Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How To Turn $1 Pumpkins Into Show Stoppers Using Chalk Paint

From My Front Porch To Yours-How To Turn $1 Pumpkins Into Show Stoppers Using Chalk Paint
A few weekends back I had some fun painting pumpkins.
From My Front Porch To Yours-How To Turn $1 Pumpkins Into Show Stoppers Using Chalk Paint
Last year I had purchased several $1 pumpkins from the Target Bargain Bins that are up front when you walk in. I decided that they were too bold and shiny for where I wanted them to go so I decided to paint them using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
From My Front Porch To Yours-How To Turn $1 Pumpkins Into Show Stoppers Using Chalk Paint
I did nothing to the pumpkins at all to prep them for painting. To paint them I dipped the tip of my brush into a cup of water just for a sec and then dipped the tip in the chalk paint. I wanted a thin coat to prevent cracking.
From My Front Porch To Yours-How To Turn $1 Pumpkins Into Show Stoppers Using Chalk Paint
I used several different colors from Old White, Country Grey, Paris Grey and even Chateau Grey to get the look I was going after. For me there was no rhyme or reason to it. I just kept layering the colors till I had the look I wanted. Some coats thinner than others.
From My Front Porch To Yours-How To Turn $1 Pumpkins Into Show Stoppers Using Chalk Paint
From My Front Porch To Yours-How To Turn $1 Pumpkins Into Show Stoppers Using Chalk Paint
The tips were layered as well.
From My Front Porch To Yours-How To Turn $1 Pumpkins Into Show Stoppers Using Chalk Paint
I used some artist brushes I had on hand to add a little brown to some of the creases in the pumpkins and to feather in the tops of the pumpkins. This makes the pumpkins more dimensional and interesting.
From My Front Porch To Yours-How To Turn $1 Pumpkins Into Show Stoppers Using Chalk Paint
The best thing about this project is that there really is no right or wrong way to paint them. You just go with the flow till you achieve a look you love and have fun!

I decided to leave the pumpkins as is and not seal them with wax. I have not had any issues with the paint staying on the pumpkins what so ever. Even with all the thin layers I added there is not even any cracking.

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15 comments:

  1. What a fabulous DIY. I love how my friends in blog land can take things like 1.00 pumpkins and turn them into a beauitful pieces of decor.

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  2. They look beautiful, Pamela! Like you bought them in an expensive department store. You know, I have never used chalk paint before, I think it is time I give it a try:) Enjoy your day! Maria

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  3. That is a great idea! We have some "volunteer" pumpkins that came up in the garden from our compost. I should try this with one or two!

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  4. Pamela,
    They look GREAT! I painted some a few years ago with ASCP and I didn't wax them and they are still looking good.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  5. Beautiful Pamela. What a great re love of the dollar pumpkins. They look like a million bucks now.
    Kris

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  6. LUV!!!
    Painted a couple a few weeks ago. Yours came out beautifully Pamela.

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  7. They look great! I've been shopping for cheap pumpkins, but all my normal dollar stores seem to have large fancy pumpkins with large prices attached or nothing at all. I'll try Target - who wouldda thought?

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