Painted Pumpkin

What to do with a garish, orange, styrofoam pumpkin?  Paint it, of course.

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.

I received this little sample of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, in Old Ochre, as a gift at the Haven Conference.  So I thought I’d give it a try.  I’ve really been wanting to try it out.

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.

Before:

After:

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. ;)

**I received the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint sample as a free gift from the Haven Conference.