DIY Farmhouse Clock!
If you haven’t seen our first post on making farmhouse clocks, we have found such a simple way to make HUGE farmhouse clocks!
The secret? Table tops! We take the tops off old tables and make them into clocks!
We then use the legs to make console tables!
There were a few things we didn’t love about our first clock so we made a few changes on this clock.
The biggest changes we wanted were making the numbers bigger and more rustic and also wanting a graphic on it, plus we didn’t want to spend forever doing it. We did all of this!
Here’s our first farmhouse clock.
Want to see how we made this one? Check it out! Farmhouse Clock Tutorial.
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First Step: Take Apart and Sand
Start by disassembling the top of the table from the bottom. Sand the table top with a high grit sand paper.
(Just as a side note our table top measured 47″ in diameter.)
I definitely recommend an electric sander for this. Otherwise, you may be here for days…. seriously!
We always use this Ryobi sander. Love it!
This is why I love sanding. The wood is beautiful again!
Second Step: Make Grooves into the Tabletop
In order to achieve the slated wood farmhouse look, we took half of the table top and sent it through our table saw with the saw at a very low height.
Just enough to cut the wood, but not enough to cut THROUGH the wood. We did this a couple times on each side, measuring where we wanted each slat first.
(Our table already had a slit down the middle because it came apart so a leaf could be added. The slits we were adding were going to be larger than this middle slit, so we shaved off a little of the original slit so it would be the same size as the other slits.)
All slats are done!
Third Step: Painting
We decided to paint this clock white to really make it pop against our wall.
So Neil did 2 coats of white with our Max HomeRight Paint Sprayer.
After owning this sprayer I will never go back to painting with a brush again! It makes painting so fast and gives an AWESOME finish!!
Step 4: Stabilizing the Back
Before you put the clock pieces on you need to connect the table together again.
We did this by cutting a furring strip board that we got from our local hardware store, into small sections and bracing them on the back using screws.
We used four of these small boards along the seam of the table to stabilize it.
Then we screwed a long board on the top to help with hanging and screwed a long board on the bottom so the top and bottom of the clock would lay evenly against the wall.
Once your boards are on you’ll want to drill 2 holes all the way through the top board.
These holes will be for screws that will attach to a board on your wall and will help tremendously when you go to hang it!
Step Five: Assembling the Clock
I found a large clock set at Hobby Lobby for $39.99, but then I used their 40% off coupon so it was only like $25! Not too bad for a huge Farmhouse Clock!
This kit comes with the spade hands and vinyl roman and numerical numbers.
This item is not listed on Hobby Lobby’s website.
But to help those that still want to order without going to the store you can place an order by calling 1-800-888-0321 option 1 and reference item #240473.
Hobby Lobby is the only place I’ve been able find clock hands that are 23″ long otherwise I’d recommend getting them an easier way!
Ok moving on!
Once you have your clock kit, start by finding the center of the clock and screwing the middle piece on.
Figuring out the Numbers:
We felt the numbers that came with the clock kit weren’t quite big enough for the clock.
You can transfer these numbers onto your clock using freezer paper and a sharpie marker.
Check out our post on Transferring to Wood With a Sharpie Marker!
Setting the Numbers:
We then used the template that came with the clock kit to help us place the numbers.
We also measured from the side of each number to the edge to ensure our numbers were spaced evenly.
*[NOTE] Make sure your #12 is oriented so the long top board on the back is behind it. That board needs to be at the top of your clock for easy hanging!
Once you have your numbers in place iron them on!
But be careful to never let the iron touch the paint!!
Use the tip of the iron to just go over the areas that you’re wanting to transfer ink to. Especially if you are working on laminate wood! It will peel up the paint!!
If you’re totally lost at this point check out our Transfer to Wood with a Sharpie Marker Post!
We also wanted a logo or graphic on this clock so we created one, printed it out, and transferred it the same way we did all the numbers.
Once the numbers are on, put a battery in the clock, place it over the middle piece you already screwed on, and tighten the screws on the top and bottom of the clock piece.
BAM – DONE!
How to Hang This Heavy Son of a Gun
This is why I always include Neil on all my projects. He’s always coming up with great ideas of how to make things better and easier!
He didn’t disappoint on this project. He came up with such a simple way to hang this thing!
Take a board and screw it into the studs on the wall where you want the clock.
Take your clock and lay the top board on the back of the clock, onto the board you just nailed to the wall.
(Below is the picture again to help explain a little better.)
Lay the board on the back of the clock on top of the board that is screwed into the wall.
Once up you’ll screw both of these screws into the board on the wall.
(The screw on the far end of the board looks like it’s already screwed in, but it’s not.)
Yes these pictures are from our original clock. No point reinventing the wheel here. 😉
Now take two long screws and screw one into each hole of the top board, on the back of your clock, into the board on the wall.
Ahhhhhh…. It’s up!!!! Can you hear me squealing…..again ?!?!
I love it!
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