This year, I wanted to decorate for Fall completely differently. I was just ready for a change! Have you ever been there? I decided that I wanted my accessories neutral — a mix of whites, off-whites, ivory, and natural colors. But, I didn’t have ANY neutral pumpkins. They were all various shades of ORANGE. So, that meant one thing — I had to go shopping for some neutral pumpkins. But after scouring my favorite stores for Fall decor, I found that not only were most mini pumpkins $1-$3/each, most of them weren’t even a neutral color! I was NOT going to pay an arm and leg for Fall accessories! That meant I had to get creative. So, I chose to spray-paint all of my pumpkins…all of the ones I already had and then search all my local thrift stores for more!
Spray-painting is a great choice. It’s easy, and it dries within minutes! But I didn’t want mine to all look the same, so I chose a variety of spray paints to use. I already had most of the spray-paint cans, but I still had to have an off-white chalky spray paint. So, I used my half-off coupon at our local crafts’ store and bought it!
Here are the paints I used:
- Krylon ColorMaster in White (satin finish)
- Krylon ColorMaster in Ivory (gloss finish)
- Krylon Chalky Finish in Colonial Ivory
- Krylon Chalky Finish in Anvil Gray
Here’s a tip: Just make sure your spray-paints aren’t all the same to prevent your decor from looking flat and stale. It’s more pleasing to the eye to have a variety of neutral colors in your home.
One more tip: A spray-paint tool that I absolutely LOVE is called the “Comfort Grip” tool by Rustoleum. (Thank you, Rustoleum, for giving me one of these handy-dandy tools at Haven!) Have you ever used one of these fine products?! They’re fabulous! First, you don’t end up getting any spray paint on your index finger (those of you who have ever spray-painted something know exactly what I’m talking about!), and your finger doesn’t end up hurting from pushing on the trigger for so long! So, if you don’t have one in your arsenal, be sure to grab one the next time you purchase your spray paint. 😉
Anyways, back to my pumpkins. Here’s how they looked before…Just know…the pink one below — I bought it for 70 cents at a thrift store! 😉
And here’s how they look now….I have some piled high in a faux olive bucket at our front door…
And I have one on our coffee table…
And I have more piled up in an apple crate that I picked up at the dollar section at Target. 😉
And here’s another little pumpkin…