DIY Belart style clock and cozy kitchen snack bar — Patti and Darin’s MacGuyvered delights!

retro countertop barWe showcased Patti and Darin’s delightful retro kitchen makeover yesterday. Today: A closer look at two ingenious features — a cute little snack or breakfast bar and a midcentury modern style boomerang clock. They made both of these for under $100 (not including the stools) — using leftover materials and just a few additional purchases.

DIY kitchen snack bar:

retro kitchen
Patti bought the stools on ebay for $80 — they are marked Snyder Philadelphia. She had to cut the legs down to fit under the breakfast bar. She also purchased the hairpin table leg on ebay.

Patti wrote:

I’m very bad at always wanting something unique, one of a kind. Necessity breeds invention, you know, and I can never find EXACTLY what I’m looking for, so I usually have to make it up. For the snack bar, I wanted something simple that looked like it was probably in my kitchen originally (this is a modest ranch), and I wanted a place… to snack!

retro countertop bar

The snack bar substrate is 3/4″ particle board. I bought a 4×8 sheet at Home Depot and had them cut it for me to my rough dimensions because it’s hard for me to handle a full sheet by myself.

retro countertop bar

Anywho, I’m a McGyver-er from way back, so I cabbaged around the garage for scraps. I didn’t have screws short enough to attach the table leg to the bar, so I found a piece of 1×4 to use as a spacer. I attached the table to the wall with leftover shelving corners cut to 24″ and secured into the wall studs.

Table legs can be found lots of places including Amazon:


The bar was going to be 36″ square but it overpowered the space so I cut it down to 30″. And, it’s counter-height, so I had to cut 2″ off the bar stool legs cause they were too high.

DIY boomerang clock — Belart style


Then the wall above was too blah, and I found this clock I loved on eBay but it sold for $810. Yikes! And I thought, hey, I’ll just make my own!

This listing gave me the idea on the shape of my clock. I had laminate left over from the kitchen and particle board left over from a piece of MDF from making my platform bed. I drew out the shape, and Darin cut it out for me because his hand is steadier than mine 😉

The clock is a scrap piece of Masonite board, I drew, he cut. I painted it to match the cabinets, clock mechanism from Amazon for $10.

The 3-6-9-12 spots are biscuits (I have a biscuit joiner!) and I wrapped them with aluminum foil (ha!) and the 1-2-4-5-7-8-10-11 dots are the wooden tip of a paint brush dipped in silver paint and dotted on. Voila!

pattiVoila indeed! Nicely done, Patti, thank you for sharing your design! And, I learned that “cabbage” can be used a verb — I am going to start doing that, too! Yay for all the MacGuyvers among us!

  1. Lynda Flaherty says:

    I love the clock! I would like to see the inside of the trailer! I have a Torn apart 1964, 14 ft Franklin that Im working on. Hope to have it finished by the end of next summer.

  2. Jay says:

    Very nice, love the clock.

    Making nice things using cool laminate is a nice contrast to making things from pallets that is all the rage nowadays (guilty of it myself, in a way). Laminate definitely needs to stage a comeback, there’s so much that you can do with it, and its a very durable material.

  3. Fantastic! I am a “I can’t afford it so I’ll find a way to make it.” DIYer, too! I love the projects, and the entire kitchen. I am setting up a new craft area and I want a big table top for miniature scenes. I just hadn’t found the right laminate for it. Now I think I have. 🙂 Thanks for sharing all of the ingenious project ideas and the kitchen.

  4. sherree says:

    You guys are just awesome! I am hoping you will share more photos of your cool home. I also grew up with those stools at our basement bar. My Mom still has them 🙂

  5. Midge says:

    Love, LOVE that clock (well, actually the whole kit & kaboodle) – But I have to ask, what are biscuits? I am only familiar with the baking powder kind (preferably dripping w/ butter and gravy)

Leave a Reply

Commenting: Information

All comments are moderated, generally within 24 hours. By using this website you are agreeing to the site's >> Terms of Service, << which include commenting policies, and our >> Privacy Notice. << Before participating, read them in full.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.