Tuesday, September 3, 2013

~Restoration Hardware French Tower Clock Knockoff~

I have always wanted this clock.
But with a price tag of $1195.00, it's definitely out of my budget. Granted, it is 5', but still.....
Here is what the clock looks like on their website.

Here is how I made mine. Maybe you can get some inspiration from this to make one for yourself too!
I started with this clock from Joss and Main.
If you aren't familiar with Joss and Main, you need to be :)
Items are only available for a short time, but the prices are way cheap and the shipping is usually free.

The first thing I did was to take it apart.
Then I painted the whole background white.

While that was drying, I printed out a photo of the clock off the Restoration Hardware site. I then measured the circumference of my clock which was 24". I took the printed paper to Kinkos and enlarged it to 24". When I got home I turned my "metal" piece of the clock over and traced on very lightly where the dividing lines would go.

Then I cut out each roman numeral and scribbled pencil all over the backside of the paper.

Position your "patterns" or roman numerals onto the clock face in between the lines you just traced. Tape on with painters tape and trace over the outline of your roman numerals with ballpoint pen. This will transfer the pencil to the white painted surface. Do this with the lettering as well, then discard all your paper.

Now that the pencil pattern is on your clock face you can use a fine brush and black acrylic paint to fill it in.

The Restoration Hardware clock had dots around the border, so I did those as well using a pencil eraser and the same black paint.

After the black paint is dry, distress it lightly with sandpaper and seal with clear wax. I like Annie Sloan clear wax.

Next came the metal frame. The original looked more grey than my Joss and Main one did, so I gave it a little faux zinc treatment like I did here.

Basically I just dry brushed on 2 colors of paint, dark grey and silver. In this case I used Martha Stewart Arrowhead and Sterling.

After putting it all back together, I realized how tiny the clock hands looked compared to the RH one. So, I used my little pea brain and came up with a idea to make new clock hands.
I headed to the pantry and emptied out a box of nutra grain bars. Then I traced on some larger looking clock hands and cut them out. {I just googled clock hands under images until I found some I liked}

I painted them black and added them to the top of the existing ones with a little glue.

Ready to see the finished product? First, lets take one more look at the $1195.00 version:

And, here is my $47.00 version!
I am so happy to have saved $1148.00!!!

What do you think? Pretty close huh?



Unknown said...

Very nicely done! I actually like yours better, you are an amazing painter. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week....back to school today in Canada.

Things That Inspire said...

Wow - very impressive!

Mrs. Limestone said...

Looks lovely! I've always wanted that clock too (but the giant aspect of it is non negotiable so I've never attempted it)

Rustique Restoration said...

WOW! I'm so impressed! You're clock is gorgeous! I can't wait to try this!


AntiqueChase said...

I'm dying over that. just drop dead gorgeous! make them and sell them PLUUUUEZE!!

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I just love it. Somehow along the way I lost the link to your blog. I just found you again over at Jill's Sew A Fine Seam and am so glad I did. I'm BACK-lol-for whatever that's worth! xo Diana

Judy said...

you always make everything look so pretty and easy! however, in don't have an ounce of drawing/painting talent in my bones so mine would definately turn out nothing like yours! yours turned out so nice...like all your projects!

great job!

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That is totally cool. Great job, yours looks just like Restoration's. [email protected]

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I am so impressed! Your version looks amazing and what a great savings! So pretty!!!

Anonymous said...

I love it, and love the amount you saved!! I have been wanting to make a clock for a while, but haven't been sure exactly how to do it. This will definitely point me in the right direction more.

Donna said...

Looks fantastic! Love love your house and blog!

Unknown said...

Wow! I think this is genius! Amazing! Great job!

Unknown said...

Love how this turned out! Genius :)

nottooshabbymama said...

Love it! I actually prefer it over the Restoration piece!! I would LOVE a post about that wall over your desk!! I love how you are always changing things up with it!! I wish I had the courage to change one wall in my house often!!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous. I love how you just know what tools and fixes to use to make a project work. It must come from years of crafting. Love how inspiring your projects are! Particularly the way you tackle individual pieces and somehow bring a room together. When i look around my house, it just seems so overwhelming, and I never know where to start!

lafamigliadesignllc said...

Um...way cool! Impressive!

lafamigliadesignllc said...

Um...way cool! Impressive!

Dear Lillie said...


Unknown said...

Great job on the clock. It looks wonderful. Your use of various paints & techniques is impressive.

Did you make the desk lamp? I haven't seen one with that type of shade. Any chance you would share how it was done?

Anonymous said...

The clock is gorgeous, and such a creative solution--well done!
And I'm very curious about the lovely desk lamp--where did that come from? It terrific!

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