As per my first blog post, I revealed I love to go to garage sales in the summertime. This past month, I’ve been to close to thirty of them because July is such a hot month to have a sale (pun intended)! Sometimes when I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll go to estate sales too, hoping to find something I can turn into a clock. A couple of weeks ago, I did just that!
At this estate sale, I found two trivets (pictured below). NOTE: A trivet is a pot holder for when your pots and pans are too hot to set down on a wood table or a countertop. Because of the honeycomb center, I thought it would make a perfect clock. I was in love with the leaves that were intricately carved into the wood piece, so the ideas formed around a gold leaf design.
Above, you’ll also see the clock parts I used for this clock project. The tool shown in the middle is called a Minute Hand Nut Driver. This handy tool picks up the nut from your work surface and grips it securely. Then you simply use the tool like a screwdriver to tighten or loosen the nut on the shaft. Highly recommended for clock projects like this one!
First Time’s the Charm? Not Quite.
Since this was my first clock project, there were bound to be challenges and problems that came my way. The first challenge I came across was deciding what paint to use! I decided on the Waverly Inspirations white chalk paint and an FolkArt‘s metallic gold acrylic paint. Not the best choice for the materials I planned on using.
The acrylic paint didn’t stick well to the clock hands, making them sticky to the touch. It was also difficult to paint inside every hole of the trivet, which I had to do TWICE because the white chalk paint turned orange from the wood. I layered the gold paint on a few times because it was too thin to be a solid gold color. This problem could probably have been solved if I had just used spray paint from the start. However, I got the paint to look how I envisioned, so all is well that ends well.
After the paint dried and I went to install the quartz clock movement, I realized I could see the black case of the clock movement through the trivet. I easily could’ve painted the clock movement’s case, but for sake of time, I decided to learn from my oversight instead!
This DIY clock turned out just as I had pictured it would. It’s not perfect, but I’m glad I took the time and the leap of faith in my DIY capabilities. I learned a lot about the clock parts that go into making simple clocks like these; I encountered challenges I had to overcome to keep my project on track; and I ended up making (what I think) is a simple and beautiful timepiece!
What makes me happy is the fact that I bought TWO trivets so I can make another one that is completely different! The opportunities with these pieces of “junk” are endless and I’m excited to keep turning them into clocks I can treasure. Stay tuned for Volume 3 of Find & Flip!