I always think a project is going to take so much less time than it actually does.


In my mind….we were going to finish the kitchen at the gatehouse in a week.

In mean….what could take so long?

We just had to paint the counter tops and paint the walls and paint the open shelving and paint the cabinets and then do this really cool finish on the cabinet doors and then paint strips on the walls and add lettering on the walls and buy some new furniture.

And in my mind….all that would take about a week.


My mind was wrong.


Right now the kitchen looks like this.

If you squint….can’t you see the stripes on the wall and the painted shelving and the new flooring and the new furniture?

Can’t you see the brightly colored bowls in different patterns lining the shelves?

Am I the only one?


I was a little frustrated with the kitchen and its completely non-painted self.


So of course….I did what any frustrated kitchen owner would do….

I painted a clock.

A big, pink, almost grandfather-looking clock.

It made me so happy.

And the best part?

In my mind….it was only going to take the afternoon to paint the clock….

….and it did.


To create this clock….all you need is a blank wall….


….and this vinyl clock kit from IKEA.


I bought the kit and cut out the pieces.

Then I traced around the clock with a pen.

Make sure you trace just inside the edge of the clock so your vinyl will cover the painted edge.


After I traced it….I started painting inside the outline.

It took three layers of paint to cover.

Paint around the outside with a small brush and use a big brush to fill in the middle.


When I was finished….it looked like this.

Just a hot pink outline of an almost-grandfather clock.

After the paint dried….I applied the vinyl pieces back onto the outline where I had traced them.


Then….to complete the whole grandfather clock look….I added an inexpensive clock to the top.

The clock came from IKEA, too.

Just for the record….my mind thought this was genius.


When I finished the clock….I was so happy.

I actually completed something for the gate house.

One painted project down.

Only 27 more to go…..

…..good thing I have a week. 🙂

PS  If you don’t have an IKEA near you…you could just paint an outline and trace it with a paint pen.

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  1. Image for Mrs. C Mrs. C

    Ok, so being that I love to paint artistically, I just have to say...the possibilities are endless here! Just think of all the fun, cute, new ways you can decorate around your clock w/ just paint!!! I'm sitting here looking at my clock, my imagination is whirling! Thank you for sharing this, not only am I going to deal w/ the white tile/grout (thanks to your FB post yesterday), but I am also taking a serious look at my clock and thinking about something to paint around it. :D

  2. Image for Betty Betty

    Karianne, the "burlap tassel" post has escaped! Do you know where it went to? I love this clock. I'm going to do this. Also I'm glad to know that Ikea has a round simple clock like that. Do you know how hard it is to find just a simple wall clock? I'm anxiously awaiting your instructions about painting your counters -- I need to do that desperately. Well actually all of what you're doing *this week* to that room!

  3. Image for Karen Karen

    That is brilliant KariAnne, I love this idea so much. I may need to do this somewhere in my house. It just may satisfy the urge for a Mora clock(not in my budget). Thanks for the great inspiration.

  4. Image for Erin Erin

    Lovin this. The gatehouse is going to be soooo cute and Makenzie Child-ish with that fab black and white floor and colorful do-dads, or do-granddads, throughout. BTW, We don't have and IKEA her, but why is there a %^*$#(% Wal-Mart on every street corner selling cheap Chinese housewares when I would so rather have an IKEA selling cheap Scandinavian housewares? Guess I will need to take a five hour drive to Orlando to pick up a (just guessing $19.99) vinyl clock decal by way of the House of Mouse. Love you.

  5. Image for Tanya Tanya

    Karianne you never cease to amaze and inspire, this is so super cool. Love it. And IKEA is 15 minutes from my house (country girl in the burbs) this would look awesome in a boring hallway we have. Hugs :) xo, Tanya

  6. Image for Mike (CraftyDad) Mike (CraftyDad)

    Okay, sister. You don't have drive through Cokes in your neck of the woods -- but you have an IKEA store? What gives? Tell me you bought the kit online. Please tell me that. This Hoosier Boy is really confused. And the closest IKEA to me is the one in Schaumburg, IL. I wish it were closer. But my checkbook prefers that it's two hours away. And shipping charges for all the stuff that I want/need is out of the question. Darn it. Wishing you and your family a WONDERFUL weekend. My wife and I have the honor and privilege of watching our oldest son walk across the high school commencement stage on Sunday. With honors*. Very proud. Very proud. *He's smart -- like his mama.

  7. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Will you be my new friend?! This is the coolest thing ever. you do is inspiring. Have a wonderful day ;)

  8. Image for Tina Matteson Tina Matteson

    Wowsers! I love that and it just so happens I am making a trip (3 hour drive) to Ikea tomorrow! So excited to do a similar project. But mine will be turquoise. :)

  9. Image for Sherry Sherry

    I am always underestimating the time it will take to finish a project. That and if it's something I need help with from the hubby we have extremely differing levels of urgency when it comes to a project deadline. :) He's not bothered so much with living his life in the middle of a construction zone. ME, not so much!!! I love the clock and the happy color you chose. It would make me smile too ;)

  10. Image for Claudia Claudia

    your paited clock is just wanderful I saw the vinil shape durin my last visit to ikea and it look amazing always great inexpensive ideas and today I'm seen it painted and it looks fantastic, can we have the whole look of tre room? xo Claudia.

  11. Image for Sherry Sherry

    Oh my! You are a genius. The clock looks amazing! I've decided I'll never be completely finished with anything. Because I always change things after a while. I can not wait to see the Gatehouse when you've done all 27 paint projects. I'm loving those floors!

  12. Image for Runt Runt

    I love the clock! What a fun touch of whimsy! I have definitely had projects that I thought were going to be done in no time only to find out I was completely wrong-o! There are projects going on in my house right this very second that I thought would be done by now! We first started our half bathroom renovation in September and it got finished right before Thanksgiving. So much for a weekend project! First of all it wasn't the best time to start the project considering we had people living with us at the time. Then of course we ran into problems out the wazoo! We are currently working on the guest rooms upstairs because we just found out we are having a baby! So the nursery rooms needs to be set up pronto so we don't have to stress over it! Wish us luck! =]

  13. Image for Amy Seward Amy Seward

    I LOVE it! Sometimes its better to do something that makes you happy instead of what you have to do. You go on with your bad, brilliant self!

  14. Image for Mary Miller Mary Miller

    How absolutely adorable! Your blog is wonderful, Karie Ann. The whole new "Steel Magnolias" renewal of this little just intriques me so. I can not wait to see what you will week! xo

  15. Image for Anna Starner Anna Starner

    I think this just must be a Grandmother clock all dressed in pink. So cute and wouldn't it make a cute addition to a playroom done in a whimsical fun color Such as your pink). Great for teaching time and my infamous five minutes to get cleaned up. I <3 this clock it has such nice large numbers I can see it in my whirl pool without my glasses. I found it when I was looking for an outdoor clock. I hung it on my patio under a deck and so far, so good, that was two months ago.

  16. Image for Sandy Sandy

    Unbelievable! I had envisioned a get-out-of-town, brilliant, pink grandfather(grandmother) clock that was wood and painted by the one and only genius KariAnne. And further down the page, I find it to be a kit from Ikea, a store I hope to visit one day either in PA or southwest Ohio. Then to top it off, we just sold our "retired" round clock, that my husband had purchased and used in his classroom, at our garage sale today. So, I guess I will be waving my brush with a bright blue hue to a wooden clock that didn't sale and call it even.

  17. Image for Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door

    I LOVE this project, Karianne! I first saw a similar idea several years ago and printed off the idea. It's still in my "ideas" folder! Just sitting there. The Ikea vinyl clock kit is such a cool idea! Love the outlined look. Great job as usual! Oh, I I can so relate to the time frame thing. I always think I can get 15 things done and I'm lucky if I can check 3 things off the list! :)

  18. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    IKEA? I love that place. I've been to the one in Cincinnati once, and it was a life-changing experience! :) What a cute clock! Love it, and love YOU!

  19. Image for Judy Judy

    Kerrianne: Too cute! How clever you are, How did you even know where to find this. Can't wait to see more of the gatehouse..Happy Weekend..Judy

  20. Image for ColleenwithMurals&More ColleenwithMurals&More

    my my my my my. If that isn't the cutest dang thing. I don't have an Ikea but it does happen that I can sketch a bit here and there so I'm thinking I'll just have to paint me a grandfather's clock. Just too dang cute!

  21. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    I need to get to Ikea and also look at the catalog more often....that clock is over the top cute!!!!...Great job Kari! I have learned over the years to triple the anticipated time to finish the project...Can't wait to see the finished project!!...Have a wondeful weekend!!

  22. Image for Jena @ Involving Color and Home Jena @ Involving Color and Home

    Karianne, you always have the best projects! Love this! I shared it on Facebook. And, I'm totally with you on the whole thinking projects will take less time than they do. I've been off by...oh...years now ;). I seriously thought we'd have all our big projects done about two years ago! Ha, boy was I wrong!

  23. Image for Patty O Patty O

    Karianne!!!!! I love this! And I love the fact that it's bright pink! ADORABLE! And yes, you have a keep on painting - turn on your favorite tunes and sing along with! And keep us posted on your progress! Wish I was there to paint with you! What fun we'd have! Enjoy!

  24. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Hi! I am a *brand new* follower of your site and I'm taking my sweet time exploring all of your projects and reading your stories. The clock is such fun but truth be's a gatehouse I'd REALLY love.*SIGH* Maybe someday...until then I will have fun watching you transform yours! :-)

  25. Image for pam clark pam clark

    I saw this clock on Pinterest last night, and thought "how cute" but didn't click on it.....should have known it was yours! adorbs

  26. Image for Susan Susan

    Now, I know why I like to visit your site...I don't feel odd having a ton of projects on my list to do all the time! I love the idea of a painted clock and will keep it in mind for the next house. We do have an IKEA here and I'll have to check it out, XOXO

  27. Image for Miss Charming Miss Charming

    Well, I love hot pink and grandfather clocks so in my opinion, it's the perfect project! I'm enjoying following along as you transform your gatehouse into something fabulous. Have a wonderful weekend, Karianne!

  28. Image for Janet Janet

    I have never failed to underestimate the amount of time, effort, materials, planning or execution of a project (i.e. a BLOG) in my life! Chris begs me not to start something else before I abandon yet another project, but it never the clock and love you more!

  29. Image for Richella Parham Richella Parham

    Oh, yes. Yes, yes, YES! That is absolutely darling! I had no idea they had such an item at IKEA--haven't been in too long! What a cool conversation piece, and you've made it functional by adding the clock face! By the way, if you hadn't already won everyone's hearts, I am quite sure you would have done so with the simple statement "My mind was wrong." Ain't it the truth?

  30. Image for Jeannie Jeannie

    KariAnne, I can't wait to see this room come together. Pace yourself, if every room takes a week, you'll be finished in no time. We're happy to see one project at a time. I always enjoy whatever you do. Take care, and enjoy your Sunday. Jeannie

  31. Image for Cindy Cindy

    That is gorgeous! I will have to look for it the next time I have an adventure at IKEA. You have inspired me to paint an 80's oak clock in small cabinet that I have had for years and it's now in storage where it will stay unless I paint it in a red colour and distress it with some dark stain. I thought your clock was red at first glance, and I love red.

  32. Image for Jessica Jessica

    I never would have guessed that clock wasn't a real one. In the photos it looks like a painted grandfather clock! So cute! Can't wait to see the rest of the kitchen!

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