Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin Makeover

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Take sun worn, seen better days Jack O’Lanterns and turn them into happy patina pumpkins! A little paint and a little elbow grease is all it takes!



Can you believe we are knocking on October’s door?!? Crazy, huh. Today I am excited to be partnering with the same group of talented bloggers who brought you the fabulous fall home tour last week.

Today we are bringing you a bit of Halloween fun!



I must confess- I am not a scary gory Halloween girl. Nope, give me Vincent Price, cheesy 1950’s b movies ,The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and happy jack o lanterns! Which brings me to my project for today…


I just adore these outdoor pumpkins! These were a Target find several years ago but time and weather have not been kind. I did a little makeover on the two smaller ones a couple of years ago with a bronze metallic.  This year all three Jack O Lanterns will be revised! Take a look…




Aren’t they cute! Super simple makeover – just paint and a little time.

Jack O’Lantern Makeover Tutorial-

Step 1:

I started out by painting the pumpkins flat acrylic black.



Step 2:

Once dried I applied a thin layer of antique copper.


Step 3:

For the third paint layer I grabbed my gorgeous Bronze paint by Precious Metals and went over the entire pumpkin.




Step 4:

After allowing the bronze paint color to dry I dragged “Indian Turquoise” acrylic craft pain down the sides of the Jack O’ Lanterns… paying attention to how the elements might affect the happy gourds. I smudged the turquoise in areas to create a little more wear.


Step 5:

Finally add a two coats of non – yellowing satin poly to keep the pumpkins bright and shiny!


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Let’s take one more look at the before and after!


Sprucing up the porch for Halloween this year will be fun now that my Jack O’Lanterns are sporting a new “do”.  Check back with me to see the porch reveal including these Patina Pumpkins, in mean time, grab more Halloween inspiration from my friends!

* A Home To Grow Old In * Hey Fitzy * Nourish and Nestle * Paint Yourself A Smile*

* Savvy Apron * Sweet Parrish Place * The Aspiring Home * The Red Painted Cottage *


Till Later,








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  1. I love your pumpkin makeover! It’s great what a little paint can do so that you don’t have to toss them out. They turned out so fun with the metallic paint!

  2. Joy, I love how you transformed your pumpkins with a bit of paint. They look so much better and more scary this way. Great job, my friend!

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