I am so glad to be back working on my blog! Life has been crazy with this and that, but now I am back!
As I am currently living in Switzerland, it is difficult to find affordable home products so my go-to retailer is IKEA. One of the really great things about IKEA is not just their fun and inexpensive products, but what you can create with them. There is even a website called IKEA Hackers which contains a vast collection of IKEA products that have been transformed into something else! The IKEA “hack” I am showing here, doesn’t really change its original use, but it vastly improves it!
The IKEA Rusch Wall Clock seen below can be purchased for less than $2! I know – even Switzerland’s price is 1.99 franc! Crazy! The problem with this clock is number 1 – the color is boring and number 2 – it is incredibly loud! I’ve read posts from people asking how to quiet it and I have a solution!
First how to quiet the Rusch IKEA Clock – Remove the cover using a flat head screw driver.
If you look carefully, you can see where the cover fits into the clock base. A little pressure in the right places and it will pop off easily.
Now – simply remove the second hand.
The second hand is creating most of the noise and the clock will work perfectly without it!
How easy was that?
Now – on to that boring color!
It’s so simple! Paint the back side of the clock and because the plastic is translucent, the color will show through and look flawless!
For my clock, I used an inexpensive acrylic paint. I brushed on two coats to the back side of the clock, letting the paint dry between applications. When the second coat was finished, my paint job did not look great. The problem was that light was shining through the clock showing all the imperfections. Once I hung the clock against the wall, where there was no light behind it, it looked perfect!
Because my family is spread across the world, I need multiple clocks for all the different time zones!
I hung my IKEA clock with two different clocks, but it would be really cute and inexpensive to do a wall of Rusch IKEA Wall Clocks in many different colors.
Something to think about!!