shabby chic painted pumpkins, it’s a DIY

Hello there cottage fix friends! I’m blogging in today with what I thought would be a super simple paint-your-own shabby chic pumpkins DIY. Due to unforeseen paint issues these little cuties took me most of yesterday afternoon. I have to admit I didn’t mind in the least, hard to complain about a glorious sunshine filled day spent out in the garden painting pumpkins. No complaints here!Cottage Fix - shabby chic painted pumpkins

There’s magic in a pumpkin, don’t you think? I see witches and broomsticks, Cinderella’s carriage to the ball, and oh — the Great Pumpkin. They must be magic! So here’s how things went at the cottage. Magical? Not so much. I taped the stems with painters tape, then placed plastic out in the grass  (don’t want to paint the grass girls, Farmer Brown does love his grass, and he likes it green!). Then I spray painted some white and some metallic rust. The rust paint went on smooth and dried quickly. The white paint is where I ran into trouble, but I stuck with it. The white paint dried so slow and kept sticking to the plastic causing yours truly to do several touch ups.

Cottage Fix - shabby chic pumpkins stack

I know, I know, white pumpkins are easy to find at the store these days so why not just buy them already white. Well I bought all of these orange ones thinking I could go there this season — orange in the cottage I mean. Turns out I just can’t do it, no offense to all of you orange lovers out there. I like it on other blogs and homes which is why I thought to give it a go. Anyway painting them seemed like an easy solution, instead of throwing out all of my orange pumpkins — shabby chic painted pumpkins.

Cottage Fix - metallic rust shabby chic painted pumpkin

The rust color paint is inspired by the mercury glass pumpkin I have in the living room that I like so much. I thought the orange would look good since the rust works so well and they’re in the same warm color family. Oh well, sometimes it takes a little elbow grease to make something that wasn’t quite right a little better.

Cottage Fix - rust mercury glass pumpkinxoxo Sally

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4 thoughts on “shabby chic painted pumpkins, it’s a DIY

  1. kelly

    I’m not a lover of orange pumpkins either (except outside). That was a good idea to try to repaint yours. I’ve heard of people doing that and it’s a great way to reuse them. The rust colored ones look great with the white. It seems like pumpkins can be found in just about any color now these days! I’ve even seen them painted blue before.

  2. Judy

    They look so pretty, Sally. I really like orange but I love the white pumpkins and the little boos painted rust are wonderful. Of course, I think any color sitting on that beautiful chest would look great in my opinion..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  3. Lisa

    What a great project, Sally! The rust metallic pumpkins are so pretty and unique. They are beautiful with all the white in your home!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Lisa

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