My son has been begging to put up our Halloween decor. I have great memories of putting up holiday decorations with my mom and sisters- so this made me so happy! I’ve been wanting to paint my entertainment center, so I used the deadline of putting up fall pieces up to get myself started! Here’s the before:
entertainment center makeover
The entertainment center is 11 years and is such a quality piece! We got it for our wedding and it is super sturdy. However, the finish on the top is messed up and I was tired of the black color. So, I figured it was time for a paint job!
I gave the entertainment center a good cleaning and then since chalk paint is amazing, I started painting. It took 2-3 coats for full coverage. The doors were a pain to paint because of the louvers (ps I painted on a cardboard box, not that rug 😉 ). I put everything back together and, guys, I love how it turned out! The grey feels light and modern. I was worried it would blend into the floor, but its a little lighter and just feels soft and easier on the eyes than the black did.
dollar store pumpkin makeover
I wanted to paint pumpkins in the color of a pastel rainbow. So I ran to my grocery store and all they had were small (real) pumpkins that were $1.50 each- which I thought was a little expensive. I decided to run to the Dollar Store to see what they had since I figured they would be cheaper and last forever. That ended up working out! Win win!
I bought 15 in a variety of sizes. Some are Styrofoam, plastic, and ceramic.
I used a mixture of chalk paint and craft paint and got to town painting. To begin, I started with pink and worked my way down the rainbow. I did a few custom mixes of paint to create the gradient look I was going for.
My son helped too. He isn’t usually a huge fan of arts and crafts, but I guess if you add in a holiday, he’ll join in! The painting did take longer that I thought it would. I spent 2 hours giving the 15 pumpkins 2-3 coats of paint.
Here are the pumpkins in all of their glory!!! I am so, so happy with how they turned out! They were definitely a labor of love, but I’m thrilled that I have them to decorate with for years to come!
Since this post isn’t already long enough 😉 , I thought I’d show you the rest of my Halloween decor! Its all in my living room. It is nice and spooky in there.
The Halloween decorations are all older items that I’ve slowly accumulated over the past 11 years. Those brass pumpkins are a favorite- they were a gift from a friend!
I’m not into super spooky stuff for Halloween, but I do have a good pumpkin collection (including this marbled one that was from the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago).
And just so you know, I tape those bats on the wall every year and they always slowly fall off the wall. I should find a better solution, but its tradition now- lol!
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my entertainment center makeover, a quick tutorial for my dollar store pumpkin makeover, and an overview with how my living room is looking with the Halloween decor up! Have a great week! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
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