November 18, 2008

Guest post: my sister, Kelsey! The three legged table is back with a whole new look!

Kels and her husband

Well I feel completely honored to have a guest spot on this blog. I am no where close to my sister's talent, but I like to think sometimes that I got a little bit of her decorating niche in me- and I do mean very little! My ward was doing their annual craft Saturday and since I was on the committee I was in charge of putting together some type of craft. After searching the Internet I decided to be bold and take on the task of making an antique clock. I had always wanted a big clock so I decided, 'Might as well make it!' After doing much research and experimenting with a few different things I finally was able to complete this project! I love the way it turned out and am so proud to say that I made it myself! It is very inexpensive to make and it will be even less expensive if you have one of those oh so common table tops that Melissa has found numerous uses for already! Here we go!

Items Needed:

1 20" round table top

1 tube of dark base acrylic paint

1 tube of a lighter acrylic paint for the top coat

Paint Brush

Sponge brush

Clock Movement- 3/8 inch

6 inch clock hands

Vinyl lettering


I started off by priming the table top. After it was dried, I applied two coats of this dark Espresso color acrylic paint. (Pictured on the left)

After letting the two coats dry completely I used the sponge and country tan paint color (both pictured above) to apply the top coat. I poured the paint onto a foam paper plate and lightly dabbed the sponge into the paint and then dabbed it a few times onto an empty space on the plate, just so the paint didn't go on too heavily. Then I just started in one area of the clock and spread it around. I didn't concentrate on getting all the paint distributed in the exact same way because I was going for the "antique" look. Besides, then you can't tell if you accidentally make a mistake! =)
After sponging on your top coat, let it dry completely. After it is dried you can put on your actual clock parts. You can buy the clock movement at Michael's or Joanne Fabrics, but I'm sure any craft store carries them. If you are using the table for your base you will need to get the movement that measure for 3/8" thickness. Follow the instructions on the back of the package to assemble. The clock hands were a little bit more difficult to find for this size of a clock. I ordered them through a website called Walnut Hollow. They are 6 inches in size.


For the clock numbers you need to find someone who does vinyl lettering. There are numerous websites that do them. I chose to have roman numerals for the numbers and I also decided I wanted to have my last name and the year I got married in the middle to give it some more decoration.


Finding the exact place on where you place the numbers can be a little tricky, but with a few math formulas you can figure it out! Since this is a 20" clock I took the formula 2 x 3.14 x 10(radius)= the circumference. Then, since there are 12 numbers I divided the circumference measurement by 12 and came out with about 5.2 inches for the space in between the numbers. It might sound a little complicated but this is the only way to make sure that it will keep time accurately. I used a 5.2 inch string to measure around the edge of clock and placed the middle of each vinyl number at each 5.2 inch marking. After putting your math skills to work you are ready to pop the battery into your clock and.....TADA!!!


You have your very own home-made 20" Antique Clock! I also have pictured below one of my friends' clock. Jill used a little different technique, combining sponging paint and crackle paint. She went a little bit lighter on the top coat then I did and it looks great!


Here is a little bit closer view of the sponge paint. I really liked the effect this had on the clock. I tried crackle paint as an experiment but I ended up going with the sponge because it was less stressful for me and I liked this look better! But I saw some girls use the crackle paint and it did look AWESOME!



So there you have it! It really is not that complicated and it only takes about 3-4 hours to make. And instead of paying up to $100 in stores for a clock this size, it only cost me $26! And it would only cost you about $15 if you already have a table top. I love the way it looks in my apartment and I cherish it even more because I made it! And trust me- if I can pull it off- ANYONE can! Happy clock-making! =)



30 comments:

  1. I just left Melissa an award on my tag.

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  2. That's great! Love how she was thinking outside the box:)

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  3. Kels is amazing. I need to make one now - I just have to figure out where to put it. :) Have a fabulous day!

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  4. so, apparently your whole fam is incredibly creative! i look forward to your posts because i know there will always be something neat and helpful in every one! thanks to you and your sis for spending the time to share! the clock is awesome! it would be a really cool wedding gift!

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  5. That clock looks amazing! Great job and what a savings!

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  6. Wow, this is amazing. What a great job, I would have never thought about doing this. I bet everyone will want to do this now....especially if you had high ceilings and needed to fill this spot. Great post and idea...keep them coming!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  7. This is so amazing! I've been wanting a larger clock but they are so expensive! I'm so inspired!

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  8. Wow I love this clock. That is funny because the lady I work with in my ward was going to someone else's ward to make this exact same thing last Saturday. I thought that would be so cool to learn how to do...and there it is on your blog. How fun is that! Thank you for showing how to make it!

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  9. Looks wonderful! What an inexpensive but high impact project. The math makes my head hurt a little though. LOL! ;)

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  10. What a great looking clock! Now if I was only a math genius I could make it. Once the math figures starting coming out, I went into a fetal position and started crying! Yeah, math and I don't mix! Maybe Chad can help me figure it out, because I really like that clock!:)

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  11. ok...WOW...that clock ROCKS!!! I hope you don't mind but I am going to copy cat your idea!

    I see....decorating smarts...runs in the family!

    AWESOME!!!

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  12. You are definitely related to Melissa. :P that is so awesome! I have been wanting a wall clock, but I don't want to pay 50 bucks for one! I'm totally going to go out and do this!! Thanks for this wonderful idea!

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  13. Kelsey, you are amazing! Are you in Texas right now visiting? Our craft night is this Thursday...none of our projects are as cool as that clock. Love it!

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  14. holy cow! yep... the talent def. runs deep in the family!!
    this is awesome! and I'll def. be referring to it in the future :) thanks!

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  15. Love it! I'm another mad dud, but if I can make mine the same size I may be able to pull it off! Thanks for sharing Kelsey!

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  16. Ok, I meant math dud. But I suppose I could be a mad dud too :)

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  17. Love this idea...great Christmas idea. cherry

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  18. I've always wanted to make one of these clocks...and I even have the vinyl to do it anytime I want...you've made it look so easy. Thanks!

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  19. Wow!!! I am SO impressed! I never could have thought of that, let alone put it all together! AMAZING!!! Good work!

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  20. I will TOTALLY use this as a Christmas gift!!!

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  21. Wow what a cool project. I wouldn't have thought of that. Thanks for sharing your totally wonderful skills!

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  22. Thank you so much for sharing your sister with us Melissa! What a talented family you have. I love that clock and it makes me wish that I had a round table laying around to take apart and put back together again;o)!

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  23. That's a super duper fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing your creative sis with us! Love ya

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  24. Love this idea! I'm adding it to my list of future craft projects and I know just where I want it to hang in my breakfast nook. :)

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  25. What a fun idea! Love making something from and for pretty much nothing:)

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  26. This is FABULOUS! I'll be linking!

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  27. Thanks for the tutorial. I seen one at my brothers house and they wouldn't tell me how they made it. Now I have step by step instructions on how to make one. I think it is so cute.

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  28. LOVE LOVE LOVE I wanted a big clock but they were so expensive. I've started making one now cause I fell so in love with yours! I went to Walmart at midnight looking for one of those tables and found one for 8 dollars. Mine isn't as light as yours but I'm thinking I might need another coat of the tan! Check out my blog if you want I have no followers cause I'm new haha!

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  29. Love the clock and am trying to do one myself.  Could you please tell me what size roman numeral letters you used.  Also did you have your name and wedding date done by a company online or did you do it yourself?  I found a website that will print roman numerals but they asked for the size and I would like the exact same size you used.  Thanks.  Liz

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