But.. it didn’t happen. Until a book landed on my lap.
Liz Fourez is a blogging buddy of mine, and if you have never visited her blog, Love Grows Wild, it’s time that you do… if you adore charming, realistic, affordable DIY farmhouse decor that is.
In my eyes, it was a given that this book would… SHOULD happen. You’ll know why after your blog visit.
So when Liz asked if I would review her new book, A Touch of Farmhouse Charm (affiliate link), I couldn’t get it in my hands fast enough! I knew it would be wonderful.
You can find it on Amazon HERE (affiliate link) with a cool preview option!
But I want to say a little more than the book is just good.
This is one of the VERY BEST PROJECT BOOKS I’ve ever laid my hands on.
I LOVE how it’s set up. You have your beautiful photos of the completed project, then the full how to right beside it. It is a fantastic resource book for rustically beautiful simple things you will want to make.
And the projects are SIMPLE. Some don’t even require tools. I could safely say, every one of them would suit my own home, fitting right in.
Now… what to make…
As I was leafing through the book, my eyes spotted the first kick in the right direction.
But what completely sold me?
THAT. That was the enticement I was after.
If you are fortunate enough to have this stunning book in your own hands one day, I want to suggest one thing.
Look through the pages, but STUDY the non project staging as well. They will have you creating just as much as the projects themselves.
And then it all began to fall into place.
How to make this Salvaged Junk Farmhouse clock and sign
You’ll need: (below contain some affiliate links)
reclaimed wood – I used fence planks
random rusty junk
wonky star stencil – I used Christmas Graphics HERE
paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black & Casement (website link)
Farmhouse stencil – I used the small, found HERE
pencil, string, safety pin
wire cage thing – flower basket?
1. Draw a perfect circle one of two ways:
a) Lay a piece of large packing paper over top of a round shape, and rub a pencil along the edges to create your impression. Cut the template, and fold in half, then quarter, to find the centre.
b) Insert a screw into the middle of lined up planks of wood. Attach a safety pin to the screw. Tie string to the pin and onto a pencil. Lengthen the string to the desired size for your circle, then draw onto the wood.
Note: I first planned to have this clock become the top of a small side table, however changed my mind mid stream. So some things you see in the pictures won’t be needed for a wall clock.
So, if this was going on my table top, mounting the boards together like this would have worked well!You can still do this if you want. But I think you could get by with 4 or 5 heavier weight support boards screwed into the back.
I used cedar strips. Each one was predrilled with pilot holes, then short screws were inserted.
Note: I did not make this into a clock with a working mechanism, but you sure could! Purchase a clock kit, then install.
I used ‘wonky stars’ (not drawn perfectly) from Christmas Graphics HERE.
Rotating black and white, and tilting the stencil in different directions and backwards gave the stars a more random appearance.
The 3 was created from Bingo – Star (large) HERE.
All the junk was mounted with screws.
Now… let’s make a cool sign to enhance the farmhouse spirit!
1. A plank of wood was coated out in black. One coat did the trick!
Paint used – Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black (website link)
2. Once the paint was dry to the touch, the stencil was centered, taped into place, then white letters were stencilled.
Shown: Small Farmhouse stencil HERE
Paint used – Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement (website link)
3. Two tones of twine were wrapped around both sides of the sign, for some rustic detailing.
Regardless of what time it is…
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