme I am thrilled with. DIY planking with gray walls and lots of other DIY's. That is what gave me the idea for the theme this month. Here is my design:

I call it Rustic Glam! Think of Southern charm meeting some Bling Bling. We want you to create a mixed media design featuring rustic elements such as whitewashed wood, chicken wire, burlap, soft subtle tones and neutrals. Don't forget to add the GLAM part with some sparkle and BLING!

I started with the paper mache deer head and painted it white but then I cut it off of the shield it was on. I had a totally different plan at the beginning that involved a burlap canvas and the shield but that quickly changed. 
Once the head was cut off, the antlers were painted metallic silver and I added some art stones to the part of the antlers that touched the skull and painted those silver (had to add some realistic touches here and there). The antlers were then painted with mod podge and dipped into a package of faux snow. Viola! Glamorous antlers! 
Then I went out to my garage and cut a piece of pine board to lay inside the opening of the back of the canvas. Power tools are so fun and using left over boards is a great way to save money!
I stained the wood with MinWax Classic Gray and when it was almost dry I added some Semi Gloss white ceiling paint to parts and also some blue acrylic paint. I then waited for those to dry and hand sanded it to create the cracks and peeled paint look.
The next step was to add the paper frame around the canvas opening. I cut the paper to fit and mitered the corners to create a frame. Then I added some modeling paste with a flourish stencil around the frame. 
Now it's starting to look like something I would hang on my wall! My husband had asked me to make something for our room so this is it! I applied some crackle glaze and I then painted a wash of white, blue and grey over the stenciled frame and glued down the ornate white frame in the middle.
Now I added the pine board to the middle of the canvas and glued the frame to the board. The white mesh inside the ornate frame is from my wonderful friend Sara of Sara's Closet. The deer head was glued to the board and helps to hold the mesh down. The final touch was to add the bling at the bottom.
Here is a close up of the details on the antlers. The faux snow worked perfectly for what I had in mind. And the bling on the forehead adds such a wonderful glam vibe to this design. 
Tres chic? Maybe! I seem to be embracing my more feminine side lately. I can't wait to see what you create! Hugz and Carpe Diem! ~Niki
On a side note: This is what my DIY rustic glam wall is looking like so far. I used cedar planks and hand painted/distressed each one to look different but uniform. I absolutely adore this wall!
In the picture above-the green frogger tape is where the studs are in my wall so I know where to shoot my finishing nails. The baseboard molding is designed by me and also almost done. In the picture below more of the wall is done (I added my own version of crown molding) and now all I need to do is caulk the baseboards, add a chandelier, and some DIY remote controlled lanterns that will hang on each side of the bed. And yes, the night stand and the lamp are going bye-bye! Awesome sauce and I can't wait for it to be complete!

I would love to share my Rustic Glam design with these challenges:

I used a canvas and also this white mesh in the middle of the ornate frame behind the head.

My little deer represents a fairy tale come true. 


  1. Gorgeous creation Niki. Love the choice of color palette. Great way to meet those two styles!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  2. A wonderful creation as always. Your room looks very stylish, too. Hugs, Valerie

  3. Before I forget... your rustic glam wall is STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS Niki... love love love it... wow - what a FAB look. And your Rustic Glam project is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL too. Wow. It seems to me that it is the EPITOME of the ESSENCE of rustic glam. Most GLAM deer I have ever seen!! Love the way you did the board behind too - you are just a PRO at Rustic Glam girl!!! What fun! Xj.

  4. Before I forget... your rustic glam wall is STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS Niki... love love love it... wow - what a FAB look. And your Rustic Glam project is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL too. Wow. It seems to me that it is the EPITOME of the ESSENCE of rustic glam. Most GLAM deer I have ever seen!! Love the way you did the board behind too - you are just a PRO at Rustic Glam girl!!! What fun! Xj.

  5. Well Niki, how clever are you - sawing up your own wood, building a beautiful wall - that is so very impressive!! I love your rustic deer head, he looks pretty spectacular with the treatment on his antlers and the wire background and gorgeous frames really do give that extra touch of glam. Absolutely fabulous!!!! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Love love love this and I'm not a fan of deer heads ( i think because I don't what i'd do with them lol) Your's turned so gorgeous and I love the glam you used on the deer head, so pretty. And your wall...OMG!! It is amazing!! What an incredible job you did, looks like it should be in a magazine! :)

  7. My friend, this is absolutely amazing!! It is the perfect definition of Rustic Glam!! I love how you blinged up the dear head!! It looks amazing!! The texture on the frame is fabulous!! I love the colors and the details!! Truly spectacular!! Thank you so much for playing along at DL.ART!! And oh my gosh, I want your rustic glam wall!! Wow, oh wow, it looks amazing!! You did such an awesome job with it!! I seriously want you to come make my walls like this!! Have a great weekend, Niki!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. Very nice with a lot of work to create your wall hangar and a nice winter feel with your colour pallet. Very effective and nice creation.
    Thank you for sharing with Fussy and Fancy.
    Best wishes
    Jules xx

  9. This is so creative. I love it. What a unique wall piece the technique is very interesting and the results a simply amzing
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday # 191 "Fairy Tale" Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

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  10. Wooooow, Niki, this is rustic glam at it's best! What a glorious piece of art this is, my friend! I am completely blown away by your super creativity! I love the way how you did the frame, your beautiful stencilling work, amazing color choice and your whitewashed wood technique is simply perfect! Stunning result! Your deer head in that awesome white frame is fabulous and the glam details are spectacular! Bravo! Big hugs to you! Branka xx

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  12. Hi this is a stunning creation. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste Challenge Blog for challenge 20 Anything Goes Mixed Media and the sponsor is Foilplay. Hugs Jackie DT

  13. Bravo, my friend! I had to get up early this morning so I could come have a look at this masterpiece of yours! First off, I love that panel in the background--the color layering gives this a look of true old weathered barn wood-gorgeous! The stenciling and colors on the frame are yummy, and the glitz on the deer's antlers is such a creative touch! Your jeweled pieces are a perfect finishing touch, and just the icing on this beautiful cake! I've been eyeing that deer trophy at Hobby Lobby, and just couldn't think of how I'd use it. You have provided wonderful inspiration! Happy you could use the mesh, but for the life of me, I can't remember it! I'm going to have to go rummage through my stash to see if I have any more! Love this artsy piece, Punkin' and I'm sure you will have many years enjoying it against those beautiful walls you have been making! Everything looks fabulous in your room--the planks, the baseboard (love this!) and that fabulous clock! You are so talented! Hugs to you, Punkin'!

    1. PS Stop back over my blog--I hope I answered your question about the wood grain. Shoot me a text, if not, and I can send you a video! Hugs!

  14. Wow Doc, I am loving your feminine side! This wall hang is so incredible, I love rustic glam with a touch of Niki! The deer head is fantastic, a touch of nature but blinged up and looking like a creature from a wonderful fantasy movie that I would totally watch! Great idea to recycle the spare wood piece and the texture turned out really amazing!! The colours are very elegant, boy I look forward to seeing your finished room! PLUS - at Christmas time, just hang a jingle bell around his neck, and presto, decoration!! sending hugs my talented friend :)

  15. How fun! I love your ABC project (which I got to via F&F...), but now I'm all inspired by your home DIY! Can't wait to see it with the lanterns and chandelier.
    But back to your piece: I love the antlers... magical!

  16. Great project, thanks for sharing at Fab'n'Funky

    Pat xx

  17. What a great piece - I love those sparkly antlers, and the elegant composition. Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  18. Wonderful project -a great mixture of techniques and mediums used to create this fabulous wall hanging. Thanks for joining us at Fab N Funky this week

  19. Niki, I just love your room and feature wall so far! How amazing and fun this is! What a great way to use your creative energy. As for your art piece, wow wow wow! You sure made your hubby proud. This is tremendous, most inspiring and ever so beautiful. I am just so thrilled with your theme and interpretation. Love it! Hugs, Autumn

  20. Niki it's beautiful! Also thank you so much for explaining what rustic glam is. I hope to be up to playing along soon.
    I wanted to pop over and let you know why I've not been around much. Around mid September we noticed my dogs back leg was really swollen so we got him down to the vets. After some tests and a biopsy the news was not good. The worse thing was that we thought we would have some time with him but within a week of the biopsy he couldn't keep food down and was struggling. I know you don't need me to explain further.
    I have had issues with depression because of my health and this happening so soon has sent me a little over the brink and I am struggling a lot. I know with time I will start to feel less awful and truth be told I am a lot better than I was for the first two weeks. What doesn't help is that I have blocked sinus which means if I move my head too quick or in the wrong way I get so dizzy I feel dreadfully sick. I know this too will pass but for the moment I'm being like a brown bear and hibernating for a while. I hope to be back creating like a storm soon as well as visiting all of you lovely mixed media ladies soon too xx

  21. Wow! So beautiful! Love this!! Wonderful work!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  22. Hi Niki!
    I'm loving your 'rustic glam' side!! Your creation is absolutely wonderful in every way!! I'm really looking forward to the finished remodel of your room. So far it's GORGEOUS! Sorry I've been away so long. I broke my arm and am only now back to typing.



  23. So cute!! Thank for playing with us at Fussy & Fancy challenge.
    Nathalie DT

  24. Wow, I love all the wonderful layers of texture in this fabulous rustic glam project! Thanks for joining the fun and sharing it with us at the Frilly and Funkie "What a Mesh" challenge!

  25. what a wonderful creation! The framed bejeweled reindeer head looks gorgeous with the crackled blue frame - love this Niki! Julia xx

  26. Meant to add - thanks for joining us in the AVJ challenge!

  27. Hello from an absent friend lately! LOVE your DYI - that glam wall is fantastic, as are those fabulous glam antlers. Can you make me a pair, lol?!! Hope to keep up in blogland a bit more regularly soon.... but so glad to have caught this!! xxx Lynn