Faking It: Weathered Paint
With the rust and pitted texture phase, also known as Faking It: Rust of the DIY Giant Clock Face complete, I moved my Giant Clock Face Project inside.
I laid plastic over my dining room table, taped it down and put my clock face on top of it.
I was now ready to move on to phase two of my giant clock face project, also known as-
Faking It: Weathered Paint.
I was looking to add a final top layer of worn and weathered white paint that looked as if it had been subjected to the sun, heat, rain, snow, sleet, and cold…okay fine, a tornado, too.
I mixed up the Old House Chic DIY Chalk Paint Recipe by using a cheap, stark white paint. I made sure to make the paint recipe on the thicker side.
The look I was hoping for was a top layer of white paint that was aged with plenty of rust peeking through from underneath.
After first trying to use a stencil brush and not liking the results, I tried a wash cloth next for a ragging type of affect. Nope, not what I was hoping for either…what I needed was a sponge.
I thought back to where I had seen one in the house and sprinted towards the bathroom where I unearthed a sea sponge that was given to Mr. Old House Chic as a… gift? I called him up and asked if I could use it and that he probably would not be wanting it back by the time I was done with it. I got the go ahead and I was off and running again.
I ripped biscuit sized chunks off of the big natural sponge. I did not wet it before lightly dabbing it on the surface of my tub of Old House Chic DIY Chalk Paint. I then dabbed it lightly over the surface of my developing clock face. The motion I used was straight down with the sponge to the surface and straight back up. I dabbed it this way and that way, covering places where coverage wasn’t enough while keeping in mind that I wanted the worn white top layer.
Once I was done, I made myself walk away and let that layer dry completely. I came back the next day and inspected my clock face and decided I needed to add more white to the first white layer- it was too faint. On this second round of the white layer, I dabbed my sponge chunk into the paint a little more and added a thicker layer. I didn’t worry about raised paint places, any extra texture I got from the chalk paint was welcome.
Here’s a close up of the second layer of white paint:
The process for the giant clocks hands was the same, except for the paint color I chose to mix a black chalk paint to use for the two clock hands.
Next up, the final step of the DIY Giant Clock Face-
to the DIY Giant Clock Face.