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Perfect Timing

The best DIY projects come from needing something that doesn’t exist, right? What about when you need something that does exist but you just can’t find the right one? That’s the perfect size, shape, design, color, yada, yada, yada . . . After a while it’s just easier to build it. In this case, that’s EXACTLY right!!


Perfect Timing Wall Clock - project from White Tulip Designs


I made a wall clock for roughly $10. Ok, in all fairness, I already had the cabinet door but the clock itself was only $4 and I’ve seen similar cabinet doors for just a few dollars.

Here’s what I started with . . .


Wall Clock Project


I started by using my hand sander to sander down the front of the cabinet door.  And filled in the hole with hole filler (on both sides) before painting. Then, I measured the clock “face” and the placement of the battery on the back so that I could mark out where to out the large hole.


Wall Clock Project

Hubby used a hole saw to put a hole into the door so that I can reach the back of the clock to set the time and change batteries.  I knew he had the hole bits in his tool box but I didn’t quite know how wonderful they are. I had a shoulder injury a while back. Nothing serious, but Hubby suggested the he should do the drilling since it needs to be done in one shot. I’m dying to give it a try myself! There are other ways to achieve the access hole but, if you already have a drill adding the bit isn’t a much of an expense as purchasing a new tool altogether.  (See here for more info.)


Wall Clock - Hole Saw


I sanded down the rough edges after Hubbs cut out the hole and painted the front in a satin black.  Then, I placed the clock exactly where I wanted it and traced it out with a pencil. Using construction adhesive, I put a bead of adhesive along the pencil line to hold the clock in place. After carefully placing the clock I let everything dry flat overnight.


Wall Clock with Adhesive


The next day, I used an Exacto knife to trim away the excess glue to smooth everything down. I then, used the sander to make sure all of the edges were completely smoothed down and re-painted the entire front in the same black paint.


Wall Clock Project


And, here’s my new wall clock! It’s much more upgraded version without being too ornate for the room. Absolute perfection! Ta da!!


Perfect Timing Wall Clock - project from White Tulip Designs



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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/22/2015 - 7:47 pm

Thank you! I’ll be there for sure!

Lou Lou Girls - 06/22/2015 - 7:00 pm

I’m in love with this! Thank you for sharing this with us! Pinned and tweeted! I hope to see you at tonight’s party. Lou Lou Girls

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/05/2015 - 9:52 am

Thank you! Thanks for stopping by!

Tania - 06/05/2015 - 9:46 am

What a great idea, it looks great!


Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/05/2015 - 9:45 am

Thank you! I’ll be there!

Kathleen - 06/05/2015 - 8:54 am

How awesome that clock looks, its beautiful. I can tell you had a load of fun making it too. I am so impressed. Thanks so much for bringing it to #HomeMattersParty. We would love to see more of your work.


Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 05/26/2015 - 10:46 pm

Melissa, thank you for stopping by, I’m so glad you like it!

Melissa Vera - 05/26/2015 - 9:00 pm

What a beautiful looking clock. You did an awesome job. Thank you for taking the time to link up on #HomeMattersParty this week. Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 05/24/2015 - 11:17 pm

Thank you for stopping by!

theartinpartyplanning - 05/24/2015 - 9:48 pm

That turned out so amazing! Great idea!

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 05/23/2015 - 10:40 pm

Thank you! Heading over to link up now!

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai - 05/23/2015 - 2:15 pm

Your clock turned out great! What a clever idea. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/05/21/home-matters-linky-party-38/ 🙂

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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 05/13/2015 - 8:11 am

Hi Cheryl! Thank you!

Cheryl - 05/13/2015 - 2:42 am

Love it! Great job!!

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