In today’s post, I’m re-creating a cool decorative wall clock I saw on West Elm. I’ve been loving the colour-blocked, minimalist clocks that seem to be trending these days. When I saw this wall clock on West Elm for US$99.00, I instantly loved the design but knew I could create a DIY wall clock for far less.
For this West elm-inspired DIY, I’m excited to be joining some other ahmazing bloggers who are each recreating a high-end piece for a fraction of the cost. There are some really awesome knock-offs so be sure to check out their DIYs linked at the end of this post!
I’m working on my home office nook right now and wanted a wall clock to add above my desk. I’ve had this souvenir London clock for years and thought it was time for a makeover. It was in our dining room but wasn’t in use since the battery died ages ago so it was just hanging there.
I’m decorating with black, grey and white with touches of pink and copper/rose gold so I decided the use those colours for this DIY wall clock.
West Elm-inspired DIY Wall Clock
- Spray paint in colours of choice – I used white for the base and copper
- Acrylic paint
- Painter’s tape
After removing the clock hardware, I spray painted the face of the clock with 3 coats of white paint. I initially did 2 coats because I liked that some of the old graphics were slightly coming through. But I ended up going back and adding a 3rd coat to cover it completely.
After letting it dry for 10 mins (directly in front of a high-powered fan), I taped off 2 sections for the colour blocks. I eyeballed the dimensions so the lines don’t form perfect 90-degree angles but it’s fine for me.
Next, I painted the bigger section with the black acrylic paint and removed the tape while it was still slightly wet.
Then I painted the smaller section in grey. This was a matt emulsion paint, not acrylic like the black. Again, I removed the tape before the paint dried completely.
While that dried, I spraypainted the clock hands and screws.
For the scribble, I was beginning to overthink it #perfectionistprobs, so I just decided to dab the paint and start moving the brush without a real plan. Ha!
The lines came out thicker than I planned even though I used an old eyeliner brush. So maybe use light strokes if you want fine lines.
I left it to dry in front of a fan for about 15 mins before putting the clock back together.
And here’s the result.
My wall clock is much smaller than the version I was inspired by but even if it were a bigger clock, DIYing it would still be cheaper. I did this DIY late at night and with the drying times (and stopping to take photos) it took just over an hour.
And since I already had all the items on hand, it was free!
If you have an old clock lying around that perhaps no longer matches your decor, I hope this inspired you to give it a quick facelift. A couple cans of spray paint and some acrylic paint can cost less than USD15!
While taking photos of the wall clock above my desk, I decided on a whim to place it in my DIY tablet stand made from a bookend. So if you don’t want to damage your walls, this is a cool way to place your clock on your desk. I actually kinda prefer it like this!
Pretty cool makeover, dontyathink?
Don’t forget to pin this DIY Wall Clock inspo for future reference!
Now, for some more inspiration, be sure to check out these other awesome knock-offs linked below the photo.
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The DIY Nuts: DIY Marbled Pots
Our Happily Ever Home: Wayfair-Inspired DIY Wooden Candlesticks
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