Monday, September 19, 2011

Chalk Paint Pumpkins!

The fall is my favorite time of the year!
Nothing beats the changing color of the leaves, cooler temps, the need for a jacket in the evening. I would live in a climate like this all year round!
I also love to decorate for fall. I figured I better get started before I had to add the Halloween decorations that I love too, but that is just not as pretty as just fall!

So here are a few things I did (with my super awesome, 6 year old helper girl!) ;0P

I just got back from an Annie Sloan Chalk paint workshop & was excited to see what I could do to the finish on faux pumpkins. I did a few in Greek Blue (LOVE that color, I see a table in my future in GB). I started with an assortment of faux pumpkins, mostly orange. I love the shape of these two, got them from local craft store (they are all running together so I don't know which store), they are not your standard 'round' faux pumpkin.

I only did one coat as I knew I would be doing a wash on it with Old White: after completely dry I added a bit of water to Old White & brushed it on over my kitchen sink, while wiping away what I wanted to with a damp paper towel. When it gets too full of paint to wipe away, just rinse it out & use it some more. I found it easier to break it up into a few sections and that way I didn't have to work so fast.

The picture frame in the photo above I finished in the workshop
& as soon as I get a new hard drive for my laptop ( back it up people!!!) I will do a post about that.

I also did a taupe pumpkin using an oops paint tester from Home Depot, it was only $.50! I did the same Old White wash over it & I love this one too!

I painted another small one Paris Gray but no wash on it but did use some of the high gloss spray paint from Deco. It is in a photo below with all the other pumpkins.

Lastly I did a cute little pumpkin that started out white & covered it with Provence. After it dried completely I painted thick & thin spots on top with Old White.

I hit it with a hair dryer so the thinner spots would be dry but the thicker spots not.
I then took a damp paper towel & started to rub off the thick areas.

I then took a sanding block & distressed the pumpkin!! The last step I glazed it with a wash of Old Ochre but no high gloss spray as I liked the matte finish on the ASCP pumpkins!

The Metallic pumpkins on the bottom shelf are a knock off of pumpkins I saw & loved at Hobby Lobby and can be seen here.

what do you think, did I make them look better than the craft store orange faux??

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  1. I love the pumpkins in non-traditional colors! So much more interesting, don't you think? Great project! Visiting from BNOTP ~
    Heidi @ Show some Decor

  2. Thanks for sharing. love the color.

  3. Being a blue and white gal, I love your blue pumpkins! Fantastic! Found you via Southern Hospitality. Toodles, Kathryn

  4. Yet another use for chalk paint! The list goes on and on! I'd love to have you link this and any other projects you've made recently at Creative Me Monday! Here's the link:

    Hope to see you there!

  5. Thanks for the praise & the invite!!
    Makes a new blogger feel welcome!!

  6. Supercool the colors and the distressed effect.
    I found you through TCB...cheers!

  7. What am awesome idea! I love the look of those little pumpkins. SO creative, great job! I am so happy that you shared this @ Show & Share! Thank you very much!

  8. Wow! They look amazing! So very creative! Love that Anne Sloan Chalk Paint - it is marvelous that you were able to attend a workshop! Thank you for sharing this terrific post with A Return to Loveliness,
    God Bless,

  9. You are posted! :) Thanks SO much for being willing to guest post for me! I hope that this brings you LOTS of traffic!

  10. Hi Bonnie. I have some good news for you - you have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award! I so enjoy your blog. YOU deserve it. You can find out more by going to: Have a great day!

  11. Quite lovely Bonnie!
    So v. talented.
    p.s. I see W in one of the photo's.

  12. love to find chalk paint craft so that's perfect. I am in love with the cool colors you used for fall too. you don't see them as much but they look perfect. I'm a new follower now and excited to see your other projects! take care.


  13. I love the pumpkins! Such great colors and so different from any I've seen. Found you at Southern Institute.

  14. I'm totally in love with the blue pumpkins - fabulous!!! Happy Fall to you :O)

  15. Thanks y'all!!
    I really didn't think past the chalk paint pumkins about my fall decor & now I want ti redo my decor to a lot if blues, creams & silver. I bet it will make the pumpkins look even better!!

  16. Love these. I wanted to try my AS Chalk Paint on pumpkins...I figured it would work...but now you have confirmed that. Thanks so much for sharing at my Fall into Fall party. You have totally inspired me.

  17. Aw Judy, thank you!!
    It literally took me from start to finish, 10 minutes!!! When you do one coat. It dries so fast I used a hairdryer with the 2 coated smaller one. Can't wait ti see yours!!

  18. Wow! From ordinary to extraordinary! Great idea.

  19. These are the most beautiful pumpkins I have ever seen! I am a new follower.

  20. Cute cute cute, Bonnie! I just adoooorrre that little one with the white and blue! I'm definitely trying that technique out! :)

    xoxo laurie

  21. I really love these pumpkins. I will be featuring them tonight at my Fall into Fall party. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks so much. The linky party opens at 8pm EST tonight.

  22. Your pumpkins look great. I sure do love ASCP! Thanks for sharing...... I'm off to paint some more pumpkins!

  23. Your pumpkins turned out awesome!!! Thank you so much for linking these up to my Monster Mash Bash!!!

  24. Hi, Bonnie

    Thank you for stopping by and linking up today. Appreciate it. Have a great week.


  25. Wow, I really like the unexpected blue color for the fall. Creative project! Thanks for linking up to The "Autumn D├ęcor" Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

  26. The blues & grays are a great idea to depart from the norm and really stand out! Nicely done. Found you over at Whisperwood Cottage when I linked up over there. =)




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