Thrift Store Pumpkin Makeover

Good morning! Now that’s it’s officially fall, are you experiencing fall weather? This week we have a few cool days, a couple hot ones, and then it cools down for the weekend. I do love the cool nights and being able to cuddle under the blankets!

I found this paper mache’ pumpkin at a thrift store this past week. I liked the size, but didn’t like the shiny finish on it.

cream pumpkin makeover

I took the stem off and then used some of the chalk paint I had on hand. I used what I thought was a cream colored chalk paint, but it was actually wax. I thought I would try it and it ended up working out.

cream pumpkin waverly and american decor chalk paint

I used a couple of coats of the wax and I like the chalk look much better.

cream pumpkin chalk paint

I used Waverly ‘Mineral’ and Americana Decor ‘Heirloom’ and used a small paintbrush to brush small strokes of paint all over the pumpkin. I made sure to add some in the recesses, to give some shadow.

cream pumpkin and stem with grey and tan

I also painted the stem with the ‘Mineral’ and ‘Heirloom’ paint and then glued it back on the top of the pumpkin.

cream pumpkin with lantern

I added the pumpkin to my mantel along with a couple of lanterns and a large pumpkin canvas I painted last year.

cream pumpkin mantle with painted pumpkin picture

Just a few touches bring fall into the room!

painted pumpkin fall mantlecream pumpkin fall mantle lanterns and candles

I also bought a new candle from Bath and Body Works, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. Mmmm! It smells so good!

cream pumpkin fall mantle pumpkin candle and lanterncream pumpkin makeover fall mantle

I love when I can take a thrift store item and remake it to be usable again! I also love when I don’t have to spend a lot of money to bring something ‘new’ to my home. What items have you made over? I would love to hear about it!

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Thrift Store Metal Medallion Makeover

It’s November! The weather is finally cooler here, at least in the mornings and evenings. And we have finally had some much needed rain! It’s been wonderful! This type of weather brings back memories of the sound of the chainsaw as my dad trimmed the trees in the back yard. My sister and I would use the cut branches to make forts over the swing-set. Of course, it only lasted a day. My dad would take the branches, cut them up and cart them away.

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I found these metal medallions at the local Goodwill a couple of week ago. I knew right away what I wanted to make (for once!). I had found some chalk paint at Walmart made by Waverly and wanted to try it out.

Metal Medallion Makeover

I bought the white chalk paint and painted two coats on each medallion.

Metal Meddalion Makeover Waverly Chalk Paint

Metal Medalion Makeover Paint

After the paint had dried, I used the Waverly Antique wax to spread on the raised areas.

Metal Medallion Antique Wax

I put a little on a rag, wiped some off on the paper I was using to protect the floor and then went over each piece, lightly.

Metal Medallion Waverly Antique wax

I went over the edges too. After is was covered, I kept rubbing to buff it out a little bit.

Metal Medallion Antique Waxing

Here are all three! I like how each one is a little different and I really like how they turned out.

metal medallion decor

I had never used an antiquing wax before, but I really like it. It gives it a little bit of a farmhouse look.

metal medallions mantel decor

Here you get a little peek of my faux fireplace. It’s almost done! I will be showing it off next week!

metal medallion fall decor

Hope you all have a wonderful week! See you next time with my fireplace!

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