So. It’s not that I don’t like orange or anything. I actually LOVE orange. It’s right up there on my list.
See? Even my iPhone case is orange. Just like a pumpkin.
The trouble with this situation is that I really wanted a white pumpkin. I went to the farm stand this morning in search of a few white mini–pumpkins to add to my Fall Mantel. I just had this kind of idea in my head for decorating the dining room for Fall this year and the idea was all brown and cream. Not so much orange.
Alas. There was not a single white mini-pumpkin. The smallest one weighed 31 lbs. I don’t think it will fit on my mantel. Yes. I bought it. I will find a place for it. Don’t worry.
So what do you do when life gives you orange mini pumpkins (instead of white?)
Well now, as it turns out, “white” pumpkins aren’t really white at all. They just aren’t, okay?
Not what I had in mind, at all.
So now I’m elbow deep in trying to fix a problem that I didn’t expect to have. It might seem like I was being all crafty and having a great time painting mini-pumpkins but, really? I wanted to photograph the dang mantel so that I could share it with you. The mantel is all finished but it just needs . . . something. Something like some mini-pumpkins.
So the formerly-orange-and-newly-painted-pumpkins were waaayy too white. I could see that right away – and I got to thinking…
Can you wax a pumpkin?
It turns out that you can.
Do you ever get impatient? I do. I thought I could just wait for the paint to dry on these things and then try waxing them – but I ran out of patience – and time – remember that I was trying to set up to shoot the mantel?
So I tried something new… an experiment, if you will…
I took a big glob of wax and plopped it into the paint and stirred it up with a spoon! Go ahead. Say it.
It worked beautifully. The Annie Sloan Dark Wax mixed into the paint (which was just ordinary white craft paint) much more readily than the Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax. The MMS was a little bit grainy and, mixed with the white, it made sort of a light greyish color. The ASCP mixed quite thoroughly and made a lovely taupe-y color – not unlike ASCP Coco.
I just painted them on with a regular paint brush. So simple. And how do you think they came out?
I love them. They don’t look exactly like actual white pumpkins, but they do fit right in with my Fall Mantel – which you will have to wait a little longer to see because I was having so much fun playing with paint, wax, and pumpkins!
Fall Mantel, coming up! Promise!