Evidently I’m living my life under a rock. I had no idea that gourds could be made into 100 different things and that a person could actually make a living from gourd art.
Incredible but true.
I recently saw some awesome gourds on my friend Penny’s mantel. Since then I have been just a little nuts about gourds. Of course I wanted some gourds of my own so Penny sent me a link to aneBay sellerand I bought two. Here they are upon arrival On Sutton Place.
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The next step was to stain them. I had some Minwax gel stain so that’s what I used. I applied it with a sponge paint brush.
The picture below is after one coat of stain. I thought they might need two coats but I was pleased with the way they looked after one…so I stopped there.
Next step was the wax. I managed to get some on one of the gourds but I had a hard time buffing it. It was totally dry but still came off on my rag. I was making a mess of things…so I took them to the garage and sprayed them with a coat of semi-gloss poly.
I should have done that in the first place and skipped the wax step. It worked great and was so much easier.
Lots of texture…and varying shades of stain. Obviously I can’t quit my day job and take up gourd art. I love them though…and this was a fun, easy and cheap project.
When I was messing around with my gourds, my little dog got bored and this is where she ended up. Looks pretty comfy.
Update August 2016: I stained these gourds 5 years ago and as you can see from the photo below they still look amazing. I carefully store them in a plastic bin in my basement. I love them as much as the day I wrote this post!