Some projects are straightforward–like chalk painting a side table. Others require a bit more imagination, like today’s project: a farmhouse clock made out of a drum-style table top.
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The whole project started with this vintage drum table I discovered at an estate sale a little over a year ago, priced at 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 fine sand paper.
I used a Cafe Paris 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 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″). Then I looked for a set of large hands on eBay. The motor had an 11/16th “stem” for insertion through the hole, but I wasn’t sure if this would be long enough.
Despite never hearing back from the seller I finally decided to throw $18.00 to the wind and chance it. Upon its arrival in the mail, I sadly learned that it was in fact, not long enough 🙁
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 picked it up from him a couple weeks ago.
I originally hoped to hang it in our foyer which has a cathedral ceiling, 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, our 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.
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