How to Make a Giant DIY Wall Clock...from a Tabletop

Jenni Ingram
by Jenni Ingram
10 Materials
2 Hours

Looking for a statement piece for your home?? This is it!! Giant wall clocks are pretty popular online - on a stair case wall, over a mantel, as part of a gallery wall - the problem is they can be pretty pricey - unless of course you make it yourself!!

I don't know about you, but I see these little round four top tables pretty often. This one in fact was found on the side of the road by a friend who couldn't resist rescuing it for me.  They are a little too small for most families, so I thought I'd turn it into something completely different! Here's what I did!

I sanded the table top to raw wood using my pad sander and 80 grit sandpaper. 

I wanted this to have a bleached wood look without actually bleaching the wood, so I grabbed my can of General Finishes Winter White Glaze, a rag and gloves and applied the glaze - wiping it off immediately.

It gave the oak veneer the coolest look! Don't you think??

Once the glaze was dry, it was time to add the roman numerals. These rusty numbers are so much fun, I love the character they give the clock!

I weighted each number as the glue was drying. This looks ridiculous, I know, but we don't have rocks in our yard, so I grabbed anything heavy I could. Lol!

This should go without saying, but check and double check your numbers BEFORE gluing them down. 

Also make sure the numbers line up straight across, straight up and down, etc. Those numbers being off will drive you batty otherwise. 

When the numbers were in their proper order, I drilled a hole directly through the middle for the clock hands and mechanism. Here is a handy pice of advice, get as long of a shaft as you can. It will save you some time!

The shaft I purchased wasn't quite long enough, so I used a hammer and chisel (and later my Dremel Multi Max) to create a space for the clock mechanism to fit into.

This step takes a little time to get the right depth for the clock box to fit into on the back of the clock. 

Here's the finished clock - isn't it fabulous?!

Here's the wood stained version of it - I used rusty hands for this clock.

Next time you see one of those little tables at a thrift shop or on the road side, grab it and use some imagination to make a giant wall clock! 

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Until next time, stay creative!! 

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  • Deb Deb on Apr 04, 2020

    Where did you find the numbers & hands big enough for the table top?

  • Sandy Sandy on Apr 04, 2020

    Sorry😒I was curious regarding the diameter. I would like to find a 44” round table. Your clock looks great.

  • Beth Beth on Apr 05, 2020

    Did you remove any of the original varnish from the table top before applying the new paint?

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  • Wee25825953 Wee25825953 on Dec 12, 2020

    That was a brilliant idea! I would like to try that for outside on the farm; right next to the dinner bell post!

  • Deborah Deborah on Dec 12, 2020

    Wow! This is a wonderful project. It would cost more that 600.00 in retail. Great job