Restoring Antlers


Have you ever looked at an old set of sun bleached antlers and thought that it would be nice to have the color restored and protected? This is a method I use for restoring the look on an old set of antlers using coffee and a little Mop and Glo. This works better on antlers that still retain a little color and are less dried out and cracked from being outdoors, but you can still get decent color even if they are older. The set pictured here are about 10 years old. Check it out.


Here's what you will need:

- Antlers

- Coffee - darker the roast the better

                (Hunter's Blend dark roast coffee works nicely - Found Here)

- Mop and Glo Floor Cleaner

- Shoe brush

- Rubber Gloves


In a large sink or tub, wash the antlers and brush them clean with the shoe brush. In a medium bowl, add about 6T of coffee grounds. Add enough water to make a coffee slurry, around 1/4 cup. Put on a set of rubber gloves and grab the wet grounds and rub them thoroughly over the antlers. Be careful to not get any grounds on the skull if it is a European mount. It may be helpful to cover the skull in foil before hand to avoid staining the skull. Once the grounds cover the majority of the antlers, allow it to sit for 10 minutes.

Brush away the coffee grounds with a show brush and allow the antlers to dry 20-30 minutes. If the color is not as dark as you would like, repeat the above process several times.

Once the antlers are dry, apply a coat of Mop and Glo on the antlers. Allow the antlers to dry for 30 minutes and check to see how the shine is. if it isn't to your desired shine, apply additional coats. If it ends up coming out too shiny, use some steel wool to buff it out, but be careful not to overdo it or you will buff away the color as well.

Once happy with it, allow it to completely dry and enjoy!