(Tutorial for how-to white wash a pumpkin for some lovely coastal or shabby chic Fall decor, in collaboration with Country Living Magazine and 14 of my favorite blogging buddies. Details below.)
Sometimes, the color orange gives me a bit of anxiety.
I am more of a blue and white person – if you haven’t figured that out by now 😉
But it is Fall, and you can’t have Fall without embracing a bit of orange – or so it would seem.
So, I made a small discovery for myself – that if I just lathered some glorious white paint on that bright bold orange pumpkin – orange becomes the new blue.
And just like that, I have fallen in love with orange. All it needed was to be muted down a bit.
The white washed pumpkin made me feel like it wanted to be more of a coastal pumpkin, so I removed the top and added some driftwood pieces I found at Hobby Lobby and on the shores of Hawaii (sigh).
The pale orange paired so beautifully with my collection of vintage blue jars, I decided to make a centerpiece for our re-purposed butcher block table my husband saved from the dump.
This table is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in our home. It really was used for butchering meat, and then used as a work table in a furniture shop where my husband worked during college. When they were going to toss it, the hubs brought it home instead and cleaned it up good for me – because he loves FREE more than I do. Then I added some paint and gave it a good distressing.
It sits in our LIVING ROOM and houses our storage baskets and is usually my work surface of choice.
I’ve found the light from this very spot to be perfect for my blog photography, and I utilize it often.
But when it is not full of ongoing projects, I love to spruce it up with Holiday decor.
This vignette of pumpkins and vintage jars is one of my all time favorites, and it may last on there until Christmas bells start ringing.
These gorgeous leaf clippings I found on a bush on my way to taking my daughter to preschool. The owners of the home thought I was crazy for wanting clippings from their bush – but they obliged.
I wish I could preserve these colors forever.
I used the yellow pumpkin in our entry way.
Before you dig into the tutorial, I would like to invite you to view our Pumpkin Palooza event. It has been going on all week long, and 14 of my favorite blogging buddies have been sharing their pumpkin projects as we have collaborated with Country Living Magazine and each other. I am sharing my post on the last day, so all of them are up and ready for you to click through and enjoy – and be inspired!
We would love for you to play along, and share all your pumpkin creations with us on instagram. First follow me on Instagram (if you aren’t already), and use the hashtag #octoberpumpkinpalooza, and we may pick you to be featured on our accounts.
Now for your instructions.
How-to White Wash a Pumpkin + Add a Driftwood Stem
- Styrofoam craft pumpkin
- I found mine at a variety of places. Home Depot has some, Hobby Lobby, and Michael’s.
- Chalk Paint
- Any white chalk paint will work, but I am loving this Rust-oleum brand in “Linen White”. I found this paint on Amazon.
- I find it easier to spread on and dab as desired, more so than a brush.
- Paper plate
- Brush to stir
- Something to cover your work surface.
- I like to use garbage bags.
- Driftwood pieces
- I used a couple I found on the beach in Hawaii, and then used a bag of them I found at Hobby Lobby.
First, give your stem a good tug to remove the manufactured stem.
Dip a corner of your rag into the watered down paint. Proceed to wipe the paint onto the surface of the pumpkin. Watered down paint dries quickly, so work out any streaking by making circular movements before it dries. If you like the streaked look – go with it!
Feel free to play around with the process. I found I liked the effect if I dabbed rather than rubbed on for some pumpkins.
For others, I saturated the paint into the crevasses with the brush and then wiped off. Others I did less paint in the crevasses and that gave a nice dimension. The process is really up to you!
Now I would love to hear what Fall colors you prefer to work into your decor! Are you afraid of bold orange as well or have you found a way to rock it?! I would love to hear your thoughts.
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