Cupboard Door Turned Clock with Patina

Cupboard Door Turned Clock with Patina
Hope you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas! It's time for "Project Challenge" once again. This month the item up for challenge to use was "Old Books or Sheet Music".  I love the patina that old books have and love using them in diy projects every chance I get. Come see what myself and the others in the group have come up with and I'm sure you will be inspired...

So this is what I started with... some large square cupboard doors. I did quite a few of them all at the same time that I worked on my Farragoz clock face.

This is the basic technique that I began with. Gesso, and casein paint and using a putty knife to distress the paint when it was still wet. I layered several colors that I mixed myself.

Then I decided to design the clock face on my Silhouette Designer program. I printed it out and then projected it onto the door and pencilled it in.

Here it is all painted up and with the clock hands and mechanism. I found the clock kit at Hobby Lobby. The frame was a little too plain for my liking so when this month's challenge came up, I decided to see if some book pages might add more interest.

So I go out some old paper back books and started playing with the different papers. This was one option... but it covered up too much of the frame.

This option was a little more interesting, but with the alternating colors of the book pages was a little too distracting. I didn't want the attention to be on the frame, as much as on the clock.

When I placed one on top of the other, I liked how the different patterns and colors worked together. I decided to go with this for the finished frame.

As I was playing around with the positioning of the paper, and what shape to use... I decided keep the outer edges straight  and the inner edges torn and wavy.... I began by gluing the book pages to the outer edge using white glue.

and the hymnal with brown song pages as the outside edge, leaving part of the gray from the frame also visible to frame the clock's face. It's a subtle difference, but I think it adds some much needed interest to the otherwise plain painted frame.

You can see a little bit more details of the patina on both the paint finish and book pages from these photo closeups.

These faux pointsettas were given to me last year. I wasn't crazy about the orange but couldn't bring myself to throw them out. I figured some paint or paper would help to improve them. So I ended up decoupaging some pages from an old music book onto the parts that were orange. I cut the pages a little larger than the leaf to be covered and used Mod Podge to adhere them. I held the book page in place until I was sure it was attached. Then when it was all dry I cut the excess edges of the book pages to fit the shape of the leaf underneath them. They each took about an hour to finish. You could add glitter to the edges of the book page leaves, but I kept mine simple for now... maybe next year I will do that.

For now they both sit on the mantle to remind me that this year is almost over and to make the most of each day...

You can see my other clock face HERE

Happy New Year!

And for more Book Page/ Music Sheet inspiration, make sure to click on the links below to check out what my creative blogging friends have come up with for this month's projects...

Partying at these locations…

Something to Talk About @ Spain Hill Farm
Inspire Me Monday @ Sand  and Sisal
The Scoop @ Stone Gable 
Before and After Linkup @ Thrifty Decor Chick

SITS Sharefest @ The SITS Girls
Moonlight and Mason Jars @ Cherished Bliss

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasures
Dream Create Inspire @ Refresh Living
Swing into Spring @ DIY by Design
What's It Wednesdays @ Ivy And Elephants

Creative Spark @ Two Purple Couches
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Share Your Style @ The Vintage Nest
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Brag Worthy Thursday @ Bless'er House
Think and Make Thursdays @ Little Red Brick House
The Creative Circle @ Up to Date Interiors
Vintage Charm @ Charm Bracelet Diva
Shabbilicous Fridays @ The Shabby Art Boutique
Feathered Nest Fridays @ French Country Cottage
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme
The Inspiration Gallery @ craftberry bush
Creativity Unleashed @ Practically Functional
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
the weekend retreat @ AKA Design
Inspiration Friday @ The Painted Drawer

A morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market
Upcycled Link Party @ Funky Junk Interiors

Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes
Share it One More Time @ One More Time Events
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home

Silver Pennies Sundays @ Finding Silver Pennies
Inspired By You @ Reinvented
Inspiration Monday @ What Meegan Makes
Amaze Me Mondays @ Dwellings


  1. So inspiring! I love that you made a clock and the unique patina you developed with the sheet music and book pages. I have always wanted to make a clock and have never felt brave enough. Thank you for the instructions because guess what I got for Christmas?! A Silhouette!!! YAY!! Definitely on my bucket list this next year. ;)

  2. Wow! So beautiful! I really like the layered book page colors on the frame.

  3. Hi Lucy, this is truly beautiful! What a masterpiece you created!!! So much detail! I am bummed I missed this one!!!

  4. Your clock is so beautiful! And you were so clever changing up the poinsettia's! Great patina was added to both items!

  5. Lucy! This is so very awesome! I agree with you - the book pages gave just the right amount of texture and interest to finish the clock :) Great job once again my friend!

  6. So cool and unique, Lucy! And your poinsettias look awesome, as well! Take care, Cynthia

  7. This turned out just great Lucy! Love those pretty flowers.

  8. What a spectacular job you did on this - I love the paper - what a perfect touch!

  9. I love upcycling projects this is so cool will have to try the clock face love the challenges I might join you have a great week

  10. That is beautiful!! What a great way to decorate with simple things! :)

  11. This is great! Love the clock. It is on my list of things to make.