It’s not the world famous bull on Wall Street, but this bull on my wall is famous in my house.
Make your own inexpensive (artificial or real) “trophy animal” wall art!
A department store at the Mall of America had the same idea (though my frame looked a tad more worse for wear). Last year during the holidays, I noticed their framed (and well-dressed,) racked buck on the wall above racks of clothing.
This frame hung in a back machine shed at my parent’s farm for as long as I can remember. A haunting prairie woman’s portrait was behind the glass, and the frame was faded black with excessive chipping and signs of wear. I can clean that right up, I thought.
I gently scrubbed it with light water and soap, and let it air dry. Then, I sprayed the frame with a glossy pure white spray paint. New frames that are distressed in a factory can’t compete with decades of decay that naturally aged this frame.
While visiting family in Arizona, my uncle helped us locate these Texas Longhorns* at a sale market, and my sister haggled the vendor to a lower price (and confirmed the horns were authentic and weren’t glued on). I’m a big thrift-er, but not a skilled haggler. Good thing I hunt and thrift with a team (my family)!
To complete the piece, I added a vintage red (my favorite color in the home) hat from my Grandma Lillie’s collection.
When I moved into my house, this was the first piece of “art” that made the wall. “Belongs in a barn”, my dad says. But so do I, much of the time. It’s part of the house now. It’s here to stay.
*According to the vendor, the Longhorns die of a variety of causes (farming, weather, age, animal attacks) and they try to preserve all parts of the animal, rather than have any part of these beautiful creatures go to waste.