I have mentioned before that I want to create a gallery wall in our living room. Right now there is a single mirror that sits on this long wall and it feels so empty. With the holidays coming up and family coming in from out of town, it is giving me motivation to decorate the house for our guests.
On pinterest, I found a great tutorial on how to make a faux clock.
I took some good ideas from this tutorial and mixed them with my own to make my own version of a faux clock. I had a rough time with this project...I re-painted over ideas, changed my mind several times, and never felt quite right about the outcome until the end. Now I feel at peace with the clock and think it will be a great addition to our family room wall.
2'X2' Piece of Plywood
Roman Numeral Letter Stencils
Paint - Brown, Cream, Yellow
Gel Gloss Medium
Step 2: Sand down the clock to give a smooth finish to top and edges.
Step 3: Prime the clock with two coats of white primer.
Step 4: To add a distressed look, take modge podge and coat the entire front side of the clock. Crinkle up tissue paper and lay across the modge podge.
Step 5: Apply a layer of modge podge to top of tissue paper once it has been laid on the clock. Let it dry.
Step 6: Make a gloss based mixture combining the gel medium with your base color of paint (in my case brown). If you want more of a subtle color, mix 3/4 gloss with 1/4 paint. I split it down the middle - half gloss, half paint.
Step 7: Paint of the clock with your mixture.
Step 8: Create Roman Numeral Stencils. I used Times New Roman Font, size 200, and cut out each individual number, 1-12. Trace around the EXACT edges of the I, V, and X. These are the three you will use for tracing. The others I cut more carelessly since I wanted them as placeholders to get an idea of the look on the clock.
Step 9: Lay out all numbers 1-12 on the clock and get an idea for placement. Take your ruler and measure the height and width from the center to find the middle point. Measure from here to find the placement for all your numbers.
Step 10: Once you have your numbers laid out, start tracing. Since the tissue and dark color paint was already on the clock, it was hard to see pencil. I traced it with the cream color paint and fine brush.
Step 11: Leave your placement numbers in place as you are tracing. Remove each one once you have come to that number and use the since I, V, and X to trace.
Step 12: Once all the numbers have been traced, go back through and paint solid.
**After the numbers were painted, I stated experimenting. I thought the clock needed something extra. I decided to paint HOME SWEET HOME on the clock in the center. I didn't like it AT ALL! Since I colored it in with black, it was too dark and it just didn't seem to fit right in the space provided. I even added a scroll design to the stop of the phrase to take up some blank space, but I still didn't care for it. I painted over the letters with brown...a couple coats...to cover it up. I left the scroll at the top.**
Step 13: Outline the Roman Numeral Numbers with a black sharpie so they stand out against the background.
Step 14: Once the letters were covered up as best as I could get them, I took the cream, brown and a deep yellow paint and sponged them onto the board using a paper towel. I did the brown and cream first, then went through and lightly added in the yellow on top.
Step 15: I made sure to spread the sponging throughout the entire board, not just in the center so it looked proportional.
Step 16: Add a picture hook to the back of the clock. In this case, you may need two depending on the weight of plywood used.
Step 17: First step of the gallery wall complete!!
I can't wait to get some other projects going and finally get the gallery wall completed! Stay tuned to see other projects that are apart of the gallery wall.