Boo! Can you believe it’s already time to think Halloween? Our girls are grown now, so October 31st just doesn’t have the allure like it did back in the day when we were choosing their costumes, decorating with spooky accessories, and trick-or-treating for the mother lode of candy.
A quick and enjoyable project for me, sans kiddos, is decorating our mantel in the den for the season. A few props found exploring cupboards, some orange twinkly mini-lights, black gauze and a sparkly Boo sign from the dollar store, and I was done! Well, almost.
My daughter Mia and I drove from our home in central North Carolina, up to the rolling hills near Cana, Virginia to find real pumpkins, and do a little antique junkin’. We even enjoyed a touristy lunch in the quaint downtown of Mount Airy, NC. You know, the town near Mayberry, made famous by Andy Griffith, Opie, Aunt Bea, and Barney. It was a beautiful day and I was also excited to get home and create my holiday mantle.
Once home, I scrubbed and hosed everything down in preparation to prime and paint.
Just like with any painting project, prep is key, whether you are using real pumpkins, or imitation ones. I painted on two coats of Pure White Chalk Paint®, then let it all dry.
Priming creates a necessary base coat to enhance the paint colors.
Modern Masters offers such glorious color choices that normally would make me crazy, trying to select my faves:
I decided to use Snowflake, Black Pearl, and Copper. The colors are semi-opaque and oh-so-buttery-soft to paint on.
Here you can see what one coat of coverage looks like. Two coats were all I needed to get good coverage.
Then, yippee, it was time to finish decorating. Who knew that a gnarly, warty pumpkin could look so awesome.
My weird grouping of clay masks, coupled with our raku cats, suddenly became apropos for Halloween, too.
Even piles of 1873 dumpster-find encyclopedias worked perfectly for layering in this vignette.
Aren’t the metallic colors stunning? They are warm, pearlescent, reflective, and amazingly, you can do oodles of projects with just one container.
Are you drooling over the possibilities for painting your Halloween decorations? Shop for paint here!