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Wall Clock Updated

What time is it? Makeover time! Big surprise, right? Honestly, I’ve been in a different phase for many reasons which is life-altering, but also therapeutic at the same time. While I’m dealing, I’m creating for my blog and shop and am so eager to share with you my treasures. Check out what caught my eye at a local ministry’s thrift store. BOOM! That is a huge wall clock, is it not?

Thrifted Wall Clock Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It’s a 24″ diameter clock face which makes it a perfect size decor showpiece for a room. When I purchased it, I wasn’t sure if it was working or not, but I wanted to have fun with it regardless. I seem to have a clock fetish as you can see HERE in my clock posts. Ain’t no shame in my junkin’ game!

However, what I did notice straight off that the back is missing. You see, there are several mounts inside the back of the clock where the backing is to be attached.

Clock Backing Clips | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

With that in mind, I need to see if the big ol’ beauty still functions as a clock. I pop in a battery on two different occasions and both times it kept time for an hour. yippee!!

NEW LIFE TIME

First, I head out to my workshop and pull out a big piece of scrap luan. (a thin piece of plywood). I trace the clock onto the board.

Tracing Wall Clock onto Luan for Backing | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpices

Then, I break out my jigsaw and cut it about a half-inch inside the trace marking. I want it to be fairly accurate, so before cutting I measure in and mark as well, then cut. While I could have used reclaimed wood, I felt this was a better idea as to not make the backing too busy so that the clock face and clock hands take center stage.

Cutting Wall Clock Backing | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, as soon as it’s cut, I sand down the rough edges and add an aged wood reactive stain. I am totally addicted to the stuff, let me tell ya.

Staining Wall Clock Backing with Reactive Stain | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Last, for the backing, as soon as that stain cures, I trace on a center circle and fill it in with this blue milk paint.

Painting Blue Circle on Clock Backing | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Again, I could have added a stencil design, or brush a color on the entire piece, or frame it in another way.

SPRAY PAINT

Finally, we need to take apart our clock and get down to the nitty gritty finish of the frame of the wall clock. I basically have no qualms with the frame as-is, but since I added that aged backing look, I want to brighten it up. What’s better than white paint for that, eh?

With my white spray paint in a satin finish, I give the clock frame two coats letting cure between. In addition, just so you know, I have to take that glass part and go HIDE IT in my home. Knowing my gang of 6, someone will find a way to break it. yup. I stash the glass in the basket on top of my bedroom cupboard while I work. {{eye roll}}

Spray Painting Clock Frame | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade the world for my kids, but…I have learned the hard way how to keep things safe. nuff said…hee hee.

MODERN FARMHOUSE FINISH

After my inspiration adventure is complete, here is my farmhouse-styled wall clock updated and ready to go. woot, woot!

Thrift Store Wall Clock Updated to Farmhouse Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #budgetdecor #farmhouse

Large Farmhouse Wall Clock Updated by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #thrifted #farmhouse

Would you have guessed this came from thrift store finds or a garage sale? No way, baby. That’s the best part of what I do…getting to inspire you. Maybe that’s why I was nominated one of twenty-one bloggers to have my own HGTV show? hmmm… Well, after a certain magazine kept using my photos on social media without giving me credit and I called them out on it, they removed my photo from the article, but kept the nomination there. However, I don’t know that I’d fit into that world and not sure I’d want to. Carrying on!

I must say that I’m totally smitten with the outcome as it lends itself to a different vibe, but also shows what you can do to make something fit your own home story.

Update a Wall Clock from the Thrift Store | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #update #makeover #thriftstore

Closeup of Updated Clock by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #clock #diy #upcycled

DEFINITELY NOT JUNK

As usual, I’m curious…what would you have done with it if you had the chance?

Likewise, if you’d like to make this part of your home story, you can find this and more available in my online shop. It’s perfect for your dining room, living room, entry and more.

  • Hand-Painted Chest of Drawers with Vintage Truck by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | available at shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #furniture
    Chest of Drawers ~ $295

Side View of DIY Clock Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #homedecor

Rustic Style Wall Clock Update by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #rustic #thrifted #homedecor

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Before you go, leave me some comment love below, then pin and share so that others can find their own treasures and give them a facelift too. The right know-how helps take out the stress and make it fun!

A thrift store wall clock needs an update to give it a modern farmhouse feel. Check out the DIY by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #thrifted #upcycled

WAIT! Don’t miss out on my next thrifted find…a vintage footstool. Doesn’t it look sad?! Sad no more!! See it now HERE.

Thrifted Footstool Before | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Also, check out these other clock makeovers like this updated wall clock:

A broken ash tray stand is transformed into an upcycled clock face table with the Quick Finish Sprayer by HomeRight | Video demo at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #tools #farmhouse #shabbychic #home #homedecorDIY Repurposed Wall Clock made from two broken vintage tiered stands. Upcycling Fun! Full details by Larissa at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor #homedecorideas

Comments

  1. Mandy says

    I absolutely love that clock!!! It looked ok before. Mildly interesting. But now??? I LOVE it. You did a great job!!!

    • Larissa says

      aww…yeah!! Thank you, Mandy. That means much. I certainly had fun with it and am thankful for your store.

  2. Niki says

    Honestly I’m not sure I would’ve given this clock a look at the thrift store- however you did a great job reimagining it. I like the white and the blue you added to it as well. Very farmhouse instead of whatever the style was before hand.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I like the way you said that…”whatever the style was beforehand”. haha. That’s how I saw it too.

  3. Gayle Stewart says

    The makeover is lovely! Robin’s egg blue is my favorite color! I probably would have painted the entire background that color and the metal parts white or gold. Just a different look. But I love your version, too! That’s what is great about creativity. Everybody brings something wonderful to the table.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Gayle! It’s hard to beat that color for many reasons. 😀

  4. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa!! I love that you think outside of the box because I struggle with that. Hence why I follow you and other diy bloggers. I can’t believe you could have had your own HGTV show!! That is amazing and I definitely don’t doubt it. Your creativity blows me away. Thank you for being a huge inspiration.

  5. Rebecca - NC says

    I love clocks too!! Something soothing about them ticking away…. 🥰 You’ve transformed this one from pedestrian to Ferrari! Well done as always!!! 😍

    • Larissa says

      Atta girl!! 😀 You crack me up, Rebecca! I love your analogy. woot!

  6. Fran Blunt says

    I love your work on this. I might have been tempted to remove the metal work from the center circle and do a stencil. It is a great clock and the transformation is terrific.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! It definitely could have went so many ways. I was trying to keep it basic for tutorial’s sake. So fun, right?

  7. Jill says

    This turned out great! As I was reading along I kept guessing ahead in my mind about what you were going to do…would it be a side table or coffee table? Or maybe take the clockwork out and have a huge round frame for some cool typography?
    But, I do LOVE how it turned out, it’s so cool to see things reimagined!

    • Larissa says

      Fun! Since I’ve done those, I wanted to try to keep it basic for the average DIYer. hee hee. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Jill. Thanks!

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