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Painting Old Faux Pumpkins

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I must say that I have had a wonderful last few days! The kids have been home from college for fall break. We did a few chores, caught up with each other over long dinners on the porch chatting, caught up on our favorite shows we watch together on DVR, did a little shopping and were just plain lazy. It was great!

They have literally just walked out the door to go back to school as I settle on the couch to write today's post. I can't believe that another month has come and gone…..it's already time for….

Thrift Store Decor Month

Thrift store decor makeover month is here! Each moth join us for inspiration in making over thrift store decor or your own tired treasures.

I had a fun fall project for you that I had started. It was in the process of drying after the second coat had been applied then an unexpected shower popped up….ruining what I had done. I'll have to sand it down and start over. No worries….I had another project recently finished that I had not shared with you yet.

Make over old faded thrift store faux pumpkins with paint for a fresh new look!

Since the kids left for school, I've been on a mission to clean out our home. I've been rather ruthless, but fortunately for me I had second thoughts on these pumpkins. They are a heavier wooden, resin like material. We've had them since our last house so they are at least 15 years old. They'd seen better days…..chipped and scratched. I haven't used them in quite sometime. That's why they made themselves into the donation pile. We were hauling off a load to the Salvation Army when I decided to scoop them out of the box from the trunk of my car. Why on earth I thought giving them away was a good thing. At the time…I thought I had plenty and didn't want to paint another pumpkin. I decided the stem detail was too unique to give up on them.

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So this project is nothing new. I've been painting pumpkins a long time now. I bought some of those original resin pumpkins from many, many years ago. They were so faded that I painted them for the front porch as well.


Make over old faded thrift store faux pumpkins with paint for a fresh new look!

So maybe you are tired of your old faux orange pumpkins. Don't get rid of them….paint them!

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I painted all of these pumpkins with General Finishes Milk Paint in Antique White.

I did not tape up the stems. I just carefully painted around them. It took about 3 coats. What a difference it made!

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Look how great they turned out! I can't believe I was fool enough to put them in the donation box! Those stems and little metal leaves are different. 

Make over old faded thrift store faux pumpkins with paint for a fresh new look!

I bought these last year to never use them. Painting the very old ones above encouraged me to finally paint these the pretty blue-green that you see with the antique white ones. The color used here is General Finishes Milk Paint in Persian Blue.

Stems on the newer budget friendly faux pumpkins have really come along way! Ones from years back….are pretty fake looking. So as I painted my really old, faded faux pumpkins, I freshened up the stems. 

You could save real stems from pumpkins at the end of the season or use some thicker twigs or the trunks or smaller trees. I didn't have any of these readily available so I pulled out my handy-dandy twine.

Make over old faded thrift store faux pumpkins with paint for a fresh new look!

All of my old faux pumpkins received new twine wrapped stems. Apply with hot glue or craft glue.

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As you thrift store shop or perhaps place one of your treasures in a donate box, I encourage you to think!

  • Can I use the item in a different way?
  • Can something else be added to it to make it work in my home?
  • Would spray paint quickly update the look?
  • Will I regret it if I walk away?
  • Is it a good value?

Thrift store shopping is getting a bit more challenging in my area. Prices have skyrocketed here especially for furniture. It's still fun to hunt and plan. 

It's our intent each month to spark creativity and inspiration with ideas that you can apply to your finds or perhaps items you already own that need a little updating.

Let's see what the monthly crew has for us this month!

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  1. Isn’t it FUN when they come home on Fall Break? And then it’s fun when they go back and you have a quiet house again. As much as I miss my boys, I’m loving the semi-empty nest!

    Your “new” pumpkins look wonderful! What a GREAT idea–you made a great save!

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