Friday, October 14, 2022

Dough Bowl Pumpkin Centerpiece On the Antique Sideboard Buffet

Hi Friends, this post is a bit overdue as I had wanted to get this out at the beginning of "Pumpkin Season", but I had to be out of town for a bit. I think most of us try to refresh our faux pumpkins every few years to keep them updated and looking crisp and new. I had a few in my fall squash stash that really needed a mini makeover.

This year I thought I'd try to revamp a few of them a bit with a new paint finish technique and while I was at it to replace some of the fake stems with some real pumpkin stems from the last few years. I try to salvage stems from live pumpkins at the end of the season, so I had a few nice ones put away ready for this year. When I pick out a pumpkin I always consider if the stem is intact and interesting, because not only do we want a pretty pumpkin shape, we also love an iconic stem that's eye-catching. Replacing a fake stem with a real one goes a long way in giving a faux pumpkin a real pumpkin look.

The antique sideboard/buffet in the Hearth Room is a wonderful spot for a larger seasonal display. It's a great place for collections and a nice flat space for tureens, pottery bowls, baskets, crates and now with this a dough bowl decorated for Fall. The sideboard is a family piece from my great-grandmother that I've had since we got married. When we moved here I knew it would work perfectly in our Hearth Room as a piece for display and storing table linens. So before we moved to this house it lovingly received a paint transformation.

When it comes to faux floral garlands and accents I always turn to a woodsy "nature" look. I use faux hydrangeas throughout the year and in the fall combine them with fall leaves, pumpkins, pears, apples, and pomegranates. Here I've used a wired type garland/wreath with fall fruit and leaves. I tucked in hydrangea blooms and extra faux pears for a fuller look.

Hard to believe that I hadn't had a dough bowl up until last Christmas. I'd always admired them, but I just didn't know if I would be able to use one for a centerpiece. Last fall I broke down and found a couple on Etsy. They had a great price so I decided now was the time and I'm so glad I did, since they are so versatile and easy to decorate.

Amazing how that real stem fit on this faux pumpkin.

Now back to the paint refresh I used when I grabbed a few of the worst faux "offenders". At first I thought I'd just give them another coat of chalk paint, but found this great paint technique with tons of wonderful texture. Wendy at WM Design House shared a great video on a paint and baking soda mixture that she was using for a rustic look with her own faux pumpkin arrangements. Here's a pic of the one that caught my attention. I love how Wendy uses so many natural elements in her designs.

The baking soda and paint technique is super easy and it dries quickly so if you still have some bedraggled specimens hanging around, you can get a fresh new look in just an hour or two. I did a "thickish" coat of the soda/paint mixture, then once it dried I dry brushed on a second coat of a bit darker chalk paint. Then finished off with a light coat of clear spray acrylic.

Here's a look at the Hearth Room from earlier this fall. This was before I put together the dough bowl with pumpkin but I changed things up not long after. Below is another one of the pumpkins that got a refresh. 

Here's my September Mantel in the Hearth Room.

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 Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch 
  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life  Home Imagined at the Antique Journey
Wednesday Link Party at Our Tiny Nest
 Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage
Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home,  
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Farmhouse Friday at  County Road 407  Fabulous Friday at WM Design House 


  1. Good Morning Debra. Love the dough bowl on your sideboard with fall decor. So pretty. I too love that you put real stems in your faux pumpkins. Happy Friday. Have a great weekend. xoxo Kris

  2. I also save pumpkin stems. They make a big difference. Enjoyed your dough bowl arangement!

  3. This Fall arrangement looks beautiful Debra! I love white pumpkins and yours looks perfect surrounded by all the fall florals. Very pretty.

  4. Very lovely Debra, totally loving all the treatments, and I will definitely try the baking soda finish, may even add some oatmeal for Hugs, Sandi

  5. Your pumpkin centerpiece looks gorgeous on your sideboard! Would love for you to share each week at the Home Matters Party every Thursday (9pm est) through Monday. Hope to see you this Thursday!

  6. Beautiful, Debra!! I love that pretty dough bowl...I don't have one but have always wanted one. That display is so pretty for fall and works so well right into Thanksgiving!

  7. Debra, your dough bowl pumpkin centerpiece is absolutely gorgeous! And what a great tip about the soda/paint mixture to add such a lovely texture. Thanks for sharing and happy Monday!

  8. Hi Debra - I think this is so beautiful and love how you have slight pops of fall color with the white sideboard and white pumpkin. The dough bowl is stunning. Thank you for sharing Wendy's video too. Also, thank you for submitting this post to our Home Imagined Link party.

  9. I adore dough bowls and love how you have styled it. The pumpkin is beautiful and the "stem switch" is perfect! Thanks for sharing! ~Missy, Sonata Home Design

  10. Hi Debra, your Dough bowl pumpkin centerpiece is so lovely. It looks beautiful on your antique Buffet. How special to have the sideboard handed down from your great-grandmother. I am happy to feature your beautiful dough bowl centerpiece at Love Your Creativity.

  11. Debra, I love that idea of refreshing your pumpkins with a baking soda/chalk paint mixture!! I'm off to read how you refinished your great-grandmother's buffet. I love it! It is such a pretty piece to use for displaying any time of the year... <3 So happy to have featured your post at last week's Share Your Style #364 for you.

    Happy fall,
    Barb :)

  12. Hi Debra - First, your grandmother's sideboard looks phenomenal painted white. Second, I love your idea of saving stems from real pumpkins and re-using them the following year for some of the artificial pumpkins. Thanks so much for sharing your post with the Home Imagined Link party!


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