It’s time for another Thrift Store Challenge! This time I found these cool geometric pumpkins or apples (not sure) on clearance for the low price of $2 a piece. Can I get a heck yeah!
I decided to spray paint them white since they were scratched and to get a clean slate to start from. When I the paint dried I had a hard time figuring out if I wanted to add anything else to them. They were just so elegant being all white. I was afraid I would overdo them.
I played around with different mediums to add some pop, but I everything I thought of would take away from the design. That’s when I decided on gold gilding! I love gold gilding on pumpkins it is so gorgeous to me. Let me show you how I made these beauties over..
- Faux pumpkins
- Gilding adhesive
- Gilding gloves
- Soft bristle brush
- Gilding brush
- Gold gilding sheets
- Spray paint & primer
- Washi tape
First let’s talk spray paint~
The geometric pumpkins I found had a shiny coating on them and when I first tried to spray paint them with regular cheap paint I had on hand. The paint ran off the pumpkins. Not good.
Off to the hardware store I went. I bought a can of Rust-oleum Universal Bonding Primer and wow am I in love with this stuff. It bonds a topcoat to difficult surfaces. It worked perfectly!
I followed it with a coat of Rust-oleum Semi-gloss enamel and they came out fabulous. Like you just bought them in a store fabulous. I was able to add washi tape to the pumpkins and it peeled right off without taking the paint with it! Great stuff!
Paint the pumpkins let them dry overnight. Now you are ready to add your gilding.
Tape off the area you are going to add gilding adhesive. Apply a thin layer of gilding adhesive to the pumpkin. Let it dry for a few minutes or until it feels tacky to the touch.
Lay a gilding sheet over the adhesive. Do not peel the gilding off of the wax sheet. Rub the wax backing to smooth and adhere the gilding. Allow it to dry for 1 to 2 hours.
Use a soft brush to remove extra gilding from edges.
Peel off the washi tape. Apply a thin layer of sealant over the gilding so it will not chip off and that’s it!
You have two trendy gorgeous pumpkins for your fall decor! They really came out better than I expected. And who knew they could be this great!
NOW FOR MORE THRIFT STORE MAKEOVERS!
It’s time for another Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge!! I’ve paired up with an amazing group of talented ladies to bring you a monthly thrift store challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!
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