Hey everyone! I’m so excited to show you one of my latest completed DIY projects. You’ve probably seen large distressed wood wall clocks as home decor, especially in farmhouse style homes. Now, a store-bought distressed wood plank wall clock will cost you easily over $100 and on up. That’s way too much for my budget. I’m always looking for ways to decorate my home for less. How about you?
Get the look for Less
I wanted a distressed wood plank wall clock for my living room. So to get the look on a shoestring budget, it was DIY time!
For less than $20 I was able to create a stunning farmhouse style distressed wood plank wall clock. You can do the same too, no joke. I’m going to show you how.
How to Make a Distressed Wood Plank Wall Clock
Materials & Supplies:
- 24″ diameter circle plywood backer board
- Strap wood planks of varying sizes
- Wood Stain, I used Minwax Jacobean Stain.
- Chalk Paint, I use Amy Howard Chelsea Squares as the base color. Then two accent colors of DIY chalk paint.
- Deco Art Americana Decor Stencil, Old World Numbers
- Clock Motor and Hand Set
- Craft Paper
- Oscillating Saw
- Strap Gun
- Chalk Paint Brush
- Stencil Brush
- Power Drill
- 30/60 Triangle
First, I went to my scrap wood pile, which is growing because I can’t help but keep and salvage wood. I picked a mixed of wood types and sizes to give the clock more of a reclaimed style.
Using a pneumatic power sprayer I attached each board to the backer board. The backer board I used was a curbside table top I reused. To me almost everything can be repurposed into decor.
Next, I grabbed my jigsaw to trim the wood planks to the size of the circle.
Then I stained the wood planks with my favorite dark stain. I really love the richness of darker woods and they create perfect contrast.
Now to give the wood planks a distressed appearance, I dry brushed chalk paint over stain. I wanted the paint to look weathered. I used two accent colors to coordinate with the color scheme in my living room.
After the paint dried overnight, I created a template to help me figure out the placement of the clock numbers. I did this with a roll of craft paper and traced the circumference of the clock.
Then I began folding the paper to find the center point. I was nervous I would put the numbers too close together. This helped. The numbers should be 30 degrees apart from each other. A 30/60 triangle makes this easy to figure out.
Using a stencil and stencil brush I painted the numbers on. To make it easier, I decided I would only do numbers for 12, 3, 6, 9. The rest of the numbers would be represented by dashes. Overall, I love the look!
Final step was installing the clock motor and hands. First, I drilled a hole in the center point. With my oscillating saw, I created a recess for the motor to sit in.
Lastly, I installed the hour and minute hand following the installation instructions.
A Distressed Wood Plank Wall Clock for Less
This DIY wall clock is the perfect addition to the home decor of my farmhouse living room. I am not done with this room yet, it is an on going process. Home decorating is a journey not a sprint. I don’t mind going slow. Going slow allows me to save money and do awesome DIY projects like this distressed wood plank wall clock.
I hope this and my other DIY project inspires you to create home decor of your own.