You cannot move on Instagram for beautiful photos of amazing pumpkins, white ones, green ones, big, small. All so nice looking and festive and autumnal and I wanted some. Nay, I needed some in my life!
Lovely pic from our Halloween & Autumn Pinterest Board (via credcoration).
So, I headed out to the supermarket full of enthusiasm and anticipation for getting my hands on some white pumpkins and little green ones. Although on the way I acknowledged they could in fact not be pumpkins, but were probably gourd or another type of vegetable (which I wasn’t entirely clear on) but I knew Waitrose would rescue me from my embarrassing lack of seasonal vegetable knowledge.
Well, I cannot express my disappointment when I discovered in fact Waitrose were only able to offer me orange pumpkins. Standard, average sized orange pumpkins. Oh the disappointment. My wonderful Autumn-Halloween-amazing white pumpkin themed dream was not going to be realised. And then, just behind the chestnut mushrooms I spotted some mini pumpkins. Yes. Ok, they were orange too but they were mini. We could work with this….and then the solution became pretty obvious: chalk paint.
So, I decided (wisely or otherwise) that a great half term project would be to enlist my 2 tiny helpers (perhaps unhelpers would be a more accurate description) but hey how messy could it get??
Turned out pretty messy, but they had a blast & 3 days later we’ve pretty much cleared up all the paint from around the dining room. On the upside though they did do some awesome painting, so awesome in fact I didn’t need to go and buy anymore and redo them (which may or may not have been my actual plan).
The kids concentrated on the chalk paint (Everlong: Latte on the large pumpkin then Kingfisher the bright blue on a smaller one) while I did an Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue and then Farrow & Ball pointing on the remainder.
Each pumpkin took 2 coats, but you probably could have splashed it on a bit more and managed with 1 coat on everything except the very pale Pointing (also probably not helped that the F&B paint is not chalk paint).
I would advise you paint the top half, wait for it to dry and then turn over and paint the bottom half, but if you have a big hand span (or buy really quite small pumpkins) you could hold and paint all the way around.
But the finished results were brilliant; easy to achieve, the biggest effort was keeping small hands away from drying pumpkins and they looked great.
Thank you for popping by and I hope you all have a spooktacular weekend,