Repurposed Wall Clock into Swiss Medical Kit

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As I promised last week, I have a fun upcycle for you today using a curbside find that my friend junkin’ friend, Mandy, spied for me. She was driving home and saw that a neighbor had placed this table on the curb and she knew that my furniture lovin’ heart might be interested in the table. I quickly agreed and she said, “Do you want the clock too?” At first I thought nah, but I’m a sucker for old clocks so I said, “Sure”, all the while thinking to myself, “What are you doing? You don’t need any more junk!” And so begins the adventure of my repurposed wall clock.

Curbside Find Farmhouse Table and Wall Clock | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The table went to a needy family since I found it wasn’t a solid wood. Let me just say, if I knew more about clocks I would have loved to restore this vintage Linden clock with all its Made in Japan goodness. I had a blast getting it to “dong” on the hour. I didn’t have a key to keep it in time, so my efforts were futile.

Vintage Clock Found Curbside Before Repurposing | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

When I stopped to really look at it and see the potential, I instantly knew what it was going to become…a Swiss Medical kit! I have a thing for Nordic decor. hee hee hee. And like a kid in a candy store, I couldn’t wait to give it new life. Here is what I did…

Gutted Vintage Clock for Repurposed Swiss Medical Kit | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*Giveaway product provided by Darren Gygi Home Collection. Post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too! (see full disclosure)

The works are in great shape and so is the clock face, so I intend to find new uses for those at a later point. I now have a hollowed out box with a few flaws that need fixed.

The back was now somewhat open, so I used my jigsaw to cut a piece of bead board to make a new backing. The bottom was open for the chains and pendulum, so I made a new bottom with a piece of luan using my miter saw. Easy fix.

Since the side panels came down below the cabinet part of the clock, it looked like it needed something. I decided a rod would be perfect in there to hang a towel, etc. I grabbed my drill, a spade bit, and some scrap dowel and made it work.

Drilling Clock for Towel Rod | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Since a Swiss medical kit has the ever-present red cross, I hand painted that on the back side of the glass and then prepared to spray the rest with my white paint.

Spraying Repurposed Wall Clock with Rustoleum Flat White | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

After a couple of coats and some distressing, this sweet time piece is ready for its new purpose. Meet my repurposed wall clock into a vintage Swiss medical kit.

Vintage Wall Clock turned into Swiss Medical Kit by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t it full of vintagey fun?!

Repurposed Wall Clock into Swiss Medical Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I love the quirky feel and that it has a new purpose with functional storage for meds and a towel. This would even be great in a beach house or cabin, don’t you think?

Wall Clock Turned Medical Cabinet Open by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Vintage Medical Supplies in Repurposed Wall Clock by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Although this latest creation looks great in our bathroom, I have decided to make it available to you in my shop. I’m always adding something new!

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Curbside Wall Clock Gets New Life as Swiss Medical Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Next up is our Themed Furniture Makeover Day. It’s all about Red, White, or Blue for this month. Hmmm…which will it be for this vintage chest of drawers.

Vintage Mengel Chest of Drawers Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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74 Comments

  • Vangie

    You are so creative. I enjoy seeing you in my in box. So many ideas that are unique.

    May 24, 2016 at 7:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s wonderful to hear as I enjoy sharing. Thank you!

      May 24, 2016 at 8:41 am Reply
  • Susan

    Perfect! I love it!! I repurposed a clock
    Myself for a bathroom cabinet but that Red Cross is a deal breaker! Winner!

    May 24, 2016 at 7:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! Great minds think alike! Thank you, Susan. 🙂

      May 24, 2016 at 8:41 am Reply
  • Debbie D

    Love it so cute. Love the Sparrow print as well.

    May 24, 2016 at 8:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It is such a sweet reminder to me. Thank you.

      May 24, 2016 at 8:41 am Reply
  • Samantha

    I’m so in love with this Swiss medical cabinet! As a veteran and a nurse- it’s right up my alley! It would be perfect in my office with my military and nursing keepsakes. I’m always awed by your innovative designs and creativity!

    Thank you for sharing Darren Gygi’s collection- it was such a pleasure to look through his prints. My absolute favorite of his is the Hydrangea because it reminds me of my lovely mother.

    May 24, 2016 at 8:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be an awesome spot for it! 😀 Thank you for sharing your passion. I picked the peony in honor of my mother and grandmother too.

      May 24, 2016 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Anna

    I’ll be on t he lookout for a clodk similar to this…it’s really eye popping.

    The peony art is beautiful but I would pick the “in the garden” piece, it is very appropriTe for this gardener!

    Thanks so much for ALL your great Ideas”

    May 24, 2016 at 8:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They are so fun as-is, but since this was left for dead I had fun repurposing it. Thank you! I hope you get your gardener inspiration.

      May 24, 2016 at 8:43 am Reply
  • Wendy Olgine

    I love the inspiration that flows through you! What a clever and fun repurpose. As for Darren Gygi’s gorgeous art-choosing one is so hard! I love the sweet Williams piece but am encouraged by the sparrow verse. I probably would go with the Purple Heart medal because it reminds of God’s faithfulness to our son who now has two Purple Hearts and incredible stories of His faithfulness.

    May 24, 2016 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Wendy. 🙂 Aren’t his pieces awesome? It’s really hard to choose.

      May 24, 2016 at 8:44 am Reply
  • Niki

    Very creative, I love it!!

    May 24, 2016 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Stephanie Sharp

    I love the repurposed clock! You ideas amaze me! And love the print!!! I also would pick a flower or a beach scene and a bible verse!

    May 24, 2016 at 8:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m stoked to hear it, Stephanie. Thank you!

      May 24, 2016 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Karen

    What a fun repurpose! I like seeing your vision come to life 🙂

    May 24, 2016 at 8:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Karen! I certainly had fun getting this one out of my head. 😀

      May 24, 2016 at 10:13 am Reply
  • Iris

    Love the whole idea of redoing the clock. But what did you do with the table??

    May 24, 2016 at 9:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks. It was a low-quality piece and wouldn’t suit what I needed so I passed it on to someone who could. 😉

      May 24, 2016 at 10:13 am Reply
  • Carol

    You’re my favorite blogger because your projects are so creative and inspiring! Love this idea!!

    May 24, 2016 at 9:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You just made my day, Carol. Thank you!

      May 24, 2016 at 10:16 am Reply
  • Frances Mastermn

    Love the cabinet as I do of all your work. You are a real inspiration to crafters like me. I would pick the dragonfly print since I love them and one always seem to show up when I need a to be reminded of the beauty all around us.

    May 24, 2016 at 9:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Saweet! Yes, the dragonfly print would be perfect.

      May 24, 2016 at 10:16 am Reply
  • Kathy

    I will have to agree with Carol…
    You definitely are my favorite blogger. I can’t wait to see what you have created each day and it ALWAYS brings a smile to my face?.
    I just wish we lived closer together so I could meet you and your beautiful mind in person!

    May 24, 2016 at 11:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      {{blushing}} Thank you for making me smile too!

      May 24, 2016 at 12:35 pm Reply
  • Ellen Braunberger

    What a great idea your clock turned into, I can see the brilliant lights going wild in your creative brain! Love the prints favourite is the For Get Me Nots, for my daughter in Alaska, a state flower, to remind her I’m going to freeze in Wisconsin this winter not getting to spend time with her in Texas! LOL!

    May 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I just had to give it a try. Now to make use of the rest of it! 😀 Good for you both.

      May 24, 2016 at 12:36 pm Reply
  • Dena Jacobs

    That looks cute in your bathroom!
    I love peonies too and would put that print in my bedroom!

    May 24, 2016 at 1:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It’s not staying as it’s available in my shop, but if I could keep it I would. 🙂 You are my kinda gal.

      May 24, 2016 at 2:30 pm Reply
  • Courtney

    I love this repurpose, once again you’ve done a fabulous job! If I were to win the giveaway, I’d love to have the Sparrow print, it’s beautiful.

    May 24, 2016 at 1:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome to hear! Thank you. Yes, the sparrow has stolen my heart.

      May 24, 2016 at 2:31 pm Reply
  • liz

    Such a good idea and a cute final product. I look forward to what you do next!

    May 24, 2016 at 2:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Liz. I have something new about 2 times a week, so that keeps me hopping! 😀

      May 24, 2016 at 2:32 pm Reply
  • Pam Perry

    As always…I adore what you created! If I won this giveaway…I’d scream 1st..& I would love the Sparrow print…a constant reminder of how God loves us <3

    May 24, 2016 at 2:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Aww…thank you, Pam. It is a wonderful reminder as are the sweet birds outside my window. 🙂

      May 24, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply
  • Nanette

    Your creation is awesome, great job! Though I love many from Darren’s collections I would have to say the “Easter” collection is my favorite, especially the Bunny. Thanks!

    May 24, 2016 at 2:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot, Woot! 😀 Good choice.

      May 24, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply
  • gwen

    Love this, as usual! I would not have thought to take the top off, but it looks so much more plain AND APPROPRIATE without it!
    I’m choosing the Daffodil print in honor of my sister who died of cancer. I worked many years organizing our local American Cancer Society “Daffodil Days” and that would be a wonderful reminder of the many people’s work toward ending this horrible disease.

    May 24, 2016 at 4:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      For the the top made it too dressy, and a medicine cabinet would not be that…more function over form. Thanks! Your art pick would be perfect.

      May 24, 2016 at 4:47 pm Reply
  • Leah Gael-Tomlinson

    I really like your cabinet. I have a thing for them, and have a re-purposed one that hangs on a wall beside my bed with little knick knacks in it. I took the door off and use it as shelves. It is my second one that I have worked on.
    I like the sparrow print, it reminds me of the song, His eyes are on the Sparrow. A very nice old traditional hymn.

    May 24, 2016 at 5:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Me too! (the thing for cabinet part) Sounds like great minds think alike! 🙂

      May 24, 2016 at 9:09 pm Reply
  • Edwana Long

    I enjoy your creative range. Functional, elegant, playful, your personality shines through. I love Gygi’s art- partial to the peony print! Or the hydrangea… just saying that it’s hard to pick just one!

    May 24, 2016 at 7:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s an awesome compliment – thank you!

      May 24, 2016 at 9:10 pm Reply
  • Moira

    I love the medicine cabinet! So creative!

    I love both prints but the peony one is especially nice! M

    May 24, 2016 at 7:48 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Moira! You can pick from any on their site, so don’t limit yourself to the ones I’ve chosen for sure (even though they do rock 😉 )

      May 24, 2016 at 9:11 pm Reply
  • Tricia

    I love the medicine cabinet. I am a nurse and it makes me think of Florence Nightingale! I wish I had your imagination and could re-purpose items like you do.
    I love all the prints. They remind me of my father who loved horticulture. The Peony is my favorite.

    May 24, 2016 at 9:09 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh, yes! Love it…hahaha. There are so many print to choose from and it’s hard to pick.

      May 24, 2016 at 9:13 pm Reply
  • DelightsOfTheHeart

    As usual Larissa, your swiss medicine cabinet is a hit. About the prnts, they’re all beautiful, but I have to say that the Sprrow is my favorite because that is my favorite hymn.

    Thank you for the giveawsy!

    May 24, 2016 at 9:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Yolanda. 🙂

      May 24, 2016 at 10:21 pm Reply
  • Priscilla S.

    I think that turned out so cute! What a unique and interesting way to repurpose a clock. Definitely something I would have never thought of. And thank you for this awesome giveaway! If I won I would probably choose the Messenger Chickadee.

    May 24, 2016 at 11:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It takes weirdness…tee hee hee. 😉 The chickadee is another favorite of mine too.

      May 25, 2016 at 12:41 pm Reply
  • Kisti Huffman

    This is one of my favorites!

    May 24, 2016 at 11:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay!! I’m happy to hear it, Kristi!

      May 25, 2016 at 12:40 pm Reply
  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    I never in a million years would have seen a Swiss Medicine Cabinet in that clock! Larissa, your creativity and talent blows me away over and over again.

    May 25, 2016 at 12:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s a plague, Marie. 🙂 I do have fun ,though!

      May 25, 2016 at 12:40 pm Reply
  • cheryl braxton bonner

    #1 would have to be the Lemon print. then the hydranga. then the poppy.Which ever one is available.I can never choose it takes me forever….Lol

    May 25, 2016 at 6:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I am totally with you, Cheryl! 😀

      May 25, 2016 at 12:40 pm Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    I love reading how you create these wonderful pieces.

    May 25, 2016 at 7:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Debra. You know how fun it can be. 🙂

      May 25, 2016 at 12:39 pm Reply
  • logan bonner

    The bear.Peony.or impatience.Can we choose at the time?

    May 25, 2016 at 7:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh, certainly you can choose at the time. This is just for fun. 🙂

      May 25, 2016 at 12:39 pm Reply
  • Laura Hillegass Weist

    I love your medical box make over from a clock! What a cool idea!
    The print I would choose is called, “Beach Path” it reminds me of bike rides on the beach when we used to go on vacation with my Mother and Father in Law.

    May 25, 2016 at 7:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Laura! The beach print is wonderful.

      May 25, 2016 at 12:38 pm Reply
  • Vicki

    Of course, your repurposed clock/medicine cabinet is genius! I would love to be your neighbor! I love all of Darren’s pieces, but I would chose The Sparrow because it would be perfect on a dresser underneath my cross collection and remind me of the verse, “God looks our for the sparrow so He looks out for even you.” (Rough paraphrase).
    Best wishes for continued success.

    May 25, 2016 at 9:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      ha! Excellent to hear, Vicki. Thank you!

      May 25, 2016 at 12:38 pm Reply
  • Darla

    Your new project is fabulous.
    I would choose Beach Path.

    May 25, 2016 at 5:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Darla. Good pick!

      May 26, 2016 at 7:43 am Reply
  • Stephanie

    This is awesome! Wish it matched my bathroom, though I’m sure it will sell fast. 🙂

    May 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It is already headed to its new home. Yay!

      May 30, 2016 at 7:10 am Reply
  • Linda Smith

    Thank you for all your inspirations! Regarding the giveaway, he does amazing work! I would be so excited to win the sparrow print!

    May 31, 2016 at 3:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      My absolute pleasure, Linda! 🙂

      May 31, 2016 at 9:37 pm Reply
  • Naomi

    I am always in awe of your creativity and so jealous of your fabulous curbside finds! I would choose Forget me nots in honor of my friend Linda who passed this year. She was and is a lifelong friend and will never be forgotten.

    January 13, 2017 at 10:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That is a wonderful flower and memory. Hugs to you!

      January 17, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply

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