A Clack (a.k.a A Lack Clock)

06 Sep

So two days ago it was in the high 80s and I was splashing around in my parents’ pool in Pennsylvania with the cutest little two year old in the world.  Now, it is in the 60s and the wind is whipping by.  As I type I’m wearing jeans, long sleeves and fuzzy slippers.  It.  Is.  Amazing.  I love fall!

Before I left for Pennsylvania, I whipped up a few projects and would like to share one today.  We had an old IKEA Lack tabletop that was stained and lacking (no pun intended) legs.  I saw an IKEA hack in which someone created a clock out of this same kind of table top so I knew I could do it as well.  All I needed was some fun fabric and a clock mechanism. 

First, I figured out where I wanted the clock to be positioned on the square, then drilled an appropriately sized hole through the tabletop.  Next on the back side, I used a large drill bit to open up the back hole big enough to fit the clock mechanism.  It turns out the tabletop was pretty much hollow so my drill bit wasn’t necessary. Therefore I had to whip out my Dremel tool to open up the hole.  

Then I positioned the fabric and flipped the whole deal over so the fabric and table were upside-down.  I pulled the fabric taut over the wood and stapled it into place.   I was thinking the fabric might fray, so I folded the edge of the fabric under before stapling.

I felt around for the small hole on the front and used an x-acto to cut the fabric.  

All that was left to do was insert the clock mechanism and follow the instructions on how to attach the hands. Finito!  And the finished product:

I’ve been staring at this living room wall for weeks now and have been thinking I didn’t really like it.  With the new clock and a few change ups for photos and lamps I think I like it.  Check out the before and after.

Ugh…don’t like at all…

Much better

What do you think?


Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Home Decorating, Life


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2 responses to “A Clack (a.k.a A Lack Clock)

  1. Carole Van Riper Polefko

    October 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Love the fabric you used for the clock. Cool idea!


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