White Painted Jack O Lantern and Back Porch Update {YardWorkation 4}

White pumpkins are steeling the show these days.  But how about white carved pumpkins or jack o lanterns? While I actually only have one white pumpkin this season  (a gift from my sister from the bonfire night) I didn’t want to carve it.


I did however have three thrifted faux jack o lanterns in my collection of Halloween goodies. So I thought I’d try to paint the mid-sized one the color white.  After all, the color on this one was just a little too orangy for my taste.

DIY White Painted Jack o Lantern | StowandTellU

This little jack-o-lantern makeover couldn’t have been easier.

  • I used white and tan chalk paint with a craft paint brush.
  • I applied mostly white with tan accents, applying white and tan paint layers until I liked the look.
  • The stem was painted tan, with a few touches of dark brown paint for contrast.
  • I could (and should have) given it a coat of clear wax.

But I didn’t…

Painted white ceramic faux Halloween pumpkin - StowandTellU

Because while the paint was drying on the ceramic pumpkin,  I was getting busy painting our cement porch stoop.

Painted cement porch stoop update - before - StowandTellU


Can you say grungy?

Back porch cement stoop update | Stowandtellu


Much better now.

  • To paint the stoop, I used Dutch Boy Porch and Floor paint in color: Oak Hollow.
  • I also painted the unique pipe railing in the color Iron Gate by Sherwin Williams.
  • I applied a first coat to both the porch and railing and did a re-coat 4 hours later.


Ken had been busy making an Adirondak set with the left over wood from the picnic table project, so we also finished staining those two pieces in the color Driftwood by Pittsburgh Paints and Stains.

Concrete porch stoop update | StowandTellu

Bringing all of these together we’ve given the house an inexpensive back porch update with a touch of Fall inspiration.  It’s a long way from our ideal, but it’s certainly better than before.  I only used about 1/5 of the porch paint, so the next phase will be painting the stairway down to our basement.

Both of these were easy projects you could do in one day.

Fall porch and white painted Halloween pumpkin - StowandTellU

Estimated back porch update: $40.00

DIY White Jack O'Lantern - a ceramic orange Halloween pumpkin is painted with white and tan chalk paint - StowAndTellU.com

White ceramic painted jack-o-lantern pumpkin - StowandTellU.com

Ceramic white painted jack-o-lantern: $5.00

Painted white jack o lantern pumpkin and a Fall porch makeover | StowAndTellU

If you like white pumpkins, wouldn’t a whole slew of white or even blue carved jack-o-lanterns make for an interesting Halloween porch display?

See our Halloween front porch and curb appeal update, here.

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6 Responses to White Painted Jack O Lantern and Back Porch Update {YardWorkation 4}

  1. chris aka monkey October 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    wow nice job amy, and ken did a whiz bang job on the furniture looks great xx

    • Amy October 27, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

      Let’s be honest, the furniture is probably the best part of this update, hahaha. But I’m really happy with it all. Thanks so much Chris xo

  2. Sharleen October 27, 2016 at 6:43 am #

    wow thats a great improvement.. Love the white pumpkins. Love the furniture. Lovely display Amy xx

    • Amy October 27, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

      It’s a small improvement, but it sure beats that grungy porch stoop, lol. Thanks Sharleen xo

  3. feral turtle October 28, 2016 at 8:13 am #

    Very cute Amy. Now you can dress up and sit in your chair to scare all of your Halloween visitors…..oh wait, that’s what I do. Cheers!

    • Amy October 28, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

      Hahaha, you’re too funny. Happy Halloween Karen xo

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