Would you believe me if I told you I didn't spend a single dime on this project, not even a penny for that matter? It's the truth, I promise. The reason is, I make this Painted Clock from a side table that I have been hauling around in the back of my car for a month. I had good intentions of donating it, along with the pots and pans that have been clanking around back there. Not sure why, it really needed to be trashed considering the leg that screwed on had been stripped. It was worse than a snaggletooth until I used packing tape to hold it on!! Luck for me, it never made it out of the trunk, and I came up with this brilliant idea instead!!
I am so happy with the way it turned out!! If I remember correctly, I picked the table up at a Hancock Fabric Store for less than $20 years ago. That makes it a whole lot less than the $149 price tag Pottery Barn is asking for it!!!
This is really easy, it just looks complicated. I will not mislead you though, it does require a little bit of time. The good news is, I'm going to walk you through what I did, so you can make one too (hopefully in less time)!!! I spent about six hours on it, but I think it was well worth it!I used a small jar of Annie Sloan Chalk "Pure White" Paint, and coated the front and side twice. It was sloppy I might add. I gave that about thirty minutes and then I scratched the paint up with the end of a screwdriver to get a rustic look. After that I went over it with a coat of clear wax, and then dark wax. While I let that dry I worked on the fonts and getting them sized correctly.
Click this link for the Material List and Stencils: Painted Clock
I started by cutting out the letters. If you will notice it was at this point I realized I'd done some things wrong. The roman numeral wasn't IV, but rather IIII, and they needed to be curved, not straight across. In the next step I used a yard stick to make sure that I placed the Roman Numeral straight across.
Once I got them all like I wanted them I used a plate as a guide to achieve the arch. They aren't perfect but close enough. I used scotch taped to hold the top half of each paper down to the face.
At this point I removed the brackets that the legs screwed into. It was just a matter of transferring the font onto the face, using the good old fashion transfer method now. I scribble some graphite onto a scratch paper, placed it under the font (graphite side down), and traced the font. Once I completed the transfer I went over the marks with a fine tip black paint marker.
The Pottery Barn version has the center cut out but I don't have the tools for that, so I used a small glass to trace a circle into the center. Then using a screwdriver I outlined the circle and scrapped out the paint. Once that was complete, I went over that section with more of the Annie Sloan Dark Wax. In order to draw the lines around the edge, I placed a pencil at the end of a ruler, and a finger at half an inch and followed the perimeter of the circle marking a line. Then I made a second line the same way, at an inch in from the edge. I think if were going to do it again I would have made them closer to the edge.
So here is what the Pottery Barn version looks like:
And here is what my side table converted to a Painted Clock looks like. So what do you think, how did I do?
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