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How to Repair and Paint Faux Pumpkins

Add repaired faux pumpkins to your favorite fall decor | The Chelsea Project |

Hello Friends,

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.

Damaged faux pumpkin before the fix | The Chelsea Project |
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.

The damaged faux pumpkin getting repaired with spackling paste | The Chelsea Project |

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?  

Repaired pumpkin painted and ready to use. Can you tell which pumpkin was repaired? | The Chelsea Project |

Step 4:  Find the Perfect Pumpkin Spot

Add repaired faux pumpkins to your favorite fall decor | The Chelsea Project |

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.

How to repair and paint faux pumpkins | The Chelsea Project |


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  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 September 8, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    This is very good to know.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 8, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks Debra. Yes. It should work for any pumpkin.

  • Reply Carolann September 8, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Wow I couldn’t tell which pumpkin you repaired! I think I’ve got a broken pumpkin I can try this on. I’m super excited about your upcoming home decor tour with all of your blogger friend. That sounds super exciting I really look forward to it great job Susie!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 8, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks Carolann. Exactly… this quick and easy fix goes away with a little paint.

  • Reply 1915house September 8, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Oh my GOODNESS!! I’m completely swooning over your pumpkins with their metallic gold blush!!!! Now I want to paint all my pumpkins this way!!!! Gorgeous job, as always, Susie!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 11, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Thanks Sarah… YOu are such a wonderful joy to have visit. XOXO

  • Reply Cynthia Chilson Finger September 9, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Great rescue, Susie! And no rubber in a landfill — Yay!! Looking forward to your home tour. Take care, Cynthia

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 11, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Thanks Cynthia! Right! I always try to repair and reuse.

  • Reply misstoni65 September 9, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Wow that is so smart to repair it. I’d never have thought of doing that. And I love the new color, they are now a cross between a regular pumpkin and a cinderalla pumpkin. Love them! Pinned it and will be sharing on FB too 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 11, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Thanks Toni… You’re a total doll!

  • Reply Jeanne September 9, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Wow, spackling paste – who knew! Love the Pumpkins in cool gray…a nice change. So glad I found you. 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 11, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Thanks Jeanne. Love having you!!! Welcome!

  • Reply Marie, The Interior Frugalista September 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Great tip Susie! I have one of those sliced pumpkins in my basement storage room – now I know what to do. I really like the look of adding the subtle gold creme. LOVE how you photographed them on that amazing rustic cart too – very nice!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 11, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Thanks Marie. You are so kind.

  • Reply Lisa September 9, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Home run with this project Susie!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 11, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Lisa. You’re a doll!

  • Reply Tamar September 15, 2016 at 9:39 am

    love ur way to paint it. I have one of those sliced pumpkins in my basement storage room – now I know what to do. I want to paint all my pumpkins this way

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 15, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks Tamar!! 🙂

  • Reply Kevin E. Brown September 17, 2016 at 5:30 am

    This idea is amazing. I’m pretty sure this would help a lot in my warehouse right now. I got tons of things like that. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 17, 2016 at 8:08 am

      Thanks. Glad you can use the idea.

  • Reply FlorenceFlorence@ Vintage Southern Picks September 17, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Susie, this is a great idea! Wish I’d seen it in time I recently passed on a big faux pumpkin I saw and liked at a yard sale. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll run across another!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 20, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Thanks so much, Florence! Now you can buy those yard sale pumpkins.

  • Reply Nancy O September 25, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Love it as always! The entire setting is so serene and amazing!!! I can’t get enough of your projects and images!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 26, 2016 at 5:04 am

      Thanks Nancy! Always love to have you stop by..

  • Reply Ana October 2, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Great job, Susie.I didn’t even know that we could repair those pumpkins in an easy way like this. Your post is quite informative. Thanks a lot for sharing with us!

  • Reply Rachael October 10, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Great tips! I haven’t gotten our faux pumpkins down from the attic yet, but it’s good to know how to fix them if one gets damaged!

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