Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Painted pumpkins

Well, it's time for my first vintage show of the fall, and I need some interesting accessories. You know where we love to get those, right?

The Dollar Store. Or the Dollar Tree. But usually not Dollar General. That's where we get the wine when we're broke.

You know those little plastic pumpkins--the ones that come in oh-so-garish colors?

*whispering* You can paint them.

What you'll need:

1. plastic pumpkins

2. spray paint primer especially for plastic (I use Rustoleum.  Seriously? If I had purchased Rustoleum stock back when I first started using their products about 35 years ago? Yeah.)

3. various and sundry paints. I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk paint, plain old acrylic paint, and some chalk paint.

4. untinted paste wax. I believe I had some CeCe Caldwell's out.

Step one: Spray paint pumpkins with the primer. I forgot to take a picture of this step because I got distracted by how badly my plants needed watering. I live my life from one ADD moment to the next, peeps. Make sure that you turn the squashes to coat all sides.

Step two: After the pumpkins have had a coat of primer and then dried completely, paint them another color. I found it interesting that whatever paint I had on hand worked. So much for people telling you you HAVE to use a certain paint. We've been around the block a time or two and we know better, don't we?

Step three: After the paint is completely dry (remembering to turn, again), lightly wax with the clear paste furniture wax.  I have found a good way to do this: I get two old socks from the rag bag and put them on my hands, like sock puppets. Then I scoop a little wax out on one hand. This way, I can manipulate the wax into the nooks and crannies of the pumpkins. I can rotate the pumpkin without getting wax all over both hands, as most of the wax stays on the socks. Plus, it makes an interesting fashion statement.

This is an easy way to get some subtle color into your fall decor. It's also cheap, because you probably have some of the supplies on hand. (I would say it's quick, too...but there's all that waiting for the paint to dry. That's when you can do another project, like make a beverage.)

Happy fall, y'all!


Cassie Bustamante said...

aaah yes so much better! i am team soft moody fall colors over here!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I look at them every time I'm in the Dollar Store but never pull the trigger on bringing some home. Now I must have plastic dollar store pumpkins that I can slather in paint. I'm thinking some ASCP or Amy Howard or both! And I now exactly what I'm going to do with the little plastic painted pumpkins too!!! love these! :)

Ashley Carter said...

I never thought to paint them before. Cute idea!

Art and Sand said...

I have been seeing painted pumpkins on IG and thought I might try some. Thanks for the tips.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

They look fantastic Kirby!....I was wondering if you waxed the pumpkins...now I know! Thanks for all of the tips!!!

Andrea said...

I have to sign something promising myself to paint them!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

I did this a couple of years ago and still LOVE them... great colors, Kirby!
xo Heidi

Summer said...

Happy Fall to you too! The pumpkins are cute ♥


Junkchiccottage said...

I love the subtle colors for fall Kirby. Really pretty.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I actually bought some of the hideous little hard pumpkins at Dollar Tree with ridges and gold paint on them. I used chalk paint, distressed and finished with a dark wax. They look so primitive. I absolutely love the idea of the two socks....brilliant!!

Bliss said...

I never remember to think *paint* when I'm at the Dollar Store. I need a tattoo reminder.

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karen@somewhatquirky said...

Well I already told you I did the paint thing with pumpkins t his year so I'll just tell you now that I haven't yet found pumpkins at my dollar store! It makes me feel like such a loser!

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