Ikea Clock Makeover {Colorado Bloggers Collaboration!}

This is the best part about blogging.  Hands down.

Meeting other creative minds and creating friendships.

Did you know that for a VERY long time I threw myself little pity parties because I truly believed that I was the one and  only craft blogger from Colorado?  Well no more excuses.  I have finally met some creative minds (and fabulous friends!) that live in my same state.

A few weeks ago, I got to meet them all in real life at Colorado's brand new Ikea store.

These sweet ladies put up with me bringing along my toddler.  We munched on meatballs and talked blogging.  To think that someone else in the same state can relate to me is amazing!

These gals are incredible.  Love them, love them, love them!

So as we strolled the aisles we decided to take on a challenge.  Together.

Here is my own little contribution to the Ikea Clock challenge!

But let me back up a little bit here.

This is how it all began...

We saw this TAJMA wall clock as we cruised through the store, and it was like a blank canvas.  Each of us took one home and created a masterpiece.  🙂

After finally taking my clock OUT of the package (which seemed to take me weeks, for some reason!), I decided to attempt a stenciling project.  Now this decision was HUGE for me.  Because every stencil I have attempted in the past has seemed to be a big fat flop!  But I went for it!

I downloaded the image of this Casblanca stencil and modified it in my Sure Cuts A Lot software.   Then I cut out at least 4 12x12 sheets of contact paper to be sure I would have plenty of stencils to overlap!

Honestly, this was the hardest part... I carefully peeled off the backing from my contact paper stencils and overlapped them precisely to continue the pattern.  I am a perfectionist, so I wanted this part to be precise.  Then I used a credit card to score the entire thing... I didn't want a single air bubble!!

After carefully removing the center cover of the clock, I started on the makeover!  After priming, I gave this 2 good coats with plenty of drying time in between.  I LOVE this color.  It's going to be lovely in my craft room!

Am I the only one who holds their breath when removing a stencil?  EEK!

But I would like to thank the contact paper for providing a perfect stencil!

As I hung up my clock--I loved it!  But it still seemed just a little bit plain.  So I set to work making a few rosettes.  These just make me happy!

Ahhh... the perfect touch.  I added these with double stick tape just in case I want to add more or play with the arrangement.  I'm considering adding just a few more...

I am so in love... This will be the perfect addition to my craft room.

I am so grateful that I got to do this with so many talented ladies.  Here is what we all came up with...

Go stop by these talented ladies' blogs:

Kirstin from Kojo Designs

Tara from Taradara

Angela from Better Together

Courtney from Sweet C's Designs

It's so fun to see what we all came up with!  These ladies will knock your socks off!

Linking up to Tidy Mom

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  1. FANTASTIC! That is one beautful clock! I love that you conquered the stencil!

  2. That looks great! I love your colors! I still haven’t had the chance to meet up with any other bloggers in real life – I’m sure you guys had a blast! {and what a perfect place to meet!}
    Jenn 🙂

  3. Love the clock! The stencil is perfect and the yellow rosettes just balance it all out! Congrats on having an Ikea close by! We just got ours in SLC a few years ago….. it’s heaven 😉

  4. Alison! I love how you did this! I cannot imagine how tedious it was though … you have a LOT of patience, my lady friend!!!
    xo Tara

  5. This looks so cool! I’m glad it worked out so well. The rosettes are gorgeous, and the perfect touch. This gives inspiration for a lot of IKEA items!

  6. great job – I think yours might be my favorite 🙂

  7. Love the clock! And what fun getting to connect with other creative minds!!

  8. I love it! The rosettes are the perfect addition. The entire clock is so bright and cheerful! And what a fun challenge for you all to take on together! I’m glad you found some fellow bloggers nearby. 🙂

  9. Wow, you really did do a great job — the stencil turned out just perfect! Love your rosettes — how’d you make them? They’re a great color, too! 🙂

  10. What a great challenge idea – and I love your results!

  11. That is so awesome! I miss Ikea so much.

  12. Love this! It turned out absolutely stunning and the rosettes were the perfect finishing touch 🙂 Great job!

  13. LOVE. Seriously LOVE!
    And so thankful for you, sweet friend!

  14. Great colors!

  15. Lovely dear!

  16. Love it, what a great idea. I’m making my way to that IKEA Monday! So glad CO finally got an IKEA!!!

  17. How fun! I wish I was stil in Colorado!

  18. This is so unbelievably cool. I am going to have to give this a whirl. Love the versatility of some of Ikea’s stuff, clocks, frames, etc. Great job and thanks for sharing the details with us.

  19. This is fabulous! What a makeover! I love the pattern, the color, and the flowers. Great job!

  20. this is so cute!!! I LOVE it!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/im-lovin-it-wrap-up-great-ideas/

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  21. This looks gorgeous!!!

  22. Wow, love the makeover for the clock! The rosettes really finish it off.

    It’s so nice to find some other Colorado bloggers. I may not be a total craft blogger but I love to do so when I can. : )

  23. Michelle@ourwonderfilledlife says

    How fantastic to meet up and I love what you came up with for the clock, such a great idea! Gotta love ikea!!

  24. So gorgeous, Alison! I loved this so much, I shared it in my Saturday Seven lineup this weekend! http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/10/saturday-seven-no-26.html

  25. Hey..lovely idea! Can you please give me more details about the paints and primer used? and was the clock surface plastic or wooden? thanks!

  26. Like everyone says, the clock looks awesome. On a non clock related topic – we need to have a CO bloggy meetup one time, because I am just dying to meet other CO bloggers, since I am new here.
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  27. I love this! Great idea to do an Ikea challenge, that store is a mecca of makeover opportunities. Now, if only I can find some local blogger buddies to do a challenge with! Alberta is not so far from Colorado, is it?:)
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