Monday, February 8, 2010

Family Portrait Wall Clock


I'm excited to show you my latest project: a Family Portrait Wall Clock.


Here's the story of how it came about.

We've lived in our current house for five years. Five years, and the furnishing and decorating are still a work in progress.

One feature of our kitchen and breakfast area is a stairwell leading down to the "terrace level," which is a nice way of saying that our house is built into a hillside and we therefore have what could otherwise be called a walkout basement. Actually, the downstairs is a large part of our house, since it contains a bedroom, a bathroom, an exercise room, and a media room. So I'm very happy to have an open staircase leading down to it.

What I haven't been happy with is the staircase wall. It's huge, and until today it's been blank. I've had some ideas of what to hang on this wall, my favorite being an amazing piece of architectural salvage that exists only in my mind. But since I've never been satisfied with any of my ideas, I've just left the wall blank. Two wall sconces, and lots of wall space.


Sometime over the past few months,  I thought of making a large wall clock to go in this space. I found this great kit at Hobby Lobby:


It retails for $29.99, but I got it on sale for $14.99. It comes complete with a set of Arabic numerals and a set of Roman numerals so that you can create a clock three to five feet in diameter.

I didn't want to use the vinyl numbers, though. I wanted to create my own clock "face" with photos of my family.

I combed through my pictures and found recent photos of my husband and me (for 12 o'clock), our oldest son Will (3 o'clock), our middle son Preston (6 o'clock), and our youngest son Lee (9 o'clock). I cropped photos to a 4"x4" size and printed them in black and white. That was the fun part of this project.

I found my frames at Pottery Barn:


Image courtesy of Pottery Barn

I had a Pottery Barn gift certificate, so these were free to me; the retail price for the 4"x4" size is currently $16.00.   I like the look of having all the frames just alike, but you could certainly mix it up if you'd like.

After I had my clock face photos framed, all that was left to do was to hang the clock. That was the not-so-fun part of this project. For the record, the next time I try to hang pictures in a stairwell wall, I will wait for my tall husband to get home.

Hanging the clock hands was easy as pie. The wall clock comes with a hanging bracket. You simply position this where you want it and secure it to the wall with screws. (The kit contains screws that you can fasten to a stud or position in drywall anchors. I used the anchors and they worked fine.) Once the hanging bracket is in place, it's simple to snap the clock into position.

Hanging the photos for the clock face is a little more painstaking, because you want to be sure to have the "numbers" lined up exactly with the hands of the clock. The kit comes with a handy mounting template that you can tape to the wall so that you can see exactly where the numbers should go. I used a ruler and a level to make sure that my "numbers" formed a perfect + shape and that the edge of each frame was 15 inches from the center of the clock.

And here's that wall now:


At last!  The great empty wall is empty no more.

Because the clock is hanging in a stairwell, it's a little difficult to get a good photo, but maybe seeing it from different angles will help you get an idea of how it looks.



From the other side:


Through the railing:


From across the room:



I'm so happy with how it turned out! My wall is blank no more, and the photos of my family help me remember: Tempus fugit. Time flies. Really. For the days are long, but the years are short.



44 comments:

  1. my hubby and I have been looking for a clock kit to something very similar, and have been having the hardest time! I'll be sure to look for it next time I go to HL!

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  2. What a great idea! Your wall looks fabulous. Very creative.

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  3. What a great project. I love the clock and using the photos was such an ingenius idea. Love it. Hugs, Marty

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  4. Oh, richella, that's really neat....what a good idea to fill all that space!

    Suzanne

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  5. you are brilliant! i absolutely love it.

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  6. Richella that is the neatest clock!

    I just adore your welcoming and beautiful home. The warm wall color looks fabulous.

    ~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

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  7. So unique! :) I love it...great way to think outside the box!!!!

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  8. That looks so cool!! I absolutely love it and I can't believe you hung it by yourself. You are good!
    Blessings,
    Cyndi

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  9. That turned out AWESOME! Wow!

    I have black and white frames just waiting for prints.

    I need more time! LOL.

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  10. OH I love LOVE it!! Love how you used the photos. Perfect.

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  11. And I want to come to your house cause it looks beautiful!

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  12. What a fun idea ... I love it!

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  13. This is such an awesome idea. Love the way it turned out!

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  14. I really really like that you used frames - genius of you!

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  15. What a fabulous idea, I really like it. I don't know if we have anything like that here though. Very impressed!

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  16. Richella, that is just brilliant! Love the use of the photos!

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  17. what a great idea!
    I have a small house, but if I had a large wall I would do this in a heart-beat!

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  18. i love it!!!! just might have to steal it too!

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  19. I love that idea!! What a great way to fill up a large space!

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  20. This is so awesome! I love this! I don't have anywhere to do something like this, but wish I did!

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  21. brilliant! I'm storing this idea away if I ever have a house with such great wall space :)

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  22. I love over-sized wall objects and this clock is no exception - lovely. And I love that you used black and white.

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  23. Oh adorable! I've never seen that kit, but what a great idea. It really looks great!

    Manuela

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  24. What a great idea.. It looks wonderful!!

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  25. Love it love it love it. Several weeks ago I told you I planned on copying your kitchen message center. Well, here I go again! Thanks again for the inspiration.

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  26. Wow! What a great idea!! Truly inspiring!
    ~Nancy

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  27. What a great idea!! I love it. Nice work~! =-D

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  28. Wow, Richella, that is SO cool! I love it!

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  29. Wonderful! I'm sorry I missed it until now...what an amazing idea!

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  30. How fantastic is this??? I LOVE it! I haven't seen anything like it in the blogospere. Very creative, personal, and functional. What more could a girl ask for in a project? (I hope you were featured somewhere for this!!!)

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  31. This looks so cool!

    Do you think that this kit would do the same thing?

    http://www.amazon.com/Walnut-Hollow-Big-Time-Clock/dp/B001O91X2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1273682905&sr=8-1

    I don't want to pay $30 b/c our Hobby Lobby doesn't have this on sale.

    -Ashley

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  32. This is UBER cool! I have a huge wall in my foyer that I haven't know what to do with for 16 years! FANTASTIC! Thanks for sharing ... I've linked this one and a number of your other fabulous projects!

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  33. Oh my - how cool is this! I love it. What a great idea and I just love the reminder of time flying - great project! Found you through the CSIProject Link Party today :)

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  34. What a cool idea! This would be a perfect idea to go over my fireplace, thanks for sharing!!

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  35. I get so excited when I see such a great idea. Can you tell that I'm excited???? What creativity and an overall fabulous look. Everything is right about this project. Well done! I'm going to follow you. I would love for you to stop by and follow me in return (if you want to). Again -- well done!

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