As promised in my last post, I’m back with this vintage clock that a friend offered to me. I’ll admit, I adore clocks with the best of them. However, when their works stop running, they still have a purpose of some DIY fun. I’ve made clocks and even repurposed others as SEEN HERE. This time around (pun intended) I’m going to create an reclaimed wall clock cabinet that will be a nod to the original design but serve a new purpose. Are you ready for some creative repurposing? woot!
This thing is a pretty ol’ gal that lacks the tick-tock anymore. Not only is it missing a “heart”, but also has these features of a missing finial and openings I’ll need to deal with. Also, the only access into the clock is from behind and I’ll need to address that.
First, I need to remove the broken clockworks. That’s as simple as unscrewing a few spots and pulling it all out. Then, I use my cat’s paw and a slow steady hand to remove the face of the clock (with glass intact…whew!)
You can see there are two dowel pins and glue holding it together. However, I cut the dowel pins with a coping saw and use the remnant to plug the face holes. After that, I cut a length of wood to make a shelf inside the cabinet and attach with my nailer.
Likewise, it’s time to address the huge hole in the top. hmmm… I just happen to have a length of dowel I purchased at a thrift store to make into a French rolling pin for myself. For now, it will do to make a plug. Gotta love a stash!
Last, I cut a piece of scrap luan to fill the back slot so I have a proper backing to my reclaimed wall clock. Again, my stash comes to bat for me.
Finally, after all my tear-down and rebuild efforts, I can put the finishing touches onto this clock turned wall cabinet. Since I’m dealing with new wood mixed in with old wood, I decide to brighten it all up with white paint.
After two coats of paint, magnetic hardware, and a bit o’ bling, here is my cabinet…
Isn’t that fun?? I am so glad it came out as I envisioned it to be. It still serves a purpose, adds charm to your home, AND looks fabulous. Do you spy the salvaged gem inside?
You know I had to, right? I’m a sucker for all things clock, hence my need to make use of each and every part. Not only is it fun, but why fill the landfill with perfectly good decor?
As you can imagine, I’m excited to offer this and much more in my online shop. If you’re signed up for my free email newsletter, you get a discount.
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