Good day, Monday. I know that many of you may be home today with kids as today is Columbus Day. Aren’t Monday holidays every now and then a nice treat? An extra day to savor a long weekend, maybe squeeze in a little trip or day at the park, or catch up on chores. I had a super busy weekend in Austin, Texas at the BlogHer Food 2016 Conference. I got my picture taken with Carla Hall from The Chew (Check it out on my Instagram.), heard Freddie Prinze, Jr. talk about his new cookbook, and made some new blogger friends. Now it’s back to reality. After sharing How to Make Pumpkin Place Cards for a Holiday Table last week, I thought you would like to know How to Chalk Paint Plastic Pumpkins.
As much as I love fall and decorating and turkey and scarecrows and pumpkins, orange is not my favorite color. Not even close. I made this arrangement, but I just couldn’t handle more orange. And they looked sooo plastic, or whatever they were made of.
So last year was the year that I had just had to do something with all those orange pumpkins. Especially after finding these beautiful blue-green pumpkins at Roundtop a couple of weeks ago. (You can read about that trip here.)
I gathered my supplies: drop cloth, apron (I’ve learned the hard way to cover up.), paint, brush, paper towels, Frog tape, stir stick, gloves (just to make clean-up easier), and, of course, my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. I know that you could use any brand of chalk paint, but we use what we already have, right?
I decided to use this Annie Sloan brush to dapple the paint on. This technique would give a softer, not slick look, to the pumpkins.
First I wrapped the stems with the Frog tape. (You can see that in the picture above.) I painted the tops first, turned the pumpkins over and put them stem~side down in a plastic jar and painted the bottoms.
Once the first coat was dry (about 30 minutes), I painted a 2nd coat. And that was that. I didn’t know well how the paint would adhere to the original plastic, but I shouldn’t have worried; after all ASCP will stick to anything.
I only painted 3 pumpkins last year, and this year I painted a 4th to complete my Autumn Tablescape.
When I returned home from Austin, Sweet Shark had unpacked all the Halloween decorations for me. I don’t call him Sweet for nothing! The witches and scarecrows and bats are all waiting for me to set them out. Come back to Bluesky Kitchen on Friday for a Halloween Home Tour.