Pumpkins with Potential

Never give up on pumpkins with potential.  Just call me the “pumpkin whisperer”.

Earlier this year, I update the curb appeal of our house, when I repainted the front door with the Iron Ore color from Sherwin-Williams. Ever since then, all my door decorations have looked rather drab, including this old stacked pumpkin hanger. Up-close it looked interesting, however from the sidewalk, not so inviting.

 

Stacked pumpkin door hanger with rustic finish

Stacked pumpkin door hanger with rustic finish

Fall pumpkins painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Paris Grey

Fall pumpkins painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Paris Grey

 

Knowing how paint can revive almost anything, I thought the pumpkin hanger was salvageable.  Our southern weather had heavily oxidized the paint, transforming it from a bright orange to almost brown. The metal frame and the wires attached to the wood pieces have rusted, but still seems to be holding together.

This was a painting opportunity too good to pass up!

 

View of front door

Vintage pumpkins with an updated twist

 

Instead of going back to the traditional orange color, I painted the pumpkins Paris Grey.  (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, my favorite of course!) I also applied a light touch of dark wax with a cloth to the very edge of each pumpkin section for definition.

 

The old cracked finish is still visible through the new coat of paint

The old cracked finish is still visible through the new coat of paint

Leaves painted to resemble weathered copper

Leaves painted to resemble weathered copper

 

The leaves were covered with a mixture of green, grey and blue craft paints, then dark wax was applied liberally.  The leaves remind me of weathered copper, when it turns a  greenish blue patina. Love it!

 

Fall pumpkins updated with paint

Fall pumpkins updated with paint

The lighter color of the pumpkins with the spiral wires, adds a whimsical attitude to the front door, leaving me with a smile.  In a week or so, our local farmer’s market will have pallets stacked with pumpkins.  I love pumpkin shopping and will add a few to the front porch.  I’m very happy you stopped by!

Cheers!

 

 

Michelle  ||  Thistle Key Lane

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