DIY Projects & Decor

Turning an Antique Door into a Clock

clock door finishedHere’s an easy way to give an antique door (that you just had to have, Laurie!) a purpose besides sitting in a corner looking pretty.

Turn it into a clock!  I picked up this old door at an antique store a couple of years ago. It’s been all around the house, in just about every corner.  It was already painted with chalk paint on one side.  The other side was left in its old, painted, peely state.

I picked up a clock hand set at Hobby Lobby for $19.99.  Most are not that expensive, but I needed giant hands for this clock project.  The package comes with the hands and the battery pack that goes on the other side.

clock hands

The clock hand package did not come with instructions.  I’m not sure why.  All it said was that the hands could be painted.  It’s not hard to figure out how to put the clock together, since the pieces can only fit a certain way, but frustrating nonetheless.

I found the “center” of the chalkboard area and drilled a hole through the door,  The battery mechanism goes on the back side of the door, with the screws and hands on the front side.

clock numbers

I considered just using chalk to write in the numbers on the clock, but decided on printing out numbers and cutting my own stencils instead.  Chalk would have saved me a lot of trouble though… Keep reading,

clock cup bottom

Word of warning…  Read the can label, people!  The spray paint I picked up was for outdoors. Pretty heavy-duty stuff!  It was not my intention to use outdoor paint, but I liked the color.  And I didn’t read the label on the can.  And because I was not cautious enough, the paint ATE right through the plastic cup.   Why was there spray paint in a plastic cup?  Because I needed a bit of paint to stencil the numbers with. But now there’s a not-so-lovely ring of paint on my console table from the melting cup.   AND it won’t wash off because I bought outdoor crazy paint.

Can you guess what my next project is going to be?  (Aren’t you glad I make these mistakes for you??  Now you don’t need to be a dumb dumb like me.)  😉

clock spill 2

My next project…  Refinishing the table top!

clock door finished

Despite the mess I made, I’m happy with this project.  And to my amazement, it actually keeps time.  Now I have an old door leaning in a corner with a useful purpose. 😀

clock before and after

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