The changing of the leaves, turtleneck sweaters, riding boots, mums, puffy white clouds against blue skies and all things pumpkin.
Pumpkin pie, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pancakes… Can you tell I love pumpkin?
I love autumn. I don’t love that it means winter is coming. Especially winter in Cleveland, Ohio. But, I really do love the fall season.
I’ve been too busy to really decorate for the season so far but when I saw this wooden salad bowl in our “pickin’ room,” it reminded me of the tone of fall.
Maybe it’s the warmth of the wood grain…
I knew I wanted to repurpose the bowl. I thought it would make a great mum holder.
Sometimes I have a “design” plan and sometimes I just wing it. This time… I was wingin’ it.
I wanted to keep the rim and inside of the bowl natural wood so I started by painting the exterior of the bowl in white. I used a foam brush and applied three coats.
I am a fan of fonts and numbers, ask Karen. She says it’s the geeky side of me. I decided to embrace the season and I traced the word “FALL” onto the bowl. I reused the letter stencils Karen created for me from our Pallet Wine Rack projects. I hand painted the letters in gold.
I envisioned a stripe or stripes so I started with one black stripe across the center. I used Frog tape to create one stripe across the center of the bowl, about 4″ wide. I painted the stripe around the gold letters.
Once the letters were painted and I added the stripe, I felt disappointed. OK, maybe not disappointed but I felt something was missing. I stared at this bowl for weeks. I told Karen I “just wasn’t feeling it.” She chuckled. This happens to us.
Sometimes we just have to walk away from a project.
I had been working on some other projects in my workshop. The bowl was just sitting there, staring at me, reminding me of it’s sad unfinished state. Suddenly, I remembered I bought black and white chevron Washi tape a few months ago. “Aha!”
The wood grain on the inside of the bowl was dull so I applied a coat of oil to brighten it up.
The Tung oil and the strip of Washi tape near the rim of the bowl was just what this mum holder needed!
A little bit of paint and / or craft supplies is sometimes just enough to repurpose an item.
Happy Salvaging! -Kathy
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