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Fall Décor: Vintage Pumpkin Display

Fall is slowly making an appearance in our home. I typically keep it very simple during this season and save my big projects for Christmas! So simple and easy is what I am all about. I am blessed in that I receive a fun package of goodies each month as part of the 12 Months of Martha program. This month I was sent the Vintage Décor Paint Set and a collection of pretty colors. I have always wanted to redo a piece of furniture so this was my test project. Without a doubt I  LOVE this paint and the antique wax. It’s a total game changer. Can’t tell you how fool proof this project is. Check it out.


While the idea of a board to place pumpkins on, many not be life changing, this paint process was for me. I now have a chic little pumpkin display and the confidence to tackle more projects. Here is what I used.


SUPPLIES USED: Vintage Décor Paint {smoke } | Vintage Décor Brush | Vintage Décor Antique Wax | damp cloth | piece of wood


We randomnly had this piece of wood in our garage as a scrap from another project. It happened to be the exact size I was looking for. You can pick up a 2 x 4 at the local hardware store {check their scrap bin . . .it’s awesome}.


I used the Vintage Décor Paint in Smoke. It’s a pale gray. This brush is crazy awesome. A little goes a long way to create a nice coat. The idea is that it will dry nice and chalky. They make a clear wax to go over this and an antique wax.



I allowed the paint to dry and then used the Vintage Décor Antique Wax. This is where the magic happens. It’s AMAZING. You need very little! Put a small amount on your piece and use the brush to lightly cover the surface. Then use a damp warm rag to rub off all of the excess. What you are left with is the most amazing project that looks like it’s been worn through the years. Keep in mind I did not sand a thing! This is all due to the Antique Wax.





It’s hard to believe no sanding was involved. I am in love with the finish. It looks so rustic and pretty. I have this little pumpkin display on my mantel which I will show you more of tomorrow!




Do you suddenly want to paint something? I am serious. This project gave me so much confidence to paint a bench or fun piece of furniture soon. It could not have been easier and I love the results. Have you used this before? If you are looking for this paint, my go to spot for shopping for more Martha Stewart supplies is Michaels.

Be back to show you how this little project put the finishing touch on our Fall mantel. You can check out my previous 12 Months of Martha projects here.


Saturday Shopping: Great Buys for Fall

Hello, my friends! So happy it’s Saturday. We will be working on the bathroom renovation, watching our son play soccer and cheering on our college football team. It’s a good day. And with fall on my mind, I thought I would show you some fun finds I found. All great price points, too.


necklace | bracelet | blouse in teel

Ever since I bought this blouse I have been checking online to see if it had become available but to no avail. Although I just saw that they now have it in a really pretty blue color. Wanted to let you know. I also had emails about my handbag which is more than five years old. But I found a couple of cute ones under $50!


cognac tote


hobo handbag

And because the scarf is a major staple in my wardrobe, it’s always fun to see what new ones are popping up for fall. I LOVE plaid and these are just so cute.




plaid scarves


I don’t have this purse but put it over my shoulder at the store and LOVE it. It is much much cuter in real life. And as you can tell by the first photo in this post, I am a sucker for a handbag with a bow.


cable knit scarf


 There is also a trend towards the cable knit scarf and actually wearing it with a matching cable knit sweater. It’s a really cute look. These are a great price and come in lots of different colors. I think cable knit is always a good look. Classic and beautiful.


My love for this tassel scarf runs deep and it’s worth checking out the other cute colors it comes in. It’s my favorite scarf of the season still.


These wedge boots also come in black. I am a big fan of the wedge bootie. Comfortable and cute!

And have you seen my favorite striped tee in the green bistro stripe? It’s so pretty. I had it in my hand and now regret not buying it. For $16 I may have to go back.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone. I hope it’s a great one.



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