Designer Inspired Painted Pumpkins

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I wanted to try painting a pumpkin similar to the ones our beloved designer makes. The one that does Black and White Checks, Stripes and Dots. I love their style and wanted to do a mini version. I am not anywhere near as good as the original, but I love trying. Painting takes my mind off all my troubles and becomes therapy for me. It has really helped my Mom over the years too.

This first pumpkin pictured below was bought at a flea market. It was white already but I had to paint it white again to brighten it up. The grooves in the pumpkin were not of even numbers so I had to come up with a design pattern that would work and look good. I used black and white check for three sections, gold leaf for three sections and orange for three sections. You just have to pattern it out ahead of time.

I put it on a candlestick and added a bow. I painted the candlestick with gold leaf too.
Here it is on my antique fireplace mantel. I am decorating for an antique/flea market booth that we will rent the beginning of October. I am setting up my garage to how we want the booth to look.

The next two pumpkins were soup bowls I bought from one of the Dollar Stores. I think it was Family Dollar. I just wanted to practice my painting and practice the types of paints that would cover ceramic. (See picture below for the type of paint.) I also wanted to get in the mood for fall. I bought an orange one and an aqua one.

Again the patterns were not easy to come up with because of the uneven numbers of the grooves. But they were good practice for me.

I used the Folk Art Enamel Paints. These have a wine glass on top of their caps. That makes you aware that the paint can go over glass. I also used Plaid Gold Leaf in “Classic Gold.”

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Metallic Pink Pumpkin and Birthday

Hi My Blog Reader Friends! Today is the one year birthday of my BLOG. I want to thank all of you for reading, looking at my photos, liking, commenting and subscribing! Every view counts! It brings joy to my heart to know there are people who like what I post. This post is about an unconventional color for a pumpkin. It turns out very elegant and upscale.

I just wanted to say that there are times when you just want to give up on social media, blogging, etc. It is not easy. It is time consuming. You wonder if there is ANYONE out there enjoying what you post. But another blogger, who was also my business coach for awhile said, “The first year is the roughest. If you can get through that year and keep going you will see benefits.” I hope she is right.

I got the idea of a pink pumpkin from Kathy at her Facebook Page…..Royale Funky Junque. Go follow her she has terrific ideas.

I knew I wanted mine to be a metallic pink instead of a soft, pale pink. I found all the rose gold/pink embellishments at Hobby Lobby. I also bought the paper mache pumpkin from Hobby Lobby. Pictures of all the supplies will be at the very bottom.

The first thing I did was paint the brown pumpkin white. I thought the true color of the pink would come through much better if I primed it. I was right. Then I painted a good coat of the metallic pink paint. Deco Art Metallic Extreme Sheen in Rose Quartz. I then had to paint a light second coat in some areas. I did not paint my stem because I knew it wouldn’t show. I used the stem to hold the pumpkin while I painted. I could have left it brown. But from now on, I think I will paint it the color of the pumpkin so it all blends.

After it was painted and very dry, I did a Facebook Live and put it all together. You can watch it here: Facebook Live Video

Here are some pictures I took before, during and after.

Here is the pumpkin BEFORE.

The paper mache pumpkin. If they no longer have these, you can use any pumpkin even if it has uneven grooves.

Here are some pictures DURING.

First I painted it white.
Then I painted it 2 coats of pink.
I had to paint the top and let dry and then paint the bottom.

Here are some pictures AFTER.

Here’s a close up of the little bird.
Here’s a close up of the ball.
Here’s a close up of the flower.

The candlestick is what will make this project unique—one-of-a-kind! I bought it at a thrift store and it was dark brown. I dry brushed it with the same metallic pink paint. It is beyond gorgeous. Pictures do not do it justice. I sold this pumpkin the day after my Facebook Video. It is on it’s way to it’s forever home.

The beautiful candlestick

Here are the supplies I used. I bought everything at Hobby Lobby. At the time of purchase all Fall and Christmas was 40% off.

Brown Paper Mache Pumpkin. Here’s the price for 2021. I got 40% off.
This paint is old and I do not know where I bought it from. Just use any white or ivory paint for the primer.
This paint is a beautiful color and has a great sheen to it. DecoArt Metallic Extreme Sheen in Rose Quartz.
You will find these items in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. This is the tinsel I used for the grooves in the pumpkin.
Here are the flowers I used. I used only two, but my Hero/Shero used three or four I think.
The picks matched the pinkish rose gold of all the other embellishments and were found on the pick aisle.
These were the other embellishments I used. The balls were on a pick and came with three balls per pick. I only used one. The birds came in a package of four. I only used one.

I truly hope you try your hand at making this pumpkin or one like it in your favorite color. I plan on making a teal color pumpkin soon. I already have made an oil rubbed bronze color pumpkin with more traditional colors. Make these for YOUR store or craft show. Good Luck! Happy Fall!

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Trash to Treasure, Metal Vase

Hi My Blog Reader Friends! Tomorrow is the one year birthday of my BLOG. I want to thank all of you for reading, looking at my photos, liking, commenting and subscribing! It brings joy to my heart to know there are people who like what I post. This post is going to be another story of Trash to Treasure.

I bought this metal vase at a thrift store and knew it had possibilities. I decided to make it shabby chic with a touch of elegance.

Here I am holding it up on a Facebook Live Video showcasing my Thrifting Treasure Finds.

The first thing I did was to spray paint it white with Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer. You could also use chalk paint. Anything that is going to stick to metal.

Next, I used Valspar Antiquing Wax to make it vintage looking and to bring out the details.

Putting on the antiquing wax.

I didn’t take a picture after I finished antiquing it or during my Rub n Buff application. Sorry about that. But I did use the Antique Gold Rub n Buff just to highlight the handles and engraved areas. I had thought about putting black and white stripes on it but thought it looked great and elegant just shabby chic white and gold. More pictures below.

I also did the inside in case the buyer doesn’t want to put flowers inside.
Here’s a closeup. The Rub N Buff is not an exact application when you use your fingers. But preciseness is not what I go for.

Another close up.

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Skull on a Finial, Make Creepy Fun!

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I am two days away from the one year birthday of my Blog! I am trying to do a blog almost everyday in celebration. We have so many ideas and crafts to share. Here is a fun one to try or change up to be YOUR STYLE.

I bought this skull from WalMart and it had a hole already in the bottom. I tried setting it on this finial and it worked! I thought then that it would look great all glamorized up.

I added Diamond Dust to the entire skull. To make her a little more creepy, I added a spider to the top of her head. Then after that she needed a pearl in one of her eyes. Then I couldn’t’ resist adding two feather boas and some bling to the finial.

For the finial, I had already used the magic of Rub n Buff. I wish I had stock in that company because I LOVE Rub n Buff.

Here, you can kind of see all the sparkle from the Diamond Dust on the skull.

I hope you liked this UNEXPECTED, creepy but glamorous addition to our Halloween Decor. If it made you smile in some small way, we did our job well. I don’t like the DARK side of Halloween. I like to keep it light, bright and fun.

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Paint a Patio Swing Cushion

I didn’t know if painting this cushion was going to be possible or not. My patio swing cushion was so dirty looking even though I had washed and scrubbed it. My patio faces East so it gets all the North and South winds. It makes a great cool place to sit, but all my patio furniture takes a licking. Every wind, hurricane, storm, rain, etc. hits that side of the house. I looked online and could not find a replacement cushion.

I just went for it because it couldn’t look any worse. This cushion will come off if you un-assemble the swing. I think now, this swing will last a few more seasons before I have to buy a new one. It was either try this or toss the whole swing OR…..sew a new one. Sewing is too complicated for me now even though I used to sew all the time. See more pictures below.

It rained so much during the spring and early summer that I never finished this project until September. Now I have it back on my patio and also decorated. I painted the whole swing because it was rusting in some areas. It took about 5-6 cans of Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer in Flat Black. I painted over several weeks. It does not come off on your clothes when you sit down. But I did let it dry for DAYS and sometimes weeks in between coats. I had to because of vacation, weather, and hurricanes. It was even rained on a few times.

Yay….I remembered to take a BEFORE picture.
Very gross looking. When it rains, this cushion gets wet and doesn’t dry uniformly. Yuck! And one year, we didn’t even have it under the patio. It had an umbrella topper on it to begin with.
Here I go. No turning back….lol….
This is as far as I went on my patio. I didn’t want black paint on my house so we moved it to the yard.
My Mom helped me spray paint and my sister and brother-in-law helped us move it to and from.
It is not completely covered here. I used another can and a half of spray paint after this. But I also painted the swing itself.
Here it is all finished. Much better! It is kind of scratchy to sit in so I looked for a throw cover for it.

Now, you may think, why didn’t I just get a throw cover to begin with? Well I did have super large black towels on it last year but they always blew off and did not totally cover all the dingy cushion.

It’s not perfect, but much better.
I found a throw at Dollar General. It blends in with all the rest of my patio cushions very nicely.
Here it is with all the cushions and my red accessories.

We will really enjoy sitting out here now. I hope you try this if you cannot easily find replacement cushions for your patio furniture or if you are frugal like me.

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Flea Market Candle Set Turned Champagne Tone in Color

Hi My Fellow Thrifters….

This candle and candleholder started out a very different color and was put in a corner at an antique flea market. I knew I could add razzmatazz to it and make it look glamorous and loved once again.

I am sorry that I didn’t take a BEFORE picture. I bought this because of the texture and shape and lines of the set. I wanted a designer look to it so I chose to use a mix of gold and silver to highlight all the details.

I did not brush paint anything. I used Rub n Buff and covered everything with that. I used the silver and antique gold. I squeezed some of each on a plate and lightly mixed them together. I am okay when it doesn’t mix perfectly and you can see some of each of the silver and gold. I love this technique and the color that comes from doing this. The antique gold by itself is very gold. The silver by itself is very dull and flat. Mix them together and the angels sing. Just kidding.

You can tell here that the candle holder was dark in color to begin with.

This week is my blog’s first birthday week. I hope to do a post a day to celebrate.

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French Shabby Chic Bottle

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This was the second bottle art project that I made. I wanted a French Shabby Chic look this time around. The first bottle art project that I made was Old World Style and was painted Oil Rubbed Bronze in color. Read below about the colors I used for this one.

I bought this bottle at an antique store. I don’t think it is really “antique” but I loved the shape of it. I wanted a Vintage French Perfume look and feel to it. I spray painted it with Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer in “Heirloom White”. It was a new can of paint so it kind of had some texture to it. But that was okay with me because it added to the vintage, grungy look.

I then added dark wax from Valspar. I love that wax because you rub or brush it on and then rub as much as you like off to get the tone you are looking for.

Then I added a necklace that I bought from Joann’s Fabrics. I also bought the key and flower pendant from there too. Buy items like this when they have their 50 off sales for their jewelry making supplies.

I bought the vintage perfume labels from Etsy. It was a downloadable print. I also have one on the backside, but I didn’t take a picture. I love that this bottle had a stopper already in it.

If you have any bottles or know someone who does, think about trying bottle art. It really comes out prettier than you think it would.

Creating and Crafting can be done many ways. I love this bottle media. You can search on Pinterest and find so many interesting ways to beautify what could become trash. I love Trash to Treasures!

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Turquoise Cross with Wings and Diamond Dust

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Crosses and Angels are Town and Country’s signature style. This cross is my favorite color Turquoise. Brown is another one of my favorite colors and that is the color of the wings. We added wooden wings that we have not done before. It is really spectacular in person. This post is really short and sweet. More pictures below.

My Mom stained the wings and painted the cross. She added a little cross in the middle and put a metal jewelry cross in the middle of that.

She made a stand for it so it will stand alone without an easel.

I added Diamond Dust at the very end.

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Silver Cake Stand Turned into Candle Holder

My sister found this cake stand at our local flea market. I had walked right past and didn’t see it. I just love anything that is on a stand or has legs of some kind. The elevation adds so much appeal to anything you put on top.

I could have tried harder to get it to go back to it’s original silver color, but after several tries I gave up. Comment below if you have a sure fire way of getting all silver tarnish off. So, I then decided to decoupage and Rub n Buff it. It can still be used as a cake stand if you use Saran Wrap and a pretty doily before adding food.

In this picture, I had already added Silver Rub n Buff to the outer edges. You can tell from the inside what color it was and how bad it was tarnished. The below picture has less glare.
The silver rub n buff was okay by itself, but I decided to add dark antiquing wax to warm it up and add definition.

I wanted a textured paper but I didn’t have anything that matched exactly or corresponded with silver. So I made some. I took a cream colored textured paper bought at Hobby Lobby and painted it with a silver paint and waxed over some of the ridges with the same Valspar Dark Antiquing Wax. Then I cut it to fit the cake stand.

I then waxed over the edges to make it look vintage.
I put another coat of wax along the edges to warm it up and give it more of a gold champagne tone.

I knew I wanted a trio of candles to sit on top of the cake stand. They were already a cream color and I didn’t want to decoupage them. I wanted to put some candle pins on them that would match the color of the cake stand so it would look like a complete set that was made to go all together. I had the lions and emblem mould that I thought would look perfect. It is by Prima Redesign and is called “Royal Emblem”.

The perfect mould in my opinion.

I made the castings from hot glue. They were not perfect but glue worked better than the paper clay I had used for my 4×4 candlesticks. I painted them gray and added some glimmer paint. But it just wasn’t a good match to the cake plate.

I again added the dark antiquing wax to add definition and then it matched the cake plate much better. You can put your pins in the back while you are creating the casting, but I didn’t do that. I added the upholstery tack that I use to make the pin to the back using E6000 glue.

I added a string of pearls to the plate for added interest.

Here they are without the Diamond Dust added.
I also painted my LAST SUPPER plaque to match.

I left the set alone for a week or so, but I decided the candle pins needed to be Diamond Dusted. So here are some pictures with the DD. Pictures really do not do it justice. Please click on the little video for a much better view.

Watch VERY SHORT 14 second video on how the Lions and Emblem now sparkle with Diamond Dust. Click Here. Or type this into your browser: https://www.facebook.com/TownandCountryStyleByKathy/videos/196828802394225

Let me know if you have used your silver in a different way or repurposed it. Also let me know if you try it. I would love to hear from you. As always, THANK YOU so much for reading and looking at my pictures. It means the world to me!

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Upscaled Dollar Tree Foam Pumpkins

Two pumpkins two different ways. One can be for FALL and the other for HALLOWEEN. I painted one a metallic copper color and wrapped with an iridescent brown fabric and finished with a finial. The other one I left orange, wrapped with black lace and finished with a little witch hat. The elevation of the candlesticks REALLY is what takes them OVER THE TOP!

The first one we (my Mom and I) made was the brown one. I painted it metallic copper. Then Mom made a yo yo from iridescent brown fabric and gathered it all up at the top. She also made a yo yo from burlap as the topper to cover all the gathers. It also made a good surface for the finial to be placed on top.

What is a yo yo you ask? They are the rosettes that turn into yo yo quilts.

“Yo-yo quilts are made from round pieces of fabric with long stitches along their turned-under outer edges. Stitches are pulled to gather the circles into rosettes.” —-TheSpruceCrafts.com

For the finial and candlestick, I painted an old world bronze color and then used Antique gold Rub n Buff.

I think this one turned out so elegant and sophisticated. It looks Old World Luxurious. The fabric and finial came from Hobby Lobby. The candlestick was thrifted from GoodWill. More pictures will be at the bottom.

For the next pumpkin we wanted a Halloween theme. We didn’t have any black lace so my Mom dyed the lace using black acrylic paint. She didn’t make a yo yo for this one, she just used a rubber band to secure it a the top. We knew the witches hat was going to hide the rubber band.

The witches hat was bought at Michaels and the candlestick was bought from a garage sale.

I painted the candlestick with black spray paint and added glitter paint to it. I also added some glitter paint to some of the black lace.

Below are some more pictures. I hope you try these projects. The possibilities are endless! Comment below if you try it and let me know what you come up with. Crafting is FUN!

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