As I was prowling the interwebs for fun easy fall projects I decided to start a series called ‘We Tried It Wednesdays’. Now today is Thursday so I’m either a day late or a week early – however you want to look at it, but at any rate that’s when the thought came to me so there you go.
For this week, I ran across a pin & thought, hey! I can do that! I had a pumpkin on hand (really? who has a pumpkin on hand? I do, so shut it!), I also had white spray paint & duct tape. The necessary ingredients for the perfect storm. Also the necessary ingredients for home ownership – not the pumpkin, but the other two.
Here is said pin from Homebnc.com who in turn scraped it from Family Circle who in turn probably made some designer’s life hell with the process of taping, painting, edging, taping and repainting.
Completely draws you in with simplistic elegance – the moment your eyes focus on the picture, a hormone is triggered that makes your mind think it’s possible. You could totally be Martha Stewart on a budget with a little bit of black & white paint & change the way your house looks.
What you really want to know and what I will tell you – was it worth trying? Well…I’ll let you be the judge. Here is my first attempt at semi-elegant hipster chevron pumpkins. Let’s go through the steps shall we? First, get yourself a pumpkin & a little black sleepy kitty –
Tape that sucker up Charlie Brown style. Pro tip – I used duct tape. Mostly because that was all I had in the junk closet but also because painter’s tape will NOT stick to a pumpkin…nope, not even frog tape. Your project will now look something like this…
Looks like a kidnapping gone bad! I will admit this, I was lazy. I only taped the front & some of the sides. I left the back untouched. I sort of lost interest in this after about 15 minutes which was around the same time that my scissors began to stick together from the duct tape. Coincidence? Yeah, probably. Anyways, I grabbed my spray paint & went to town on the pumpkin. First coat kinda looked like it wanted to slide off in some places so I just sprayed the crap out of it again & dared it to drip. I did not wait between coats because I am a woman of limited patience. The spray painting took like 2 minutes if you’re keeping score with the timeline for this project. Here she is –
Next I went inside, played with my puppy, got attacked by the now wide awake kitty & opened a Dr. Pepper. I did a few other household things, wondered how much longer it would be for my hubby to get home with dinner & checked Facebook, email, Facebook, Pinterest, Facebook again & debated whether a Reese’s peanut butter pumpkin would spoil my dinner. I also wondered if Reese’s would do a chevron pumpkin with white & dark chocolate if I sent in a suggestion. All of that took me like an hour, again for those keeping up with the timeline.
I finally pulled the duct tape off expecting instant awesomeness. I was only slightly disappointed.
My eyes rolled. My husband laughed. Being the positive & sweet person he his or from fear of a slap, he quickly followed with “well, from far away it will probably look good!” Perfect sentiment, I concur. So dear friends, my take on this project is do it if you have about 17 minutes, (or an hour & 17 minutes if you have attention issues). Do this if you have a pumpkin on hand, some duct tape, & white spray paint. Do this if your house is far away from the road. Do this if only to remind yourself that you are in fact not Martha Stewart & that anyone who does this same project perfectly must also be able to fold fitted sheets.
I did put this sucker on my porch though. Yep, that baby is proudly displayed with every plant I could find that would hide my sloppy handiwork.
Martha Stewart ain’t got nothing on me!