Oct 3, 2013

Tic Toc - An Upcycled Clock

So, what do you do with a broken clock that will cost more to fix than it would be worth?  You repurpose it, of course!!

 
We came upon this vintage grandfather clock a few months ago with the initial idea of fixing it.  The cost of the parts are outrageous, and since it's not an antique clock, I couldn't justify putting that kind of money into it when I really didn't love it.
 

After we stripped the rest of the parts (to sell on-line), I started searching Pinterest for ideas and found this really cool redesign by Mill City Antiques.
 

It got several coats of Navajo White by American Paint Company.  This is a chalk/clay paint and it was perfect for this project.  The inside got a couple of coats of APC paint in Dollar Bill.


The plexiglass where the face was got a couple of coats of chalkboard paint both inside and out.



I had a general plan, but as always, I came up with new ideas as I went along.  For instance, I knew that it was going to be a coat rack/umbrella stand on the inside....but I really didn't want to be able to see inside when the door is closed.  So, I created a reverse stencil and tacked it to the inside of the glass using spray adhesive.  Then, took a can of frosted glass spray and coated it several times. 

 
The bottom needed a little something, so I chose a hotel sign typography from the Graphics Fairy here and transferred it, then filled it in with a paint pen and sanded.
 
 
After a little distressing and some waxing - I seriously love the way it turned out!!  These pictures don't do it justice....I really need a new camera.
 


 
What do you think?  It will be available at the Vintage Therapy Market and Grand Opening at Deep Creek Vintage next weekend!
 
'Til next time!
 
 
 
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14 comments:

  1. Very clever, Susan! You always think of great ways to repurpose. Hope you're doing well.

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    1. Thank you so much! I have to give credit to Pinterest. :)

      I feel like a different woman since the surgery. The pain is gone and I feel SOOOOOO much better. It's like a huge cloud has been lifted.

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  2. Love this idea and I've been looking for a grandfather clock for my own! Beautiful upcycle. :)
    Lisa

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! This clock sat in our dining room not working for months and I finally had to do something to it. I really like how it turned out. :)

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    1. Thank you, Ma'am! I submitted it to you...hope you got it! :)

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  4. Oh my gosh I love this idea! I actually have a clock similar to this.

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    1. Thank you so much! I can't take the credit for the original idea, but I do really love my version. :)

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  5. Great idea. Love how it turned out!
    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

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    1. Thank you! It definitely took something that almost went to the dump and made it useful again.

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  6. Susan, it's gorgeous! You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  7. This is my first time visiting. I have never seen a clock like this before, you did an amazing job. The new paint brings out the detail in the wood. I think it will be more useful as storage than as a clock. Lucky person who gets to own this masterpiece.
    *Smiles*

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    1. Thank you so much! I am pleased to say that she was the first to go to a new home at the market! :)

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