Clock Make Over

So, I recently painted some huge gray and white stripes in my kitchen.  I’m officially in love and I kick myself at least once a day for not doing it sooner.

Of course that meant that a certain clock which I looked at at least 1,000 times a day no longer went with my new chic decor.   The Decorating Snowball Effect was set into motion and the clock got a whole new look.  I originally made this clock at a Super Saturday at my church.  It is basically an MDF round which was routed out in the back to hold the clock mechanism.  I’ve seen the rounds for sale in craft stores for about $19.99?  Maybe less… I can’t remember.

Here is what it looked like before.  Not to mention the boring walls.

The Family Time Clock Make Over
First step was to remove the clock mechanism and peel off the existing vinyl.  I then spray painted that bad boy the same color as the other accessories in the kitchen (Rustoleum Aqua).  

I then glazed it using the same technique as the family frame I made for my SIL.  Wipe on…wipe off, Daniel-san.   I wiped it off in a circular pattern to give it some depth.  It’s subtle but I like it much better than a flat color.

 I then painted the routed edge white.

Then comes the fun part…. applying the vinyl!  There are few things more gratifying than peeling back that transfer tape.

I cut everything using my Silhouette SD.  The shapes I used were:

  • scallop artisan shapes
  • 1 piece circle frame
  • frame (seriously, that’s what it’s called…?)
  • decorative oval frame
  • ‘families are forever’ circle
And here it is with all the vinyl applied and the clock mechanism put back on.  Please ignore that random swatch of fabric taped up there….I’m trying to figure out some curtains.  

Ah, but we’re not QUITE done…. (P.S. Did you know 10:10 is supposedly the most “pleasing to the eye” time?  If you look at clocks in magazines and catalogs they are almost always set to 10:10… weird, huh?)

Next I printed off some of my favorite pictures onto cardstock, punched them out with my 2″ circle punch and taped them on to the blanks.  I figured that was the easiest way to make it so I can switch out the pictures whenever I wanted.

I added pictures from when my kids were babies.  Some recent photos.  And one from when the husband and I got hitched…. (wait, see?  Now it’s 10:13 and that clock is hideous!  :)

It’s subtly symbolic of the passing of time and yet a visual reminder of our eternal family.  
 I know…. I’m super deep like that.

We now refer to the time as something like “Hurry! We are late!  It’s already Big Jack:Baby Tanner o’clock!”  Of course then it takes us a few minutes to figure out what time that really is as we search for the pictures and we are even later.  But it’s totally worth it.

That’s 8:20 in case you were curious.


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  1. says

    I’m continually amazed! Cutest idea ever. And your delivery is the best. I hang on EVERY word. Thanks for the fun morning read.

  2. says

    Maybe you should make a clock like that in your guest room and then rotate in photos of the people coming to visit. And then they can take it home with them as a parting gift!! Isn’t that a great idea?

    PS See you tomorrow night.

  3. says

    What a good idea. It reminds me of the Weasley’s clock that tells the location of everyone instead of the time. Can you make one of those?

  4. says

    What a wonderful idea, to tell time with faces! I bet small children struggling to learn how to tell time would love this…or would it confuse them? No matter, I’m eyeing a boring old clock. Thanks for the idea.

  5. says

    I sell clocks on the side & I seriously want to go into every home that I sold a clock to & REDO their clock from years ago! I always laugh when I see one of the “older ones” I did…Super Saturday style. I still like them, just don’t love them. Your makeover is PERFECT!

    I’m your newest follower!

  6. says

    Following you from Sugar Bee Crafts. Love it! Would love to have you link up to my link party going on right now on my blog. :)


  7. Peggy says

    What kind of glaze did you use? Thats one thing I havnt tried yet. Not even sure where to start. Thank you! Its beautiful and I must have one! :)

  8. Debi says

    Hi! My friend wants me to make this for her. I found the Families are forever , but I was wondering if you could tell me the names of the other vinyl cutouts so I can find them easier. I would really appreciate it!

  9. Tess says

    Hi, I was wondering where you got the silhouette white stickers to border the numbers and photos. Was it from a website or a shop? I would love it if you would answer as soon as possible, as I am about to start one of my own and love the frames!

    • Tess says

      Sorry I realise now that you used a machine, however do you have any other ideas which I could do to get the same sort of frames without the machine?


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