It’s Day 132 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and as is the case on many Saturdays, I took on a small DIY project giving dark stemmed purple velvet pumpkins a spray of Shabby Chic color paint. As my friend Kibby recently brought out, though I have a degree in Interior Design and have worked as a designer, my passion is really decorating. Besides, in a world where flipping fixer uppers and renovating our homes is so popular, I’m old-school and still believe you don’t necessarily have to bust out walls or the budget to have a home that is beautiful, comfortable and functional.
In that spirit, I decided to show my home some approaching fall love by tackling this project and taking the Halloween out of the pumpkins and infusing them with Shabby Chic softness. I love being outside, so with a perfect day, I got busy spraying away. As seen below, the pumpkins have been transformed into fall decor that reflects my sense of style.
If you’re anything like me and just want to add some fall style to your home or office without expensive, time-consuming changes, then I hope you’ll take on this simple Shabby Chic-ing (or should I say Savvy Chic-ing?) project.
Simple Steps to Shabby Chic Dark Stemmed Velvet Pumpkins
- Check the Halloween decor section at these stores for velvet pumpkins in purple, teal, brown, and even black with dark stems you can spray paint: TJMaxx, Marshall’s, Home Goods, Stein Mart, Tuesday Morning.
2. Determine what color you’d like for the stem. Ivory, cream, sage green, and taupe are great options that pair well with the velvet. Cover area where spraying, preferably outdoors or indoors with good ventilation. Use a mask if necessary.
3. Wrap pumpkin securely in a plastic grocery bag and tie the neck at base of stem. Insert straight pins around the stem to secure and to ensure no paint seepage.
4. Spray underside of stems first by turning the pumpkins on their sides. Then turn pumpkins upright to spray the tops and sides. Be sure to follow all directions on can for best coverage, including drying time.
5. Untie the bag once the stems are dry, then pull the bag away from the stem and allow the straight pins to remain in the bag to be discarded.
6. Decorate your home or office space for fall by creating beautiful vignettes using your Shabby-chiced velvet pumpkins and enjoy for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who loves doing small things around my home, for my home, I know that I was created in the image of my heavenly Father who was an artist. He created color, and the animals and plants for cloth and fabric. His creativity and desire to make things beautiful runs through me and all creative souls. I feel a particular affinity for a Savvy & Chic Chick from the Old Testament of the Bible who is described as “a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple” (Acts 16:14). I can just imagine the other village women lining up at her stall to buy some of that purple cloth! I would have been there, asking for it in velvet of course! And if I only had black thread to work with, though I wouldn’t have had ivory spray paint, I’d have still found a way to make it Savvy Chic to suit my sense of style!
You were created with that same creativity running through you. How can you tap into it to make your home or office reflect that?
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach