I was looking on Pinterest and saw this wall clock that would look great hanging above my couch. I looked up the website. The lady said she got the wall clock from WhenModernWas, but I did not see where you could order it. It was probably too pricey for my taste so I decided I could make it.
Here is my beauty……………….
My version…… It ended up costing me about $17 and I love it!
This was my inspiration from apartment therapy. They have some great ideas.
Steps to build a wall clock:
The first thing you need is a pallet. My husband was able to get mine from work for free. Online we found several ways to take apart pallets. Using a sawzall worked best for us. I cut the boards down to 36” so the wall clock would be square.
The next step was to put the wood together. Turn the boards over and use some 1×2′s to screw them together or you can use some scrap wood if you have any. Screw the boards to the 1×2′s from the back to hold it all together. I used two strips, one on each side. The nails in the picture are from the original pallet board. I thought this gave it more of a rustic look.
For my base coat, in order to get the distressed look, I stained the boards black first. You can use any dark paint but that’s what I had on hand at the time. Next, use a cream paint and put a little bit of water in it to give it a white wash look.
Lastly, paint the blue. I watered it down just a little so it would not be such a bright blue.
Now, it’s sanding time! Sand over everything and try to get through some of the blue so the cream and the black will show through. Then, rub it with a steel wool pad to get more of the distressed wood look. For the numbers, take a piece of paper and make the shape you want. Cut 12 pieces out and lay them out just to make sure they will all fit.
Use the paper as a template and trace it on to a thin sheet of plywood. I purchased one from Lowes for about $5. After tracing all the pieces, use a jigsaw to cut them out. Sand all the sides before painting them.
Stain or paint each piece and let them dry. Next, cut vinyl out for the numbers, dots and line. I used a silhouette to cut my vinyl. You could use cardstock to make a template. My sister was able to scan the piece of wood into the computer and fit everything to size on the silhouette software. I wanted the numbers to be dark so that’s what part of the vinyl I kept.
Sorry did not realize the picture was so bad but you can get the idea.
Paint over the numbers with cream paint. Let them dry, then peel the vinyl off and sand them to get the distressed edges. For the circle in the middle, just use something round. I actually used the base for the outdoor umbrella stand and traced around it. Paint it cream and lightly sand. On the original wall clock, there was writing on the center.
I ended up personalizing the wall clock with the year my husband and I were married and our last name. Then, start placing the numbers on the board. I used the compass on my phone in order to set the numbers. Numbers on a wall clock are every 30 degrees. My boards were different thicknesses so I was unable to just use wood glue, I ended up nailing them down with some tacks I got from Lowes.
I picked up some wall clock hands from Hobby Lobby and used a coupon on them, so they ended up costing me about $10. My wood was too thick for the hands so I used a router to take out some of the wood so it would fit. I went back and added black around the circle. I thought it looked a lot better. It took a little longer to make than I wanted, but I love how it came out!!