Thrift Store Pumpkins Makeover

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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

24 Comments

  1. Carolann

    I love the transformation, Michelle. You did a fantastic job. They look like high-end decor now! Love the white chippy one!

    28 . 09 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Carolann! Thank you. I am not sure about high end but they look a lot better than they did and I love them!

      28 . 09 . 2017
  2. Sue

    Awesome how you transform thrify dollar store pumpkins into something so much more special for your home decor.

    28 . 09 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Sue. This was fun. They were so bad before but I like them a lot now.

      28 . 09 . 2017
  3. Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled

    Great pumpkin makeover! They look totally different…and better! Visiting from Thrift Store Challenge.

    28 . 09 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Victoria. They do look much better and I am glad you think so too!

      28 . 09 . 2017
  4. Amanda

    It’s so nice to give something that was just discarded new life with just a coat of paint! That’s why I love thrifting so much!

    28 . 09 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Amanda. I agree. It is so fun to be able to transform an item into something you love!

      28 . 09 . 2017
  5. Lindsay

    I love love love the weathered look you were able to make on the pumpkins! I had no idea how to do that before!

    28 . 09 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Lindsay! I am glad you like them. I hope you give it a try!

      28 . 09 . 2017
  6. Heather Northington

    I always see these pumpkins at the thrift store. Now I have a reason to buy them. Super cute too!

    28 . 09 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Heather. You really just want to pass them up at the store but once you get them painted they look pretty cute!

      28 . 09 . 2017
  7. FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks

    Michelle, What an improvement over those pumpkins now! Love how that metallic paint totally transforms them! It really gives them an updated look. Pinned. Visiting from the Challenge.

    28 . 09 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Florence. Thanks so much. It was fun project and the do look so much better now. Thanks for stopping by and for pinning!

      30 . 09 . 2017
  8. Angela

    These all turned out way cool! White pumpkins make my heart happy haha. And that metal one looks just like the one In the stores!

    29 . 09 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Angela. I like the white pumpkins too. I had a hard time making the foam one look like metal but I think it looks okay now. Thanks for stopping by!

      30 . 09 . 2017
  9. Debrashoppeno5

    Painting these thrift store pumpkins did the trick. THey are so updated now and look great.

    01 . 10 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Debra! Paint goes a long way! Thanks so much for stopping by.

      02 . 10 . 2017
  10. Molly

    So much better! I love the new look, they’re so much more fresh and now they’re a set. the farmhouse style is kind of my thing right now, and these fit perfectly. pinning!

    04 . 10 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Molly! Thanks so much. I do like that they have a more cohesive look now and the white pumpkins are sort of fun! Thanks for stopping by.

      05 . 10 . 2017
  11. Pili

    I love white pumpkins, and the metalic paint makes them even prettier. I wish I could find fake pumpkins here, it is like impossible mision.

    05 . 10 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Pili! I should send you a box of fake pumpkins. We have them all over the place. I am glad you like them. Thanks so much.

      08 . 10 . 2017
  12. ARod

    tHRIFT STORE UPCYCLES ARE THE BEST. lOVE HOW YOUR PUMPKINS TURNED OUT.

    23 . 10 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much. They were fun and I definitely think they look better than they did. Of course, just taking off that huge bow helped. LOL!

      23 . 10 . 2017

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