DIY Wood Pallet Clock
I was so mean last week & I showed our Simple Winter Entryway on the blog with a sneak peek of this DIY clock. Well, as promised here is the tutorial & the full reveal. This is such a simple project & it has a huge impact on the space that it is in. I came up with this idea when I was desperate to replace the mirror that was in our entryway. I was so sick of the mirror & just the way it looked all together & I wanted a large piece of art in it’s spot. After a little brainstorming and a few ideas I remembered I had this cable spool pallet lying around begging to have something done to it, so rustic clock art it was. For now the clock is not functional & it’s not yet hanging on the wall, but all in good time & for now this lovely clock is just sitting on our entryway table making it a little prettier.
I got my wire spool pallet circle from a local business. You can call around to local places To start out the spool was already stained with minwax special walnut. I liked the fact that it had the dark base to start out with, but you can choose any wood finish base for this. You can also find spools in different sizes for this project, but the one I had is 4ft in diameter. I loved the large size of it!
Next I mixed two Behr paints together. I wanted the paint & the paint technique to look old & rustic so a bright white paint was not going to do the trick. I chose to mix Behr’s cozy cottage & snow fall together. It created a perfect antique white for me to use to dry brush the clock with.
To get this finish on the clock, it really is super easy. After I got my perfect white, I took my brush & dipped it in the paint. I scraped off all of the excess on the side of the cup a few times to make sure that the brush was dry. I then lightly brushed it onto the clock in upward motions with a very light hand so that there were no heavy spots of paint. I continued to dry brush the entire clock until I was happy with the coverage.
After the paint dried, I took my sander & lightly sanded the entire clock down for more of a worn & antiqued finish. After I was done sanding, I sealed the clock with annie sloan clear wax.
After the wax was dry, we took some bronze house address numbers that I had purchased from Lowe’s & simply screwed them onto the wood pallet to create our clock art. You could also paint the numbers on the piece, but I wanted the metal on wood look for our clock. For now this clock has no arms, but we will be getting some soon & I’m still in love with this piece with or without functional arms. We also want to hang it on the wall as well, but for now this clock is just setting on the DIY card catalog entry table looking all pretty & stuff.
What do you think of the DIY wood pallet clock? I am loving the new addition & I can’t wait to style this table around it. I’m also really excited for it to hang on the wall because I think it will add an even bigger impact. Let me know what you think of the clock in the comments below, find me on facebook, or chat with me on Instagram! Have a great day!
Floating Night Stand
Guess what!? I am in Atlanta today at the Haven Blogging Conference. Eeek!
It is so exciting to be here, and I can’t wait to share my experience when I return home, but for now I am thrilled to show you my latest project in my master bedroom makeover, a DIY Floating Night Stand! *Update- For building plans click here.
When I decided to build my Farmhouse Storage Bed, I knew that I wanted to eventually make some floating night stands, so that I had access to the first storage drawer in my bed at all times. I did NOT want to be moving my night stand every time I needed to get something out of the drawer. Plus it saves on floor space in a small room. That’s what I call a win win situation. My favorite kind. 🙂
I also committed to doing a fun "one board challenge" with some awesome DIY bloggers and decided that I HAD to make the challenge work into my bedroom makeover. You know. kill two birds with one stone.
So not only do you get to see how I made my floating night stand out of a single 1x8x8 board, but you also get to see how 16 other bloggers decided to DIY their own board!
This is going to be so fun! First let me show you how I got started.
Then I took one of the boards and clamped it onto a table with a 2×4 under one side to raise it up (top left). I set my Kreg Rip-Cut , my newest favorite tool, at 4 3/4 inches (top right), and partnered with my Ryobi Circular Saw (bottom left) I proceeded to rip my 1×8 board into two strips (bottom right). I did this with two boards.
If you have a table saw you could rip your boards that way. but I do not. Using my Kreg Rip-Cut /Circular Saw combo, makes for straight accurate cuts when you are limited on your tools, and it makes me happy!
So this is where I was after ripping my two boards. Next up. attaching the 4 3/4 boards to the 1×8 boards to make the top and bottom of my night stand.
Just in case you are confused actual lumber sizes are usually a little different than the size they are called. For example this board is a 1×8 board but it is actually 3/4 thick and 7 1/4 inches wide, not 1" thick and 8" wide. Also please note that the 4 3/4 and 2 1/2 boards are slightly smaller in real life to account for the blade cutting the wood, I just gave you the rough measurements.
In order to attach my boards to make them as if they are one board I used my Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig , which drills pocket holes that create hidden joints. I drilled three pocket hole into my 1x8x17 board and three into my 1×4 3/4×17 board, making sure to stagger them.
Then I added some gorilla wood glue and clamped my boards down to screw them together. I ended up with two 1×12 x17 inch boards. Aka- the top and bottom of my night stand! This is so fun!
I used a top/bottom piece to measure where to cut my side pieces on my left over board. I cut two of these. The are just a hair under 12 inches wide. On the right you can see all my boards ready for building. but wait. are they ready?
Nope, not quite! I couldn’t just make a box, I wanted something a little more fun and fancy. So I started drawing all sorts of designs on paper and I ended up with a simple double X design. Which happens to be made completely out of triangles!
To start I grabbed a side piece and a back support (top left) and used my support piece to trace a 3/4" outline around the whole side piece. This outline is vital for attaching the top and bottom boards later, it is the area the boards will be attached together. Now you could get technical and measure. but I am too lazy so I use what I have.
For the double X pattern I found this scrap triangle block. It just happened to be the exact size I needed to create my pattern. and so I used it to trace 8 triangle outlines to make my pattern. I repeated the process for the other side board. Now they are ready to cut!
To attach the night stand to my plank wall I screwed into the studs on one side and used drywall anchors on the other. I simply made sure it was level and screwed them in! Actually, I held my night stand at level (marked the corners so I knew where it was supposed to be). Then while still holding the night stand in place I predrilled two holes through my back supports into the wall.
Next I removed the night stand and used those two holes as the spots to add my anchors. I added the screws into the pre drilled holes so they were barely sticking out the back of the support boards and then lined my night stand back onto the wall and screwed them in. Lastly I added the screws into the studs, which I had marked on the wall previously. My screws are two different screws because I used 3" self tapping screws for the studs and regular 2" wood screws for the wall anchors.
I love how this night stand does it’s job and allows me to use my bed drawer without a hassle, and all it takes is one 1x8x8 pine board, which is less than $13 at HomeDepot! Totally worth a little DIY Love! I am almost finished with the plans for this floating night stand, so look for it soon!
Don’t forget to check out the other One Board Challenge Projects.