Vintage Chalk Paint Pumpkins

These chalk paint pumpkins will add vintage charm to your fall decor this season.

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I love neutral colors and traditional fall colors generally don’t match the decor in my home so I took foam or faux pumpkins and made them into vintage pumpkins using the power of paint.

You might have noticed these pumpkins in my Fall Home Tour last week. I love the vintage look they create and they are so easy to paint.

An orange foam pumpkin on the counter.

Let me show you how.

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1. Paint pumpkins with chalk paint. Let dry at least one hour. With chalk paint, you eliminate the primer step.

The orange pumpkin painted white.
Adding soft wax in a brown color to the white pumpkin.

2. Apply clear furniture wax with a rag over entire pumpkin then apply the dark wax with a rag over top making sure to get into all the grooves. By adding the clear wax first, you’re able to manipulate the dark wax where you want. If you just added dark wax, it would get very dark and you wouldn’t be able to remove it. The clear wax allows you to take off the dark wax easily.

3. Buff off dark wax with a rag dipped in clear wax if you’ve added too much. If you want to have more dark wax removed, apply more. Continue to rub in and buff off to get the look you want.

The dark wax on the pumpkin with a rag beside it.

You can see I took off quite a bit of the Dark Wax so that it’s mostly only left in the grooves and around the stem at the top of the pumpkin.

The completed pumpkin on the mantel beige a white vase and a clear vase with branches.

I love these vintage chalk paint pumpkins, don’t you?

The best part is that you don’t need to throw it away at the end of the season and can keep them around for many years to enjoy.

Fall leaves in a clear vase on the mantel.
There is a framed pumpkin picture on the mantel beside some vintage books.
The chalk painted pumpkin in the fall vignette.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to paint your own vintage chalk paint pumpkins.

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  1. these look so pretty! and complement the other decor on your mantel perfectly! thank you for the how-to, I might have to try this out 🙂

  2. These are awesome, Jamie! I would have never even dreamed of something like this! Love, love, love them and they fit in perfectly in your house!

  3. What a gorgeous transformation! It takes that fake white finish away and makes the pumpkins look so realistic! I’m going to try this on my faux white pumpkins! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Leena

  4. Love the look of your pumpkins! I haven’t jumped in yet to the whole chalk paint thing but I am getting close! Visiting from Nifty Thrifty Tuesday!

  5. I love that idea for a pumpkin

    I would love for you to come link up at my Furniture and Paint Party going on now!! Hope to see you soon

  6. These are just beautiful! I’m getting married October 2014 and I would love to do some of these for the wedding as decor. Perfect! 🙂

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