Saturday, February 2, 2013

Faux Antique Clock Face

Sometimes we need big impact for little dollars.  Here's an example of creating something big for very little money.  This clock is HUGE!  It's 36" in diameter and has a fun vintage or flea market feel.

I started with a raw wood table round from Home Depot.  I already had it laying around from a failed attempt at a large lazy susan (the wood warped after time with weight, so we had to make one out of MDF.)  

I used a 36" one to be nice and big.  I was first painted all black. Then I painted the whole thing with antique white ASCP (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.)  I then layered on French Linen and Cocoa (both muted a bit by anitque white.)  I just lightly blotted it with an old, bunched up t-shirt.  After it dried, I used 2 colors of stains to "dirty it up" a bit.

I found these numbers at our Goodwill for 99cents per 0-9 set (so I needed 5 sets to get enough numerals for the clock.)  I painted them with leftover black matte paint, sanded them a bit and then crazy glued them on.

Next, I used good ole "graphics fairy" and downloaded a couple free French labels and used parts of each to add some lettering to it's face.  I used carbon paper to transfer the script onto the clock and then painted it in with a black paint pen. After it was dry, I once again scuffed it up with some sandpaper.

I've seen people make their own hands, but I wanted something easy and  quick.  I found these large hands at Hobby Lobby for $9.99 and used a 40% off coupon.  I found center and just loosely put in a screw to hold the hands on.  My wood was too thick, but they do sell the clock kits for about $15 if you want this to be a real working clock.  You would be limited by how thick your wood can be to fit the clock gear in. I just added some strong D-rings to the back and wire to hang it with and Voila!

Because I had the wood round already, this project cost me a whopping $12 to make!!!  Sure beats the price of this Pottery Barn $300 one:

Or this one from Restoration Hardware:

And I don't even want to know how much these real ones cost:

via Brooke Giannetti

So when you're needing something large-scale and looks like you paid a fortune, Do It Yourself!!  Now I just need to decide if I'm keeping it or selling it!!

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