DIY Pottery Barn Clock

17. February 2015 DIY 5
DIY Pottery Barn Clock

I’ve been on the hunt for an oversized clock for my living room for a while. Wait. Correction. I’ve been on the hunt for an INEXPENSIVE oversized clock for my living room. Apparently such a thing doesn’t exist. What’s a gal to do when she can’t find what she wants?! Create it. I saw the perfect clock I wanted on another designers Instagram page. Becky’s home is gorgeous and she’s someone you definitely want to follow! See her website here!

This is a fairly simple DIY project. Hopefully I don’t overcomplicate it with my instructions. 🙂 Oh. And disclaimer. My pictures aren’t the best. When I am in ‘project mode’ I literally zone out and become an alien from another planet who can’t hear, process, or is even aware of  what’s happening around me. Nothing else exists. And because of this, I sometimes forget to take pictures of steps.

First here’s what you’ll need:

  • Four 6 ft 1×4 pine boards – you’ll cut them down so you end up with eight 28″  boards **Be sure to get straight boards**
  • 10 feet of wooden trim (cut two lengths @ 28″ and two @ 28 1/4″)
  • Stain & old rag or sock
  • White paint & paint brush
  • Sanding Block & hand sander (not totally necessary but will make things easier)
  • Stencils
  • Acrylic Paint (I used gray) and foam brush
  • High Torque Clock Kit (Hobby Lobby)
  • Screws and drill
  • Kreg Jig
  • Sharpie
  • Something large and round (I used a lamp shade)


A couple of my boards are actually 8 ft boards because they didn’t have enough straight 6 footers.

Once you get your 1×4’s cut down, lay them out and start drilling your pocket holes. If you don’t have a kreg jig, GET ONE! 🙂 They’re so simple to use and will open your life up to a whole new world of DIY possibilities.

I drilled a million pocket holes. Perhaps I went overboard, but I wanted to make sure she was sturdy.


Next I attached the trim. I chose not to cut my trim at an angle in order to keep this DIY as simple as possible. Plus. I hate cutting angles. So it’s a win win for us all.


I simply attached my trim using a screw at each end. Don’t over tighten, it’ll split your trim. The screws will be hidden and painted over so don’t worry about how this looks right now. The two longer pieces will overlap the side pieces of trim.


Next, grab your hand sander and sand down the corners of your trim pieces. It helps blend your corners together.


Time to stain the whole thing. This doesn’t need to be prefect! This is just so when we distress it after its painted, the wood will have a darker finish. I use an old rag to do this. Rub it into the wood and then use a dry section of the rag and wipe the excess back off.


Let the stain dry an hour or two. And paint it white. I had to paint it 3 coats. Let it dry in between. 🙂

Ok. Now time to stencil!! I used an old lamp shade I had in my basement as a round template so I could get the numbers just right. Use a tape measure to get the shade in the dead center. I left it there the whole time I stenciled. I constantly measured as I stenciled to make sure I was putting the numbers the same distance apart from each other. I used a round foam brush and acrylic paint for the numbers. It’s looking like a clock!!

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This part is optional. I wanted to give it an authentic look by adding a fake company name and established date. I just made one up, so definitely get creative! You could use your last name (Last Name Clock Co.) or whatever you want! It’s fun! I used a small letter stencil and a sharpie for this part. I stenciled it in pencil first and I definitely recommend doing that!!


Using your sanding block distress the whole clock. I went over the whole thing, but your could just do the edges. It’s your preference!

Use a drill bit slightly larger than your clock movement and drill a hole in the center of your clock. Assemble the clock pieces using the instructions.


Voila. You have a totally original and majorly inexpensive clock!!!!! 🙂 Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest to see lots more inspiration!


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5 thoughts on “DIY Pottery Barn Clock”

  • 1
    gail miller on February 18, 2015 Reply

    Love this clock! Great tutorial and inspiring!

  • 2
    Andrea on April 17, 2015 Reply

    I’ve been looking for something just like this! Can’t wait to make one! You mentioned that you used Acrylic for the black lettering, but what type of paint did you use for the white? Thanks!

  • 3
    Susanne on June 17, 2016 Reply

    Looks great! Great tutorial too, I think even I could make one of these

  • 4
    Rebecca on July 9, 2016 Reply

    What color stain did you use?

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