Hi, everyone! First off, thank you SO much for all of the love yesterday on my picture ledges. It’s great when a project comes together like that. I think the ledges will be a fun space to keep fresh and change up throughout the seasons.
A few of you made note of my turquoise gourds both on the blog and Instragram. On Monday, I spent most of the afternoon spray painting ten dried gourds. As I mentioned, I’m trying to find a way to make fall decorating really fresh and colorful to tie in with my contemporary decor. At least, that was my intent. When I finished painting the gourds, I was a bit disappointed with the results and thought the idea was a fail.
However, when I was putting together my shelves yesterday, I needed a pop of color and all of the sudden my painted gourds had purpose. They totally complemented the look. I love when that happens. So, today I thought I’d just quickly (because it’s really simple) show you how I painted them.
I found all of the gourds on eBay. They are real gourds that have been dried. I also purchased a few cans of spray paint in colors that I thought would go well with my decor and still look like fall. I also picked up a can of gloss spray paint because I wanted the gourds to have a shiny finish.
I decided to keep the stems natural, so I covered them with painter’s tape. I then tied a string to the stems and hung the gourds from a tree. First, I painted them all with the color (about three coats); then, I sprayed them with the gloss.
Once the gourds were dry, I was ready to decorate. Initially I had the idea of grouping them together. However, when I set them all on my mantel, the whole look was a bit much.
An aha moment came when I was setting up my ledges yesterday. Just using one color in a display seemed to work best.
I haven’t decided how I will use the rest of gourds in my fall decor, but I ran around the house today trying out different vignettes. I’m definitely seeing some potential. So, I guess this little project wasn’t a total fail after all.
As I mentioned, next week I’m doing a fall house tour. Hopefully, by then I will have figured out the details of where the gourds will go. Fingers crossed!
What do you think? What fun new ways have you incorporated fall into your home?