Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

There’s just no place for funky-looking pumpkins in an awesome fall display.  So, after receiving a few questions about Tessa’s fabulously shiny pumpkins I decided it was time to spill the beans on how you can gloss-ify your own pumpkins – and keep them looking great all the way to Thanksgiving.  Sounds pretty great, right?

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

The key to flawless, long-lasting pumpkins (or any gourd) is coating them with an acrylic floor sealer – the sealer not only helps preserve the pumpkins way past their normal life but it also makes them all shiny and gorgeous.

All you need are a few simple supplies:

~ pumpkins or gourds of your choice

~ foam brush

~ Future acrylic floor finish (although any brand will do)

~ towel (to protect your countertops)

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

Once you’ve assembled your supplies, just go to town painting those puppies!  I like to turn them on their heads and paint the bottoms first – after I give them time to try (about 30 minutes), I just flip them over and paint the tops.  And don’t worry if the sealer gets a little foamy when you apply it – once it’s dry you will have a perfect finish.

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

See?  All shiny and happy:

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

I’m really pleased with how this display turned out – all it took was my fancy pumpkins, a hurricane from Ikea, 3 bags of river rocks, votives, and a silver tray.  The best part is that I already had all of these things in my cabinets (except for the pumpkins).

Taking A Shine To Pumpkins

Hope you all get lots of enjoyment out of your pumpkins!!

Psst!!  Did you notice our new rug?!?  I’m in love!!!  More about that later . . .

This post is shared with DIY Day on A Soft Place to Land.

Too Fun!!

I’m a happy girl today because IGTBH was featured on The DIY Show Off!!

Too Fun!!

I’m sure you already know all about The DIY Show Off – but for those of you who don’t, it’s an awesome blog dedicated to all things DIY, from renovations to DIY decor, and it’s full of tons of great projects and eye candy.

Right now, oodles of fabulous autumn-related DIY projects are being featured.  Here are a few of my absolute faves – just click on the links to see the tutorials:

Faux Mercury Glass Pumpkins

Too Fun!!

House Number Pumpkins

Too Fun!!

Autumn Candles

Too Fun!!

And to check out the feature on IGTBH, just click here!  Thanks to Roeshel for making me do the happy dance!

HomeGoods Is Dangerous

For my own well-being, it’s probably best if I never step foot into a HomeGoods again – all that place does is tempt me to spend money!!

These $12.99 ikat vases begged to hang out on my mantle:

HomeGoods is Dangerous

These lamps ($39.99 and $49.99) tried to woo me with their curves:

HomeGoods is Dangerous

HomeGoods is Dangerous

The $16.99 pineapples swore that they would be the perfect addition to any centerpiece in my dining room (and the ceramic ones are a great substitute for the pricier Z Gallerie version):

HomeGoods is Dangerous

HomeGoods is Dangerous

I just knew that a set of these festive urns would make a great display on our covered patio:

HomeGoods is Dangerous

This cute little cake plate for $12.99 could be gussied up for any occasion by simply switching out the bow:

HomeGoods is Dangerous

And the graphic shapes of the $2.99 solid plate and gorgeously patterned $3.99 plate would make an awesome statement for a holiday place setting:

HomeGoods is Dangerous

These glossy black urns for $29.99 want to flank a console table in a snazzy entryway:

HomeGoods is Dangerous

And this $29.99 chinoiserie table would make the perfect bar with the addition of a glass shelf at the bottom:

HomeGoods is Dangerous

And everything about this shapely, ebony mirror (for just $19.99) screamed “Buy me!!”  Alas, I didn’t have a good place for it.  Sniff.

HomeGoods is Dangerous

Like I said, a trip to HomeGoods can be dangerous.  Gotten anything great there lately?

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