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I love decorating for Fall. There is just something so comforting and cozy about pumpkins and pinecones and gourds and cornstalks, and the change in weather is usually a welcome relief. This year I am lucky enough to be able to put together two Fall centerpieces- one for our apartment in Illinois, and one for our cottage in Michigan. What’s especially great about this is when you are indecisive, as I suddenly am lately, and can’t decide between a centerpiece using the traditional colors of Fall, or something a little outside your normal, you get to do both!
For our cottage, which has a rustic farmhouse feel, I knew I wanted to use traditional Fall colors. And when I found the perfect wooden crate, the vision of the fall centerpiece in my head came together.
How great is this crate? I found it in Michigan in the store my shop space is in, but it is from the Chicagoland area, so I instantly loved it. When I turned it over and saw that it has “Husband & Anderson | Hesperia, Mi” written on the bottom I was sold. That is the town our cottage is in, and that must be the name of the hardware store before it became “Husband & Turple.” My husband was so happy to see me come in the house with ANOTHER crate. “But, Sweetie- it’s not what it looks like! I can explain!!!”
The crate had decades – maybe even a century!- of dirt and dust on it, so I put it in the bathtub and scrubbed it up. The company stamp became even more pronounced. I am so happy I found this. It is clearly a need and not a want, even if my hubby disagrees. 😉
I loaded the crate with pumpkins and gourds I bought at a little farm stand and tucked a roll of burlap ribbon into all of the spaces. I think it’s simple and perfect!
It fits our cottage kitchen and dining area and while it’s a little on the large size, I love it!
But I did not want to do the same thing at our apartment in Illinois, so I started looking around my stash of goodies for my shop space and found a wooden wine crate that I thought would work well at our apartment. It was unfinished light pine wood, so I put a coat of stain on it for more of a rustic look. I was thinking of painting it white, but I think by leaving it wood tone I will get more use out of it. (And I have to tell you that it was $4 at a yard sale because I love yard sale finds! I’m also the type of person who, when told, for example, “I like your dress” I say “Thanks! It was $7 on clearance AND it has POCKETS!!! I tend to overshare my good finds.)
Also in my stash of goodies was some buffalo check fabric. I have been looking for a way to bring some buffalo check into the house and it will work in this fall centerpiece. I had picked up these white and pale pink floral picks at JoAnn last week and thought I would go with a white and gold pumpkin theme and work in the buffalo check fabric and the white and pink floral picks.
I wanted the white pumpkins to have a matte finish, so I went with chalk paint spray paint.
Since it has been a rainy week, I decided to set up my spray painting area in the furnace room rather than waiting another day to get started.
It took about three coats of both colors to fully cover the orange. I painted the stems, too. Next, I used round garage sale tags to put polka dots on two of the pumpkins by spray painting the opposite color over the tags.
I also used rubber bands to make lines on a couple of the pumpkins, but forgot to take a picture of that part- which is fine because it totally did not work! The rubber bands pulled the paint from underneath off of the pumpkins and the stripes were orange. I ended up spray painting over the lines. There is a (good) chance my paint wasn’t dry enough when I put the rubber bands on, so this may work for more patient people.
I also “topped” some of the pumpkins with the gold glitter spray ad added the glitter spray to the stems, too. This gave them a nice sparkle and really accentuated the look I was hoping for!
I ran to Target this morning and spotted this great garland in the Dollar Spot for $5 each. I only ended up using one strand, so I will return the other one because of this post. 😉
Once the pumpkins were dry I was able to start playing with them in the wine crate. I put the fabric in the bottom of the crate first and kind of bunched it up in a couple places.
I tucked the garland between the pumpkins and added the white & pale pink floral picks.
What do you think? I love it! It’s exactly what I was imagining and I love that it is not traditional fall colors. The buffalo check peeking through and the gold glitter are my favorite parts!
Ready for more Fall ideas? Be sure to check out our Fall board on Pinterest. It is loaded with ideas for everything fall from decor to recipes!
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