DIY Painted Pumpkins With Annie Sloan

Happy Halloween everyone! It’s feeling pretty festive around here with a pumpkin carving session last weekend and lots of seasonal soups and treats. I usually decorate our fireplace for Autumn with lots of warm tones and cosy candles rather than spooky halloween decorations. This year I did just that, but I also had a chance to try a different colour palette with the new Annie Sloan chalk paint colours.  I love the European inspired names – Honfleur, Amsterdam Green and Giverny.

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I started with local pumpkins from our market in Cambridge. They had the cutest munchkins too – look how teeny! I decided not to paint the grey squash as I am planning to make a soup with that one and I can’t imagine paint is that tasty. I always add a touch of maple syrup and nutmeg to squash soup for a little sweetness. It’s soooo good.

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The Annie Sloan chalk paints are definitely my kind of paint. They can be used on so many surfaces and without prep – I’m all for quick crafts! I also love that it is water-based and non-toxic, which means no nasty odour to give me a migraine. You can even dilute the paint to make wood grains, or leave it as it is for a really concentrated coverage.

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I’m really enjoying the scent of eucalyptus at the moment, so incorporated a big vase of it into my display. It feels really natural and homely.

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It’s been a painting couple of weeks here with the new bicycle decorations being hand painted (coming soon) and lots of painting prep for my stand display for markets. This was a nice break to paint something for the home.diy-painted-pumpkins-annie-sloan

I also shared a video on my You Tube channel with the traditional Autumn decorations if you want to take a look!

I’m already thinking about Christmas decorations and I maaaay have been listening to some festive tunes in the studio. Sorry, not sorry!

I hope you enjoyed this decor post today and a big thanks to Annie Sloan for sending me the new chalk paint colours to try.

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