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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Blue Pumpkin Centerpiece

I was out thrift shopping a couple of weeks ago when I ran across these very cool ceramic pumpkins.  Now, granted, they didn't look like much in the thrift store - being all brown and shiny but, I knew I could make them something totally different that would fit into the decor of our home.  Most of my Fall decor is done with the amazing colors Mother Nature sets before us at this time of year - yellows, oranges, rusts, and browns. But, sometimes I like to switch things up a bit.  This year I am doing a lot of neutrals in my living/dining room with some touches of blue.  So, I decided to paint these not so pretty brown pumpkins blue.

Vintage, Paint and more... thrift store brown ceramic pumpkins made over with paint for a fall centerpiece

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 I began by sanding them first to take off the sheen and try to give the surface a bit of tooth to accept the paint.  I didn't take pictures of the painting process but I painted both pumpkins with Valspar's Journal Book - a blue that I use on a lot of my projects.  I buy it in the sample jars at Lowe's hardware.  I painted the leaves with white craft paint and then wrapped the stems with twine.  Here are the results of this quick little makeover.  What a difference it made.

Vintage, Paint and more... diy painted ceramic pumpkins make a fall centerpiece along with twine wrapped pears and mercury candles

When I had finished all the painting I used a little metallic rub on paint (affiliate link) in silver to go over the edges of the leaves and on each pumpkins body to give it more interesting texture and highlights. What a transformation - from the blah brown to this gorgeous blue - love it!!

Vintage, Paint and more... blue ceramic pumpkins with twine wrapped pears and mercury glass candles for a fall centerpiece

As for the centerpiece - I started with a vintage crochet doily my Mother made when I was a child.  I placed some foliage from my yard on top of the doily and then placed the pumpkins on top of the foliage.  I then placed some twine wrapped pears I did around the pumpkins.  I had two mercury glass lanterns I bought at Marshall's last year that I placed near the pumpkins.  I think this makes the whole centerpiece look elegantly rustic with a vintage touch.

Vintage, Paint and more... a fall centerpiece done with diy painted blue ceramic pumpkins, diy twine wrapped pears and mercury glass candles

This is a view from the top so you can see the placement of all the items I used.

Vintage, Paint and more... blue painted pumpkins, twine wrapped pears and mercury glass candles make a fall centerpiece

I love the blue on the pumpkins - it makes them resemble the heirloom pumpkins that are so trendy right now.   Our dining room just recently underwent a transformation which I will share with you at a later date.  I am working my blues into the decor so this centerpiece is perfect in here.

Vintage, Paint and more... beautiful fall centerpiece done with diy painted blue ceramic pumpkins, twine wrapped pears and mercury glass candles

What do you use for Fall?  The basic rustic reds, oranges, and yellows or do you think outside the box and use less original colors like this?  I love to hear from you so tell me about in the comments below.

Vintage, Paint and more... diy'd thrifted ceramic pumpkins, twine wrapped pears and mercury glass candles make a beautiful neutral fall centerpiece

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