Saturday, March 24, 2012

Frameless Clock

Robert and I had been looking for a clock forever. He is picky about clocks, which is strange because the man doesn't have opinions about practically anything. But clocks? Boy, does he ever. 

Although I know one thing that just always wins him over...the word cheap. 

So we made one, and it was so fun and we both love it. 

All you need to make one of your own is:

-  some wooden letters (we got our from, I highly recommend searching MarvsCars on etsy) 
- a clock movement (Amazon Clock Movement
- Silver paint, or whichever color you choose (Blick Acrylic Paint

First, I painted all the parts of the clock movement separately. I needed quite a few coats of silver arcylic paint, but it was worth it and only took a few minutes per coat. 

Then I painted all of the numbers, which took practically no time at all. You may need to sand them down a little, but that took me about 5 minutes total. 

Once everything was dry I put the clock movement together and hung it on the wall. Depending on the size of the numbers you get (we had 3" numbers that were 1/4" thick) you can make the clock however big or small you like. 

To make the clock perfectly round, I but the 12, 3, 6, and 9 up on the wall first, then just eyeballed the remaining numbers so that it looked nice (I think). 

I attached ours to the wall with just a few dots of wood glue on the back of each number. This way, You can pluck them off when you want to move it. You could also use hot glue, which is even less permanent! 

I hope you like!

Friday, March 23, 2012

New Bed, Part I

I KNOW! I haven't updated in such a very long time. It must be so frustrating for all of my family loyal readers! I told myself that I shouldn't have even created the blog until I had about 100 posts saved up because the last thing that this procrastinator needs is more excuses.  But in one tragic burst of creative thinking, I started the blog. Then I did nothing for months. 


Since I had my son, I've been on an unending quest to redo our entire apartment. To give you an idea, we got most everything that made up our apartment for free or from a garbage toss (yikes) and I was sick and tired of it all. One thing we did at first was make a headboard. I'm planning on making a bed frame as well, which will be posted later (or at my rate, sometime in 2020). 

I love the look of a tufted headboard. I love the price of a DIY headboard! It was the best of both worlds and also, super easy. We just got a piece of plywood cut to the dimensions that we wanted and then drilled holes into the plywood where we wanted the buttons. 

After the drilling, we covered our plywood in memory foam. I actually bought an egg carton topper from bed bath and beyond on clearance for only a few dollars, which saved tons of money. 

We then simply pulled our fabric (upholstery quality, from Joann Fabrics "Circa Solid Salt") over the egg carton and stapled it to the back of the wood. I should take a picture of the back of it. IT IS UGLY! 

We took our buttons that were simply made from a button covering kit (also from Joann fabric- ) and thread them through the fabric and out through the holes with EMBROIDERY thread. That is important because it is so much tougher than other types of thread. Once the thread was pulled through and exposed in the back, we stapled it down to the wood. 

I love that tufted headboards look so cosy, although I subsequently want to lay in bed all day. Oh well. Life is full of hardships I guess. 

To make sure that we got it to look very cushion-y, Robert pushed the buttons as hard has he could towards the back of the headboard, then I pulled the thread tightly and stapled it. Having two people for this step makes a big difference in how deep the buttons lay in the headboard. 

We just hung it up with D hooks ( into wall studs. It was so easy! 

I'm going to get better at taking pictures during the projects and not just after, so stick with me!