We needed a new clock for our kitchen (and by needed I mean I hated our current one….it wasn’t broken, it just wasn’t me) and like our living room coffee table the right one had eluded me. I can’t count the number of places I went to hoping that I would stumble across the “right” one. I never found it, it seems maybe my taste isn’t in style?! I am good with that though….I am forever trying not to be on-trend…..I don’t like cookie cutter style. I just like what I like and I like to change my mind about it…..frequently! (I am exasperating to live with…..my hubby is forever rolling his eyes at me….strangely though he keeps loving me!).
Then comes the day I have to spend a $25 voucher I had before it expired…..I know, hard times! I had seen this clock in the store before, picked it up and looked at it, but while there was one part I loved, the face of the clock was hideous! I personally didn’t think it actually went with the industrial look of the outer section. Now, I don’t want to offend anyone but I personally don’t get the OBSESSION people have with putting french words and a picture of a birdcage or birdcage like on EVERYTHING! I find it incredibly tacky. (if you love this look I am sorry, but I hate it) Anyway, back to the clock….it was $49 which is a lot for something I didn’t altogether like but with my voucher it came down to $24! I looked at the back of the clock just to check I could pull it apart and happy dance, I could! So I bought it and knew I could make this into something unique that would fit my style.
Once I got it home I pulled it apart to see what I needed to get to “fix” it. I would need a whole new clock face and hands (these were glued together so there was no way to reuse them). I bought the hands on Ebay for $2 (including shipping from Hong Kong!) and had some plywood scraps I could cut the new face from.
I taped the glass so I could spray paint the outer part of the clock. A quick tip when working with circles I just tape the whole thing all the way up the edges then use a Stanley Knife to cut off excess….really the easiest way to tape circles. I used Rustoleum Spray Paint in Matte Black (I always use Rustoleum – it has a primer in it and you can spray paint anything with it – wood, metal, plastic), I chose this colour as I already have Matte black metals in my kitchen and I wanted it to match.
Next I needed to cut the new clock face. I used the old clock face as a template and then my jigsaw to slowly cut out my circle. Then, I again used my old clock face to mark the center where I needed to drill a hole big enough to fit the clock mechanism, then using a big enough drill bit I drilled a hole.
Finally I sanded and stained my timber. I had a million different ideas for my clock face….different patterns, watercolour-like painting, stripes or the face painted in quarters. I simply chose to stain it as I love wood grain and I have an idea for a piece of art to go below my clock on the wall (I am yet to make this but you will see a tutorial soon). As my timber is stained I went with white hands for my clock face, so they would stand out.
Finally so I could actually read the numbers on my clock I added some battery operated LED lights to the back of my clock…..it looks beautiful at night! Now I have something unique to me and that really suits my space.
Well what do you think? Have you done something like this….bought something that was not quite right but knew you could change it to make it your own?
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