Knock Off Ballard Designs Wall Clock for under $15

Thursday, January 3, 2013


This project was one that came about by accident.  Last fall, I stopped by one of my favorite antique/junk haunts.  It was a great day because I found a lot of wonderful things - a barn door covered with hay that was transformed to this, a vintage child's sled that I used here, shutter panels, four corbels, and some rusty old hardware.


After I paid the owner and was getting everything loaded up, I spotted a round piece of wood behind some other junk.  I asked the owner what it was and he said it had been a small tabletop and then said, "if you can make something out of that, you can have it!"  That's right - for FREE! 

I knew I wanted to make an oversized clock out of this wooden tabletop, so I searched the online sites of my favorite home decor stores to find one that I liked and could copy!  I decided on this one, Lanier Wall Clock from Ballard Designs.  Did you catch the price - $229! 
I used a creamy white chalk paint to paint the tabletop and it took two light coats.  Then, I cut my own Roman numeral stencils and my husband helped me with the number placement (I'm more of an eyeball-it person and he is a measurer).   Once the stencils were in their proper places, I filled them in with black craft paint.  


The Ballard Designs clock looks like it is made from several wood planks placed together.  I thought about carving grooves in the wood, but in the end, I lightly drew some pencil lines and then went over them just once with a utility knife to give the line a little depth.

I did some sanding around the edges of the clock face and then applied clear wax to the entire piece and just a little bit of dark wax.  Once the wax cured, I buffed it to a nice sheen.

I purchased the clock hands and movement mechanism from Klockit.   Here are the hands I used and here is the high torque quartz movement mechanism.  The high torque movement is needed to move the extra long hands.    The shipping time for Klockit was great and in no time, my clock was ready to hang!   


I've gotten a lot of compliments on my clock and people are surprised that I made it - so I think this project was a success!  The best part - the cost to make my oversized wall clock ended up being under $15!





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44 comments:

  1. wow, this is fabulous! It looks just as good as PB!

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  2. Looks fabulous! I want an oversized clock myself will have to look out for a suitable table top!

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  3. WOW...for only $15 you now have one awesome clock!!! I hope to see it at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  4. Your clock is amazing!! Great job.
    Mary Alice

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  5. I am in love with your clock face. I have contemplated making one, but don't trust that it will turn out right. You make it sound easy.

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  6. Your clock looks beautiful and you can't beat the price! I have thought about making one for years, but am intimidated by the number placement. I hate measuring things too! :)

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  7. Your clock turned out beautifully! Congratulations! Visiting from Feathered Nest Friday and am now following you!

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  8. How awesome is your clock!! I love seeing projects like this. Bravo on a job well done. Featuring in my weekly wow's on Saturday.

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  9. This is fabulous! I can't believe you made your own stencils. Well done. :o)

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  10. Have been looking for a new clock for my kitchen & this style would be very nice! Ya gotta love it when you can create something of your own that looks as good or better than a high end design product! And even better than that the savings of a DIY! Awesome job!

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  11. I am so impressed with your lovely clock. Thank you for sharing. Patti @ OldThingsNew

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  12. I was thinking I like the Ballard one better....and then I realized yours is the one I thought was Ballard...so therefore YOU outdid them in my opinion and they should be knocking off your design..Cheers Frances

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  13. What an amazing project! You did a wonderful job. Love it!
    Leslie
    houseontheway@gmail.com

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  14. Very impressive!! Love it!! What a great idea!!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Absolutely stunning! Great job!!

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  16. What a great idea! I love it. I saw that my local re-store has a bunch of table tops...hmmm. I may have to try this! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. WOWZA! What an awesome job, it is gorgeous! I will be keeping my eye out for an old tabletop now! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. Visited and became a follower of your beautiful blog! The clock idea is amazing! I am new to the blogging world and would love for you to visit and follow my blog Maddiebella Home as well.

    Happy New Year!

    Betty (Maddiebella Home)

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  19. Your clock is gorgeous! Thank you for mentioning where you got the clock pieces- I have a couple of clock projects and haven't been able to find the sizes I needed. (Saw you over at Knock off Decor)

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  20. So gorgeous! I have all the parts, and even ordered my clock parts from clockit, but have been too nervous to try my own. Thank you so much for sharing this! I came here from Knock off Decor. Pinning this so I will remember how to make it. If you get a chance, I would love for you to link up before midnight when my party closes. I would love to share this with my readers. Thanks!

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  21. I have been wanting to make a clock and haven't made the leap yet. Your clock came out so nicely I might have a go. What is the diameter of your clock? I have been wanting to make a huge clock and haven't found the hands as of yet.

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  22. Alyssa Teer @ The Decorating DuchessJanuary 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Hi! I'm visiting from Feathered Nest Friday. I actually like your clock better than the Ballard version. Good Job!

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  23. Doreen, your large clock turned out gorgeous! Such a dramatic statement piece--I love it!

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  24. Now I know what to do with the old tabletop I've been holding on to. Thanks!

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  25. Yowza girl, you are getting good at this. Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. You did a fabulous job on your clock. Great find and great work!

    I am like you with the eyeballing and my hubby is definitely a measurer.

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  27. Oh my goodness...I may just have to make one. FABULOUS!

    ♥Linsey

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  28. Oh my gosh- just this evening I was shopping for an oversized clock for a redo of mine - and looky what you have done, WOW. I wish I had it in me, I don't.

    I am so impressed by your amazing talents, well done!!!

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  29. Doreen,

    You always have the very best projects! LOVE this!

    Thanks so much for inspiring me today!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!
    karianne

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  30. Beautiful~ sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!!

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  31. Gorgeous! You did an amazing job... the pencil and cut lines are so authentic. I thought it was wood planks until I read your post!! Following now!

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  32. Gosh, that is really one amazing clock! Totally love it!

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  33. That is GORGEOUS. I love the paint color, and the distressing is perfect. What a fabulous result! :)

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  34. LOVE your clock! I've done two faux clocks...didn't include hands. I have pinned this, thanks for sharing the link for the klockit site!
    way to go!
    gail

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  35. I'm looking at the KlockIt website and wondering if you used a 12 hr or a 24 hr kit. I don't know the difference so hopefully you do! :-)

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  36. I LOVE what you have done with this clock!I'm redoing our bathroom and wanted to put a giant clock on the wall but haven't found anything, so your idea is perfectly superb for what I want to do! Thank you for sharing!
    Alethea

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  37. This is absolutely awesome! I like yours even better than Ballards! Great job!
    ~Kim @ Sand & Sisal

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  38. I like your clock better than the PB inspiration - nice job!! Don't you just love when people give you something w/such potential for free?!?

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  39. I just now came across this and its stunning! You did such a fantastic job. Thanks so much for sharing where you purchased the clock parts. xoxo

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  40. I just love your clock! May I ask if you used a Short shaft, or a Long shaft...also what dial thickness & hand shaft length would you suggest. I also am re-purposing an old round table that is approximately 1/2' thick/deep and it is 19 1/2' round

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  41. Totally stealing this idea for our new house. Thanks for sharing!

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