Today I have the fabulous Jamie from Anderson + Grant to show us an amazing project. When she sent me her text, I did an out loud, “wow.” I totally love it!
And once you’ve checked out her handpainted pumpkin crate, hop on over to see my Metallic Acorn Frame at anderson + grant. So here’s Jamie!
Hi everyone! My name is Jamie and I am guest blogging here today from my blog, anderson + grant. I’m so excited to be doing this swap with Lisa. Her creative ideas amaze me, especially the sewing projects since I can’t seem to sew even a straight line most of the time! My lifestyle blog is filled with a little bit of everything that I love….delicious recipes, DIY transformations, unique decorating, organizing ideas, and inspiration for life.
Fall is my favorite season for decorating. I adore all the colors and textures of the season, and enjoy that you can add a few pumpkins and leaves here and there to look totally ready for the season.
I thought I’d share with you a project that combines my loves of fall, painting, and vintage treasures. I purchased this crate at an estate sale and I think the wood is perfectly aged and beautiful. Old items have so much character to them….rusty nails, broken boards. Love it!
The side of the crate reminded me of a wooden sign, so I decided to paint it like one.
I began by rubbing the edges of my board with a clear votive candle. The wax creates a resist and your paint with chip right off when it is sanded. I followed the wax with one coat of antique white colored chalk paint that I mixed myself. I didn’t try to cover the entire surface because I wanted it to be a little rustic and worn. The better you paint a surface, the more work you’ll have to distress the piece!
I taped paper together to form the size of my crate and then sketched out my plan. I wanted it to say “Pumpkins for Sale” and then I sketched a couple of pumpkins on the side. When painting a sign, you can print out your letters on the computer if you are uncomfortable sketching it out by hand. I laid carbon paper across the side of my crate and placed the pattern on top and used a pencil to trace over my lines.
When I paint, I don’t typically have the patience to do a lot of the floating and shading that is involved with decorative painting. Because of this, I basecoated my pumpkin in a burnt orange, then when it was dry, I coated it with another coat of burnt orange and shaded with a golden yellow and burnt umber while the paint was still wet. I like the blended look that can be achieved with this technique. I did the same thing with the leaves using shades of green and golden yellow.
I also painted in the letters and then added a little dry brush shading around the pumpkins and letters with burnt umber. The added shading really makes your painting pop!
When the paint was all dry, I gently rubbed over the piece with some fine grit sandpaper to wear away the edges and make the painting look worn. I sanded a little more on the shading around the letters to blend the paints together.
I then sealed the entire painted area with some satin varnish to protect the finish.
I’m thrilled with how this piece turned out and think it looks great filled with a wool blanket, some pumpkins and fresh mums. It can even be turned around and used to decorate during another season!
I hope you enjoyed my DIY today, and be sure to visit my blog to see some more of my projects!
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