I absolutely adore Pottery Barn but to be honest I cannot see myself buying a $300 clock from there no matter how much I love it.Ever since John and I started building things ourselves, we have a lot of wood, paint, stain and other materials that were left over from old projects. I was trying to find ways for making this clock without spending a fortune on materials and what do you know... I found a way. At first, I was going to make it out of a pallet but I was having a hard time taking it apart without cracking the wood (it was an old pallet). So, I went in my garage to find scraps of wood that were leftover from our farmhouse table we build and this is what I found.
I gatherted all my wood and measured how big I could cut a circle out of these pieces if I glued them together. It came out to 3 feet wide, I decided that it would be big enough and got busy making it. Here is what you will need to do.
I used a really strong wood glue to bond all the pieces together. You can also use Gorilla glue but in my opinion this stuff better.
I used large clamps to bond it together and let them dry for 24 hours.
After that, I used this tool to cut a circle out of the wood. You can also draw a circle on the wood and use this tool to cut. Then I used my sander to sand it down a bit and smooth out the edges just a tad.
Time for the fun stuff... I applied the stain in the color red oak with a sponge brush, let it sit for 15 min then wipe excess stain with a dry cloth.
After that I let it dry for a few hours before I applied the paint.
Time to paint. I used a white paint I had from a previous project to paint it white
** You can use any type of water based paint**
Apply a thin layer of paint and let it dry for an hour or so.
Using a 120 grit sand paper, sand it down to get the worn look. When finished sanding wipe with a micro fiber cloth to get all the dust off.
It took me a few days to figure out how to apply the letters and I think this is the best way to get perfect looking letters. I printed the roman letters and cut them perfectly then mod podged them on the wood. Using a right angle and a tape measure, I placed the letters every 30 degrees.
** I used a matte finish mod podge.**
I bought a faux clock hand from Hobby Lobby and used a screw to screw it in the middle.
This project cost me about $10 because I had all the wood, paint, stain, sand paper etc. The only thing I had to buy was the faux clock hand. This project might cost you more if you don't have the supplies on hand but most DIYers have the essentials.