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As I mentioned in my last post I’ve been busily changing, painting, and in the case of this clock, building things for our Farmhouse the past few months.
I’m 8 months pregnant now so I’m slowing down…a little… but we finally got my clock hung and I couldn’t wait to share the process and the result with you guys!!
Check her out!
Now, we have 10 ft ceilings, so the pictures don’t do justice to the size of the clock. It’s actually about 3.5 feet x 3.5 feet!
It’s built out of pallet wood, which you can easily find for free pretty much anywhere, as long as you are willing to put a “little” work into disassembling a pallet.
I tried to take a pallet apart once…I ended up buying a huge bundle of already disassembled pallets instead, worth every penny in my opinion!
Total cost of building this was right around $70, you can’t find a clock like this half the size for under 100 bucks!
The giant clock hands were the most expensive at around $39, the rusty metal numbers were only $15 total which I thought was an awesome deal, aren’t they fabulous?!
(I’ll share the link to get your own clock hands and numbers at the end of this post! Hang in there.)
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Let Me Show You How I Built This Clock!
- I started by lining up my pallets until I was happy with the look, as you can see I used a mix of wider and thinner pieces, I made sure to pick the straightest pieces I could find, but certainly not looking for perfection!
- Once I was satisfied with the look I measured from top to bottom and side to side to find the center. This is the simplest way I know of to cut a circle out, I’m sure there are other methods, but this was easy and fast!
- When I got the middle I hammered in a nail to mark it. I then attached a string to the nail and stretched it out as close to the edge as possible testing it all the way around.
- I tied a permanent marker to the end of the string and pulled the string as tight as possible to draw my circle. It’s a bumpy ride so it won’t be perfect, but close enough!
- Once the circle was drawn I got our Jig Saw out and cut each board individually along the line I had drawn.
(Our Jig Saw needs an upgrade, I’d love to get this DeWALT one soon!)
One of the boards I kinda messed up…OK, fine, it was pretty obvious! So my husband fixed it for me after I took these pictures, he has a much steadier hand!
- The next step was to attach all the boards together. I debated the best way to do this and based on the size of this clock I decided to just use more pallet boards… easy peezy.
I measured how big they would need to be and then used our Miter Saw to cut them. (We love our DeWALT Miter Saw, you can find it RIGHT HERE).
I cut two long ones but once they were attached it wasn’t quite sturdy enough so I cut two smaller ones as well.
- I attached the boards with our nail gun, which is definitely my most favorite tool!
The one we have is great and budget friendly, we bought the kit which included a Brad Nailer, a Straight Finish Nailer and a Crown Stapler you can find it RIGHT HERE.
Personally, I’d love to eventually upgrade to a cordless nail gun like THIS ONE. But for now, this does a great job!
- Next I sanded the clock surface to get rid of all the rough edges and prepare it for stain and paint.
I use and LOVE THIS DeWALT Orbit Sander, we’ve used it for years and it works great for my furniture flips and projects, plus very budget-friendly! I sanded with 80 grit sandpaper first and then 120 to smooth it out.
- I then applied Minwax Wood Stain in my favorite color, Dark Walnut, and sealed it with Minwax Polyurethane in Satin.
Finishing & Assembling the Clock!
- Alright so now the fun part! I painted two coats of my favorite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Old White, you could use any craft or furniture paint that you like though!
- I let it dry and then I took my DeWalt Sander again and distressed it with 120 grit sandpaper. I love how it turned out!
Let’s talk about the amazing rusty metal numbers I found on Etsy, shall we?
The numbers exceeded my expectations, they are worth more than the shop owner sells them for, in my opinion. You can find the Etsy shop and the rusty numbers HERE.
- They didn’t have holes to attach them with screws so I used Clear Gorilla Glue, that stuff adheres to pretty much anything. You can find it RIGHT HERE.
- I did the same with the clock hands, they come with the whole clock kit but I didn’t actually care to have a working clock so I just used the giant hands and glued them on. You can find the Etsy shop and the clock kit HERE.
The finished product was pretty fabulous and perfect size for our big living room wall! I’m so happy with the result!
Let me know what you think in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!
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