When it comes to fall decorating, I’m not exactly a traditionalist.
This year I decided to add another white pumpkin to my line up.
I started out with this orange wooden pumpkin wall hanging with a decidedly 90’s country look. In fact, I do believe I’ve probably owned this since the 90’s.
First I de-countrified it by taking off the heart and the “Autumn Greetings” top.
Next I painted it white with some Homestead House milk paint in Sturbridge White. Once that was dry I sanded it to distress, vacuumed off the dust and then added a Iron Orchid Designs transfer.
I totally ignored the fact that pieces of the design got lost in the cracks. It really doesn’t matter. I was going for a very distressed look anyway.
Next I sanded lightly over the transfer with 220 grit sandpaper.
Since I was planning to hang this outside, I added a top coat of the Real Milk Paint Co’s Dead Flat to protect both the milk paint and the transfer. However, you should note that Dead Flat is not intended for outdoor use.
I have it hanging on the carriage house where it is partially protected from the elements by an overhang and it will only hang here for a month or two, not year round of course. Still, I’m taking a bit of a chance. If it gets ruined I will only have myself to blame.
How about you, are you more of a traditional orange pumpkin sort of decorator? Or do you also prefer some pumpkins with a french twist?