Autumn (sigh) Pumpkins, Pears, and Gourds, oh my! All the bounty of nature makes fall decorating so much fun, doesn’t it!? In years past, I have decorated with lots of pumpkins (real and faux) and your other typical fall finds in the past, but this year I thought it would be fun to mix it up a bit. Not a lot but I have seen concrete, metallic, and painted pears styled into little beautiful vignettes. Have you noticed that, too? Recently I found some decorative pears at Goodwill with a nice weight to them, but they were not in the cutest color. Naturally, I daydreamed about DIYing my own ivory and french blue painted pears! And immediately, I knew this would be a perfect project for a distressed, chalk paint finish.
Have you ever wondered how to get a multilayer distressed paint finish? You know, the kind that looks like there’s been layer after layer of paint on a centuries-old antique dresser! I absolutely love the look of those beautiful antiques and the stories that type of patina tells. Recently, I learned how to recreate that type of finish, so today I’m sharing this secret with You! (Keep it just between us though, okay?)
This is where my favorite chalk paint and this incredible technique come in! At the moment, I am working on all my Fall decor around the house so I’ll be showing you on these faux pears. Though you can use this distressing technique to transform your own faux fruit, you can also do the same with pretty much any furniture piece! The products we’ll be using today were specifically developed to be used on furniture!
Find your Faux Fruit
Search out your local thrift stores for your faux fruit. Today I am sharing this paint technique on faux pears, but this could also be done with pumpkins or apples. And you can totally create your own color scheme.
Real quick, I have to tell you a hilarious story about finding these pears. So for quite some time, I had the idea of finding pears at the thrift store. After many trips, I finally found the faux fruit jackpot — and at thrift store prices! Yay! But when I was at the checkout, I was quite surprised with the grand total. Because I had been on the hunt for so long, I just went ahead and paid the price. A few days later, I ran into Home Goods, and what do you know?! A full bag of faux pears for way less than I paid at the thrift store! Lol! Has that ever happened to You?! I love thrifting but every now and then it’s not the cheapest option.
Prep Your Work Space
Clean your Pears or Pumpkins Well
If you purchase your pears second-hand, inspect your faux fruit. Make sure it’s free of dirt, grime, and wax. If they happened to be covered, just wash them the good old fashioned way with soap and water. Then wipe them down well with Clean Slate, which will remove the grime and any layers of wax. Clean Slate is a cleaner specifically designed to remove wax and prepare a surface for chalk paint — which you can get here. Many people do not wear gloves, but I prefer to wear gloves to give my skin protection.
Gather Supplies for your Painted Pears
- Clean Slate
- Chalk Paint
- Cracked Patina (a cracking medium)
- More colors of Chalk Paint
- Paint brush
- Dropcloth (optional)
Paint a Layer of Chalk Paint
Using a natural or synthetic brush, paint a layer of chalk paint in your color of choice. Then, allow the paint to dry.
Apply a Layer of Cracked Patina
Pour out the Cracked Patina into some type of dish. You can use any kind of clean disposable bowl or cup, or any bowl from your pantry. Then, just paint the Cracked Patina over the first layer of paint. You’ll notice that the Cracked Patina is somewhat sticky, a bit like honey. You will want to try to paint the Cracked Patina in as a few strokes as possible. Otherwise the Cracked Patina can goup up.
Apply another Coat of Chalk Paint
Once the Cracked Patina is dry, you will paint over it with your second color of chalk paint. Now this part of the DIY, the timing is crucial. You will want to keep a close eye on the paint — you want the paint to partially dry but not all the way dry.
Pull Back the Paint for a Distressed Finish
Once you find that sweet spot, of the paint being close to dry but not all the way is the time to pull back some of the paint. For this you can use your hands or a dry paint brush.
Repeat the Paint Process as Desired
Style Your Beautiful Painted Pears
Thank you so much for joining me on this DIY! I sincerely hope you love your beautiful painted pears as much as I do! One thing I love about it is that the color variations are endless; what colors would you use with this technique? I’m excited to hear your thoughts on all the possibilities.
PS: If you enjoyed this paint project, you will love this vase/pot transformation too!