Painting Pumpkins with Chalk Paint

I really love decorating with the “real thing” whenever possible.

Real pumpkins, real gourds, real flowers…you get the idea.

But, I live in Texas.

It is not always practical to decorate with the real thing.


#1.  If I put that stuff out now, it will rot by Halloween.
#2.  If I can actually find the real thing in stores right now, it will rot by Halloween.
#3.  I don’t want anything to rot by Halloween and I’m a blogger and I blog about my home.  So, that means, I must start decorating before the masses and before it actually gets remotely cool here.

So, that means that real isn’t practical.

And, if there is one thing people know about me…I’m practical.

That’s why I’m totally pumped about painting pumpkins and gourds and other plastic vegetables with chalk paint.

I’m telling you, it is a great transformation.

From plain, plastic-y and shiny to fab.u.lous.

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White (for the top pumpkin) and French Linen (on the bottom pumpkin).  I topped it off with a little bit of clear wax, dark wax, and then clear wax again.

It sounds complicated, but trust me, it’s not.

It’s sooo easy.  You can definitely do it too.

What do you think?

Can you go fake this season?

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17 Responses to Painting Pumpkins with Chalk Paint

  1. Love them! I want to do this too!!

  2. NanaDiana says:

    I’ve been faking it for 30 years (with fake pumpkins/flowers)-why stop now?;>) LOVE IT! xo Diana

  3. Beautiful!! Where did you find such realistic pumpkins?


  4. Botanic Bleu says:

    Yepper, I live in TX, too, and can totally relate. Your pumpkins look much better white.


  5. Julie they are gorgeous! What a great idea to use chalk paint on them. They have so much more depth and character to them now. Pinning!

  6. Debbiedoos says:

    How cool these turn out with chalk paint. Love em!

  7. Amy Ellis says:

    Julie, they look more like the real thing, than the real thing! Love ’em and pinned ~ Amy

  8. I live in Arizona and completely understand your reasoning! You can bet I will be doing this project soon!

  9. Hi Julie! Just wanted to let you know that you were featured on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop!…hugs…Debbie

  10. Mrs Mike says:

    fellow Texas resident here too, and with the humidity in Houston, real pumpkins this early out would be crazy! Thanks for chalk paint inspiration 🙂

    Now if it would just start feeling a little more like fall to humor us!

  11. Wow! I loved how your painted pumpkins turned out! They look so classy in white! Great idea to avoid any rot by Halloween too!


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  13. Pat says:

    Thanks for the encouraging . . .
    I have a few nice faux pumpkins that are vivid orange.
    They have been summoning me to make them pretty!!!
    I’ll give painting a try!
    Happy Autumn!

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