This is the porch-ette on our house in Highland Village. This is how it was decorated two years ago. Actually it’s last years porch-ette too. We don’t have a nice large porch like so many pictures I’ve saved on Pinterest. There’s no wide open seating area, no handrail to hold on to, no place to add a little table to eat at – nope, we have this. But I enjoy it. I like decorating the large urns for different seasons.
This year everything was faded so I decided to paint the pumpkins and go with softer colors. Much like the beautiful Heirloom pumpkins. I thought they’d look great. Uh yeah, no. Strike that fabulousness from your mind. They turned out terrible.
FAIL! The large pumpkins would be perfect if our house was on the moon or in a Halloween movie. Uuuuggghhhh!!! When I painted the pumpkins on the kitchen table, they looked so pretty. They had such an interesting blue tone with just the right amount of texture due to the extra 30 minutes of dry brushing. Uuuuggghhh!!!
So what do you do when they are painfully neon and every time you look at them they seem to mock you? You add real Spanish moss from Navasota that your sweet hubby drug back at your request. That didn’t help. It makes the topiaries more spooky. Uuuuggghhh!!!
So I took the topiaries apart again and added more white paint to them thinking that was the problem. Put them together and hated that too. By now, I’m about to pull my hair out! I took them apart a 4TH TIME and painted them a totally different color- a mint green with added Heirloom texture and uniqueness. Then added magnolia leaves from the tree in the backyard. All the while knowing it was going to work. Nope, can’t like it.
I believe the problem is that the pumpkins are to pale and washed out. They don’t show up against our brick and the pumpkins look like they are just floating there and not sitting on urns. I need to go back to something deeper in color. Something with orange in it. I need something that’s going to get me all the way to Thanksgiving not just through to Halloween.
There’s only one problem – I’M SICK OF PAINTING THE PUMPKINS! They use to have a nice bumpy texture. I think now, with so many layers of paint, they are as smooth as a babies butt. Uuuuggghhh!!!
With all of that said, I went back to the attic looked around and decided on tomato cages and fall garland. It’s fine. It’s not magazine beautiful like I wanted but it will hold up until the family arrives on Thanksgiving Day.
I left the magnolia leaves and wrapped 3 strands of fall garland on each tomato cage. Can’t get much easier than that. And easy is exactly what I needed after this ridiculous attempt at newly improved fall decor.
Right behind each urn, I can fit a chair on either side. If we sat there we’d definitely be
squished cozy. But that’s okay too. We can spy on the neighbors and they’ll never see us. 😉
Gratefully, when the family arrives they won’t judge. They’ll say “I love the front porchette”. And I’ll just smile and say “oh it was nothing. I enjoyed doing it”. All the while on the inside I’m groaning.
I hope you learned something from this post on The Don’ts of Decorating a Porchette. I learned that since I have pale brick, I need bright color. I also learned that next time I want to paint pumpkins, I need to buy more paint. Uuuuggghhh.
BTW, to make the pumpkin topiaries, all you need is one long dowel rod. I drilled a hole in the top and bottom of the each pumpkin and gourd. Then simply stacked them. No gluing needed. You can add garland or moss in between the layers or just leave alone. 1, 2, 3 done!