DIY Watercolor Clock

diy watercolor clock


Looking for something to brighten up a boring wall in your home? This fun DIY watercolor clock might be just what you need! 

Let’s backtrack for one second. I was perusing one of my favorite blogs Live Love DIY a few days ago when I came across Virginia’s Gold Leaf Art tutorial. I instantly loved the colors she chose and knew I wanted something similar in my own home. I’ve been searching high and low for something round (or at least not rectangular) to fill an empty space on my living room gallery wall but hadn’t found anything I liked.  Coincidentally, the clock that we previously had hanging up fell down and broke. By fell down and broke I mean that Brian accidentally knocked it off the wall and it smashed to pieces :-)

Are you thinking what I was thinking at the time? Two birds with one stone? Yes, please! 

I took my (waddling) pregnant behind over to AC Moore to find supplies to build a DIY clock. I picked up a pre-drilled circular clock face and a clock kit.  I also ended up finding a whole set of  watercolors for $5.

I love working with watercolors (and not so much acrylics like Virginia used) so I went with those. And of course I picked up some gold leaf too. I’m on a huge gold kick these days and I’m loving adding gold accents all over my home!  

With a 40% off coupon plus my teacher discount (an additional 15%) everything came to $13. 


The great thing about working with watercolors is that there’s really no way to screw up. Pick the colors you like, start by wetting the surface with some water and then apply the paint!

You really only need a teeny tiny bit of paint as it goes a long way. The colors will blend into each other and give you a really nice effect. I have a lot of blues and and greens in my living room so I chose those as the main colors to work with. You should choose whatever floats your boat and makes you happy :-) There’s no rules here!

watercolor paints on clock


Once it was dry I attached the clock kit as per the directions. Then I applied some gold leaf. Again, don’t be afraid of gold leaf. You don’t need any fancy adhesive – modge podge or Elmer’s glue works perfectly well. Put some glue down on the surface, place the gold leaf down and pat it in place with a foam brush or paint brush. Just do it in a random, abstract way.  Seal it down with more glue or modge podge.

gold leaf


diy watercolor clock

Once it’s all dry all that’s left to do is hang it up!

diy watercolor clock


diy watercolor clock

This was such a fun little project to do and could possibly be my new obsession. I might even been brave enough to make a larger (non-clock) version on canvas next time!

The Hallway is Completed!

Happy Monday! This weekend Brian and I were busy tackling our “must-finish” list – our list of projects that we started at some point and never quite finished. The biggest one has involved painting all the stained wood in our house.

If you remember, I mentioned the other week that I was in the process of painting all the doors in our hallway. Goodbye stain, hello bright white paint. Thankfully we are finally done.  And boy, what a difference it makes:

Painted doors
Painted doors

This was the previous view:stained doors

The brass door hardware was replaced with oil rubbed bronze:

oil rubbed bronze door knobs

The stained doors ended up needing more paint than we had anticipated so the project took a while. We did 2 coats of primer followed by three coats of bright white semi-gloss.  I like to use a multi-purpose roller (opposed to a foam one) for the flat parts of the door and then a paint brush to get into the recesses.  

While I was busy working on the hall, I also gave the entryway a quick makeover. When I originally ripped up the carpet that ran the length of the hallway I stopped at the entryway stairs. Not sure why. I think I just ran out of steam! Anyway, that was finally rectified this weekend and the carpet was replaced with a runner ($19 at Target!).

small entryway makeover

Right now the runner is secured with double-sided carpet tape. You can see that the hardwood is in pretty bad shape, so until we get all the floors refinished I didn’t see the point in adding more staples. Especially since I had just spent 4 hours removing staples and tacks from that very spot!

Over the weekend we also assembled the baby’s crib! The nursery is slowly coming together. VERY slowly coming together. 

That’s it for what we’ve been up to. Are you working on any projects right now?

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