Fall Cornucopia Makeover

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More Fall decor!  This post is a quick one about updating some of your current decorations to give them a more modern look.  In this case, we were given a cornucopia of fake corn and gourds by hubby’s mother that I thought could use a little makeover.

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This is what the items looked like BEFORE

The cornucopia itself was a cool blackened, rust color that I thought would go well with my Fall decor.  The rest just looked a little dated.  The corn had a bunch of missing kernels and the gourds just didn’t fit in with my bright oranges and whites.  It was a great addition to our limited supply of holiday decorations, but I thought it would be even better with a twist!

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So I decided to leave the cornucopia as it was and paint the items inside a nice bright white and shiny gold.  I started by separating the items and began with the leaves.  I knew I wanted them to be gold and I didn’t think they would need any primer.  So I put them in a cardboard box and sprayed them a few times on each side with Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold spray paint.

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Then I did the same thing with the gourds and corn except that I sprayed a light layer of Rust-Oleum primer first.  I used some paper and painter’s tape to cover the tops of the corn because I knew I wanted them to be gold, and I didn’t believe the primer was necessary.  In fact, I am not sure the primer was necessary on any of the items.  I just like to use the primer first to avoid multiple layers of regular spray paint.

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Once the primer dried, I sprayed a layer of Rust-Oleum Gloss White spray paint on some of the items and the gold spray paint on the others to give them all a nice shine.

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I broke out some white acrylic paint and used it to fill in the missing kernels on the corn.  Then I covered up the bottom of the corn with the paper and painter’s tape and sprayed the top of them gold.

As for the gourds, I decided to paint some fun patterns on them.  I didn’t make any fancy plans.  I just started painting.  I used acrylic gloss enamel metallic gold paint and the white acrylic paint.

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When I was done, I arranged my newly painted objects back into the cornucopia.  So cute!

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Giving gifted or thrifted items a makeover is the perfect way to get the look you were searching for without much effort or cost.  Instead of going out and trying to find a modern looking fall cornucopia or settling for one that didn’t quite fit into my current mix, I was able to take a family item and transform it.  Win-win!

Stay tuned for more Fall decor.  I’m just biding my time until I can start posting Halloween decorations!

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