We are jumping on the painted pumpkin bandwagon! How could we not? Fall is our favorite time of year with its plethora of beautiful color and painting is our favorite DIY. I invited fellow Color Nerd Lynn Morgan over to my house in the north Portland neighborhood of St. Johns for a little pumpkin painting and some help creating a monochromatic fall mantel.

Colorspot: METAL .03 - grey paint from Colorhouse

At one time, I said that our MAKE THIS: Rough Edge Wall was our simplest DIY ever. That is no longer true- this one is! All you need for this little project is a Colorspot, a few brushes, a good friend, some cool pumpkins, and white wine of course! We love Boulevard Estate’s Genevieve from Dundee Hills, Oregon.

Ready for the instructions? Brace yourself: PAINT THE PUMPKINS. For our pumpkins, we chose STONE .06, just a tiny bit darker than my walls and trim painted in METAL .04. Using a neutral color scheme created a soft, monochromatic look on the mantel. We filled in the rest of the space with fall findings collected on my walks and added a color pop with my favorite Heath Ceramics vase. Voila! Time for a fire in the fireplace.