October 26, 2011

Salvaged & White-Washed Wood Pumpkin

Last week I got the chance to guest post during Pocket Full of Pink's Monster Craft Bash!!!
She had so many great guest posts and ideas so be sure to check out the awesome line-up!

I'm re-posting my project here so ya'll can have a look :)
Cuz it's one of my favorite fall projects I've done this year!
I thought I'd show you guys a fun fall pumpkin I made this year using some salvaged fence wood I got from a friend!
In exchange for helping to build her a bookshelf, she gave me all the left-over scraps :)
Because they were completely beautiful, weathered pieces of wood.
(The same beautiful wood I used to make this sign)

First, I trimmed the edges so that the outside pieces had angled corners at the tops and bottoms.
Makes a nice little pumpkin shape!

I nail-gunned a random scrap of molding to the top of my pumpkin for it's 'stem'.

Isn't he a nice little weathered pumpkin?
I am completely in love with the natural grain on these pieces of wood but I wanted to tone down the dark wood color a bit.

So I took him inside (oh yea...I live on the dangerous side!)
and mixed some white paint with quite a bit of water and started to white-wash.
It was exactly what I was going for.

It kept that natural grain pattern but gave it a lovely white color.
You just keep white-washing it to make it as 'dark' as you want it to go.
I did quite a few coats on this.

The top 'stem' got a little bit of dark stain added to it.

I wanted to add something to the middle to glam it up a bit so I typed out 'Harvest' onto word in a fun, fall-ish font.
Those of you lucky enough to have a silhouette could get this done in, oh, two point five seconds.
I did it the long way around.
Type up. Print. Cut out with exacto knife. Stencil.
More like a good thirty minutes.
But totally worth it :)

Love the jet-black against the white-washed wood.

I added a little flourish too...just cuz.
Love the bright orange.

You like my little pesky weed that got into the pictures?
Nice, huh?

Buh-bye weed.
Hello pretty wood pumpkin.

I'm loving how he turned out.
I cant' get over that gorgeous fence wood.
And to think that the owner was just going to toss it out!!

The grain looks so pretty behind the wording...
and he's the perfect addition to my fall decor :)

If you don't have your own random pile of scrap fence wood,
new wood from Lowes would do just fine too :)
Just look for some pretty grain if you want to white-wash!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my little wood pumpkin!!
What's been your favorite project this fall??

The weathermen keep saying we're getting winter weather starting tomorrow...
but they very rarely know what they're talking about so I'm not exactly scrambling to get all my winter clothes out yet...
but I am scrambling to get little man's costume ready...eek.
Wish me luck :)

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  1. This is awesome!! But then again so is all of your stuff!! :)

  2. That is so cool! I love it, what a great idea!

  3. This is a great idea! I love elegant decorations for fall--and this definitely fits that!

  4. I love the result! Thanks for sharing! I just wanted to let you know I am featuring this on my Saw it {Loved it} Sunday over at my blog.


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