Here is the pumpkin I started out with.
I’ve had this orange pumpkin for at least 12-13 years. I think it was one of the first ones that came out made in the styrofoam. It has served me well, but it was overdue for an update.
This is what the finish looked like after one coat. I put the paint on with a sponge pad type applicator.
As you can see another coat was definitely needed. I actually ended up putting on three coats to cover the orange up completely.
After the paint dried I decided it all looked a little bit one dimensional. So a-glazing-I-did-go. I’ve had this mocha glaze FOREVER. It originally came from Lowe’s and I’m not even sure they still sell it.
I used one part glaze and added two parts water. I painted on the glaze with a one inch brush, then dabbed it off with a wet paper towel; leaving the residue in the nooks and crannies.
This is what I ended up with.
Here’s a close up of the stem. I freshened that up with some regular old craft paint. It was a little too light before.
Overall I’m happy with the way it turned out. Does it look like a “real” white pumpkin? Nope, not at all. But…for my purposes it’s just fine.
I added a bow out of some ribbon, I already had – saved from a pretty package I got once. (Yes, I’m that person with the box of ribbon scraps hidden away in a closet. :p” ) The updated pumpkin has found a home on the foyer console.
Have you ever painted one of these styrofoam pumpkins? What kind of paint did you use? I think the chalk paint worked well. It went on nicely and the clean up was a dream. If you like a matte finish I would recommend it for your next pumpkin painting project.