Monday, February 13, 2012

Mantel Clock Knock Off

Pottery Barn $129.00
Hi Everyone!  Happy Monday.  I woke up to a light snow that has continued on and off all morning.  It's only a light snow so it's not adding up to too much.  I wanted to share with you the project I was working on yesterday.  As I was salivating over the new Pottery Barn catalog (so many wonderful items I would love to have) I came across the Railroad Mantel Clock.  Have you seen it?
I love the look of this clock.  But I certainly don't love the price tag.  So I decided to make one.  
And here's what I came up with.  What do you think?
 I found this clock at the dollar store for $5.00 a while back, but it was too big for the wall that I wanted to hang it on.  So it's been sitting in my storage room for about a year.
 I also had this 18" round left over from another project.  And it was the perfect size to go behind the clock.
 I had to cut out the center of the round board so that the back of the clock had a place to be recessed into since it was not flush with the face.  And this way the battery and clock mechanism could easily be reached.
I sort of forgot to take some pictures as I was putting the base together.  I used two 1x12".  I cut a curve out of one of them so the clock  had a place to sit in.   
 I attached the two 1x12" with glue and nails.  Then I cut a 1x4" to frame the two 1x12" and give the base a more finished look.
Then I attached the round with glue, nails and a couple of screws.  I wanted to make it more stable so I used a 1x6" and attached it to the base.  Sorry no picture of it before I started painting.  I filled all the nail holes and gave it a good sanding.
I started by painting the whole thing black.  Then I added a coat of gold paint.  Then a mix of gold, black and brown.  Then another layer of watered down black.  I was trying to match the clock since I didn't want to paint the clock.  Once I was happy with the paint job, I put a coat of matte sealer on it and then glued the clock to the round using Gorilla Glue.
And this is how it turned out. 
 I'm so happy with the way it turned out.
Here's a close up of the paint next to the clock.  I think I did a pretty good job of matching it to the clock.
Sorry I don't have a full tutorial with all the pictures, but once I started putting it together, I forgot to pick up the camera until it was too late. 
Now I need to make room for it on the shelf in my living room.  I don't have a mantel but I think it will look nice on the shelf.  The boards I used were all scrap pieces left over from bigger projects and I had the paint and the clock.  So it didn't cost me anything to make it.  Thanks for stopping by.

Linking to: 


  1. New follower from LF Party hop. Love it if you could visit me at

  2. I love it! What a great transformation and you can't beat the thrifty price.

  3. It's posts like this that make me feel so inadequate! I can't even measure accurately even if I did think I could make a clock!


  4. Awesome! I love it when someone does something amazing with a dollar store find. I hope you'll come link this clock up at my Cowgirl Up! Linky party tonight or tomorrow!!

  5. Wow, what a terrific job! You are very talented.
    I'm your newest follower, Mary Alice

  6. Holly-you did a fabulous job on this clock! I'm super impressed with your circle! :)
    Love your clock, so thrifty! Looks just as good as poverty barn


  7. Wow, this is gorgeous! What a great new piece to have! Wonderful!

  8. Amazing idea! Your clock is a great copy cat of the Pottery Barn clock! I love it! I'm now following on Linky Follower and GFC. I look forward to more inspiring posts! Thanks for stopping by my blog too!

  9. Wow you did an amazing job on this clock! Great job at seeing something beforehand and being able to put it together to make it beautiful! I would definitely make this for my mantel.

  10. Unbelievable. You're now one of my newest super-hero's! I'm so glad I found you over at Natural-Nesters so that I can start following you. It looks like I've got a lot of catching up to do with reading your blog. Great job. I'm your newest follower.

    Hugs...Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute♥

  11. The clock turned out awesome! What a great idea.

  12. I think it looks amazing! Very creative. I just made a clock myself! Swing by and check it out if you'd like!

  13. Very impressive. Love it! It looks so similar in style to the Pottery Barn knock off!!

    Thanks for linking up to the Take it on Tuesday blog hop!!

  14. I love these clocks too, you did an amazing job! Please stop over and share this idea at Mix it up Monday:

    I hope to see you soon :)

  15. Nice work! Never thought about making one of these myself!

    Thanks for linking up at Creatively Living!


  16. LOVE LOVE LOVE creative and resourceful! You'll definitely get a lot of good use out of this clock....YOUR clock!


  17. This is FANTASTIC and completely brilliant! Thanks so much for linking up at Cowgirl Up! Hope to see you next week!
    Amanda @ The Ivy Cottage Blog

  18. Great, great, great idea! I love that it just doesn't hang on the wall like the rest of them! Great re-purpose!

  19. This is awesome! What a fantastic idea! You guys just amaze me, I would never think of something like that! Thanks for sharing and I'll be featuring this on my spotlight post tonight!

  20. Amazing!! It is gorgeous! Coming to you from a turtles life for me I saw you featured! Congrats!

  21. How clever!!! Nothing is better than FREE!!! It turned out so lovely I think I like it better than the Pottery Barn one. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  22. Hey congrats! You are one of this weeks features at the Naturally-Nifty Linky Party! Stop by and check it out and link up any new stuff you have been doing! Also thanks for having our button on your page! We love it!

  23. I featured this Mantel Knock-off on my Take it on Tuesday blog hop:

    Feel free to grab a feature button!

  24. This is SO AWESOME!!!! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity!!! Excited to see your newest project linked up at tomorrow's party! {opens in the morning}. Also, my giveaway for 1000 free full color business cards ends at midnight!!! Stop by to enter! I'm happy to be following inspiring! XO, Aimee

  25. This comment has been removed by the author.

  26. Really this is very fantastic clock that made in the pure circular shape . Mantel clock also in a best circular shape with lots of designed . That looks very impressive and attractive.Thanks for these tips.

  27. Great idea for a project - thanks for the step by step guide. Mantel clocks are a wonderful finishing touch to any interior design.