How to Make a Faux Farmhouse Clock

An easy tutorial to make a farmhouse clock using the bottom shelf of the IKEA VITTSJÖ table or any round piece of wood

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Do you love IKEA? The prices are the best thing and not only are the pieces affordable, but they can be remade with a little ingenuity and creativity to suit any decor style!

That is the story with this coffee table (the IKEA VITTSJÖ) that I turned into a farmhouse clock. The coffee table is still completely functional because there is a glass piece as well.

Here's a picture of the coffee table without the dark shelf piece (that I snagged to make the farmhouse clock). I actually like how airy and open it looks now, so it was a win-win on all fronts 🌝

When we recently had our dungeon-ous paneled living room painted and lightened up , we took the opportunity to add some furniture and move pieces around.

We were left with the IKEA VITTSJÖ coffee table. This little $40 table had already undergone somewhat of a hack when we purchased it and I spray painted the legs with Rustoleum's Champagne Mist, a soft gold tone, to cover up the black.

However, I always knew that the bottom shelf piece would make a great farmhouse clock, and now seemed the perfect time to make it...I needed some lightweight artwork to hang above our new sofa!

How to make a farmhouse clock

This was an easy project and completed in a day! Of course you don't need to start with the IKEA VITTSJÖ! Any large round piece of wood will do! Or make a square clock!



Here's how I made this farmhouse clock using the round shelf from the IKEA VITTSJÖ coffee table.

Step 1: Paint

The first step was paint. I used Everlasting, a creamy white from DecoArt's Americana Decor Chalky Finish line. It's the perfect white for farmhouse projects; it adds a pop of brightness without being too sterile! Three thick coats did it.

Step 2: Create faux lines

I wanted to mimic the look of pallet wood, without actually having to cut into the particleboard! The answer was the Dremel. It's a rotary carving tool that we like to use for removing paint or rust from metal. I know there are many other uses. After measuring and marking every 5 inches, I used a pointed tip from the Dremel and ran it along a straight edge to create lines that give the piece the look of pallet wood!

Step 3: Sand

Next I sanded the painted piece really well, going for a very distressed look.

Step 4: Stencil the clock face

The last step was painting the roman numeral using a stencil I created with my Silhouette machine. I was able to be very precise about the length and width of my numbers because I created them right in the software and then cut them out. Black acrylic paint and a pouncing motion with a stencil brush took just a few minutes. 

Tip: to make this a functioning clock is easy; simply cut a hole in the center and insert  large clock hands. We chose to keep it purely decorative.
The clock, along with two antique bakers racks I recently found at a flea market, were the perfect additions to this painted paneled wall.

Isn't this an awesome IKEA hack? 

I love the distressed farmhouse look, and I love that it cost me nothing!

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