During the long winter months we grabbed videos from the library and hunkered down for some marathon TV watching on Sunday mornings. One day hubs came home with a series of Looney Toons cartoons – famous for characters such as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Marvin the Martian and Foghorn Leghorn. Did you know that Bugs Bunny even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?!
Hubs is a Foghorn Leghorn fan and has one of those minds that remembers lines from movies and catch phrases (me, not so much!). He was intently on the look-out for one of his favourite episodes where Foghorn Leghorn looses his feathers. Did you ever see that one? If not, here’s a 9-second clip where you’ll hear Hubs’ favourite Foghorn catchphrase.
Funnily enough, that particular catchphrase never became well known, but that was about to change in our household! Hubs needed a clock for his Mancave and I knew exactly what I had to do! Not having much wall space in the Mancave, I also had an epiphany about where to put it: I was going to build it into one of the doors of his Ikea entertainment unit!!
You will need:
- An entertainment unit. If you have an Ikea unit like us, purchase a spare door if you think you’ll ever want to switch it back. Ours is a Besta with Valviken doors.
- Print company that can print vinyl graphics
- Clock movement kit with a 3/4″ thread shaft. Purchase one with longer arms.
The first order of business was to purchase a similar Ikea door in the as-is section so we could drill a hole and test out the clockworks (which you’ll see later).
Then we measured and removed one of the solid doors on the Ikea unit.
Draw an arrow on the back of the door to indicate the direction that the graphic will be applied on the other side. It you fail to do this, you might inadvertently apply it upside down and you won’t be able to reinstall the door again! Remove the hinges and set aside; we put all our small parts in ziploc bags so we don’t lose them; leave the bag in the cabinet (if you can find an empty spot for it)!
To design the clock graphic, I started with this pixelated jpeg image of Foghorn Leghorn I found on Pinterest. It’s not going to work as-is; it takes some work to prepare it for printing.
If you think you might like to try the graphic design aspect out for yourself, you’ll need Photoshop and Illustrator. For step-by-step instructions, please subscribe to our blog then send me an e-mail using the contact page. Once confirmed, I’ll reply with the password to access the tutorial.
Once all the graphic work is complete, check with the graphic company you’ll be printing with to see how they want to receive the file. I saved my file as a PDF and dropped it off on a USB stick.
I had it printed on a good quality calendared vinyl (3 mil) with a compatible clear overlam (2 mil) to protect the graphic (as an added bonus it can be wiped down if necessary).
A friend of ours is familiar with affixing digital vinyl prints onto substrates so she helped us by applying it onto the door. You only have one shot at it so I was thankful for for her help and expertise. There are a few ways to do it, but she used a top hinge method as demonstrated in this video:
Once we got the cabinet door back, we re-installed the hinges and set the door aside. It’s easier to do that step first on a flat surface before the clock is installed so the clock hands don’t get mangled in the process of getting the hinges back on.
We opened the clock movement kit package.
Then we matched a drill to the width of the clock mechanism and drilled a hole in our test door.
We tested the clock mechanism out on the practice door.
To drill the hole in the real door, hubs set up a drill station. He used some cardboard to build the height so we wouldn’t drill through our floor.
Then he added some scrap wood on top of that. This suits two purposes: 1) so we wouldn’t drill through our floor and 2) it keeps the door flat despite the hinges.
We lowered the door onto our drill setup.
While I was designing the clock, I positioned a hole on the graphic so we’d know where to drill out for the clock mechanism.
Using the mark as a guide, we drilled out the hole.
Install the Clock Mechanism
The clock mechanism comes with detailed instructions on how to assemble the hands, but if you want to see some step-by-steps, check out hubs’ computer hard drive clock (step #11).
We installed the clock mechanism, then a battery and turned it over excited to see it tick away. Nothing happened; our clock mechanism did not work and it was too late in the day to go out and exchange it.
When we tested the hole size with the fit of the clock mechanism, we forgot to pop in the battery to make sure it works! We were so concerned about the fit, we forgot this important step – duh!!
We proceeded with mounting the door anyway.
The next day we replaced the clock mechanism closed the door and stepped back to admire hubs’ favourite catchphrase! I like how the clock numbers are worked into the feathers that surround Foghorn. How appropriate is it for Birdz of a Feather to create a clock that’s all about feathers?
The clock adds an element of fun in the mancave (not to mention a pop of colour that picks up on the russet in the area rug).
And how unexpected to see it installed in the actual cabinet door!
It worked out great! Hubs now has a one-of-a-kind clock that brings back fond childhood memories and it didn’t take up any wall space. Best of all he can still access the storage behind it!
Don’t forget to pin!
By the way, as we made our way through the Loony Toon classics this past winter, I marvelled at the fact that Mel Blanc voiced all of our beloved characters. How could one man do that and still be able to make each character sound distinctive? I’m in awe of his talent.
Other Options for the Graphic
If you don’t want to go the vinyl graphic route, don’t fret – there’s other options! For instance, you can also achieve the same look by printing a large scale colour print and decoupaging it onto the door. I would prime the surface first with a great primer (such as Stix), then decoupage the graphic and seal with Modge Podge or Varathane. We have decoupaged a medicine cabinet…..
…and I also decoupaged this Valentines gift for hubs (a paint stick pallet), so it’s a great option!
If you’re into unique clocks, check out this computer hard drive clock that hubs just completed using an upcycled drive from my old computer:
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