Hello my sweet friends, and happy Friday. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve hung out. Yes, I have totally failed at blogging lately. Please forgive me. Life has been a little crazy. Anyone else ever go through times when nothing seems to go right? I’ve had lots of family things going on recently and my heart has been a complete wreck.
Some people may look in from the outside and think I have it all together. In fact, I often get asked, “how do you do it all?” Truth is, I don’t. I fail every single day. Some days worse than others. There are so many days that I feel stressed and overwhelmed. I’m sure some of you can relate. But God. His grace is so good, y’all! I’m so thankful that I don’t have to be perfect and have it all together. He meets us in our brokenness and gives us the strength we need to go on. I couldn’t make it through one day without His sweet grace!
One of the things that I enjoy doing when I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed is paint. There is something about painting that is soothing to my soul. So last week I did a little painting and I’ve been meaning to share it with you all, but haven’t gotten around to it before today. So here are my chalk painted pumpkins!
I’ve told you all about my love for neutral fall decor, but it is so hard to find without spending a ton of money. So I decided to create my own by using a little chalk paint on some pumpkins and I’m here to show you exactly how I did it.
What you need:
What to do:
I picked up all of my pumpkins and supplies at Walmart because it is the only store closer than an hour drive for me. But you can find pumpkins just about anywhere this time of the year. I would search out the cheapest ones since you are going to be painting them anyway. The most important thing is to select pumpkins in the sizes and shapes that you like.
I started by clearing my kitchen table and throwing an old sheet on top to use as my work space. Then I set out about 12 pumpkins of various sizes and shapes to paint. I used 3 different colors of chalk paint: Celery, Crystal, and Cashew.
I painted the top half of the pumpkins first, then set them to the side to dry. Once they were dry, I flipped them over and painted the bottoms. The orange was a little difficult to cover with the pastel colors, so they took 3 coats. Looking back, I probably should’ve used a primer first. But hey, they came out cute and I have paint left over, so no complaints.
I only used 1 paint brush that I was having to wash between each color so that made the project a little more time consuming. I would recommend a paint brush for each of the colors you are using.
On a few of the pumpkins, I dry brushed a second color just to give them a little more texture. I think those are my favorites. But I love all of the soft, neural colors.
So what do you all think? Do you lean more toward the traditional fall colors or the neutral fall decor? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Be blessed my friends. And be a blessing. Give someone a smile or a hug today. You never know what they may be going through and that small gesture can completely change their day. xoxo
Crystal F. says
The pumpkins are really cute…. I’m going to check out my local Dollar Tree tomorrow to see what kind of fall decorations they might have. I have been enjoying this cooler weather in Louisiana lately!!!! Makes me want to be more creative.
Heather, what a great idea! I will have to try this. I was having a hard time find pumpkins that weren’t orange and yellow, and now I have a solution. Thank you! 🙂 I hope things are going better for you. I totally understand, I’ve had a rough last few weeks myself. Hugs to you!
Heather, these are so cute, you did a great job! I love the Waverly chalk paint from Walmart too, it is cheap and effective 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your heart. I’ve been having a rougher week this week and your post was such a perfect reminder that we all have struggles, we shouldn’t compare ourselves to the perfect lives we imagine other people having (which is completely false, anyway!), and that God has us. We should run to Him!
I’ll be catching up on your blog this weekend, you have so many fun fall posts!
Thank you, my sweet friend! Even though my circumstances aren’t changing, I’m trying to change my attitude toward them. So thankful that God has us and that we can run to Him when we are struggling! Have a blessed week!!