Hi everyone–I hope you had a great weekend! I popped into a couple of garage sales on Friday afternoon, while out running errands, and my sweet husband and I hit a couple more on Saturday afternoon as well. Be sure to stop by on Wednesday to see my treasures(!). Today I have a DIY project that has been a long time coming: a farmhouse-style clock. Making it turned out to be a little trickier than I expected. Fortunately, an angel in the form of my shop owner, saved me from myself and made this project a success–thank you Bob! I’m hoping anyone who attempts this project, which I highly recommend, learns vicariously through me, because you’re going to love this great vintage look.
Now I just need to decide where to put it…
So, the whole project started with this vintage drum table I discovered at an estate sale a little over a year ago, for just $5.00–I assume because of the broken leg. The inspiration for the clock came to me right in that moment of discovery and I wanted to get working on it right away.
As you can see, the top is structurally sound, made of solid mahogany, in fact. I just needed to unscrew the base, which required almost no effort at all.
I painted the surface with DecoArt chalky paint in “Timeless” and then distressed the edges with a sanding block.
I used a DecoArt stencil for the center of the clock and very simple letter stencils I had on hand for the Roman numerals.
Here, you can see I’ve finished most of the stenciling; I just need to stencil the dots for the missing numerals.
After I completed all of the stenciling, I gave the surface a coat of dark wax and then buffed it with cheese cloth. Between the sanding and the wax, the clock now has a nicely aged appearance. But my beautiful clock face languished in my office for months as I dithered about trying to find a motor and hands that would fit properly.
I drilled a hole in the center to learn how thick the wood was (3/4″), and fairly easily, found a set of large hands on eBay. The motor that came with it had an 11/16th “stem” for insertion through the hole. I wasn’t sure if this would be long enough (and the seller never answered my email question), but finally I decided to throw $18.00 to the wind and chance it. The sound you hear is the the very loud “You’re a Loser” buzzer going off. It was a no go. I really needed a 7/8″ stem (which eBay didn’t have available).
But after mentioning it to my friend (and shop owner) Bob, he said he could rout the back for me, and that’s just what he did. He’s my hero! (I owe him one or more coffee coolattas 🙂 )
I picked it up from him a couple weeks ago.
I originally hoped to hang it in our cathedral ceiling foyer, but I have come to realize that because of its weight (solid mahogany, remember?), adjusting the time and changing the battery would be very difficult up on a ladder. Darn it. My second choice location, my mantle, currently sports my relatively new ornate mirror, which I love.
So alas, she has no where to go at the moment.
But I feel strongly that I will find a home for her soon.
You might be interested
in taking a look at my clock-face table:
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