Friday

Pottery Barn Knockoff–Distressed Clock Decor

Ahhhhhh Pottery Barn.  The gorgeous pictures, the GIANT price tags.  If only we could re-create for less everything we see in that magazine.  Well today’s post will give that a try  – Pottery Barn for under $10.00.  Yep, that’s right, this next project cost me around 6 bucks. 

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When I was at the thrift store I spotted this lonely round board.  It was almost 2 feet around, insanely heavy and covered in laminate but I thought hummmm……this has some CLOCK potential!

 So I bought it for a whopping $1.50.


Here is the lovely BEFORE picture:

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And here is the AFTER:

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Now how I got there. :-)

First I distressed the plastic and wood by sawing the edges, hammering the center, and quickly sanding the entire circle.  I didn’t spend a lot of time doing this because I had another idea to help with the distressing which you’ll see in the next few steps.


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Next I spray painted the circle in a grey primer.  Yep – that is SNOW you see on the ground – can’t keep this crafty gal down!  (although it made the spray paint almost impossible to dry and I was absolutely freezing doing it!) Once it was dry I did a regular cream spray paint over it.

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Next step was to figure out the best way for me to put on the Roman Numeral numbers.  I don’t own any fancy gadgets (like the silhouette or cricut) but I have a computer and free clip art so I just printed out on cardstock (thicker paper) a set of different sized numbers and placed them on the clock to see if I liked the look.  Yep, it looks just fine and NO, that is NOT a toilet seat that it is sitting on.  I am way too classy to do something like post a toilet on my blog. Smile

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So now I move on to my other idea of how to really achieve texture on this clock o’ mine. 
With Mod Podge (or a glue and water mixture) paint a thin layer on the clock surface and apply the crinkled tissue paper. Next I  “painted” the clock with the glue mixture over the tissue.

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This is hard to see but it left little crinkled lines and indents throughout the piece.  Let dry completely. 

Next, spray another coat of cream spray paint over the top.  Let dry.  If this clock will be used on the wall, not just sitting on a mantle, this would be the time to screw in some nails and a wire for it to hang on.

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Now for the fun part. :-)

 Create an espresso color glaze by mixing a standard brown paint with clear glaze – about a 1:4 ratio. (one part paint to four parts glaze) Spread over the entire clock and just dap off in spots.  It should just fill in the edges and make the crevices pop with brown aging color. I left a lot of the brown on around the edges.  I played around with some rusty browns and some other colors to really pull off the look I wanted.  Start with one layer and just keep adding more color and more layers till you have achieved the look you want.  When you use paint with the glaze it is easy. Spots you don’t like come off easily when you wipe them.

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I had bought these rusty old screw tacks at a thrift store previously and had them laying around the house so I wanted to use them.  The only problem was I couldn’t just nail them in because whatever that board was made of (MDF?) just completely bent the nail!  I actually had to drill a hole in it first and then hammer the tacks in.  I am NOT good with power tools (see this bread box post) so this was quite an accomplishment.  You could also use furniture tacks, faux scrapbooking tacks/brads or even buttons if you are making this at home.  It’s all about the creativity – have fun with this project – nothing is “wrong!” 


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Next I took a pencil and made sure I had the correct spots to put my numbers. I calculated the quarters and then took a pencil on a string to draw my perfect circle where all the bottom of the  numbers would line up. I just outlined my cardstock roman numerals with a pencil and made sure it was right before I painted them in with black paint.  (you could even just fill it in with a permanent marker too) 


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Just for extra measures I did a clear top coat of polyurethane.  OK, I didn’t really do that – but you should :-)

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Am I done?  Sure, why not. :-) 

 I think it looks just as good as the EXPENSIVE pottery barn clock décor, don’t you? 

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Cost break down:

Circular piece of wood: 1.50
Cream paint: 3.25 (I had white on hand but wanted it creamier)
Glue: 0.34
Tacks: 0.25 (I paid about 1.00 for 30 of them)
I had all the other paints on hand from other miscellaneous projects.

So grand total I spent: $5.34

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Remember, there is no wrong way to do this. :-)  

Even coping this idea on a square piece of wood (like the original Pottery Barn clock) would turn out awesome.  Just get those Creative Juices  going and have fun!

Linking to Young House Love (along w Kate Renee and Emily) Pinterest party!


UPDATE: I just finished building my new Old World Tuscan House!  Click the link to be taken on a tour but I wanted to let you see where I put this clock in my new house, PLUS give you lots of tips and tricks how to decorate the top of your cabinets or hutches..... ENJOY!


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106 comments:

  1. I LOVE IT!!!!!! very creative. You did an awesome job! :)

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  2. That turned out AWESOME!!!! I actually think I like it BETTER than the PB one! :)

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  3. That is fabulous! I'm on the hunt for something round now!

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  4. I really like how this turned out! Love the tissue-paper mod-podge, and the tacks add just the right touch.
    Thanks for visiting Red Hen Home!

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  5. Selina,
    that is amazing you are so creative; I love the way you can create something out of nothing great job!

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  6. I love your project! Great inspiration for a future project. Robyn

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  7. Very pretty! You did a great job!!

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  8. This turned out beautifully. I love Pottery Barn too and love it when you can create such a nice knockoff.
    Thanks for the tutorial.

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  9. I have that PB picture saved on my computer for inspiration, and I love how you pulled it all off. It's so great to see projects like this to get my creative juices and courage up. :) Good job.

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  10. Wow Selina, this is awesome! Thanks for commenitng on my coffee table. I've had a few people enquire about a more detailed 'how to' on achievig natural-looking heavy distressing. I'll try to post about it in more detail soon.
    Kristine
    xox

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  11. Wow! You are quite the creative lady.

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  12. Great job! I really love it and thanks for the tutorial too.

    Carolyn

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  13. What a great project!! Looks as good as the original. Very creative. Happy VTT!

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  14. Wonderful project and I have three round boards that will now be clocks. Just became your latest follower. Hope you will ehck me out and follow back.
    xojana

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  15. Awesome job! That looks fabulous! Thanks so much for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party! :)

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  16. Impressive! It looks perfect! I love it when I find random things at thrift stores and that imaginary light bulb above my head starts to shine!

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  17. Well done! Love the craftiness! Now a follower! Have a great weekend!

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  18. I'm your newest follower from the Friday Blog Hops! Come check out my blog at: http://adventuresofathriftymommy.blogspot.com/

    Have a great day!

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  19. What a find! I'm inspired to head to Goodwill myself today! You did a great knock off. I blogged about it here: http://holy-craft.blogspot.com/2011/03/things-i-love-this-week.html

    Stop on by and see.

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  20. Cute Blog! I’m a new follower Happy Friday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!
    http://heavenlysavings.blogspot.com

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  21. what a great idea!!! I love this... it looks so pretty. Here’s another party if you would like to link up… http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/03/project-party-weekend-5-ways-to-re.html

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  22. love this idea. you did a great job on this! I am a new follower, would love have you follow back at creativesouthernhome.blogspot.com

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  23. I was impressed by the photos of the tutorial but more impressed by the price tag! Nice Job
    Here from the Blog Hop and now following
    Hope you can visit and follow back!

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  24. omg.. awesome! new follower.. would love a visit and follow back, laura@imnotatrophywife.com

    http://imnotatrophywife.com

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  25. Mary@lookingupforhelp.blogspot3/4/11, 10:09 PM

    You amaze me :) That is an incredible knock off from that Potter Barn $$$ clock! Good job!

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  26. Wow! What an amazing transformation! You're very creative and did a great job!

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  27. Awesome! Looks great!

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  28. Love it, looks awesome!

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  29. That looks great! I'm in awe! I just found your site and have been looking all around. I am in the process of decorating my house and looking for inspiration. I actually did a post on help me decorate my dining room yesterday. I'd appreciate your ideas.
    http://www.organizewithsandy.com/blog
    I'm not on blogger, so its a pain to get to my blog from the google link.
    Thanks

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  30. This is incredible! Kudos to you for all your creativity & hard work! Pottery Barn...look out! Thrifty, creative women don't NEED you!

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  31. I LOVE this!! I would love for you to share it at my Linky Party!

    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

    xoxokara

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  32. OMG! I just did a decorative bowl in mod podge and tissue paper! Was saving it for Friday's post... I'll link this up to my blog when I do it though. Love the clock! It definitely is my style ~ great job! :)

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  33. LADY that is just the COOLEST. I love your creative mind! I am really impressed! Now I wanna make a clock!

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  34. Love this! The tissue paper gives it such a neat look!

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  35. Fantastic job!! I LOVE this!!!

    I found you through Blue Cricket Design party!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

    www.inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

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  36. wow this is beautiful I am amazed. Thank you for sharing this I would love to try this. I found your project at the blue cricket design link party

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  37. I really enjoyed visiting your blog! I am your newest follower and hope you visit me as well! =)
    http://the-w-s.blogspot.com/

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  38. Nice job!! I love how it turned out, and for less than $10. Thanks for entering Thrifty Thursday. I hope you sign up to be an email subscriber so I can feature you next week!!

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  39. WOW! You are so talented! This is beautiful!
    Justsewsassy.com

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  40. Absolutely beautifully done! So glad I saw your linkup at "What Allie's Making Now"! Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  41. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today on FTF! Thanks for linking and grab a featured button if you would like one! Thanks!

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  42. It's exciting to find another blog sister that is creative. I am your newest follower and love this clock. I happen to be working on one now so this is real inspiration. Check out my site sometime.

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  43. We featured you over at Justsewsassy.com! Feel free to grab a button!

    Thanks for sharing this!

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  44. Great Job! Looks awesome!

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  45. You did a great job! You definitely did a knock-off job.

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  46. I saw this when it was on TT&J and I think I commented there. (can't remember) But I do remember I saw your clock and you inspired me to post about my pears because of it! So thank you!
    :)
    Following you too!

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  47. That is absolutely amazing!

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  48. WOW! Very cool!
    Fabulous job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  49. I am a sucker for those type of looking clocks and have been wanting a large one for my livingroom wall. You made this look so easy.
    Great job on it!!

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  50. Wow very impressive! Fantastic finish.

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  51. Very creative and very impressive! To get that look for only 6 buck... You did a great job, well done! absolutely love it.

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  52. Very cool knock off! Thanks for sharing!

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  53. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us...Have a WONDERFUL Week!!
    Barb

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  54. Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara



    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

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  55. Clever, amazing, creative - what a great knock-off! Love, love, love this....can't wait to check out more of your projects. Your newest follower,
    Teresa@Much-A-Do

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  56. Feature Alert! Feature Alert!

    That's right! You were featured today over at Today's Top 20!

    Hope to chat soon!

    Amanda
    www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  57. I just love it! It looks like a Pier 1 Item (No fooling), just awesome!

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  58. the tissue paper was absolutely genius! love the end result - so fantastic!

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  59. the tissue paper was absolutely genius! love the end result - so fantastic!

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  60. That's so neat - I was actually surprised you didn't make it into a real clock. You can buy the kits with the hands that you can attach to anything, even the wall, from craft stores.

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  61. Wow, lady, I'm lovin' that. That is some "knock-off." I so want to do one of these for the new house. You have a new follower & a spot on my sidebar. I will be checking back often.
    CAS

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  62. Oh wow, Cas from An Oasis in the Desert sent me over here. I think I have all of the "stuff" to do this with, and am going to attempt as soon as I get a free minute! Great job, and thanks.

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  63. This is just super! I'm a new blogger and I love getting ideas from you creative ladies!
    Fondly, Tami
    www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

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  64. Quite extraordinary !!! Seems easy, but I'm sure it's a lot of work ... precision and accuracy.. Love it!

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  65. I've been wanting one of these! The tissue paper was an inspired idea! Thanks.

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  66. This is just gorgeous! I am in love! I am bookmarking this page to try. What a great tutorial too!

    I am your newest follower

    Visiting from Tip Junkie :)

    By the way you should submit this to Knock off Decor if you haven't already!

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  67. this is amazing and oh so cheap! i love it!!!!

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  68. Your clock is truly amazing and I can't believe you did it for that price. You should be so proud! Adorable!

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  69. Gorgeous and I love the price tag!!! Bravo!

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  70. wow! love it, great knockoff, i have a party going on right now, would love it you shared this. http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/04/anything-goes-party-12.html

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  71. this is beautiful Selina! I just featured you and this project on my site: www.thriftyandchic.com.

    Have a great weekend!
    ~Alicia

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  72. Thanks for posting, and pointing out that the PB clock is square, cause I don't have a round piece of wood, BUT I do have a square piece. This is defo going to be one of my next projects!!

    Good job!!!!!

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  73. I love large vintage clocks, but the price tag always scare me off. Yours looks amazing and for a price I can handle!

    I'm hosting a knock off contest that ends this Friday. Come link up if you would like the chance to win some awesome prizes!

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  74. Wow, what a great transformation! Fantastic job!

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  75. new follower... i am in LOVE with this clock. LOVE

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  76. I LOVE your knock off clock! Looks like the real thing! Very impressive!

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  77. It looks fabulous! You did a wonderful job and I love the price!

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  78. Hiya! I mentioned you in my recent blog post. I used the tissue/glue with another project!

    http://creativecreations-tals.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-diy-cafe-kitched-sign.html

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  79. The clock looks "fantastic"...I know what it's like to drool over pottery barn...I've been eyeballing the furniture slip covers but for $1800 I will have to pass and buy a bib for my drool instead...LOL!!!

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  80. A good friend of mine made a square one of these and gave it to my husband and I as a wedding gift. It ticks and tells time. It's beautiful as a gift as well. She painted above the hands of the clock, " Once in a while love gives us a fairytale.". Then below wrote our last name, est. 2009. The year we were married. Someone was just asking me how you make one of these. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  81. beautiful & well done! putting this in my favorites so i can 'copy' you! :)

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  82. Hi Selina....no I hadn't seen yours. Thanks for the link! I love how yours is actually round!

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  83. Followed a link from Thrifty Decor Chick and LOVE this. Also enjoyed your writing throughout the post, like having a conversation with someone more than reading a "How to" - officially bookmarking your blog :)

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  84. Nice and thanks!

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  85. Okay, this is incredible! It turned out so beautiful! You are so creative, Selina.

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  86. Parabéns...você é uma grande artista!!Ficou lindo!!Beijos!!

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  87. You can get a high torque movement and hands big enough for the clock at Hobby Lobby or you can order them online at Klockit.com. I made a similar one with crackle paint and mdf board.

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  88. Brian and Collette, what kind of a saw did you use to cut the MDG board and if it was a jigsaw, what type of blade? I would love to try this but am not too good at cutting circles so they look good.

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  89. Hi Selina! You are very creative! I love your version! Awesome deal on the board too! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I appreciate your comments and visit! Take care!

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  90. Wow Selina, this is beautiful. I was just thinking to myself today that I needed to make a clock for my family room - no lie!! This would be perfect. Visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick. Stop by anytime :)

    Shari

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  91. Very pretty and very creative!!

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  92. What an amazing transformation! Awesome job!

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  93. I love copying anything PB and created my own working large wall clock several years ago using actual wood FAC ( found at curb), acrylic paints, crackle medium and stain. All I bought were the clock works. I've made those framed bells too. At the moment I'm working on a coffee table. Keep those PB catalogs coming and I'll be off to Home Depot or Lowes again

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  94. The pottery barn knock off distressed clock is given in the post here

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  95. Pottery barn knock off distressed clock. Read to know more

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  96. Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration

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  97. pretty, but the Roman numeral 4 is IV not IIII

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    1. Yes, you are totally right :-) When I saw that myself I was thinking WHY did I do that? Oh well....good thing it's just decoration and not even a real clock. Next time I'll do it right - very silly of me :-)

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