White Washed Clock

White Washed Clock

Create a white washed clock for the vintage finishing touch in your space.

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(7) 1”x6”x4’ boards
(2) 1”x3” boards
Impact driver drill
Measuring tape
3/8” Drill bit
100-Grit sandpaper
White and gray latex interior wall paint
Paint pan
Paint stick
Old rags
Latex or rubber gloves
Clock mechanism (battery, gear pack and winding tip and nuts; from craft store)
House numbers (to create numbers 1-12)
(2) ¾” Screw Eye
Wire cutters
14-gauge x 100ft galvanized hanging wire1-¼” x 8 drywall screws30-50lb picture-hanging hook with nail


To create the clock face:

  1. Lay the seven 1”x6” boards side-by-side on your workspace. Make sure the tops and bottoms of each are flush and create a straight line across both the top and bottom.
  2. Lay the 1”x3” boards perpendicularly across the 1”x6” boards, placing one about 6” from the top and one about 6” from the bottom.
  3. With the impact driver, drive one screw into each 1”x6” and through the 1”x3” sitting on top of it.
  4. With measuring tape, locate the center point of the newly constructed platform and mark it with a pencil. Drive one screw into this point, being sure not to drive the screw completely into the boards. Determine how long you want the clock’s diameter to be. Start by deciding how long  the radius will be and multiply that length by two. Take the desired measurement of the radius and cut a piece of twine to this same measurement. See image below.
  5. Tie the twine to the screw in the center point of the boards. Tie a pencil to the opposite end of the twine and pull the string tightly. With the pencil in hand, draw a perfect circle on top of the boards to outline the clock’s body.
  6. Using the drill and 3/8” drill bit, remove the screw and drill a hole where the screw was.
  7. Using the jigsaw, carefully cut along the drawn lines to create the clock’s body. You may need to add a few smaller pieces of 1”x3” to join any pieces of the 1”x6” boards that are no longer secured by the initial two 1”x3” boards, due to them being cut.
  8. Using sandpaper, sand and smooth all of the edges.

To white wash the clock face:


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  1. Create a gray wood stain by pouring equal parts gray paint and water into the paint pan and mixing them with a paint stirrer.
  2. Wearing gloves, dip a cloth into the stain and rub a light coat of the stain onto the clock face, making sure to wipe along the grain of the wood. If the coat ends up being too dark, take a new rag and apply clean water to the stained face to lighten it up.
  3. Mix a 90/10 ratio of water with a white wood stain. Apply the white stain in the same manner as the gray stain,
  4. Take a dry rag and wipe the clock face along the grain to create a vintage feel.
  5. Place the house numbers around the perimeter of the clock and secure each into position with the screws included with the numbers at the time of purchase.

 To attach the clock’s hands:

  1. Determine the girth of the winding tip on the clock mechanism and drill a hole into the center point that you used to draw the initial circle. Be sure to use a drill bit that will widen the hole enough to accommodate the winding tip.
  2. Place the clock mechanism’s winding tip into the widened center hole, inserting it from the back of the clock. Tighten the wing nut onto the spinning part, which is now sticking out of the front of the clock face.
  3. Place the clock hands on top of the wing nut, hour hand first and secure them both with the second nut. Set the correct time and insert a battery into the back clock mechanism to engage the time.

To hang the clock:

  1. Install the screw eyes on the back of the clock face, about 1/3 of the way down from the top. The screw eyes should be positioned about 1” from either edge of the clock. Secure them by twisting into place slowly and carefully by hand, making sure they are firmly attached. Once installed, the eyes of the screws should be facing each other.
  2. Using the wire cutters, cut a piece of picture hanging wire to the same length as the diameter of the clock’s body plus about eight extra inches for securing the wire.
  3. Run the ends of the wire into the screw eyes. Tie a loop around the screw eyes and then tightly twist the excess around the wire itself. The wire should now be taut.
  4. Install the picture-hanging hook where you’d like to hang the clock and carefully slip the clock into place, hanging it by the hanging wire. The hook should be resting directly in the center of the wire to guarantee that the clock will be hanging straight.

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