DIY Door Clock and DIY Project Parade

I featured a clock on a stand alone vintage door being used as decor a while ago (see below). That inspiration stayed with me and it seemed like the perfect idea for an old door on our pots and pans pantry in the kitchen.  
Look what we have now!
I love it and it was a really easy DIY project. Here is how we did it:
large serpentine design
Large Serpentine Clock Hands
Mini Quartz Movements
  • Extra washers if needed (depends on the thickness of door)
  • Vinyl numbers (I made mine using my Silhouette but you can purchase them on etsy or paint or stamp numbers also.)
Tools:   Yard stick, pencil drill, dinner plate to trace (glass microwave plate works well).
1.  Mark the center of the door panel using a pencil. I lightly marked from one top corner diagonally to the bottom to create a big “x”.  The center of the “x” is the center of the door panel.
2.  I then used our microwave plate (since it’s glass and transparent and about the right size). I traced it, with the center of the “x” in the center of the plate. I just eyeballed it. 
3.  Drill a hole in the center of the circle, “X” marks the spot.
4.  I added my vinyl numbers using the inside of the penciled area (circle from tracing the plate) as a guide, starting with 12, 3, 6 and 9 in a larger font size.  Use a pencil to divide the circle in to pie-pieces. It will make placement more precise!
5.  Pencil marks erase easily with a damp Magic Eraser.
6.  Insert the mini quartz movement.  We added a few extra washers to make the fit perfect since the thickness of our door panel was on the thin side.
7.  Add the hands as shown on the packaging.
8.  Screw on the lfinishing nut and add the second hand.
9.  Pop in a battery.
10.  Set the time using the dial on the back.
Here’s what the back side looks like, unobtrusive, not in the way, right behind our lids which we store on the door.

It works so well and I love it – especially with the round Rockler lazy Susan spice wheels/spice loft to the right.

Thanks to Bargain Hoot and Pinterest for the inspiration:

Updated picture:


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While you’re here, I wanted ask a BIG favor. As you know, I’m participating in the HGTV Home Design Challenge at Shaw Floors. There is a Shaw Area Rug giveaway going on!  (any style/ANY size – even 9×12)  Click here to enter for the details.  Cassity and I really need your help in the 30 Days of  HGTV Home design challenge.  Thanks so much for voting for our room – one floor being given away every day in September.  Yes, 30 floors total! Please pop over to enter to win and vote ever
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DIY Weekly Wanderings – Vintage. Repurposed. Home.

What’s better than DIY?  Coming from the DIY Show Off, it’s our opinion that there’s not much better than DIY projects. EXCEPT for awesome genius DIY projects beautifully photographed. Let’s face it, great projects portrayed in pretty pics is what inspires us.

Meet:  Sheryl from

Hi Sheryl!  Sheryl is a photography and DIY’er and {insert sexy whistle} take a look at her beautiful DIY.  Click the links to visit Sheryl’s blog for the details and tutorials. My favorite projects are vintage and salvaged items repurposed into gorgeous home accessories. These are awesome!
Looking for a creative idea for those pallets sitting around?
Sheryl shows us how to make a Pallet Swing.
Pallet Swing Tutorial

I love the rich color, recycled beauty and rope in the place of chains!

Remember those old windows lying around in the garage just waiting for a creative idea? 

Sheryl spied these beauties…

and created these for her daughter!
Vintage Window Jewelry Organizer Tutorial

 No tangles!

I just love the rustic charm of these. Pretty. Organized. Neat and within easy reach for accessorizing! Yes, please!
Everyone I know loves a beautiful old door.  So charming!
Sheryl snagged this one from her aunt’s old house…

and with a lot of work, turned it into chalkboard entryway “thing-a-ma-gig”.

What a wonderful idea and love the natural wood paired with black magnetic paint!

Chalkboard Entry Display Tutorial

 Bottle cap magnets – perfect!

 Ceramic knobs keep purses and bags organized in the entry way.

I want this in my entryway! No more purse on the floor or chair.  Great idea for a family memo center too!
Awesome job, Sheryl!  Each project has is genius and I love that you’ve enhanced each thing’s natural beauty and charm.  Inspiration for sure! Thank you!

Love repurposed vintage pieces as much as Sheryl & I do? 

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A special thanks to Miss Charming for featuring my design challenge room today!

Not an Empty Room

Meet:  Misty ~ “We live in a 214-year-old house that belonged to my husband’s grandmother. We try our best to retain all of the unique characteristics of our home while updating and making it ours. It’s a lot of work (restoration, rewiring) and a lot of fun!”
Blog:  Not an Empty Room
Not an Empty Room

Visit Misty to see the details of all of their HARD work!  They’re DIY super stars over there!
Awesome DIY Projects:
Outdated bathroom gets a pretty modern farmhouse style makeover! I love the new distressed black vanity and mirrors, pretty window (with a beautiful view) and the awesome barn door!
Complete demo, gut and rebuild…(brave!)
(Makes me wish we’d finally get our dining room track up so I can share. LOVE sliding doors.)  This bathroom barn door adds a farmhouse charm to her old house.
Great idea for kids’ art work too!
There’s more to see!  Pop over to say “Hi” to Misty and check out their great DIY projects! If you’re like me, Misty had you at 214-years-old.  I love the history, the many corner fireplaces, the beautiful floors, dutch door…I could go on and on. 🙂

Thanks Misty (and Charles) for sharing!  Your dedication and hard work is paying off – you’re putting new life into that old home and I love the transformation!  Great job!

DIY Project Parade – Frosted Vinyl Windows

It’s that time of the week. Time to recap and show off your DIY projects! I love seeing your DIY talent!  
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We’ve been working in the kitchen – getting an electrical outlet underneath the sink for a new instant hot water tank and the old blue laminate countertops are GONE!  
Before: Good bye blue laminate!

Looking better already.  In Progress:  Old counter, sink and faucets gone!  Running electric to install an outlet under the sink for instant hot water tank.

In the meantime, I started “frosting” the glass panels on the French doors between our living room and family room.  The family room is on our DIY to-do list and isn’t finished.  It’s where teenagers hang out and a ‘catch all’ for just about everything so being able to see in there isn’t ideal.  

And since the family room isn’t completed, the family room side of the French door still has plastic on the window panels – until I either stain or paint the door (rather than taping when the time comes).  That’s why the windows look foggy.  Until the family room is done – it also helps to disguise the plastic on the window panels!  Love this! That foggy/dirty look always bothers me!

Using my Silhouette, I cut vinyl panels.
  • First I measured the glass panels in our French doors.
  • Next, I enlarged my paper from 8.5 x 11 to 8.5 x 14.
  • Draw a “rectangle” and size it to the glass door panel (subtract just a tad so it fits on the glass panel). My rectangle was 6 x 12.
  • Insert the image.  I used “mesh flower lace” from the Silhouette Online Store.
  • Drag and re-size the image to fit within the rectangle. The rectangle gives a border so that the actual mesh flower lace design is what is removed/negative. 
Remove the vinyl that won’t be applied.

Use the transfer paper so that the frosted vinyl can be applied to the glass panel. 

Pull apart (vinyl should be on sticky side of transfer paper and waxy grid side is garbage).

Place to glass panel and rub with a credit card.

Peel away the transfer paper.

I’ve been using my frosted vinyl for a number of projects lately so I was only able to finish three panels before running out and I’m waiting on my frosted vinyl order.

I love the way it lets the light into our living room but adds a little privacy between the living room and family room.

Here is the way it looks from the other side (the unfinished family room side).

This week I discovered that Jen at Tatertots and Jello had the same idea.  Pop over to check out her cute design. 
I’ve been having fun with the Silhouette but granite countertops come Tues. – so I’m hoping to have some more kitchen progress to share including more information on the awesome faucets and pretty back splash!

Do you have a DIY project to show off this week?  I’d LOVE to see it!  Or please visit the links to get inspired!

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2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

3.Or email your link to and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

Silhouette is offering DIY Show Off readers a special discount on that same Silhouette and premium vinyl bundle with a unique code SHOWOFF usable at  That promo code will get you the Silhouette bundle for $225 ($375+ retail) and/or 25% off premium vinyl if you’re looking to show off.  SHOWOFF code is active from the 23rd through March 1st (if you don’t win – you still get a great deal!).

Pocket Door Installation

So cool! The DIY’ers from The Life and Times of the Marshalls have installed a pocket door. They make it look so easy and the result is beautiful.  

A Door to Adore!

What do you guys think of this beautiful dark stained wood door? Isn’t it gorgeous?

Guess what? It’s a paint treatment!
Here is the tutorial from Jan at
Bobbypins Boardwalk

Transform your Painted Entry Door Into a Beautiful Stained-Look Door (without stripping & staining)

I have had my door painted the same for several years, as shown in the picture above. Several of the neighbors liked the way it looked and then painted their doors the same way, just varying the colors slightly — Yes, it was time for a change.

I started by removing the door and using a tinted primer (at least I thought it was a tinted primer — turns out it was Kilz paint, not primer). I want you to use a primer, and it can be white or tinted a very light brown or beige tone. I also found it to be unnecessary to remove the door. If you have the sidelights, make sure you do the same treatment to them as you do with the door. After realizing it was not necessary to remove the door, we put it back up. This made it much easier to continue to work on the door. I did an additional step each day, lightly sanding to create a grain and allowing the next paint step to completely dry.

Also — I’m about keeping it as easy as possible, so I do not waste time taping off windows, etc. When the job is done, I take a little razor blade and simply scrape off the paint.

After the door and sidelights had been “primed” and allowed to dry overnight, I very lightly hand-sanded with medium-grade standard sand paper. I then wipe the door very well, removing all debris and dust. I rounded up all my brown paints, those used for interior walls, crafts, everything water-based, and started mixing until I came up with what I considered to be a nice brown tone. Do not overthink this step. It is simply a matter of coming up with a brown paint. If you have to purchase brown paint, just go for a medium-brown tone acrylic paint with a flat finish. (The flat finish allows the additional layers of paint to adhere better.)

With that brown paint, you are now going to start using a dry-brush technique to apply it over the primed and slightly-sanded door. Make sure you apply the paint in the direction that you want to create as a grain. Take a look at my finished door, and you will be able to see that it is VERY important in creating the illusion that you have this grain. I also suggest you use a brush about 2″ wide with a coarseness to it.

Here is my brown paint mixture and the brush which I used.

The next day sand slightly to further enhance a “grain”. Now it is time to throw together your stain. I think it is helpful to grab a piece of stained wood that you really like and compare the color to what you are mixing up. Pictured are the products which I used to mix my stain. During the process of staining the door, I continually added more glaze, finding that the glaze allowed me more time to even out my strokes.

The black acrylic paint was not added at this time. I used the antique brown stains, the brown paints, a bit of the brown used in my work from the previous day, and glaze. I did not m
ix them thoroughly, just enough so that when I swiped my brush through the paint, I was able to grab the various colors and glaze.

This is where all your prep work starts to become visible. Your grains also start to show up quite nicely. The glaze gives your door a beautiful sheen. Are you ready? If your phone rings, do not answer it. You have to work this paint, constantly focusing on grains. Walking away from your work would mean “overlapping” at some point, and that would look like paint, not stain!

The harder you push on your brush, the more grain you will create. Make sure that as you are working with your stain, you have plenty of glaze. Keep the edge wet as you pick up more paint on your brush.

Do your side panels first, then your door.
After doing the door and side panels, I decided that I wanted some darker areas to further define the door, so I added black acrylic paint to my glazed stain mixture and painted around the windows. I then painted the black into the edges of the molding, and dry-brushed the black in a few areas, as well. I think it turned out great! What do you think?

After checking and rechecking to make sure I pleased with the overall effect, I applied a coat of glaze in order to unify all the tones and levels. This will also serve as an additional protective layer for your door, and just look at that beautiful soft sheen!
Now I need to go grab that razor blade and remove any paint that got smeared on the glass!

Jan – this is amazing. I love it! I can’t wait to try this somewhere in my home! Thank you so much for allowing me to ‘show it off’!

Stop by and visit Bobbypins Boardwalk.
I‘m checking every day. She’s mentioned some tutorials involving tree branches and you know that after my nevermore and ghost trees AND my tree branch swags that I’m eager to see what she’s up to!


Update on bathroom: Unreasonable goal. I need another week. Do you know what this is?

It’s not a frog sculpture. It’s a big sticky ball of Frog Tape. I wasted an entire roll today. I hate set backs but I’m over it after a short screaming tantrum and kicking it around a little. 🙂