Cyndi Valerino
Cyndi Valerino
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  • Fort Myers, FL

Mini Cable Spool Clock

4 Materials
$8
3 Hours
Easy

My husband brings me things he finds on job sites. Nothing, of course, that isn't left for trash. But he knows my recycle weakness, and he brings me trash. He's a keeper.
He recently brought home a half dozen different sized cable spools. The biggest one holds books and a plant in my Florida room. The plant is also on a spool... a mini spool. I really wanted to do something other than use them as plant
mini cable spool clock
The spool I used today is the size of the one holding the plant.
mini cable spool clock
The spools are connected with 2 long bolts. The first thing I did was remove them. They're easy to remove, providing they are not old and rusty. Mine weren't.
mini cable spool clock
mini cable spool clock
mini cable spool clock
I watered down acrylic paint (3 parts water to 1 part paint) and gave it 2 coats. I used Apple Barrel Burnt Umber.
mini cable spool clock
After the brown was dry, I did the same with watered down white paint. For the whitewash, I used Waverly Inspirational White Chalk paint.
mini cable spool clock
I set it aside and started on the next part while it dried. Using the other wood circle, I traced and cut out a paper circle. To get the proper placement of the numbers, I folded it in half, then in half again. From that point, using a ruler, I drew ( or wrote) my Roman numerals.

Next I glued a clock works back to the back, using hot glue.
I did this before adding the numbers so I could hang it and place the pattern where it should be.
mini cable spool clock
I flipped it over and 'chalked' the back of the numbers.
I hung the wood circle up, so I could align the numbers correctly, and used a dab from a glue stick on 12, 3, 6 & 9, and stuck it on the face and took it down.
mini cable spool clock
mini cable spool clock
I traced over each number with a pencil, then removed the paper.
mini cable spool clock
Using a black Sharpie oil pen, I went over each number.
mini cable spool clock
And I gave it another coat of whitewash. Once it dried completely, I added the hands.
mini cable spool clock
I like it! Now it's time to clean up my mess! Thanks for looking!

Resources for this project:

FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Furniture & Craft Paint in Assorted Colors (8...
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