Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Quick and Simple Chalkboard Pumpkins

If you're looking for a fun and quirky way to display your pumpkins this year, I would have to say going with chalk, will do just the trick.  I had three small faux pumpkins that I purchased years ago and these babies were begging me to make them over.  What you'll need is any faux pumpkin you don't mind painting, chalkboard paint (this can be purchased at any craft store or online, I bought mine here), a bristle or foam brush, and if you like the gold tops on mine, you'll also need some Rub N Buff.  

Step 1:   Paint your pumpkins.  With the chalkboard paint, you'll need to paint one coat and then wait an hour and then paint your second coat.

After the second coat, you'll have to find your patience card and wait another 24 hours to allow the paint to cure.  I know--it's a killer.

I also decided to paint one of my pumpkins white to mix things up, and so I used Annie Sloan's Pure White.  It doesn't require any priming and it dries in a matte finish.  It provided that bit of contrast to the black shiny chalk board paint.

Step 2:  Next, I used some of the amazing Rub N Buff in Antique gold to fancy up the top of the pumpkins.  As you can tell they're a little drab without it.  *And on a side note, just know that this stuff is a little stinky.  To apply the Rub N Buff, I used a few cotton swabs.  This way you can get into all the little crevices.

See what a difference a little gold does!

Step 3:  After the 24 hours is up, you're ready to chalk it up!  But make sure to prep your chalkboard first, you do this by running the side of the chalk all over the surface.  Then erase the prep chalk and you're ready to start writing. 

I went with a simple '31' to commemorate the big day coming up.  But you can get as creative as you want.  Polka dots, stripes, stars, spooky letters...I'm sure I'll be changing mine up a few times this month.  

No mess, no fuss Halloween decor.  Hope you're having a great week, school has been bombarding me almost every day and so it's hard to get some blogging time.  But if you'd like to stay caught up on the rest, follow me on Instagram.

Happy hump day friends!

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