Time For A Cool Change – How To Update An Old Clock

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I am super excited today.  This is my second time participating in the Silhouette Challenge.  Last month I made these awesome winter throw pillows.  Even though there is a tree on one of them I still have them out and I love looking at them everyday.  This time I am using a clock as my project.

This month our theme is “Make Something Old New Again”.  I love this and it is right up my alley.  It is my theme all of the time.

 

I found a hideous clock at the thrift store. It is fun to update an old clock and make it look spectacular!

 

Updating An Old Clock

I found this clock at our local thrift store.  It was hanging on the wall but wasn’t working of course.  It has a paper front but it was really secure and I knew I could paint it.

This is what it looked like.

 

I found a hideous clock at the thrift store. It is fun to update an old clock and make it look spectacular!

 

I apologize if you like it but I thought it was quite hideous!  But I could also see beyond the ugly!

Supplies Needed:

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Clock

Black Spray Paint/Primer

White Spray Paint/Primer

Silhouette Cameo

Vinyl – the color does not matter

Black Acrylic Paint

Stencil Brush

Paper Towels

Brushes – small for touch up

White Paint for touch up

Gel for a distressed look – Mine is Timeless Gel from Velvet Finishes.  

Sanding Block

Clock Mechanism

The Makover

This clock had the mechanism in it but it wasn’t working so I removed it.  I already had a new mechanism in my craft stash but wanted to keep the hands from the clock because they were a better size.

I wanted to paint the clock face black to match the outside wood piece.  This is where the black spray paint/primer comes in.  I sprayed the entire thing.  And I painted the hands black too.

When it was dry I went over it with the white spray paint/primer.  It ended up being a nice smooth surface for my stencil.

The stencil is the part where the Silhouette Cameo machine comes in.  I created the numbers and the lettering in the Silhouette software program.  This is what my screen looked like after I was done designing.

 

I found a hideous clock at the thrift store. It is fun to update an old clock and make it look spectacular!

 

I used the cut settings for vinyl.  When it was cut I had created my clock face stencil.

Now came the hard part.  I needed to lay the stencil onto the clock face.  This took some patience and some time but I got it done.

 

I found a hideous clock at the thrift store. It is fun to update an old clock and make it look spectacular!

 

Once the stencil was on I used the stencil brush and very small amounts of black acrylic paint to create the design.

When I removed the stencil there were some areas to touch up.  I used white acrylic paint but it didn’t match perfectly with the white spray paint and it wasn’t as smooth.  I didn’t worry about it though because I knew with the sanding and the gel it would blend in and be fine.  And it was!




The Final Product

Here is the final result.

 

I found a hideous clock at the thrift store. It is fun to update an old clock and make it look spectacular!

 

 

I found a hideous clock at the thrift store. It is fun to update an old clock and make it look spectacular!

 

You can see the nice sanding that makes it look old.  And the black paint is peeking out from below.

 

I found a hideous clock at the thrift store. It is fun to update an old clock and make it look spectacular!

 

 

I found a hideous clock at the thrift store. It is fun to update an old clock and make it look spectacular!

 

 

I found a hideous clock at the thrift store. It is fun to update an old clock and make it look spectacular!

 

I love the way it turned out.   I can’t wait to find another clock and update it as well.

If you like it please share.  And be sure to check out and share all of the other’s Silhouette projects as well.

 

 

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Rachel Teodoro – Making a New Crate Look Vintage + Using a Stencil Made from Vinyl

My Life from Home – Farmhouse Glass Kitchen Sign

Kock it off Kim – Pantry Refresh and Organization

Michelle James Designs – Cool Clock Update

Simply {Darr}ling – Upcycled Painted Globe: Adventure Awaits

Pocketful of Posies – DIY Dry Erase Calendar

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Michelle

20 Comments

  1. Carolann

    I love it Michelle! Wow, what an incredible transformation. How did you paint over the black vinyl? I think you should mass produce them and sell them!

    12 . 01 . 2017
    • Michelle

      You are great Carolann! Thanks for the vote of confidence. The black vinyl is the stencil so I only had to paint over the white areas.

      12 . 01 . 2017
      • Carolann

        Wow Michelle, you did such an amazing job with the painting too!

        12 . 01 . 2017
        • Michelle

          You are too nice. Thanks! I do love to paint!

          12 . 01 . 2017
  2. Rachel Teodoro

    What a great update! I love it! It looks so farm house chic!

    12 . 01 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Rachel. I do love farm house chic so that is a great compliment. I appreciate it very much!

      12 . 01 . 2017
  3. Sue

    The is right up my alley Michelle. We have a clock that I do like a lot, just not sure if it will fare well as I redecorate so your idea of how to redo a clock is very good to know about. I do like how yours turned out and now if I see an old ugly clock I’ll grab it!

    12 . 01 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Sue! Thank you. I hope you try this. It was really fun and pretty easy once I got the stencil on the face. LOL! Have fun.

      12 . 01 . 2017
  4. Christina in FL

    Shazammm! Beautiful! Love the design of the new clock face. Sweet! Thank you for the inspiration!!

    12 . 01 . 2017
    • Michelle

      HaHa Thank you Christina! I am loving it too and it was fun!

      12 . 01 . 2017
  5. Emily

    This is so neat! I would’ve passed by that old clock at the thrift store and never given it a second glance. I love how you gave it a new lease on life 🙂

    12 . 01 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much Emily! It was hanging on the wall and something about it just struck me. I wish it was a lot bigger but I love how it turned out!

      12 . 01 . 2017
  6. Amy @ mylifefromhome

    What an upgrade! This is such a chic and stylish clock now. I love it. Great job!

    13 . 01 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Amy! I really do love it!

      13 . 01 . 2017
  7. Megan

    Absolutely beautiful update! I would hang this in nearly any room in my house!

    19 . 01 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Megan! Thanks so much. I really love it!

      20 . 01 . 2017
  8. Dar hankey

    Another awesome project!!

    15 . 02 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Dar! I need to get working on your stuff. It is next in the hopper! I am glad you like my clock. I just love this thing now.

      16 . 02 . 2017
  9. Denise Nelson

    Great job! I took an old clock like this, took it apart, used wallpaper on the face, and stenciled the numbers. It was a gift for a friend and she absolutely loved it as it went perfectly with her new kitchen remodel.

    17 . 03 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Denise. This was such a fun one for me and I absolutely love this clock. I love the idea of the wallpaper. That was very creative!

      17 . 03 . 2017

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