Create a Bold & Colorful Fall Tablescape
Looking for fall tablescape ideas? Trying to decide how to put together fall table decorations but unsure where to start? How about pumpkins? Painting pumpkins can give you endless opportunities to add as much or as little color as you’d like. Like the look of farmhouse fall decor? Paint your pumpkins white. But if you are like me and love a bit more color we can certainly have fun with our fall tablescapes and colorful decorating ideas.
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How to Create a Bold & Colorful Fall Tablescape
Painting Pumpkins for a Fall Tablescape
You can use either real pumpkins or fake dollar store pumpkins. Whatever floats your boat. These just happened to be real and from the grocery store. The small ones also tend to last longer, not as long as fake, but long none the less.
Since this project is all about making a colorful fall tablescape I’m painting these pumpkins in fun colors. Each pumpkin is painted in a different base paint color. One plum crazy, which is a fun purple-ish color, another in muscadine wine, which can also be found in the Painted End Tables with Removable Drawer Liner post, and the last is Evergreen, a brand new color. Keep in mind that when you paint a small pumpkin green it ends up looking like a bell pepper. 😛 Thankfully, these are just base coats.
Adding Copper Paint to Pumpkins for Fall Decor
After the base paint has completely dried you can add the copper patina paint. Using the super soft Zibra paint brush paint the pumpkins with copper patina paint and let them dry.
You can cover the pumpkins completely or leave some of the base paint color showing in the creases. Don’t worry about perfection, just have fun.
Creating a Patina Effect on Painted Pumpkins
On to the fun part. These next steps are what is going to give you the patina effect that you are going for. Once the copper patina paint is dry you will add a second coat of patina paint to your pumpkins. While the patina paint is still wet you should spray them with the patina spray. You can spray all over or leave some parts unsprayed. This is where the uniqueness of the transformation comes into play. Here is a time lapse video of the process:
The patina effect will start to show as soon as it starts to dry, but it can take up to 2-6 hours for the full effect. To speed up the process a bit you can warm the paint with a hairdryer. These are warmed a little with the dryer and then left overnight before checking on them again. Personally, I like that you can see bits of the base paint color, the metallic copper, and the patina. In case you are wondering, the answer is ‘no, you do not need to add an additional sealer over the patina spray’.
Styling Your Fall Tablescape
Let’s have a moment of truth. Not all things come easily. In fact, many things don’t come easily. With two young kids in the house its not often that I have a pretty tablescape set up. This is my reality, but I will try my hardest to make it look better.
Collect random fall decorations, faux flowers, and fake pumpkins along with your newly created patina painted pumpkins and arrange in a way that makes sense in your home. My living room is bursting with color and these colorful fall table decorations work with the purple sofa.
The copper with green patina makes a gorgeous combination for fall home decor.
The next big decision is to decide whether it looks better set up on the orange coffee table.
Or over on the bold yellow painted media console.
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