When I passed up buying this grandfather clock wall decal while shopping at IKEA last Spring, I regretted the decision and kicked myself on the way home. I loved the idea of making an IKEA Painted Clock, but I wasn’t sure where it should go in my living room. On the drive home I finally thought of the perfect place for it, but since the nearest IKEA is 5 hours away from my home I had to put this project idea on hold for while. So on our next trip out of town, we made a stop at IKEA and I purchased it. I love this wall decal because I can’t afford a real grandfather clock, and this one doesn’t take up much room! Not to mention, this was a super easy project and a way to add some personality to my living room! This decal only cost me $9.99, and I already had the other supplies on hand. I had this blank wall space in my living room, and I couldn’t decide what to do about it. I thought about hanging a coat rack, but since I have a coat closet I didn’t need one. I didn’t want shelving since there’s such a small space between the door and the wall when the door is open. I toyed around with doing a board and batten wall, but I wasn’t sold on that idea either. So when I thought of placing my IKEA painted clock on this wall, I knew I had finally found the perfect solution for this space!I started out by cutting the decal out with my scissors. I cut as close to the sticker’s edge as possible. I taped it into place on the wall and used a pencil to trace slightly inside the outline of the clock. I removed the decal from the wall, then used a paintbrush to paint the inside of the clock outline white. Since I used a paintbrush and not a roller, I added Floetrol to the paint to prevent the appearance of brushstrokes. It took two coats of paint to get a good, smooth finish. Once the paint was dry, I peeled the decal off the backing and applied my “clock” to the wall. I worked from the bottom up, making sure the black lines covered the white edges of the paint. Now my clock was complete. No…wait! What time is it? Hmm…we need a clock face!I hung my clock into place, and then my project was really complete!Oh my goodness….I love it! I can’t believe it took me a year to get around to this project. Yes, you heard me right! I decided on doing it last Spring, bought the decal on my IKEA trip in the fall, then finally got around to painting my clock last month after we repainted the living room. I would have done it sooner, but I wanted to change the color of my living room and I knew it would easier to paint the wall color first. It sure feels good to have it done, though!I really like how my IKEA painted clock fills in the empty space behind my front door. Since the clock doesn’t stick out far from the wall, I don’t have to worry about my door banging into it when it’s opened.I like how my IKEA painted clock adds a little whimsy to my living room, too. I try to add something a little playful and fun to every room in my home. As much as I desire my home to look beautiful, I think it’s more important for it to be a place where my husband and I can be comfortable. What good is a beautiful home if you can’t have a little fun in it and enjoy it??Well, that’s another project down. I can’t believe I’m so close to finishing my living room update! I have some other projects I can’t to show you, but I have to finish them first. I guess better get busy…stay tuned so you don’t miss them!
Did you see my previous living room update projects?
This is so much fun! What a clever idea!!
Christie Selken says
Thanks! It’s the cheapest grandfather clock I’ve seen!