Saturday, March 20, 2010

PB Clock Knock-off

My family room is huge. I love it because of that fact, but everything on the walls needs to be pretty big to accommodate this huge room. I have a teeny-tiny, itsy-bitsy clock that I keep on the desk. Subsequently, I never know what time it is, because that tiny clock is just too small for my old, worn out eyes. So, I saw this little clock knock-off floating around on sites like Alchemy, and I thought I would try it out!

First, I got a 2' x 2' board of plywood from Home Depot for $5. They have different thicknesses, but I went with the 1/4" board. I knew I wanted it to lean against the wall and didn't want something to heavy in case I changed my mind and wanted to hang it up someday.
I wanted to spray paint the board, but ran out, so I just used primer to dry brush the board white.

After that dried, I measured the board to find the center, stuck a thumb tack in the middle, tied a piece of string around it and then tied the other end to a pencil, and made a circle.

After that, I found a plastic chopping mat (or you could use a plastic place mat), to make my roman numeral stencils.

Using an exacto knife (first time! So fun!) I cut out the numbers to make my stencils.

I used a pencil to trace the numbers on my board. This was a good move on my part, since I had to erase to move the numbers around. You could probably be more meticulous and measure each number for distance, but I just eye balled it.

After tracing the numbers, I used a fine-tipped paint pen to outline them in black acrylic paint.

This took forever. And, I was afraid of running out of paint, so I just filled in the small parts with the paint pen and then used a paint brush to fill in the thick parts.


When using the paint pen, don't shake it over the board! It may splatter!

But the end result is still nice. Hmm....almost too nice. This clock needs character! It needs...DISTRESSING!

So, grab a hammer and some coarse sand paper and go crazy! You will achieve a look similar to this:

My paint adds character, right? Sure!

And this:

After letting out all your frustrations through banging the heck, er, I mean, distressing your board, use this awesome Ralph Lauren Faux Glaze (smoke is the color I chose to tint it) and rub it over your board following the grain. Use a clean cloth to wipe it off against the grain. And you will achieve a look something like this:

I love it! Here is the wall I had in mind for the clock:

Here is the wall with my clock:

And, now, trying to figure out the accessories....still playing with them....

Not bad, but still a work in progress. I have clock pieces coming from an online order to complete the clock. I'm excited to have a nice, big, clock in my huge room so I can see what time it is! And, this was such a fun project. Here's the cost breakdown:

Plywood: $5
Primer: Already had
Black paint pen: $3
Stencil: Already had plastic mat
Exacto Knife: $3
Faux Glaze: $15 for 1/4 gallon. This will be used for several projects, so I'm not sure what the cost breakdown for this project would be....let's say $2.
Clock pieces ordered online: $6

So, not bad for a huge clock. Some clocks this size go for $50-$70 at stores.

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  1. Oh i love this!! thank you :) now i have something to show my bf what i am thinking so he can see it! yours turned out so great!

  2. This is so cute! Love it!! You did an awesome job. :)

  3. Great knock off.. turned out wonderful!

  4. I have seen this project and it looks so intimidating. I am jealous you weren't afraid to take it on. I love it.

  5. Meg that is so cute! Be blessed. Cindy

  6. I love your new clock! can't wait to see what it looks like after you get the "guts" :)

  7. Finally getting around to returning a visit to your blog and thanking you for the comment on Craft-Werk.
    This wall clock has turned out really well. Well done for the patience and vision!

  8. Love this! I love clocks and this is great! I think you accidently linked under TT and not Met Monday...stop back by if you have time and link to MM.

  9. great job! yes, splattered paint indeed adds character!

  10. I can't believe you are making a clock! I'm so impressed.

  11. SUCH a great idea! I've been needing a big clock for my living room. . . I just might have to try this out! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm off to look at more of your posts!!

  12. Looks good! (Even the splatter!)
    ☺ Celeste

  13. This looks great! The spacing on the numbers would have done me in. Your looks great.
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  14. It turned out so great, that is such a cute clock, I love pottery barn too.

  15. This is amazing, look so good on your wall! Hope you can link this to my Monday Linky party :)!!!


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