Thursday, December 16, 2010

I did it Cheaper! Wall Clock

By now you all know how I love maps, and that they are part of the decor in our family room.  A few weeks ago hubby mentioned that it would be nice to have a clock in the family room.  Well, I knew just what I wanted.  So I started scouring the 'net, and I found lots of beautiful clocks.
Like this one, too modern, and cost $31.98 plus $12 shipping!
and this one, which I really loved, that was $24.99 with $10 shipping
or this one, for $82 plus $12 shipping.
 However, I just couldn't pay the price.  Some weren't bad, but when you added shipping, well they weren't so affordable.   I was cleaning out one of the storage cubbies and I came across a basic, boring clock.  It was a wedding gift, so we've had it for almost 9 years now, and never used it.  Not sure why.  Anyhow, here is what it started out like.



Then I raided my map stash for the perfect map.  I wanted a map that was familiar, someplace I knew well, or had visited.  I ended up choosing a map of Virginia.  It shows a good portion of the state, mostly the Tidewater area.  This map had good colors and contrast.
Here is what the clock looks like now!



I really love how it turned out!  The best part? I didn't cost me a thing!  I already had everything on hand.  That's the best kind of project!!  Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to post a tutorial so you too can do your own clock!
Melissa
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14 comments:

  1. What a wonderful transformation. I love using maps in my creations and you did such a good job with that plain old clock. I knew it looked familiar...we had one exactly like it hanging in the garage. My husband replaced it with a stupid sports clock and I saved the plain one to repurpose. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Wow Mel! It's super duper cute! I absolutely love it! Hey--while you are out here do you want to make some homemade soap? I just made some today and I think I'm really going to like it. Also going to be making lip balm and lotion--you in? Love love love the clock!

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  3. It turned out absolutely great...I have some clocks that could stand to be perked up. Hmmm.

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  4. How unique is that! Love it....I hope the person who gave you this for your wedding gift doesn't read your blog...LOL!!

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  5. Very Clever, I love all things made with maps.
    This would be great in a kids bedroom that we are going to do up shortly that will have a bit of a map thing happening.

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  6. I love it! It is so perfect. You did a great job.

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  7. What a great idea! Would work great for my boy's room-will keep it in mind.

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  8. Dittos to what Serendipity chic Decor said. :-) I really do like the way the clock turned out. So much cuter than that boring old wedding gift!

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  9. This is so cute!! I have plans for a map themed bathroom once we get around to remodeling it and adding a bathtub! I am saving this for that day!!!

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  10. Yes you did and it looks great! I love maps. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. It's terrific, Melissa! I never would have thought of that. Aren't you glad you didn't through that "boring" wedding gift away? ;)

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