Here's another before&after. I bought these small frames from a local reuse centre for $2 each. I removed the embroidery art work, sanded lightly, painted and varnished. I make a habit of stopping by the paint department at Home Depot and check out the "oops" paint section. Why? Well, you never know when you'll find really cool colours. OK so some are hideous. For this, I used 2 colours, very pale grey and very light blush grey with a hint of pink. They were $1 each. Like, really. Why not!
The clock kits are from eBay store ClockStuffdotCom.
Wait!...I'm not done yet. Since one of them will be a Christmas present for my very BFF and she's such an animal lover, I thought I personalize one of the clock for her. Here is what I did...
Step 1: I google search for cats and dogs silhouettes. I save some of them and resized so that they placed well and proportionally on the framed clock. I cut the silhouette poses and see how they will look. Looks good!
Step 2: On a stiffer paper, I printed the silhouettes. Then with an exacto knife, I carefully cut out the shapes.
Step 3: Each cut-out silhouettes is taped into position.
For the next step, you'll need small brushes, paper towel and paint. For this, I used an "oops" paint I had already.
Step 4: Make sure you don't overload the paint. Tap onto paper towel each time to get a dry-ish brush. Remove stencil and touch up rough edges.
Step 5: Step back and be proud of yourself. I kept the art work space matte to contrast the satin finish of the frame. I hope she likes it. I can't wait to see her face.
Breakdown of cost:
frames - $4 ($2 each at Reuse Centre)
paint - $2 (2 colours, $1 each, oops dept at Home Depot)
plywood backing - $5 (bought/cut at Home Depot)
paint brushes - had them already
varnish - had it already
clock kits - $15 (ebay, incl shipping)
sweat equity - FREE
TOTAL COST: - $26 for 2 shabby chic wall clocks.
Tell me, where can you find a $13 wall clock?!?!? Right over here!!! And there you have it. So go out there and keep an open mind. You never know what you'll end up with.