Updating Seasonal Decor :: Pumpkins with Paint

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I love decorating my home with the seasons, but sometimes constantly buying new decor can be quite expensive—and just not possible. Decor trends change, and my own tastes change (my husband will attest to that). So, usually, I like to switch up my seasonal decor from year to year as well. One simple and cheap way to update old decor—in this case, faux pumpkins—is with paint!

Updating Old Pumpkins with Paint

What you’ll need:

  • old faux pumpkins (Or new ones for which you wish to change the color)
  • paint (I used chalk paint.)
  • paint brushes

Updating Old Pumpkins with Paint

I started out by gathering all of the pumpkins I wanted to paint. These guys are all four years old, and have already been painted once. I was, apparently, in a metallic phase. ::Cringe::

Updating Old Pumpkins with Paint

Updating Old Pumpkins with Paint

I wanted to go a little more neutral this year, so I grabbed some white and light blue chalk paint I already had on hand. You could use regular latex paint too, but be aware it may not adhere to some surfaces very well.

Updating Old Pumpkins with Paint

Updating Old Pumpkins with Paint

I started out by dividing up my pumpkins so I knew which ones I wanted to be white and which ones blue. Then, I put a base coat on each with a small craft brush. They looked kind of streaky, but don’t panic! You don’t want the first coat very thick.

After they were dry, I put another light coat on with a larger brush this time—which really evened everything out. Also, make sure your brush strokes are going up and down (from the stem to the bottom of the pumpkin) and not side to side. That way, any brush strokes that are visible will look like part of the pumpkin’s natural texture. You could also touch up the stems with brown paint, but mine were already pretty dark, so I didn’t worry about it.

Updating Old Pumpkins with Paint

And voila! A new and updated look without having to buy any new decor or spend any money! (Or at least minimal money if you don’t already have paint on hand!)

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Jordan was born and raised in a small town outside of Nashville and is so proud to consider herself a Nashville native. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in art history, she got married and moved to the Sunshine State where her husband (Micah) was recently stationed. After battling the Florida heat for two years, she and Micah moved back home with two dogs and a baby belly in tow. A year and a half ago, they bought their first home—located just north of Nashville. Since then, they have been slowly renovating it themselves on a seriously tight budget. You can follow their progress on Jordan’s blog, A Blue Nest. Shes’s also a stay at home mom to the spunkiest and most hilarious two year old (Ava) on the planet. Now, Jordan is getting to rediscover her love of Nashville while introducing her daughter to all the city has to offer. When she’s not covered in goldfish and tuning out “Let It Go” for the millionth time, she loves to curl up with a book, paint, sew and be generally crafty. You can find her on Instagram @jordanpkahn or for all things home related @abluenest.

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