Monday, October 15, 2012

When ombre fails, paint pumpkins

After three failed attempts at creating an ombre wall in my office, I’m rethinking that plan. I really want to do it, but I only have so much paint and time and patience. It’s way harder than I thought it would be, but I’m not quite ready to give up yet. I have another method to try, and I REALLY hope it works!

So no ombre walls to show you today, but I did paint some pumpkins.

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And one of them has a sort of ombre effect…

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I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence, Paris Grey, and French Linen. Some got a whitewash treatment with Old White, and one got waxed – then I realized that rubbing on the wax was rubbing off the paint – DOH! – so I skipped the wax on the rest of them.

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I wrapped the stems with jute twine and added some shells and shell pieces from PEI to give them a coastal vibe.

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So not the ombre walls I wanted to get done on the weekend, but at least painting pumpkins is crossed off the to-do list :-)

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Have you ever tried to paint an ombre wall, or anything else? If you have, I’d love to hear how you did it!

Thank you Heather at Setting for Four for featuring my pumpkins on her blog :-)

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22 comments:

  1. I love this. Pretty! I wanted a pale green one, but didn't want to spend the money. I think I might try this.

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  2. I love the rope stems!! Pretty pumpkins!

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  3. Oh my those pumpkins are amazing! Thanks for sharing the paint colors they are perfect!

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  4. Oh Kelly: so sorry about the walls! I was looking forward to seeing the finished product..but I can totally feel your pain here. I can't imagine trying to undertake such a project! Yes, I have only so much patience. I've never done ombre walls, but have, successfully, done sponge and rag rolling over a base coat. The one trick is to tape , tape, tape!

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  5. Beautiful pumpkins Kelly! I may try this. ;). Sorry about the ombré walls I have never tried that kind of finish ....good luck!

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  6. Three times painting the walls! You do have a lot of patience ;) Love your painted pumpkins. The twine was a great idea as was adding the sea shells. ~ Paula

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    1. Well, I haven't painted all the walls three times - I've tried to create the ombre effect on one wall (the shortest one!) three times. I'm up to four times now, and may be going for five times!
      Kelly

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  7. These pumpkins are so adorable! I love that you used a grey/blue tone along with twine and sea shells. Very warm and costal look. Great job kelly!

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  8. What a great Idea Kelly to wrap the stems in jute!
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  9. I feel your pain with the ombre attempts! I tried to paint my terra cotta pots with the ombre effect, and they were too striped. I couldn't get the bleed/blend right. So out with the ombre it was for me in the end. You could go with ombre wall paper... but I know that's not the point ;-) Good luck with the next round. In the meantime, I think your pumpkins look awesome, and I love the seashells! What a great touch!!!

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  10. Love your pumpkins! They are so cute! Sorry the ombre isn't working out for you! :\

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  11. Really pretty. Nice to see a change from the usual orange or white.

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  12. Your pumpkins are amazing. I love then! Too bad the same skill set doesn't transfer to walls, eh? Actually, despite the fact that I've spent many years as a professional housepainter, I couldn't imagine attempting an ombre wall treatment that would actually be a smooth transition. Very tricky! You are brave for trying.

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  13. I love how you've painted the pumpkins and what a great way to give them a beach vibe. Your place is way more beachy than mine and I love near the ocean! What great projects you are up to Kelly. Great photos too. (Diane who lives by the sea)

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  14. Your pumpkins are so pretty. I love the colors and those cute rope stems.
    so glad to have stopped by today. sure gave me some inspiration for my fall decorations.
    rita

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  15. These are gorgeous, Kelly!! Love how they are painted and decorated!

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  16. i was admiring these on completely coastal facebook today! so gorgeous!!
    x

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  17. Those are so adorable, and the variation in color looks really cool!

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  18. I love these Kelly, very Pottery Barnish! I especially love the PEI shell accents! I would love to feature this project that you linked up to "It's a Party" linky party which I am cohosting with Anne...if you would add my party link (http://www.settingforfour.com/2012/10/ive-got-big-announcement-today.html) to your post, I would love to feature it on my blog this week! Just pop me a quick email to let me know! Have a great weekend :)

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  20. Great Design! thanks for the updates.

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