Friday, September 16, 2011

When in Doubt, Paint it White

The temperatures in Maryland took a nose-dive yesterday... yippee!  I finally feel like decorating for fall.  I'll be writing a few short posts in the coming weeks about how we're transitioning the house to fall decor over here.

For one, I put this out

which replaced this
Bye bye birdie!  He was a dollar store find that I painted white.  Why is it that you can take such a ridiculous tchotchke, paint it white, put it under glass and it all of a sudden looks OK?  That's the magic of a cloche I guess (it's really just an old cheese dome from Goodwill).

The pumpkin started out looking like this
It's also from the dollar store.

I "primed" it in gray and then dry brushed some white on top haphazardly and ended up with this

The thing is a hot mess if you look at it closely, but you can't even tell!  I love it, especially in the grand scheme of things

More tidbits of fall decor to come.  Hey, it's a start, right?  Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings,
Jamie

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43 comments:

  1. i totally agree!
    i painted some dollar tree pumpkins white last year and they made me happy!

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  2. So cute!!! I'm off to the dollar store to copy your look! (Actually I was planning on going there and now I can add pumpkins to my list.)

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  3. Yes white, everything looks better white! I undertook a white project on a much bigger scale turning my dungeon basement into a white delight.

    Check it out HERE

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  4. I bought that same bird from the Dollar store! Only I painted mine pink for my daugther's bedroom. You can check it out if you're curious http://thecozyoldfarmhouse.blogspot.com/2011/03/dollar-store-chic.html. The white pumpkin looks great under the cloche.

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  5. Super cute! I have a couple of pumpkins I might have to do this with. Stop by for a visit sometime!

    Cara

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  7. Adorable! I recently went on a painting binge, painting just about everything, except pumpkins, I'm going to give it a try! Hope you can link this to my Homemaking Party!

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  8. What a great idea! Found you through Flamingo Toes... new follower!

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  9. Brilliant...I'm needing to do this! I'm a new follower! I would love it if you check out my blog and become my newest follower if you like what you see!

    Have a great day!

    Kirsten

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  10. Yes!! You are SO right!!
    Sometimes, the motto can be "when in doubt, paint it black." too.
    But for that kind of stuff, def white! :)

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  11. love it. I was planning on checking out the dollar store.
    lauren

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  12. I bought the same pumpkin at the Dollar Store but I sprayed mine with chalkboard paint. I need to write my post on it! Oh and I got some other small ones that I sprayed gold too. Love the dollar store.

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  13. dollar store rocks!!!! this is a fun idea! thanks

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  14. Very nice. I've also been eying those pumpkins at the dollar store and plan to paint some white myself! I think the simple decorations are the best :-)

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  15. I just picked up some also! Along with a hundred crows ( ok NOT that many)...lol...love the dollar store. Cute pumpkin, looks ghostly in white.... and the white bird was also so cute too!

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  16. I was at the dollar store and saw these but my creativity didn't kick in. Now I see them white and oh...I really do need some! Love them under glass.

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  17. Very cool...looks like it cost so much more than a dollar. Nice job!

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  18. Well, same as mine. I bought that same bird from the Dollar store! Also I painted some dollar tree pumpkins white, last year and they made me happy.

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  19. Wow! I love that! I have got to make a trip to the dollar store! : )

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  20. so cute!! I love dollar store finds that can be revamped into something beautiful!!

    -Adriane @ fruitfulhomejournal.blogspot.com

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  21. I am a firm believer in the when it doubt paint it white philosophy! That's why my 4 connected rooms are going to be a shade of white 8) ....And I am loving white pumpkins this fall!

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  22. I saw this on Cherished Bliss and had to come over and see if that was really a dollar store pumpkin. It looks great! I might have to make one of my own! Thanks for the inspirations!

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  23. I am drooling over your dome! I can't believe that it was a Goodwill find. Well, I can believe it- just wish I would have found it! haha
    I would have never thought to paint that pumpkin white. I do love it though. So creative.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I bought that pumpkin today at the dollar store. Now I have something to do with it. Thanks!
    New follower.

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  25. That's a great idea indeed! Looks so much sophisticated when white and simple!
    xoxo, Eleni
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  26. Super cute idea. I am your newest follower. Feel free to check out my site and follow me back here: www.utahcountymom.com

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  27. I bought that same pumpkin with the intentions of painting it. Haven't decided what color yet. I do like the white! Stopping by from The Idea Room.
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  28. LOVE this idea! I have got to get to the Dollar Store very soon. Spray painting them is genius, I must try! Thanks for linking up at Show & Share!

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  29. My sister is trying to figure out what to do with one of these. (She hates the seam around the middle though.)

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  30. You rock! Great idea for little $? I'm in love... well - a new follower anyways! Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

    Carrie

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  31. This turned out so great. My Dollar Tree never has good stuff!

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  32. HAHA! I was just at our Dollar Store and came back with some pumpkins and gourds . . . they're getting a nice coat of white right now! Love this little cloche!! SO cute with it's new white pumpkin!

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  33. Love it! Where still having humid weather here in Mass and its not helping with me wanting to decorate for fall! Thank you for sharing at Simply Creations Link Party!

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  34. What an awesome cloche! Love the pumpkin. That is so true that you can spray paint something white, stick it under a cloche or in a hurricane and it looks expensive! Love your blog - I'm a new follower :)

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  35. Great idea!! Oh they wonders of paint... I would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party!
    http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/09/bedazzle-me-monday-1.html

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  36. Such a lovely transformation! Thank you for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!

    Jenn

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  37. Did the same thing with a Dollar Tree pumpkin and added a monogram to mine. Funny how you can paint just about anything white and it look great! lol Love it under the cloche, thanks for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday!

    Heather

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  38. Great job! It would be great to have you link this post to my weekly meme Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  39. That turned out absolutely fantastic! What a great project :) Thank you for linking up to Scatter Girls!

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  41. I like your idea. Paint with white if you don't find any other option. Thanks for sharing.

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