Ikea Hack: Glitter Clock

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:

ikea hack glitter clock

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

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– Ikea clock (or any old clock will do!)

Black spray paint

Mod Podge

Paint Brushes

– 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.

ikea hack glitter clock

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.

ikea hack glitter clock

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!

ikea hack glitter clock

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!

ikea hack glitter clock

ikea hack glitter clock

ikea hack glitter clock

ikea hack glitter clock

ikea hack glitter clock

ikea hack glitter clock

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!

ikea hack glitter clock

ikea hack glitter clock

What’s an Ikea hack that you would like to see Dwell Beautiful take on?

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