Before I bought my house back in Feb. 2009 I was excited at the prospect of decorating my very own house so I went to the thrift store and snagged a few cool things to makeover. Yeah, well I am finally getting around to these projects. This week I have been working hard on organizing and decorating my craft room so it was finally time to jazz up this clock!

Anyway, this mantle clock has been sitting on the ledge in my craft room for over a year now and ever time I looked at it, it screamed at me to make it over. It was a pretty sad and tired clock…it was also very formal and had a kind of 1980′s style…verrrrry not me!  I picked it up for around $5-6 at the thrift store and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to paint it a bright blue.


My mantle clock before:



First I took it all apart, rubbed the wood down with steel wood, and then primed it with a white spray paint primer. Although I knew what I wanted to do with the clock body (hello turquoise!), it took me a little while to figure out what I wanted to do with the face.


I opened up a word document and made a 4.5″ circle that would fit over the original metal face. I drew some diagonal lines to make sure I got the increments right and after playing around with the numbers and fonts, this is the design I decided on:



I then printed it out on burlap (of course!), backed the burlap up with bright blue fabric, and cut out my new clock face. If you want to know how to print on burlap, check out my TUTORIAL!



Much better than the original…though I had to use a brown sharpie to go over the numbers after I accidentally washed out some of the printer ink with an overuse of steam with the iron (whoops!).  Meanwhile, after spray painting the clock body (I used Valspar Exotic Sea), I distressed it with sandpaper and a dark brown translucent glaze. After much fumbling I finally got all the little pieces put back together.


So here’s my new-and-improved clock:






And here’s the before and after side-by-side:



I’m so happy with how my clock came out…what a difference a little paint can make! As far as some of those other original thrift store finds, I am almost done with them. I will be posting about those soon (hopefully).


Until later, happy crafting!

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  1. Jody T says:

    This looks like the reproductions I have seen at

  2. I must say that overall I’m really impressed with this particular site. You can easily see that you’re enthusiastic about your writing. If only I had your writing ability I anticipate more updates and will be returning.

  3. Becca says:

    I love your clock! I think it’s better than the one I did. ;0 I love the shape of yours and the face you made! It’s just perfect!
    Thanks for your comment on my clock makeover,

  4. Angie @ CCC says:

    Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI! Be sure to put the button in your post or sidebar so you are not disqualified!

  5. SassyKay says:

    Wow – what a great makeover. Changing the clockface makes the entire project come together.

  6. gail says:

    great job on the clock makeover! I shared your printing on burlap on FB over the weekend.

  7. Wow the transformation is amazing. I love the color. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.

  8. This is SUPER FANCY! I lovveeeeeee it! Makes me want to makover this old clock I have at home. ;)
    Thank you for the inspiration!

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  9. Sara says:

    So pretty! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now!! (and red during the holidays!)

  10. Jen says:

    Thanks for linking up! ~Jen

  11. Jamie says:

    Just in case anyone is curious about printing on burlap, I just posted a tutorial! The link is HERE!

  12. Jill says:

    Super cute! Love the clock face – how in the world did you get the burlap to go through the printer?? I envision hours trying to get burlap out of my printer, so please let me in on the secret.

  13. This looks fabulous!

    …and you can print on burlap!?!? my mind is blown.

  14. Jenn says:

    That is my favorite color right now!! I am seriously going to keep my eye out for an old clock, because I would love to paint one like this! I love the new face of it too. You should come and enter my Vanilla Bean Paste giveaway

  15. Jen says:

    What a great transformation! I love that you not only painted the clock, but changed the clock face as well, so smart! I’d be thrilled if you came and shared this at the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at


  16. Meg O. says:

    I love the makeover! So whimsy and eclectic. The blue is perfect!

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