I have a project that I’ve been waiting for months to share with you!
One sweltering day last summer, I went on a junkin’ trip with my friend Amy from Atta Girl Says. We both found lots of treasures that day, but we were on the lookout for something we could use for a project for the Chic Chateau Showhouse. Don’t remember what that is? It was a designer decorated showhouse where the proceeds benefited a local charity. The whole premise behind the decor was “repurposing and upcycling”. Everything was for sale at the end of the show for great prices. Take the full tour HERE if you haven’t seen it. There are tons of ideas to inspire you.
Back to the project. Amy wanted to repurpose a changing table into a potting bench, which you can see above. Isn’t it just the most adorable thing?!?! Click HERE to see how she accomplished the amazing transformation. I wanted to make a garden clock that could be displayed along with the potting bench.
I had a vision in my head. Instead of a clock with rusty, crusty gardening tools, I wanted it to be bright and cheerful. Thus my choice for new and colorful gardening tools to be the “numbers”. I found them at Tuesday Morning. I wanted it to be a living clock too. So instead of a gardening tool, I placed a galvanized bucket at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 positions on the clock face. If I were making it for myself, I would have put live plants into the buckets, but since this was going to be in showhouse for two weeks (and couldn’t be watered), I opted for some faux succulents to fill my buckets.
I had assumed that I’d have to use an old pallet or reclaimed wood and was dreading trying to cut a perfect circle, but we came across an old tabletop for $5 – perfect! At the time, we had our old house up for sale and renovations were going on at our new house, so there was no place for me to set up to paint to create a faux weathered finish on the tabletop. Fortunately, Amy volunteered to help me out by taking the table to her house to paint.
Amy applied a base coat of gray chalk paint, then topped it off with a some watered down white chalk paint to achieve the look I was after.
And then that puppy came home to me so that I could finish it up! Here are the supplies that you’ll need.
round table top or wood cut into a circular shape
chalky paint, old brushes and rags for wiping to achieve the weathered look
2 “D” ring picture hangers
4 galvanized buckets
4 pipe clamps to hold the buckets, can be found in the plumbing section at any home improvement/hardware store
4 screws to attach the pipe clamps to the table top
gardening tools of your choice
plants, real or faux
compass shaped stencil or sticker
clock hands, I purchased mine HERE
wooden cabinet knob
black craft paint
It’s a pretty straight forward process to assemble the clock:
1. BEFORE painting, attach a “D” ring hanger on each side of what will be the back of the clock. Make sure they are placed more than halfway to the top and that they are perfectly straight across from one another – or else your clock will hang crooked.
2. Paint the clock face. Apply/paint the compass in the exact center. I chose not to use the N, E, S and W letters.
3. Taking into consideration the location of the “D” ring hangers, attach the pipe clamps at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 positions, using a screw to attach each one to the clock face. Adjust their opening to fit the circumference of your pots.
Here’s how it looked while I checked the opening of the pipe clamps against my buckets.
4. I don’t have a picture of this, but paint the wood knob black. It will be used to look like it is what’s holding the clock hands. Using the epoxy, glue the hands to the center of the compass medallion and then glue the knob to the top of the hands (where the hands would normally be attached).
5. Without gluing, place each piece where you want it to go. It’s best to do this before gluing because you’ll probably have to make adjustments.
6. Glue the gardening tools in place and fill the pots with plants. You’re done!
I could have made my clock fully functional with the addition of a clock mechanism, but I chose not to in case someone wanted to hang the clock outside on a porch or on the side of the shed.
Do you think that you’d like to make one?