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$10 Pottery Barn Inspired Wood Clock

Why spend $300 on a wooden clock face when you can make your own for a mere $10?!?

Decorate Me Diana turned to her wood stash and a few other basic do-it-yourselfer supplies to create a rustic clock face that rivals those from Pottery Barn.

For the numerals, Diana simply printed them from the computer and then used some good old-fashioned scissors and Mod Podge to apply them to the clock face – no cutting machine or hand painting required!

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Diana was inspired by the Painted Wood Clock Face from Pottery Barn.

Here’s Diana’s original tutorial she’d shared on her project:


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 to make 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 built and this is what I found.

I gathered 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 is better.

I used large clamps to bond them together and let them dry for 24 hours.

After that, I cut a circle out of the wood. You can also draw a circle on the wood and cut it.

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 wiped the 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 microfiber 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.

Thanks, Diana!


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