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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Umbrella Table to Clock

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?



Thanks for stopping by.
Kathy


35 comments:

  1. Wow Kathy that's awesome! Where did you find the big stencils?
    Nancy

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  2. that is awesome, kathy! i love it!!! when you're good, you're good, and you, my friend, are good.

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  3. I love it!! Very original :)

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  4. Very cute!! What a great spruce up! =)

    www.goodgirlgoneglad.com

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  5. This is fabulous...truly love it. You are brilliant!

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  6. Love the stenciling! I just did a blog post about the versatility of stencils. see it here:
    http://hayestone.blogspot.com/2011/03/stylish-stencils.html
    Looks great Kathy!
    ~Laura

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  7. I love, love, love your table! This is such a unique and clever way to make an old table beautiful! It really looks like a large, old and weathered clock. Fabulous!

    Amanda
    xoxo

    P.S. I am your newest follower :)

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  8. That table turned out fantastic! Really, really creative and unique.

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  9. THAT is simply AWESOME!!! I am stunned!
    Beth

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  10. This is a great idea. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Absolutely Love it!!! I'm a huge clock fan and was thinking, OMG wouldn't it be wonderful also hanging on a wall! Good job.... :)

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  12. love that....OMG
    julie from
    lifeatfirelakecamp.com

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  13. LOVE THIS!!! Great job! :-)

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  14. I LOVE this table! You are so creative! Great job!

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  15. THINKING I AM GOING TO DO THIS ON A TABLE I HAVE.
    THANKS GREAT IDEA LOVE IT...
    EDNA SALTER

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  16. I love, love, love this! I love it because it is a roman numeral clock which is my favorite, it is rusty and it looks just perfect!
    Susan @ homeroad.net

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  17. I think it looks great! A great way to give a new look to an old table. I've got one of these planned for a small round side table I have. I think I'm going to use stencil numbers, too, but not sure if they will be Roman numerals or digits.

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  18. I think it's fantastic and I can't believe that somehow they aren't sold commercially -- a great idea and a great result. Your table is amazing!

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  19. I love the table.. such a great redo.. I am a new follower from BNOP

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  20. This is gorgeous! I love it! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  21. Beautiful! I had no idea I needed a round table...but now I do!

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  22. Hi, we both got featured on our clock tables...too funny...great minds think alike!!! Congrats on this great table!

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  23. This idea is popping up a lot this week and I am going to use this idea to do over a coffee table - LOVE IT!! What a differenc this made in your table!
    Stop by Pandora's Box for a chance to win some vintage linens

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  24. I LOVE this!
    I made clock wall art last week, but now, I may need a table too!

    www.kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com

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  25. This is a clever idea for adding some interest to a bland table. Thanks for sharing

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  26. I've been looking for a patio table, but all I can find (cheap) are these plain old tables---Now I've got to have one- I love this idea!!!

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  27. Wow, that is genius! Do you think it would work on a plastic table?

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  28. I have loved your table since I saw it highlighted at Someday Crafts. I finally created a version of my own: http://redhenhome.blogspot.com/2011/05/do-you-have-time.html
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  29. incredibly awesome!!!!

    off to see more.
    blessings
    barbara jean

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  30. This is awesome. I know how hard it is to get numbers spaced right on a clock table and this is so pretty.
    Clock Table & Glass Memo Board

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