This project was one that came about by accident. Last fall, I stopped by one of my favorite antique/junk haunts. It was a great day because I found a lot of wonderful things – a barn door covered with hay that was transformed to this, a vintage child’s sled that I used here, shutter panels, four corbels, and some rusty old hardware.
After I paid the owner and was getting everything loaded up, I spotted a round piece of wood behind some other junk. I asked the owner what it was and he said it had been a small tabletop and then said, “if you can make something out of that, you can have it!” That’s right – for FREE!
I knew I wanted to make an oversized clock out of this wooden tabletop, so I searched the online sites of my favorite home decor stores to find one that I liked and could copy! I decided on this one, Lanier Wall Clock from Ballard Designs. Did you catch the price – $229!
I used a creamy white chalk paint to paint the tabletop and it took two light coats. Then, I cut my own Roman numeral stencils and my husband helped me with the number placement (I’m more of an eyeball-it person and he is a measurer). Once the stencils were in their proper places, I filled them in with black craft paint.
The Ballard Designs clock looks like it is made from several wood planks placed together. I thought about carving grooves in the wood, but in the end, I lightly drew some pencil lines and then went over them just once with a utility knife to give the line a little depth.
I did some sanding around the edges of the clock face and then applied clear wax to the entire piece and just a little bit of dark wax. Once the wax cured, I buffed it to a nice sheen.
I purchased the clock hands and movement mechanism from Klockit. Here are the hands I used and here is the high torque quartz movement mechanism. The high torque movement is needed to move the extra long hands. The shipping time for Klockit was great and in no time, my clock was ready to hang!
I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on my clock and people are surprised that I made it – so I think this project was a success! The best part – the cost to make my oversized wall clock ended up being under $15!