This is my official first blog post. I wanted to share with you my Thanksgiving tablescape. As usual, I never really have a plan so I started with ceramic pumpkins I bought years ago. They looked like this when I began ...
Well I actually took my photo after I started. I have already come to the conclusion that remembering to take pictures during a project will be my biggest issue.
This one has been broken for years but I am always able to hide the ugly side toward the wall or with some burlap, greenery, etc..
If you haven't heard, Annie Sloan paint is life-changing. It adheres to almost anything without sanding or stripping. You can read more about it HERE.
I diluted my paint with water with a ratio of .....a lot to 1 (meaning I added a little paint to my jar and added a lot of water but didn't measure) It was really, really thin. I brushed on one coat, dried for a few hours, then recoated.
This is a closeup of a plastic gourd I also decided to paint. I missed a picture of a step but I will explain. I applied Annie Sloan clear wax all over. I wasn't too careful at covering every inch and applied only a light coat. I then used Annie Sloan dark wax and applied a light coat in crevices and around the top.
Also, I usually use one particular technique with most of my painted projects. After waxing, I take the watered down paint and brush on long streaks. I immediately use a soft dry cloth and lightly wipe it in the same direction I applied the paint. I then repeat around the project like I did here. It seems to create a soft natural aged appearance and makes everything blend. I like this technique because it has the ability to cover any mistakes or blemishes. So here are a few more pics of my first blog post/tutorial.
At the last minute, I decided to do place cards and quickly searched Pinterest. My inspiration came from Cottage & Vine.
A list of other items I used..small pine cones I found around the farm, nuts I bought at the grocery store, some vines I found in the woods, a bag of dried moss, some turkey feathers (from a fight I witnessed off my back porch), votive candles and a few miscellaneous pieces I had saved from a flower arrangement that had fallen apart. I simply placed everything on top of a burlap runner.
The Custom Chargers pictured can be purchased HERE.