Decorating with pumpkins and gourds is a natural at Thanksgiving when we pause, as the Pilgrims did so long ago, to give thanks for the bounty of each year's harvest. However, finding interesting ways to showcase these garden beauties can be challenging unless you're Linda Hale.
Linda Hale, RedDoorAntiques.com
This DIY diva, owner of Red Door Antiques in Tupelo, Mississippi (and an Olde Century Colors dealer), has a knack for reinvention, especially when it comes to the holidays.
Her latest DIY wonder began with this cast-off wooden pallet which she transformed into a pretty primitive centerpiece with Olde Century Colors paints in warm Autumn hues. "Olde Century Colors paint is perfect for all my projects, " says Linda. "It's just the right consistency-not too thick, not too thin—so all you need is one coat. The colors are very true and blend easily. Surfaces painted with Olde Century Colors take wax very well and I love it that the paint is available in sample, pint, quart and gallon quantities so I only need to buy as much as I need."
This is a project that's fun for the family to help with and it's easy enough for even DIY newbies. Just follow Linda's lead...
Briwax Rustic Pine #BRICL
Pumpkins, gourds and pinecones in assorted colors, shapes and sizes
Faux branches of leaves and berries
Candle holders and candles
To create the centerpiece base, Linda used a circular saw to cut one lengthwise section out of the pallet.
Using Olde Century Colors Holly Berry Red #3004 simulated milk paint, Linda gave the bottom pallet a solid coat of paint, then dry-brushed the top and side boards to create contrast and a slightly translucent look.
"Because I wanted to create a year-round centerpiece, I chose Holly Berry Red as the base color because it works for Christmas, Valentines Day and the 4th of July, too," she says.
By alternating colors like in this way, Linda added lots of visual interest.
Once the centerpiece base dried thoroughly, Linda waxed all sides of it (including the underside) with Briwax Rustic Pine #BRICL. This delivered more color in a subtle way into the while also adding a soft sheen.
Then, Linda filled the centerpiece base with assorted pumpkins and gourds and tucked in branches of leaves.
To change up the look, Linda placed a large pumpkin in the center of the base and filled in around it with pumpkins, gourds, leaves and other nature-inspired accents.
Linda Hale, RedDoorAntiquesTupelo.com
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Carla Jordan is a nationally published design, cooking/entertaining and lifestyle writer. Her work can be found in well-regarded magazines and newspapers; as well as online. She resides in a Dallas-area home of many colors because she can't resist painting this, that and everything.