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DIY Abstract Art Clock and Serving Tray

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I was able to chat with David Bromstad recently about his limited-edition labels for Coffee-mate’s French Vanilla and Hazelnut bottles. There are four designs — two for each flavor — and they will only be available at Target. I loved his approach to the designs, and being known for his painting skills and use of color, I was inspired by David and “the art of a fresh start” to do a little painting of my own. I customized a tray, and wanted to take on another project too. I suggested a clock last week and you were into the idea, so I went for it!

The tray was cute, but you guys. The clock? LOVE IT. Eleanor has already laid claim on it, so it’s going to be moving to her room, and August wants one too (in red). Here it is paired up for now though with it the tray that preceded it. I even snipped a few flowers from the yard for the table, remembering David’s fondness for his mom’s garden.

An #InspiredStart with David Bromstad's Coffee-Mate Designs | Making it Lovely

David Bromstad's Designs for Coffee-Mate

Want to make a clock or tray (or both) of your own? Here’s what you’ll need:

DIY Abstract Art Clock & Tray| Coffee-Mate & Making it Lovely #InspiredStart

Painting a Serving Tray

I started by taping off the sides of the serving tray with painter’s tape so that they would stay white. I used small (4-6″) strips of tape because it’s easier to work with than long pieces, and I let them overlap a little each time for complete coverage.

Serving Tray and Craft Supplies

I was aiming for an abstract look, concentrating on fields and splashes of color. (Eh? Inspired by David. Get it?) Magic animated gif painting process time!

Abstract Painting | Making it Lovely

I peeled the tape off carefully and let the tray sit overnight to be sure that the paint was completely dry.

DIY Abstract Art Painted Tray | Making it Lovely

The paint peeking out from the bottom of the tray is such a happy detail! Little things like that are always a nice grace note in the morning.

An Abstract Painted Serving Tray, with David Bromstad's #InspiredStart Designs for Coffee-Mate | Making it Lovely

An Abstract Art Wall Clock

Painting the clock was similar, but with a few differences to note. I chose the paint the sides and the face, so there was no need to tape anything off. I also wanted to add a bit of gold this time. I had picked up a bottle of gold paint to use on the tray, but I changed my mind. The raised numbers on the clock presented themselves as the perfect spot for it!

Clock, Taken Apart

I unscrewed the clock and took everything apart so I could paint the face. I let the colors mix together more here than I did with the tray. I also used a round brush instead of a wide filbert, so that changed the look too.

Initial Layers of Pink and Red Paint

The first few layers don’t look terribly promising, but the magic comes as you keep going. I had a hard time deciding when to stop because I kept wanting to tweak it here and there, but I had to call it and walk away so I wouldn’t overwork it or muddy the colors.

Abstract Art Clock Painting in Progress

I let the paint dry completely before coming back to paint those numbers gold. The metallic paint was semi-translucent, and I think it took about five coats for it to turn opaque. The numbers catch the light in the best way though, so taking the time to apply layer after layer of gold was worth it!

Painting the Clock Numbers Gold

After the paint on the numbers dried, I reassembled the clock and hung it. Not a bad way to check the time, right? Eleanor’s a smart kid, stealing that clock for herself.

Adorable DIY Painted Clock | Making it Lovely

Seven, Eight, and Nine Months Old (Calvin’s Monthly Photos)

I’m still doing my monthly photographs with Calvin, but I’ll be sharing them here as quarterly updates now, instead of as each photo is taken.

Nine Months of Calvin's Monthly Photos

Our little guy is nine months old now! He’s so close to crawling. Sometimes he surprises himself by getting into a sitting position after having been on his tummy, he can pull himself up to stand, and he likes to walk around with a little help. He has two teeth on the bottom and three (soon to be four, I think) teeth on the top. Still nursing four or five times a day, but he’s eating more food — some of it spoon-fed, some of it from his own chubby little hands.

Also, I win! He said his first word a couple of weeks ago: Mama.

Seven Months Old

Seven Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)
Seven Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)

Eight Months Old

Eight Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)
Eight Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)

Nine Months Old

Nine Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)
Nine Months Old (Calvin's Monthly Photo)

(I’ll be taking a photo of Calvin sitting in the Eames rocker and wearing his pin each month until he’s two years old. I also took monthly photos of his sister, Eleanor, and his brother, August.)

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Drawing Inspiration

Drawing Inspiration | Making it Lovely

I’ve been drawing inspiration lately. Literally. Maybe a little painting, too.

Here, I was drawn to the color combination in the first image, the masculine detailing of the furniture in the second photo, and the pattern and detail of the antique rug in the third.

A Weathered Wooden Table with Modern Red Chairs from CB2

Campaign Dresser Meets Steamer Trunk

Antique Rug

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