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Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Fast Refresh for Tired Faux Pumpkins

I’ve been preparing my home for the upcoming Fall Home Tours this past week. The kids say it looks like a pumpkin patch has exploded in our house. :) 

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Two years ago I bought a bag of white/off white faux mini pumpkins. I store my seasonal décor in plastic tubs outside. I think these particular pumpkins did not like the heat as they turned a strange brownish gold. Not exactly the color palette I was going for. So what’s a girl to do? Add a bit of paint!

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The heirloom Jarrahdale pumpkin, grown primarily in New Zealand, features soft shades of mint, aqua and teal. This was the look I wanted to achieve.

The key to somewhat realistic looking pumpkins is to layer the colors. For this pumpkin I started with one coat of Craftsmart robins egg blue. I then added a few flecks here and there of Americana bahama blue.  Finishing with highlights of FolkArt ice blue.

I buy my acrylic paints at Wal Mart, Hobby Lobby and Michaels.

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The pumpkin on the left features a primary coat of FolkArt teal with a few secondary touches of a custom lighter shade created by mixing the teal with a bit of white. The final layer was two varying highlight applications of FolkArt metallique pearl white and champagne.

The middle pumpkin was left in its original “left in the heat too long” state.

On the right this pumpkin received a base coat of FolkArt sage. It then received an all over coat of FolkArt metallique champagne and finally a few flecks here and there of Craftsmart champagne pearl.

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The beauty of acrylic paint is that by the time I had painted a base coat on all four of the pumpkins the first pumpkin was already dry and ready for a second layer. Altogether I spent about 30 minutes on this refresh project.

Sure beats tossing them out and buying new!


Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, Remodelaholic, Classy Clutter, Stonegable, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeCommon Ground, Someday Crafts, The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Katherine’s Corner, The Blissful Bee, Posed Perfection,My Fabuless Life,The Style Sisters, Sew A Fine Seam, Craftberry Bush, French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Imparting Grace,My Romantic Home,The Charm of Home, AKA Design + Life, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,The Dedicated House


Lynda Brandly said...

Love the color! Gonna paint my pumpkins! :)
Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

Katie Mansfield said...

You've just got to the love what the heat does to stuff. The pumpkins look great. They will go with your new decor.

Jane said...

Very pretty pumpkin patch!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love them and the colors are fabulous.

Linda said...

Such a different and pretty idea! :)

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Ok I pinned blue pumpkins last year and said I was going to find some in my area (live) but really haven't seen any. Your idea is great, I have many faux pumpkins, I'd love to try this on one of the big ones! Just don't know that I have the patience to figure out different blues/whites to use on my particular pumpkins. Minis are my favorites!

Betty said...

I have some of the strangest colored pumpkins from the heat/cold/heat/cold, so I know what I'm doing this weekend. Thank you so much for a great idea!!

Terri Steffes said...

That's a great idea! I just saw something on FB where you paint the pumpkins white, then spray them with a "glass" paint that gives you a mirror look. They were adorable. August is my busy month at work. I know I was amiss with my comments. I hope I am back to normal Real Soon.!

Sarah said...

You are a thrifty, clever girl! Love the color.

Carol said...

Some of mine have taken on a more yellowish-tone.....probably also from the heat. I like you fix, and I love those colors!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I like them better now that you painted them!

Maureen Wyatt said...

For some strange reason, I love painting pumpkins. After seeing those beauties, you can be sure I'll be sporting some blue ones this year!