Good morning! This is Amanda from Burlap and Babies and I am so excited to be back with you again this month to share this DIY oversized rustic wall clock.
You know that one shelf in your home that is always getting redecorated, or maybe it’s the mantel above the fireplace, or your entryway? That one spot that you can’t seem to quite figure out what to put there? Well above the piano is that spot for me. It’s big and overwhelming. There’s just so many options. Do you go with the ever-so-popular gallery wall? Or maybe some cute printables? Well, I am excited to say I think the area above my piano is no longer that spot.
When we moved into our home we replaced a section of the fence and have been storing those fence boards by the shed since that day two years ago. Well, I am so excited that we decided to save those boards and I can share with you all today what we did with them!
100 grit sandpaper
White acrylic paint
Clock part kit
Vinyl or stencil
I started with 3 weathered, muddy fence boards that have been living outdoors for the past 20 years. I decided I wanted a square clock so went with 6 fence board widths so my clock ended up being 32.5” by 32.5”. After I cut my boards, using 100 grit sandpaper, I sanded one side of all the boards to get off the dirt and to pull out more of the pretty wood grain texture. Depending on the look you are going for, you totally can skip that step if you have nice boards already or want to keep a more earthy feel to them.
You can see here the difference just some light sanding will make.
After sanding, I used the micropinner to attach the clock face boards to two boards cut to length to hold it all together. The back boards ended up being about 25” long.
Once they were attached, I took white acrylic paint and mixed in water. I wanted just a very subtle look to tone down the boards so did about equal parts water and paint. I used a large foam brush to brush it on the clock face. Be sure to brush it on in the direction of the grain. You can see here that it doesn’t make a drastic change but just helps tone down the heaviness of the clock face.
The paint shouldn’t take long to dry and once it does I found the center of my clock face and drilled a hole to fit the clock mechanism. I ordered my clock part kit off Amazon but you can also find them at your local craft store. Depending on the thickness of your clock face, you may need to carve out space for the clock mechanism in the back.
I roped in my handy hubby for that part and using a chisel, he carved out some of the wood for me so that there would be enough room on the front side for the clock hands to fit on the clock mechanism. I hated all the clock hands that I found so decided to just make my own using sheet metal, metal snips, and some white spray paint. I love how huge they are and fit the feel of the clock.
Okay now the pretty part. I created the clock numbers in Adobe Illustrator, saved them as a .svg, and then uploaded it into my Silhouette Designer Edition to cut out the numbers in vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you could definitely just freehand numbers or buy stencils at your craft store. When I cut the numbers out, I made sure that multiple parts of the same number were showing up on multiple pieces of vinyl. So once all the vinyl was cut, all I needed to do was get one number put in the correct place and then logically piece all the other numbers together so that they would go into the correct spot. It was like one giant, messy puzzle where I had to cut vinyl and shapes to piece all of it together.
Once my vinyl was laid down, I brushed on white acrylic paint and then pulled off the vinyl. After attaching the clock hands, the oversized rustic clock was complete!
Now that the area above my piano is complete, next up on the agenda is to paint the piano. I love how this oversized clock turned out and helps make a big impact on my old piano.
What do you think? Where would you put an oversized rustic clock in your home?