This is actually a serious question, but as I type it, I realize it’s one only a very privileged, first world citizen would ever ask: What the hell are you supposed to do when it’s the day before Thanksgiving and you can’t find the white mini pumpkins you’ve been planning for months to use for your Thanksgiving tablescape?
I literally scoured the corners of Southern California supermarkets (Ralphs, Trader Joe’s, Pavilions, Wholefoods, Gelsons, Bristol Farms…shoot me now) before accepting that my mini white pumpkins were not going to be found again until September 2016. They’d all been replaced by poinsettias and cinnamon pinecones. Problem #2345 with Americans: we cannot live in the moment and are always looking ahead to the next holiday before the first has come to pass. But I digress.
Fortunately I still had all my mini orange pumpkins from Halloween, though obviously orange wouldn’t work for my silver, winter white, sage green and grey theme. Orange is so October and we are only using it as an accent color in November.
So I picked up can of spray paint. And BTW, thank you Ace Hardware for employing the most helpful young man who didn’t snicker when I told him what I intended to do with my purchase (my best guess is there’s a neurotic, perfectionist woman somewhere deep in the corners of his life). He guided me to an ivory semi gloss paint that turned out to be the perfect choice.
So I set up camp outside. Don’t mind our dead grass. You can thank the California drought for the lovely backdrop of my project.
Then I sprayed a nice even coat over the pumpkins and I’m not going to lie, this is deeply satisfying.
Then I set them to dry over night.
I pulled the tape off the steam and voila…white pumpkins.