Monday, September 12, 2011

Upcycled Goodwill Pumpkin

I took a trip to my local Goodwill on Saturday hoping to find a piece of furniture to restore. I didn't find any furniture, but I did see this pumpkin sitting in the front window priced at $3.99. I grabbed it immediately and put it in my cart! It's metal and has a stand in the back so it sits up straight. I thought it would look great in the front yard. It did look great, but it was missing something. It was too plain. It needed to be personalized!

I made a large "M" in Word and printed it out. I toyed with painting "Boo" or a pumpkin face on the pumpkin, but then I couldn't keep it out after Halloween.

The "M" all cut out.

Taped and ready for a sharpie outline.

What's a post without a pug in it?! This is my first love, Buster, also known as "Bubba". He'll be 14 on 12/31 this year. He's my craft/painting/sewing buddy. The only hazard in having a pug around while you paint...pug hair!

I had this black paint on hand from painting a counter in the bathroom in our basement (it was white with gold flecks and I really couldn't have made it look worse no matter what I did to it). I really wanted to use spray paint, but the curvy lines of the pumpkin meant I couldn't. :(

All finished and looking much better!

Adds a fall touch the the front of the house! It's a nice compliment to my "Hardware Store Wreath".

One last look. I love the personal touch it adds to the house.

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Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love it!!!
Thanks for stopping by and your kind comments!
Have a fabulous week!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

That looks great! It really is oversize and looks wonderful with your painted letter. Great find and project.

Chelley said...

Cute! Don't you love Goodwill?!? Have you been to Our Thrift Store in Franklin? It's my new favorite hangout. I promised my husband I would take a box to donate every time I go just to balance out all of the great finds that I bring home!

MJ said...

So cute!! I love that you put it in your yard. I have a spot that would be perfect for something like that. Now I'll be on the look out! :)

Patti said...

what a clever way to personalize this - looks great!

Miss Char said...

Love the simplicity of just adding the M to your great GW find. Thanks for sharing.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Love what you did with your $3.99 pumpkin...looks great. Hop over and share it at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY PARTY...hope to see ya there:)


Grammy Goodwill said...

What a great idea!

Dana from Our Life's Legacy said...

Great, easy way to customize a thrifty find!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I love that you used a lower case m. It looks so much better with the personlization!

Stephanie said...

How cute!! What an awesome Goodwill find!! I love how the "m" totally updates it and makes it look so cute! Great job!

Laura Beth said...

You did a fabulous job upgrading this goodwill find!! The monogram M is just what it needed!!