OK, you caught me.
I agree that this post is a little off the beaten path, but I ask you to please just hang with me for a minute.
A few days ago, I pulled out my fall decorations to get the ball rolling on a fall home tour. And much to my chagrin, one of my big faux pumpkins had a gaping hole in its side.
Now, if I was a homeowner with unlimited funds, I’d simply trash this pumpkin and pick up another one. But at $25 to $30 bucks for one this size, the DIYer WITH limited funds took over.
And here’s the quick and easy fix.
How to Repair and Paint a Faux Pumpkin:
Step 1: Apply Spackling Paste
The simple fix starts by grabbing the same spackling paste that is used to repair wounds to drywall. Fill the hole and then smooth the spackle as much as possible. If you don’t have one of these little application gizmos, then just apply the paste with a plastic knife and smooth it down with a damp finger.
Step 2: Let Spackling Paste Dry and Then Smooth
If, after the damp finger wipe, the spackling paste isn’t perfectly smooth …. allow it to dry. Then dampen a soft cloth or paper towel and wipe again. Yes, you can also use a damp finger for this step as long as any excess water is blotted up with a cloth or towel.
Step 3: Cover the Repair with Paint
To cover the repair, paint the dry pumpkin with your favorite color of paint. I used a chalky-type paint (product info here) in the color SW Sedate Gray (left pumpkin). To create a glow, the painted pumpkin got a buff with a metallic gold cream paint (right pumpkin). More info about the metallic cream paint is here.
Which pumpkin was repaired?
Step 4: Find the Perfect Pumpkin Spot
And that’s all there is to it.
Now, I’m almost ready for the Fall Home Tour 2016, where 25 to 30 bloggers come together to share unique DIY ideas for your home. Each day we will share different areas of the home. I do hope you can join me here on September 20.
You’ll be able to pin up a storm. But until then, I hope you’ll get started with this one here.
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