My gourds and pumpkins are making the transition
from fall to Thanksgiving with a little gilding~
Dressed in wash of Venetian, Glorious Gold
and Rich Espresso for the holiday table.
I picked up some DecoArt Dazzling Metallics paint from Michaels~
Brushing it on to highlight, but not completely cover the lumps, bumps, and wonderful organic textures of the gourds and decorative squash.
This is a very forgiving process and project for anyone looking for an idea for a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving buffet or table!
I started out brushing a small amount paint on each gourd, knowing I could add more and additional coats if needed. It’s water-based so if you brush on too much paint you can use a damp paper towel to remove any excess and start over.
Decorative squash & pumpkins with smoother surfaces were given an overall wash of color.
You can use a combination of metallics or just one color, since the end result will vary depending on the base color of your gourds and pumpkins.
Easier and more affordable than gold or
copper leafing and a much quicker process~
done and dry in a couple of hours,
ready to gather at the table!
The centerpiece is a wooden board with a cornucopia of
pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn and some scattered nuts
that also received a little gilding.
Architectural chargers are layered on
bronze-beaded placemats and received a light
dry brushing of coppery-gold highlights.
Adding just enough color to complement
the warm russet fruit-and-vegetables border
of the proud tom turkey plates.
The foundation for the table
is a paisley coverlet~
That offers additional sheen
and texture from the quilting.
Bronze mercury glass votive holders
cast warm reflections and add a soft glow.
Their textures ranging from diamond
pane to hobnail, mimicking the Indian corn.
Amber bubble glass goblets take on an
incandescent glow as the sun highlights
them, warming up the table.
Sending you warm wishes
for a bountiful Thanksgiving!
Gilded Gourds & Giving Thanks Table~
Chaps Home Chandler Paisley quilt/ Kohl’s
Architectural Chargers & Flatware/Pottery Barn
Plates – Johnson Brothers Autumn Monarch/ HomeGoods
Goblets & Napkins/HomeGoods, several years ago
Bronze votive holders/Target & Kohl’s