Thrift Store Pumpkins Makeover

I love thrift stores how about you?  I have found many great items that I have made over and this time I found some pretty hideous pumpkins that really needed some help.  Welcome to my thrift store pumpkins makeover!

 

I love a good thrift store challenge and these ceramic pumpkins were a fun thrift store makeover! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge

 

 

I love a good thrift store challenge and these ceramic pumpkins were a fun thrift store makeover! www.michellejdesigns.com

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | Domestically Creative Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Pili | Sweet Things Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Jeannee | Centsably Creative Michelle | Michelle James Designs
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
Marie | DIY Adulation Denise | My Thrifty House Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Florence | Vintage Southern Picks Shirley | Intelligent Domestications

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Thrift Store Pumpkins

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Last fall I made over some bright, orange dollar store pumpkins.  I figured I could do it again this year.  I found these three pumpkins.  They are great, right?  Well, not so much.  Two of them are ceramic and the tall one in the back is foam. 

 

I love a good thrift store challenge and these ceramic pumpkins were a fun thrift store makeover! www.michellejdesigns.com

Getting Started With Your Thrift Store Pumpkins Makeover

I started by painting two of them a dark brown.  These are the ceramic pumpkins.  I do this so that when I distress them the brown will show through the final paint color.  For this is used Rustoleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.

 

I love a good thrift store challenge and these ceramic pumpkins were a fun thrift store makeover! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

When the dark spray paint was completely dry I used Rustoleum White Satin finish spray paint to go over the top and distressed them using a sanding block. Then used some copper metallic paint for the stems.

 

I love a good thrift store challenge and these ceramic pumpkins were a fun thrift store makeover! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Then next part was a lot of fun.  I love to use wax for making things look worn and these pumpkins needed a little bit of brown wax.

If you haven’t used wax over paint before it is really easy.

  1. Use a foam brush, wax brush or soft cloth to add the wax.  If it is a smaller project cover the entire thing.  If it is a larger project work in sections.
  2. Use a soft cloth to wipe off as much or as little as you want depending on the look you are trying to acheive.
  3. You are done!

The third pumpkin is a foam pumpkin.  I have seen a lot of metal pumpkins this year in the stores so I wanted to try to get a look of metal.

I used Rustoleum Hammered Silver for this then painted the stem metallic pewter.

Many of the pumpkins this year have some text or wording on them. Black vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo helped me get this done. The word “grateful”  is what I chose and added it to the front of the pumpkin.  I am not sure I achieved the perfect look of metal but I like it.

The Final Results

 

 

I love a good thrift store challenge and these ceramic pumpkins were a fun thrift store makeover! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

I love a good thrift store challenge and these ceramic pumpkins were a fun thrift store makeover! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

What do you think?  The little mirrored pumpkins are from the Dollar Store and I thought they were cute “as is”!

 

I love a good thrift store challenge and these ceramic pumpkins were a fun thrift store makeover! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

These thrift store pumpkin makeovers were fun.  Don’t pass up something that could look so much better with a coat of paint.  This is how we add to our home decor using budget friendly products and ideas.

I love a good thrift store challenge and these ceramic pumpkins were a fun thrift store makeover! www.michellejdesigns.com

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

 

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Thanks for stopping by,

Michelle

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