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!
I’m linking up to these parties:
Sunday: I Heart Naptime, Flamingo Toes, Homemaker on a Dime, Under the Table and Dreaming, The DIY Showoff; Monday: Craft-O-Maniac, Skip to My Lou, Home Stories A2Z; Tuesday: Tip Junkie, Today’s Creative Blog, A Diamond in the Stuff, Not Just a Housewife, Sweet Little Gals; Wednesday: Lil’ Luna, The Trendy Treehouse, Savvy Southern Style, Ginger Snap Crafts, Blue Cricket Design, Sew Much Ado; Thursday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, My Repurposed Life; Friday: Romantic Home, Tatertots and Jello, Remodelaholic, I Can’t Stop Crafting; Saturday: Be Different Act Normal, Kojo Designs, Six Sisters’ Stuff;