I love a good hack. To be more specific, I love a good Ikea hack. Ikea is one of my absolute favorite home decor stores (I mean who doesn’t have it as a favorite?) and I love how customizable their pieces can be. And since they are so budget-friendly, I don’t feel bad about painting/cutting/staining or generally putting my own spin on some of their products, like this side table I made over. I knew I wanted to make over another Ikea item. My husband and I have had this Ikea clock since we got married almost four years ago:
Kind of blah and way to simple! It was fine when we were first starting out, but now that we’ve bought a home and I’ve developed my style more and started a blog, I thought this clock could use a little face lift…. with some GLITTER. Yup. Glitter. The end result really is fantastic!
Ikea Hack Glitter Clock Materials
– Ikea clock (or any old clock will do!)
– Paper Plate
– Glitter (I used Martha Stewart’s fine glitter in yellow gold)
– Cardboard box or newspaper to catch excess glitter
Now, I knew I wanted the little clock hands to be black instead of silver and I tried really hard to get them off the clock. Like really hard. I tried wrenches, and pliers, and my fingers, but the little hands just would. not. budge! So, being the crafty person I am, I just decided to spray paint them while they were still on the clock face. That’s right, I did it.
I figured that since I would be covering up the rest of the clock face anyway, it didn’t really matter! For the hands I used Rust-Oleum’s Paint+Primer spray paint in matte black. I just love how the matte looks! I let it dry for a few minutes and then brought it inside. I plopped the ikea clock in an extra cardboard box I had lying around because, as we all know, glitter is the herpes of craft supplies and it can get EVERYWHERE! So if you decide to work with glitter, please, to keep your sanity, do it either outside or on/in something like a box or some newspaper. You will thank me later.
Next, I squirted out a little bit of mod podge onto a paper plate and then began brushing it onto my clock face with a regular bristle paint brush. I worked in little sections, painting on the mod podge and then sprinkling the gold glitter onto it. I used another dry paint brush to spread the glitter around and smooth out any clumps. This system worked pretty well! And that’s it! Once your glitter has dried you can do another coat of mod podge to really seal it in. Just make sure to not get it in/on the clock hand mechanism, otherwise it won’t tick anymore!
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! And there you have it! I let it dry for a while then gave it a couple of gentle whacks in the box to knock off the excess glitter and cleaned the clock hands to remove any rogue sparkles. I decided to put this Ikea hack glitter clock above my new bar cart and I must say, it looks quite classy, especially when paired with my Rifle Paper Co. calendar!
I really love how my little bar area is coming along! The colors are so bright and cheery and it is a great little mixing zone for when guests come over. The Ikea hack clock just pops with it’s new glittery makeover and just seems to be saying ‘it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?’ Bottoms up!
What’s an Ikea hack that you would like to see Dwell Beautiful take on?
What a great way to redo something that is not your style into something that fits your home. There are so many things I have that just don’t work with my other decor any more but perfectly good. This project is great inspiration for how I should be rethinking some of my “old” decor.
Thank you so much for your kind words, Eva! I definitely agree – ever since starting a blog I’m starting to see all these old pieces in a new light – as projects I can make over! Have fun with updating some of your pieces so they fit your style – I’d love to see pictures when you finish 🙂
SOOOOO fun Erica! LOVE how those hands pop now and that glitter …. just so pretty! Totally in love!
Thanks so much, Kristi! I’m definitely digging how it pops more too 🙂 Hopefully my hubby is okay with all the glitter I’ve been introducing into our decor lol
Glitter makes everything better 🙂 PINNED!
Glitter ABSOLUTELY makes everything better! Thanks so much for pinning, Bre! 🙂
That herpes makes that clock look SOOOO much better!! Go craft herpes!
I love herpes on my clock hahah that sounds so wrong 😉
Such a fun update to an otherwise boring clock! Pinned!
Thanks so much for pinning, Katie! 🙂
Really love the clock!
Thanks so much, Laurie! I love it too!
Thanks so much, Alexis! Glitter basically makes everything better 🙂
This is so cute! I love the addition of the glitter, and the fact that it is gold. Love it!
Thanks, Emily! Gold + glitter = always a winning combo in my book 😉
You always have the coolest ideas, Erica! That’s looks like a completely different clock after you got done with it. Nice work!
Aww thanks so much, Carrie! Glitter always helps make everything better 😉
Love!! Everything is better with glitter I think. 🙂 It looks waaay better, and way more glam. Loving that bar cart, too!
Thanks so much, Amanda! Glitter absolutely makes everything better 😉 Except for my carpet… carpets are not better with glitter haha 😉