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Upcycled Clock Face Table DIY Style

Do you ever see those things at a garage sale or thrift store and ask yourself, “Hmm…what did that used to be?” I think that’s half the fun of the hunt. Initially, figuring it out is fun, but also envisioning its future. This little gem came to be in my possession through a funny story. The end result though, is going to be an upcycled clock face table for our Trash to Treasure Tuesday fun. Check it out…

Ash Tray Stand Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

Back a few months ago, my friend, Mandy from Paid in Full, had a free sale. Yes, you read that right – a free sale. Her ministry collects items for the community and puts together these “sales” to help those who need it most. What is more, she also raises funds for the ministry. You can walk out not paying a stitch if you have no funds, but you can donate whatever you desire.

At this particular sale, my oldest son wanted to find a project piece. I pointed out this stand as potential by adding a top to it. However, after several months of it sitting in my garage waiting for revival, I bought it from my son. He lost interest and I wanted to rework it. Win-win.


That brings us to today. I’m excited to get this DIY party started. I’ve not only got a new video to share with you, but a brand-new tool to give to you. Seriously, I just love giving folks things!

Today, I’m using a sprayer that is perfect for the newbie as well as the seasoned pro.

HomeRight Quick Finish Sprayer for Small Projects | featured by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

*post sponsored by HomeRight (see full disclosure).

It’s an entry-level sprayer that’s easy for a beginner to use. Also, it showcases Lock-N-Go technology that allows for much easier disconnect of the nozzle from the cup for ease of cleaning and color/medium changes. Last, it’s perfect for thinned paint, stain, and poly. I’ve outlined my thoughts on how it assembles and works in my video below.


First, I fill up the cup with a natural reactive stain that works with the tannins in wood to age it faster. I’m using a wood round for my table top that I found at a local home improvement store. It’s made of pine and pretty simple, but I’m adding my own flair.

Spraying Natural Stain to Upcycled Clock Face Table Top by Prodigal Pieces |

Then, I liberally spray the stain. To get the best results with the stain, the wood needs to be good and soaked. After that, I disconnect the sprayer nozzle and clean up with soap and water per manufacture instructions.

Afterward, I fill the cup with thinned paint (following paint can instructions for thinning). The ash tray stand is getting a soft antique white paint, only one coat.

Spraying Upcycled Clock Face Table Base with Paint in HomeRight Quick Finish Sprayer | #prodigalpieces

Afterward, cleanup is the same as with the stain, easy and quick. woot!


You know I love adding my typography to anything I can. Funny thing is, this sweet table is almost identical to one my youngest son did about 5 years ago. He literally did almost the same thing with a different vibe on another upcycled clock face table. Likewise, I wanted to replicate it with a twist.

First, I used my transfer tutorial to create a clock graphic to size, then chopped it up for printing. After printing the pieces, I taped it together to fit the table top. Trace the graphic to transfer the design.

Tracing Roman Numeral Clock Face to Upcycled Table |

Next, fill in the design with either Sharpies or in like fashion, hand paint them in with paint. I like doing either one.

Filling in Roman Numerals on Upcycled Clock Face Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |


Finally, here is my finished upcycled clock face table mixed in with my home decor. I love it! Do you?

Farmhouse Style Living Room with Thrifted Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home homedecor #farmhouse #furniture

Roman Numeral Upcycled Clock Face Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #upcycled #farmhouse #home #diy #furniture #homedecor

Arrows for Video & Shop |

Upcycled Clock Face Table from Vintage Ash Tray by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

Additionally, at the center, did you notice the Grain Sack Stencil I’ve used before? It was the perfect fit for this project.

French Chic Upcycled Clock Face Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #diy #home

Rustic Chic Living Room with DIY Decor Upcycled Clock Face Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homedecor

Plus, the finish with the satin poly adds longevity to my work efforts. If you’d love to own this table, you can find it available with all my other goodies in my online shop.

Shop Prodigal Pieces Furniture, Vintage Finds, Handmade Goods, & Supplies for your home | #prodigalpieces


What is more, do pin and share my upcycled clock face table. We need to inspire others to think outside the junk. tee hee!

A broken ash tray stand is transformed into an upcycled clock face table with the Quick Finish Sprayer by HomeRight | Video demo at #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #tools #farmhouse #shabbychic #home #homedecor

Up next, I’m sharing the second of my dynamic cupboard door repurposing project. You can see the first HERE, and the second OVER HERE.

Reclaimed Cupboard Doors Before Upcycling by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

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Also, more projects like my upcycled clock face table:

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  1. ColleenB.-Tx. says

    What a darling little table.
    At the moment I can’t think of anything right off hand that I would tackle first. Oh, wait, might be my hubby if he isn’t careful. :}
    Thank you for this super giveaway opportunity.
    Have a great day. Stay safe & stay healthy

  2. joann Collins says

    The table is so cute ,you did a great job as always. That sprayer looks so easy to use and I love how easy it is to clean up. I have some projects that I could use the sprayer on, such as some antique rocking chairs. sure would make doing them easier. Thank you very much for your inspiration

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Joann. 😀 It sure made my project a blast…literally! You will love it for sure.

  3. Terri Hughes says

    The table turned out great.

  4. Tamara Creel says

    That was such a smart idea.
    Isn’t that just brilliant!

    • Larissa says

      You are so absolutely fun, Tamara! Thank you for the big ol’ smile. 😀

  5. Nancy says

    This is so cute! I’ll have to be on the lookout for one. Great job!

  6. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa. I love this old table. They just don’t make them like that anymore. For some reason I cannot Pin anything so I can’t enter that part. Something strange is happening with your page on my phone so I will go get on my computer and see if things are different. Thank you for the chance to win a sprayer. I have been wanting one so bad. Getting too old to paint on the floor.

  7. Deb says

    Love what you did with this!

  8. Amy Mercier says

    Surprise!! Another stunner ♥️

  9. Diane E Wolf says

    I have a small cabinet and a matching upper cabinet that I would love to re do and make it different! I love the pieces, just need a change with them!

  10. Ginny says

    That table is quite cute! A cup of tea or coffee and a good book and you’re all set in that cozy corner!
    I still have not painted the stool my kids use to sit on at the keyboard. That would be one of the few projects I would paint with a paint sprayer.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway!!!

    • Larissa says

      Yes! You got what I was after, Ginny. Accent tables can be used for most anything. You are most welcome.

  11. Amanda Pennington says

    Your creativity and vision continue to amaze me! Hope you and your family are having the chance for some sweet time together during the extra time at home.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much, Amanda. Because we are always home anyway, this hasn’t changed things much, if at all, for us. We love being together. Hugs!

  12. Sally Smith says

    Wow…you made a weird table so cute! I must admit i love the transfer…1962…hmmm….a really good year!!!?? Thanks again for all the inspiration!!

    • Larissa says

      haha!! You made me LOL! 😀 Thanks for the love, Sally.

  13. Susie Wilcox says

    I love my HomeRight tent for spraying items. A sprayer would add to my arsenal. I have never used one, so entry level is right up my alley! Thanks for all your give aways. I love the table you redid. So much cuter in the after pictures.

    • Larissa says

      HomeRight has the best tools because they’re easy to learn and add to your arsenal.

  14. Jill McDowell says

    Sweet table. I have a pile Of old furniture in my garage that I would love to tackle with that sprayer. Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. Jewell Styles says

    Very nice, could be used most anywhere.

    • Larissa says

      That’s what I love about accent tables. Even free-standing fun.

  16. Nancy Anderson says

    How lovely! Your pieces are so nicely finished. Never having tried a sprayer before. I would first try it on some birdhouses I am working on.
    Hope you have a great week and stay well!!

  17. Lori Sawyer says

    Such a cute table!

  18. Claudine says

    What a little cutie! This is a great size to tuck into a corner beside a chair. 🙂

  19. Christy James says

    I love this so much, Larissa! I too have had to buy back pieces from my son lol. This looks so lovely with your decor! XOXO

    • Larissa says

      bwahahaha! My son is not as motivated as I am. haha. Thanks so much!

  20. Mother Deer says

    I had no vision for that table, but you sure did! I have wanted a paint sprayer for a long time and have a garage full of projects to tackle…maybe my sewing cabinet will be first on the list 🙂

    • Larissa says

      What fun it is for me to share with you all. Thanks for the smile. You will love this Quick Finish!

  21. Anna M Wientjes says

    I have a piano stool I could do something similar with. Thanks for the idea!

  22. Tracey says

    Hi Larissa. Your table looks lovely. I’m curious how you attached the top. I too have a garage stash that the paint sprayer would come in handy for. Thanks for the give away and your creativity.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Tracey. I drilled pilot holes through that round on the base top. Then, attached from underneath. Hope that helps. 🙂

  23. Micah says

    Very cute! I love the wood and white combo. (and that clock face!)

  24. DebP says

    Most of what I need to work on needs varnish, but I have a little handmade stepping stool that’s been around forever and needs some TLC.

  25. Mary says

    I look so forward to seeing your email in my in box !! Thanks

  26. Patricia says

    I love that little table and how you made the top! I would use that cool sprayer to tackle painting my kitchen chairs and kitchen cabinets

  27. Alicia H says

    Still need to refinish my kitchen table. Lots of ideas but haven’t settled on anything yet. The sprayer would help inspire for sure! 🙂 Love seeing your transfer work on this table. Hope you are well! xo~Alicia

    • Larissa says

      I have some pieces like that too. Thanks for the love! 😀

  28. Jill says

    Hi Larissa,
    I’m new here and want to know – WHY ARE YOU UP SO EARLY? Hahaha. I’m not an early bird like lots of your other fans. But, I LOVE this table. While I love to create, I’m not someone who can come up with the actual idea. I’m a “copier.” So I may be copying you in the future (after all isn’t imitation the highest form of flattery?) Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Larissa says

      You are too funny! A homeschooling mama of 8 has to get up early. Plus, it’s the most lovely quiet time. Birds singing, and seeing the sunrise. I’m so glad you’re here, Jill! 😀

  29. Pat E. says

    Such a cute table! Love it!!

  30. Renee’ says

    Thanks for the great idea! I have a small table that would work well with! Such a cute idea!

  31. Cynthia Bills says

    As I have a mini-storage full of “inventory” (as I like to call it), I have no shortage of potential projects that this sprayer would get used on!
    I love the clock face table! You always inspire! Hope you are well.

    • Larissa says

      haha! I used to have that, but no longer. Thanks for the love, Cynthia.

  32. Melissa Storms says

    Your table is absolutely gorgeous. I admire your skill and creativity so much. I have a side table that I would spray. I did try painting it and ran into issues because it has so much detail and really am not happy with the way it looks. I think a sprayer smooth finish would be the way to go with it.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Melissa! Yes, sprayers are an essential tool for intricate designs and turnings. No better way to do it.

  33. Janet Johnson says

    Rustic chic…really cute. Definitely a conversation piece. I love it!

  34. Jamie VanderZanden says

    You always have the best inspiration! I have a container full of projects and I’m guessing that a sprayer could save me some hours! I can do relate with you in feeling like my time is the same as before the quarantine ? Happy creating ?

    • Larissa says

      yahoo! Sounds like plenty of fun for you to come. Thanks!

  35. Laura says

    This is one of my favorite blogs! The makeovers are always so good! And a new paint sprayer? Perfect! Thanks for the inspiring ideas and the chance to actually win something. Yay!

    • Larissa says

      I could hug ya, Laura! Yes! A new, super fun sprayer. I wish I had one for everyone.

  36. Audra says

    Love love love this table! I have a buffet in my dining room that is begging for a redo, so that is what I would probably tackle first!

  37. Patty Soriano says

    As usual, PERFECT! Always coming up with lovely ideas for home and family. So much inspiration here for all of us. I’d love a sprayer for a home filled with 2nd hand furniture. I love little tables, and that’s probably what I would start on. Then move on to bigger and better things! Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness, Larissa.

    • Larissa says

      It brings me such joy to share, Patty. Keeps me going! 😀 Thank you so much.

  38. dianne anderson says

    Thanks for the giveaway. I would tackle all of the large clay pots I have to get them ready for plants.
    Painting would be so much easier with the sprayer than a brush, more of a consistent color, too.

    • Larissa says

      You’re welcome, Dianne. The Quick Finish sure would make it a breeze.

  39. rana durham says

    I am in love with the project you made above. I would use the HomeRight Quick Finish Paint Sprayer to refinish my cabinets

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! It was fun to get it out of my workspace too. haha.

  40. Kathleen Walsh says

    SHARPIES! Now I know how I can put my STARBUCKS collection of “almost but not quite dead” pens to good use!
    I have a “piecrust” table I want to redo…oh, the ideas are flowing now. Thank you!

    • Larissa says

      You crack me UP! 😀 haha! Sounds like the perfect idea.

  41. Doreen Hill says

    I love this! You are so inspirational and creative. I have a large vintage dresser and mirror waiting to be tackled. Could use a HomeRight sprayer. Thanks for the giveaway❤️

    • Larissa says

      aww…thank you, Doreen. It makes my day to share. Plus, I get to create!

  42. Rebecca Drake says

    I love the table! The clock face is perfect. Thank you for the tutorial!!

  43. Fiona says

    Love this table! I have a little round table which would look great like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Larissa says

      They are so handy to have for most any room. Thank you, Fiona.

  44. carol clark says

    yes i do love it its amazing good job i have an old shed id like to tackle and paint

  45. Jacy says

    I love how you stage your pieces! I have a slatted tray that is giving me fits…I think a sprayer would make the job faster and easier!!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you for noticing. It sure does take time and effort, but so worth it. Slats=headache. Yep, you need a sprayer. haha.

  46. Christie says

    I love this table! I’ve always wondered what to do with those old stands.

    • Larissa says

      Yay! I seem to find those stands often. Always fun to upcycle them.

  47. Toni says

    What a cute little table! Your imagination seems to know no bounds.
    I have some frames that need updating, and the sprayer would do the job!

  48. Cheryl says

    I love the way it turned out. A very unique piece as a side table.

    Love how that sprayer is easy clean up too!

  49. Robyn Wright says

    That is the most beautiful, chippiest door I’ve ever seen. And your table is gorgeous too! 🙂

  50. Sabrina Silvernale says

    I always read your blog. Thanks. I have about half a dozen small pieces in my store room waiting new life. A sprayer will make quick work of them.

    • Larissa says

      I’m so tickled to hear it, Sabrina. Thank you. Sounds like fun!

  51. Anita Rash says

    I love this little table. I have a table almost like that one, I wasn’t sure what it use to be!! I would love a re-do of it, to make it look like yours. Thanks for all your inspiration. I love how motivated you are to get things done. I always hope it will rub off on me when I read your blog!!

    • Larissa says

      Aren’t they funky? I’ve redone a few in different ways. The table always is a win for me. 😉 You made me giggle, Anita! haha. I’m not a every bored.

  52. Amber Kolb says

    Your table turned out beautifully, wow!! I love it! It’s something that I would purchase if I saw it in a store. I have two large spool tables that I would like to paint and make pretty for tables for our patio this summer.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Amber. It is available in my online shop…just sayin’. haha. 🙂

  53. Colette says

    Great upcycle! I love old tables

  54. ae minx says

    I’d redo all the outdoor statuary and furniture

  55. Patricia Bates Martinez says

    Larissa, you have convinced me to do the same to a much slammer round top table! It is too cute. I would use the sprayer the same way you used yours, stain, paint, satin poly finish. Thanks for great instructions and a chance to win the sprayer!!

    • Larissa says

      Hooray! That is what I love to hear, Patricia. It’ll be fun!

  56. Jennifer Creviston says

    Oh goodness! A paint sprayer would make my bedroom set painting so much easier!

  57. Tracy says

    Love your creativity! I am learning new things from you every week. Thanks so much

  58. Francie says

    Wow@that table makeover!! I have several bookshelves I’ve been putting off because it’s just so time consuming. A sprayer would definitely help! Thank you for sharing your projects with us, you’re such an inspiration!

  59. Sue Pagels says

    Love it and actually the whole setting! I did a clock table before that I sold in my antique booth, but it didn’t turn out as cute as yours !

  60. Sue Pagels says

    Hmmm….what would I tackle first? Considering I have a garage full and a storage unit full of projects, I’m not sure! I do have a huge, heavy buffet that is already painted, that I need to repaint. Would be a good project to try the sprayer on!

  61. Jeremy McLaughlin says

    Need to repaint some outdoor furniture.

  62. Kim Banko says

    First of all, I love clocks, so I loved your choice of design! Sweet little table, which would easily fill a small and still be functional. Love everything about it!

    • Larissa says

      You are such a kindred spirit, Kim. Thanks so much for the hug. 🙂

  63. Tina says

    I love creating totally new looks with paint. I just painted a huge cupboard, and am finishing the hall trim. I have wanted a sprayer for some time now~~It would help with painting rails, side tables, and chairs. We have 6 kids, I homeschooled one, now the youngest two are home doing elearning during this virus.

    • Larissa says

      Fun! I wouldn’t trade homeschooling for anything – a blessing in a thousand ways. I hope you enjoyed my project too. 🙂

  64. LuAnn Rodgers says

    Adorable! So imaginative!

  65. Kaycee says

    Hi Larissa, What a great table, I love how you “shopped” your son’s project stash, for the base. You know I love your typography projects and this is clock face is awesome! I really like the grain sack center design which makes this so unique. This looks like another great tool from Homeright, Thank you for the opportunity to enter. Have a great day!

    • Larissa says

      He was so dragging on getting it done and I wanted it outta here. haha. Thanks!

  66. Susan says

    Hi Larissa! Hope you and family all well. Great job on creating such a sweet table. I have a collection of “procrastinated pieces” that could use some (lots of) attention! The first being an old oak hall tree- does anyone still use those- that I envision in white and distressed. What do you think? How do you deal with the irregularities in oak grain- or just roll with it? Have a blessed day!

    • Larissa says

      We are, thank you, Susan. I think those are so handy when hall closets are available. I just roll with it. Pine is much worse. haha.

  67. Marie says

    I love love love this upcycle, Larissa! This sweet clock face table would look perfect in my living room.

  68. Linda C Johnston says

    Did anyone except me check the price of the stain???? $85.00 plus $12.00 shipping is too much for my pocket book! How about an alternative? Beautiful table, BTW!

    • Larissa says

      Just use a gray stain. It was only $35 for me when I got it.

  69. Kitty says

    I love the clock top. Perfect for when it’s “time to relax” 😉 I have a lot of little girl furniture that needs to be upgraded with some new paint for my big girl.

  70. Rebecca says

    Larissa, you’ve been such an inspiration. I’ve created projects by giving new life to old “junk” and found that it’s giving me new life as well! When God closes a window… he opens a door! ❤️

  71. Sherry Riggs says

    Would love to win! I am amazed
    how you bring your ideas to life. I would paint an antique table if I won.

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