I’ve been pretty MIA lately here on my blog and it’s not because I have nothing to share with you. Quite the opposite actually. There’s just been a lot going on, I haven’t made the time to sit and share.
Today, I want to share a DIY project I did a few weeks back. I have connections (wink, wink) to free wood, pallets, and these awesomely large, round wooden disks. They are from wooden cable spools. If you’re not sure what those are, imagine a sewing spool and times it by a million. They are very big and cable or wire wrap around the base. Funny, I didn’t go to my-free-wood-source for these disks at all, I was actually in search of pallets for a few projects I had in the works. “In the works” actually means “In my brain”…I had nothing going on.
Do you like scoring free stuff ?? OMG I do! I swear when I see the word “FREE” next to just about anything my pulse quickens.
I get so excited.
I act very fast.
Then, and only then I think…why the hell did I bring this home ?!?
Thank God my husband is so accepting of this personality flaw of mine.
Love you Michael.
I came home with half a dozen disks.
Prior to my clock making, I successfully completed is this rustic outdoor tiki-esque bar made with some of the pallets I scored.
It’s more nautical-inspired than Polynesian, but you get the idea. My goal was to use materials I had on hand and with that became my nautical theme. This bar essentially cost me zilch! Yup, zero cash-ola! I’ll post separately about the pallet bar, sorry I got side-tracked.
Back to my clocks…
So here is what the cable spool disks looked like the day I brought them home.
They are pretty large at 2 feet round and are very heavy! I’ve seen so many ideas via Pinterest using these wooden disks. I settled on making a faux “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” -inspired outdoor clock to go with our new pallet bar.
I started by sanding and staining the disk. There were several imperfections in the wood but I didn’t care. I cut the numbers in vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo. Once the stain was completely dry I put the numbers in place.
Next, I painted just the outside of the clock with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White, then dark and clear waxed and sanded. I wanted a very rustic look so I heavily distressed the entire piece once the vinyl letters were removed. I tried hand-painting the clock hands originally, but I didn’t love it. I looked around our house and came across some perfect driftwood pieces. These driftwood “hands” were perfect and fit right in with our nautical pallet bar!
I was so pleased with the way this outdoor clock came out, I started right away on another! This one was made similarly, but I reversed the colors keeping the numbers white and stain for the base. I also added a nautical chart element. I have yet to find the right clock hands or mechanics, but so far here is what I have…
So, those are my free cable spool clocks and a glimpse of my outdoor pallet bar. I have a few other ideas cooking that I’m very excited to share with you, including my 2 daughters bedroom update (yet again), using pallets!
Thanks for stopping by!