Sunday, January 16, 2011

I Finished theTrompe L'oeil Grandfather Clock!

I'm done.  

My Pier 1 inspired Trompe L'oeil Grandfather Clock is finished--I thought I'd never say those words...


Isn't he handsome?


He's barely 2" deep but stands a whopping 6'6"!






Here's my inspiration.




And here's the process in pictures...

The pattern was drawn and cut from poster board -- he's 6'6" so it took several pieces. Well, half a pattern anyway.  I just flipped it over for the other half.

A dear friend gave me this piece of 3/8" exterior bead board.  I used a Sharpie to trace around the pattern.



This part takes a while.  You can't get in a hurry cutting it out.



A Mouse sander does a great job of sanding the edges.





The wood trim came from my scrap pile.



I mixed several left over paints and came up with this creamy green.


A $1.29 Goodwill find gives it some needed dimension.


Add to that a $10 clock from the Dollar Store and I think I've got a pretty grand clock here.





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158 comments:

  1. That is crazy good and I love the paint color! You continue to amaze me!
    Lacy

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  2. wow, would you consider making another and selling it? lol i may know of a buyer. um me! lol

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  3. I think he's very handsome! Going to feature this on the ole blog! I saw this in country living and thought wow, that's so doable. Of course, your painting skills make it look a LOT better than I ever could!
    great job lindy!
    gail

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  4. Great Job! I think yours is much more beautiful than Pier 1's.

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  5. Lindy!
    Oh wow! you did a fantastic job!
    I was just looking at the clocks at the Dollar Store the other day thinking...' I need a LARGER clock for the living room' but didn't buy one cause well, I just didn't.
    But this makes me want one now! So I can make a copy of YOUR COPY!!! LOL... that is the highest form of flattery right?

    I just can't do the trompe l'oeil painting though.
    I've seen some others doing this same thing...they all turn out different, huh?
    Love yours!

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  6. I love it! What a great project.

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  7. How wonderful! You did a fabulous job on this clock. It looks so realistic. Nicely done and thanks for sharing how you made it.
    hugs,
    Tammy

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  8. What a beutiful look you have here...great job!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  9. I am visiting over here from Gail's little blog and man am I BLOWN AWAY!! I love this...it is so doable...but so chic. LOVE it.

    You are brilliant...love it.

    Cheers~
    e

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  10. Absolutely stunning! I LOVE IT!!!!

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  11. That is absolutely freaking amazing. LOVE it to bits and super happy I found you!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Alicia {ProtoDoom.com}

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  12. Lindy, This is exactly why I love visiting you. Your creativity and talent blows me away. The clock is fabulous! Love it.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  13. This project is just amazing, you deserve a big super duper HOLY COW for this one. Thanks so much for sharing your finished project and also the tutorial.

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  14. Amazing! I have seen clocks like these go for 300 and up! You go girl!!

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  15. This is probably the most amazing thing I've seen in Blogland to date! I AM IMPRESSED!!!!!!

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  16. Just gorgeous!!! You did an amazing job, better than your inspiration photo! :) I love it!!!

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  17. Lindy, another great project by you. That is amazing.

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  18. That is amazing! I love it and am bookmarking to copy someday.

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  19. Lindy- You are AMAZ-ING...Seriously...You are one talented chick! I have to say this ~ I like YOURS better than the inspiration piece...much nicer and I love the color too. This one is a WINNER! Hugs-Diana

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  20. Your clock turned out just awesome! You did such a great job and it looks better than the inspiration piece.

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  21. Lindy, you did such an awesome job. I loved this the moment I saw it in the magazine too, but yours turned out so wonderful. thanks for sharing.

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  22. I saw that picture in the magazine and I SO want to make one! You're turned out so great, I love the bead board!!

    Tania

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  23. Wow! You're good and I think yours is so much prettier than your inspiration one! It looks wonderful on your pretty wall.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  24. I have never wanted any clock more! and I have an obsession with clocks. This is incredible! I saw it originally in the mag. but never entertained an idea of making my own. LOVE IT!!

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  25. Awesome!!! So creative...way to go girl!!

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  26. I can't believe this. Unreal! You did GOOD

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  27. Your clock is amazing. I am inspired to try this.

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  28. I would look at that in the magazine and think isn't that cool but I would have never thought about making one!! Good for you!! You did an awesome job and the end result is just stunning!!
    Jane

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  29. That turned out great... very nice job!!!

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  30. Just gorgeous! It would not have been as wonderful without your talented painting skills. You can just bring it all to life!

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  31. Lindy that is awesome!! Ya taking orders yet?;)

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  32. It's lovely! I bet you had the best time painting this. I love that little addition from Goodwill.

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  33. Awesome! I love your clock, everything about it.What an amazing project!

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  34. The idea for your clock is very imaginative and the end result is very nice. I loved the green, and like you I'm always mixing paints even after I buy them from the paint store.

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  35. Fantastic project, I think the end result is amazing. I love your design- I like it better than the original really. Your trompe l'oeil effects are beautiful.

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  36. Wow...what a wonderful project!!! And such a statement!!

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  37. Lindy, it is incredible! I've not seen a project quite like this. I've seen trompe l'o eil but not like this. It's nice to see something different, and this is something we can all do if we wanted, however you did a superb job! Sooooo inspired! tami

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  38. Lindy~ this is SO fabulous! I love it when someone sees a project and puts their own spin on it..and yours is much better than the original! Beautiful~ you are very talented!

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  39. This is totally amazing Lindy!!! Love it, love it, love it. You are so awesome and talented.

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  40. This is wonderful!!! I love it...and the size of it....great job!!!

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  41. OMG ~ absolutely fantastic! Love it ;-)

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  42. Did you know your picture is in the dictionary under TALENTED, SMART, CLEVER, GENIUS, ARTISTIC and CREATIVE, just to name a few? You never cease to amaze me!

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  43. Wonderful! It's even better than the inspiration! I'm your newest follower.

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  44. This is seriously awesome! I'm a new follower from Skip to my Lou and I'm so glad I found you. You are so talented! I think it just looks fabulous!

    Megan

    http://1funkywoman.blogspot.com

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  45. Holy clocks, Batman! I just "LOVE" it and I am making one for myself! Thank you so much for this tutorial! 8>)

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  46. I am so glad I found you. You are amazing! This is something else. I was just telling my husband yesterday I needed to learn how to use tools since he was complaining all my projects involve him. LOL! I love your clock! You did a fantastic job!

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  47. This is AMAZING! I love all your projects and this one is no exception. Congratulations on getting it done. You've inspired me to give it a try.

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  48. Holy moly! That is fantastic! I saw the Pier 1 one too but your's is just...I'm speechless - in a good way!

    Jeanine

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  49. This is not just a Grandfather clock but a work of art! Love it!

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  50. Excellent...your best project ever! Very nice.(-:

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  51. What a great project. You did a beautiful job!

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  52. That freakin rocks! That is one fo the most original ideas I have seen in a while. Way to go.

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  53. Lindy, I do believe you're in the shock and awe business! This is amazing! YOU are amazing! You make it look so easy! It turned out just gorgeous!

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  54. WOW! What's even more amazing is that your clock looks better than the one that inspired it. Thanks for showing how you did it.

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  55. Really beautiful! I just discovered the Pier 1 clock the other day and found that hilarious since I just made one of those clocks a few months ago! Wonder when the Pier 1 clock came out? Anyway, must say your clock is nicer looking than mine :) Great job!

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  56. Wow! Your clock is amazing! Love your Goodwill find too. It wouldn't have been the same without it! Wonderful job!

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  57. Lindy,

    OMG! I am so amazed by this! It is beautiful. My hubby keeps telling me he wants a Grandfather Clock...and I keep telling him not yet as it is too costly.
    Hubby's birthday is in March...guess what he's getting ;-)
    Thank you so kindly for the inspiration!

    Sue

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  58. I had the same thoughts about recreating that lovely piece when I saw it in the Country Living magazine but even if I had attempted it I'm sure it would not have looked even half as good as yours!!! I love it and featured it on my blog www.theclassicfarmhouse.com. I hope this is ok...please do let me know if it's not. Blessings, Katy

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  59. Oh my gosh, another fabulous project, Lindy! I like your clock better than the inspiration because yours looks like it has some dimension to it. The inspiration one looks flat. Great spot for it, too.

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  60. I LOVE your clock! That really came out fantastic, you can't even tell it's flat when you look at it straight on, you are great at trompe l'oiel!!

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  61. This is an awesome post, I would really love it if you linked this up to Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage as well! Have a nice Week! Mary :O)

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  62. love, love, love...must learn to use saws and cutting tools! Am filing this away for the future.

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  63. This is better than the inspiration clock..Got to have one...thanks for the info, its a winner!!

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  64. Um.....WOW! I'm speechless! Thanks for linking up.

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  65. Your clock is fabulous and your tutorial is great! Gotta love a woman with power tools!

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  66. OMG!!! Serously adorable..okay I can go on and on but you get the gist right?
    love it.
    tammy

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  67. Lindy, I LOVE your clock AND your armoire that houses your sewing machine! You are SO super talented! I loved this clock from Pier 1, but yours is way better lookin'!!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year to you! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

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  68. Brilliant idea! Absolutely beautiful job! oh, and I like it better than the one featured in the mag. :)

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  69. FOund you at sugar bee's linky - loved this post (great project) and so as you requested of people who enjoyed this post, am now following you!!
    Hope you have a lovely week!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  70. Just gorgeous!! If I had a spot in my house, I'd be trying this project out myself! You did a fantastic job.

    ~Chris

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  71. Gail mentioned your clock on her blog and I just had to come see... WOW!! that is so pretty,, and you make it look so easy. The painting really makes it look good. Thanks for sharing.

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  72. You did a fantastic job!! And yes, your clock is so much better than the original one you had as inspiration.Lovely tutorial as well.

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  73. Lindy, this is GREAT! You are so talented on so many levels! I REALLY love this!

    Lou Cinda

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  74. Wow, that looks great. The painting on it is gorgeous.

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  75. Okay, Lindy - you should get some kind of award for doing this. You're amazing, girl! Hugs, Kim Hey, Lindy, about how long did it take you to make it?

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  76. Awesome project! Beautifully executed. It looks so read I was looking to see how you did the bump out at the bottom, then realized there was none. Great job. Ginger

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  77. Lindy, thanks so much for sharing this wonderful project at my party. I see everyone loves it like I do.

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  78. @Kim @ Cheap Chic Home

    Hey Kim, I think it might have taken me about 6 hours start to finish not counting the pattern (done on a different day) and the three trips to the store looking for just the right clock face...and the trip back to return two of 'em!

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  79. WOW! That really is amazing! Yours is even prettier and I know you will enjoy it! When you've made something, it means so much more! Great job! ♥

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  80. That is incredible! It looks amazing!

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  81. oh this came out beautifully and looks wonderful against the wall treatment

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  82. Are you kidding me??? This is awesome!!!!!!

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  83. Wow! How fun and creative and beautiful!! SUPERB job!!!

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  84. Dang.... your clock is totally delish!

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  85. Lindy are you kidding me? You did such an incredibly amazing job. So much better than your inspiration picture! The curly que pieces I actually thought were added on - you painted them with such depth I didn't know it was just paint! I was reading along waiting to see where you go those pieces thinking they were plaster maybe... you are so talented!

    Michelle
    www.newengland-style.com

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  86. You did an absolutely fabulous job.. I can only imagine how proud you must be of this beautiful piece... applause applause

    Sonny

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  87. Wow! I like yours so much better than the original!! Beautiful!

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  88. genius, girlie...pure genius. i loved your church reader board, too--especially the sentiment there...that's my mantra...er, well, i don't want to be a little boy when i grow up...just a little girl. thanks for sharing this...there's hope for me yet.

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  89. This is amazing! I cna't believe a real person made this!

    I'm your newest follower. I'd love for you to check out my blog!

    http://theloops13.blogspot.com/

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  90. I told you that your version was going to look wonderful, Lindy! The paint job is truly a great trompe l'oeil finish! :-)
    ~Sue

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  91. this is great! I have the perfect spot for one...now to put it on my "to do" list. I am defnitely a follower now!

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  92. That's amazing. I painted a trompe l'oeil marble fireplace in my living room on the wall and my husband added deminsion by making a mantel and hearth.
    Catherine

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  93. Wow!! This is amazing!! I have to share on my FB page!

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  94. This is absolutely amazing-and the best part-I like yours better than the inspiration piece!!Love the colors and the stenciling in the background-WOW-you are sooo creative-Claire

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  95. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! It's bloomin' AWESOME! You win! You are the QUEEN of 2011!!! I LOVE THIS!

    m ^..^

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  96. gorgeous!! i came over by way of Today's Creative Blog...love the feature she did on ya!!

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  97. Yours is better than the inspiration clock! Fantastic job!!

    Jo

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  98. Lindy, what you linked up was fine. Didn't the look of this wall get better by adding this wonderful clock? Then it is perfect for my party. Anything that enhances and makes something better is fine to link up.

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  99. I really like it - you did a great job! I like yours better.

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  100. Gorgeous!! Hey, congrats on being featured over at Today's Creative Blog!!

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  101. Really cool. Saw that clock at Pier One just this last weekend and thought it was neat. (I go in there occasionally because it is next to Trader Joe's) Amazing what you can find at Goodwill. Well, I like yours even better!
    :)Heidi

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  102. The end results of your projects never disappoint - it looks great! Thanks for the tutorial as well.

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  103. That is absolutely, unbelievably gorgeous and I cannot get over it! I'm so impressed and just love the color you used to paint it and the detailing you added. Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this at my Inspiration Friday party this week! :-)
    Vanessa

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  104. What a fabulous job and a major undertaking.

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  105. I like yours even better than the inspiration! Looks great!

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  106. What a project! Yours beats the pictured clock by far!

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  107. Yours is so much cuter than the inspiration pic! I love it! And I love how it's not overly huge or heavy. Looks perfect. :)

    -Annie

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  108. Yours looks 10 times better than in the mag. Great job!!

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  109. What a great project! I'll have to file this away for a future project.

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  110. This is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Saying I Love it is an understatement. I am bookmarking it, so that I can make one too (I am blessed with a hubby who has lots of power tools and loves woodworking so he can help me along) ;) Thanks so much for sharing, it REALLY is BEAUTIFUL :)

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  111. You are such a talented girl!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  112. Love that clock! You did an amazing job. Very well done.

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  113. How very cool!! This is an amazing project! TFS!

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  114. Fooled me, love it much more than a traditional grandfather clock! Thanks so much to linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence.

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  115. I beyond love this idea and you did so good with it. Amazing! I'm featuring this on my blog today if you want to check it out. Thanks!
    sassysanctuary.blogspot.com

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  116. Uh, wow! So amazing! I thought it was a full-on Grandfather clock, I had no idea it was only 2 inches deep! It looks WONDERFUL. I'm amazed!

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  117. I saw this clock in the Pier 1 catalog and made a trip down to my local store to check it out. I thought it looked really cheap & not at all worth the money. I think you've done a wonderful job and it's so much nicer than the one at Pier 1. You should be very proud! :)

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  118. I clicked on your link at Wendy's party--and I'm so glad I did!

    This is absolutely magnificent. What a wonderful idea! Thanks for showing your magazine inspiration--but I really think yours is even prettier than the one in the magazine!

    Congratulations on a beautiful job!!

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  120. wow, I would not have thought to use that old interior wall hanging type stuff cut etc. Imagine using several for on a head board. and I love your grandfather clock.

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  121. oh gosh! you are so creative! grandfather clock made from scratch! awesome! and beautiful too! love it! have a great weekend!

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  122. One of the best projects I've ever seen, Bravo! The Goodwill detail item is a perfect touch.

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  123. I love your clock! And I have to agree, this is one of the best projects around! Congrats!

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  124. That is gorgeous. I really like the stenciling you did behind it as well. Congratulations.

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  125. Oh. My. Goodness. BEAUTIFUL work! This is just lovely! What talent you have! Thank you for sharing -- I can only dream about being as creative!

    Blessings, -- Jill

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  126. Wow Lindy - This turned out amazing! Lovin the green - fantastic job. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I'll be featuring this today. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  127. This is the sweetest project I have seen in a LONG time! I have wanted a Swedish Clock FOR-EVER! but I never thought of making something. You've complety inspired me to try one.
    Thank you so much.
    Amazing job!!

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  128. Amazing! I love how this turned out!

    Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden. I'll be featuring you tomorrow.

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  129. What a wicked cool project! You deserve some big time applause for this fabulous clock! Just amazing work!

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  130. That is awesome!! I saw your inspiration piece last time I was in Pier 1...I can't believe you built one so cheap! :)

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  131. I had seen the original one and I like yours better! It turned out beautifully, you must be so proud.

    I'm a new follower from A Beach Cottage - Good life Wednesdays.

    Would love for you to visit our coastal lifestyle blog at http://SallyLeeByTheSea.com

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  132. Oh my - this is beautiful. And I think YOURS is much prettier. It turned out great!

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  133. I just love what you did and I would have to say that your's is way nicer than the one for sale. I was so impressed that I have decided to make my own.............when I dont know but I will.

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  134. WOW!!! Okay, first of all, so so beautiful!! Amazing job. I love your take on it! It turned out just magnificent!!
    Second, what an amazing coincidence! I just saw your very inspiration clock at Pier 1 last night. Swooned and HAD to paint one!! I snapped some pics with my phone and have been brainstorming all day. I googled trump de l'oeil grandfather clocks and voila!! There you were!! Now I'm even more excited to this project... you are amzing! I hope mine turns out half as good as yours!

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  135. Well done Lindy - I linked this to my clocks post too, it's great!

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  136. @Lindy

    Hi Lindy, I have a fast question for you about the clock face.
    BUT FIRST!!! Can I just say to you that you did an amazing job here and you are an inspiration to follow.
    OK now how did you attach the clock to the body piece? I am scared that I will get it all together and but the clock won't stay in place. Did you attach it in any particular way? Can we get a picture?

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  137. @Carolyn Windley

    Carolyn,
    I positioned the clock face and drew a line all the way around. I removed the clock and I used a bead of liquid nail just inside the line and replace the face. I used a bag of rice to hold it all in place until it dried...good luck to you!!!

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  138. Indeed a beautiful and inspiring story. Thanks for sharing.

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  139. @Lindy
    To Lindy-
    Thank you for sharing the instructions on attaching the face. I really appreciate it very much!
    Have a great week!
    Carolyn Windley

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  140. LOVE it!!!

    Debra
    http://design-house-plans.blogspot.com/

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  141. Lindy, I abso-freakin-LOVE this! I became a fan recently and was send over again through your guest post on My Repurposed Life, hoping to win that beautiful painting. You are one amazingly talented lady. I'm a new follower but plan on becoming and old one. :)

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  142. Lindy- I would really like to make this clock and I was wondering if you would sell me the pattern? If so would you please email me back.
    Thanks
    Becky
    becky_randall@cox.net

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