I've had this very weathered umbrella table under the pergola in my yard for a while.
We've actually had a few days of warm weather and I started thinking about working outdoors instead of inside. While I was looking at that table, I decided that it very easily could become a clock. The first thing I did was to divide it into quadrants and then divide those quadrants evenly for the clock numerals. I put a piece of 1" painters tape in the 12 locations so the numerals would be equi-distance from the edge.
Pretty shabby table, huh.
Next, I used a purchased stencil to outline the numerals with pencil. I wanted to be sure of the locations of the numerals before I actually added paint.
Once I had the numerals where I wanted them and checked that I hadn't reversed any I's,V's,or X's, I assembled my stenciling tools. It's soooo important to use a dry brush. This prevents paint from oozing under the stencil. I simply dip my brush in the paint then tamp it on a paper towel until it's dry enough to begin.
Here's the table with the numerals. I'm not a real think it through planner when it comes to projects. I just start and then improvise. My gut told me that I needed something else.
I cut a circle from cardboard, traced around it, then taped it off and used my stencil brush tamping method again to fill in the circle. Tamping with a dry brush creates a very nice mottled look.
Hmm, still not quite right. I went looking for my gold craft paint. I actually found some and decided to add some gold trim around the center circle and the outer edge.
I think I'm done except for sealing my work. What do you think?
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