Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It's All in the Timing

I realize that just a couple of weeks ago I made myself a new clock for the house -- but you can never have to many clocks, right?!?  I honestly feel like we have a clock in like every room of the house -- not that it keeps me "on time."  I love clocks -- they can be any color, shape, object, whatever -- as long as they tell you what time it is.  So when I saw this mantle clock at the thrift store, I couldn't pass it up (even though I currently don't have a great place to put it).

Whewie -- that's an eye sore of a clock -- definitely not cute, but whatever, for the $3.99 I spent I knew even if all I did was paint it, it would be worth it.

So first thing I did (after cleaning it off) was to take out the "face", which ended up being just a metal piece with numbers written on it.  I also threw away the grotty plastic case thing that was all yellowed and dirty.  Then I went ahead and painted my clock.



 Now comes the exciting part -- I couldn't quite decide how I wanted to redo the face of my clock -- but I knew I couldn't just leave it as a gold, shiny thing.  I scoured the web and searched high and low for an image I felt I could use on my clock.  Then I came across this vintage label at Karen's blog, The Graphics Fairy.  And let me tell you -- this blog is amazing!  You'll be there for a while -- believe me!


 Perfect -- yellow, round and adorable!  I HAD to use it!  I did use an image editing program to lighten the image and add some numbers to it.

I Mod Podged it on the back of the original clock face -- so there was a little bit of silver peaking out.  Once it was dried, I placed it in the clock and reattached the hands.



 I love how it turned out!  I'm thinking it might look cute with some distressing.  What do you think?   Either way, you can't beat a cute clock for $3.99!




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56 Hand-Me-Downers Shared:

Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya said...

Wow! soooo great! I'm loving the yellow.
Great job.
I'm new to your blog. Just loooove it.
Stop by at www.thebirdspapaya.blogspot.com sometime!
Sarah

michelle said...

That turned out so great!!! What a beautiful clock! Great choice on the image, it really made it come to life! I think I have a clock in almost all of my rooms as well, however, some do not work which gets to be annoying! :) Will have to fix that someday!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

amanda! that's so pretty! I love clocks!
gail

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Ooooh!! It's gorgeous!! What a clever idea too! Thanks so much for giving me credit for the image, that was so sweet of you.
I would love it if you would link this up to my Brag Monday linky party next week, since you already have a link to me in the post you don't need to do anything special, just add your link to the end of my Monday morning post. I'm sure my readers would love to see your beautiful clock!

Debbie said...

That is awesome!!~ I love Modge Podge and am amazed at all the things you can do with it. Thanks for more inspiration! Debbie

Rachael said...

You are so gifted! I would have thought of painting the clock, but not changing the face. You continue to inspire me!

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

Great post! I love the image you chose, Karen's blog is amazing! I would say distress it, I think that would bring out the details on the clock even more.

Since you're looking for advice, I'd love if you linked up to my "Help Me Wednesday" party.

Thanks!
-Ann Marie
http://whitehouseblackshutters.com

Tina said...

Well, this is just sweet. I love it! I'll have to check out TheGraphicsFairy for sure.
One can't have too many great looking clocks.
T

Jeralee said...

I love the Mod Podge background... You made this look awesome!

Clarissa Emily said...

Nice!!! I'm so jealous! I've been on the lookout for a nice mantle clock, but alas, have not found one...yet! I remain optimistic! What a fabulous makeover and for such a small price tag! Good job!
~Clarissa @ A Little Stone House

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

That is the best idea to make your own clock face! It's adorable!
Glad you stopped by today, loving your blog.
Londen

Traveling Thrifter said...

Love it

Chic Creations said...

Wow! That clock is beautiful. You have a wonderful blog. Thanks for your comments over on my blog. Appreciate the thoughtful comment. You have inspired me to transform a clock I have. Thanks for sharing.

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

Very pretty. My son has an obsession with clocks but they are all John Deere ;) You did a beautiful job.

E said...

Another AWESOME clock, Amanda!!
I've been ever.so.slowly working on a clock myself but seeing yours makes me want to quit & just copy yours - they're Fabulous : )

Life in Rehab said...

You have such a great vision with cast offs. I love this makeover.

Sue at Beach Bungalow said...

Beautiful clock; love the yellow, what's the name of that shade?

Sue
xo

The Wild Gardener said...

Wow, this is beautiful! Thnx for sharing. Just love the way you repurporsed your find.

Room to Inspire said...

The graphic is perfect - don't you just love it when that happens! Thank for linking this post up as well!

Chelsea

superh2ogirl said...

The clock is dang cute! You are really good at what you do! Keep it up!

-Nicole
www.craftmysoul.blogspot.com

Gail said...

Love the transformation of the clock! I too love clocks.

Have a wonderful day.

Sarah said...

turned out very lovely!!

Nikki said...

Love this!! I can't get enough graphics fairy!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

ooo, I love the scroll work on your clock.

Karen's graphics and layouts are awesome. I use her backgroundfairy stuff all the time.

Melissa said...

I love mantel clocks but I've never found such a pretty large one at such a great price!! Beautiful redo!!

Bella said...

Amanda, I really like the softness it has now that you painted it. Perfect choice, and I love the background design too, very creative. Guess what I've started a linky party too, after all the wonderful advice from so many, and would LOVE LOVE LOVE it, if you would share some of your greatest on my party for anyone who hasn't seen them yet. Thanks Amanda, for all your help girl, you rock!!

Kathryn said...

I "stumbled" upon your blog, and I absolutely LOVE your ideas. This clock turned out awesome, and I think it would look great with some distressing.

Jeanette said...

I found your blog through some other blog I follow (I'm always on the lookout for thrifty/vintage/DIY/decor blogs, I'm kinda a stalker that way). I can say I wish I could look at things in the thrift store (of which I have a terrible addiction to) and think of them in a beautiful new light!! I love the clock! Am looking forward to looking at more posts!!

Jeanette said...

PS. (I'm NOT stalking) I just wanted to say that I put your button on my blog! So that all 8 followers can find you too! *giggle*

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

The clock turned out so cute! You had better luck with the modge podge than I did. You'll have to share yours secret for no bubbles.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, what a great idea, I am a graphics fairy fan, I have an antique mantle clock right now that the clock does not work, hum now I am trying to figure out what to do...Did you run across any good ideas for what you do with the circle if you take the clock out? I am visiting from Debbiedoos.

Carol

Leanne said...

Thats gorgeous. Thanks for linking to We're Organized Wednesday.

Bridget @ The Rehab Boutique said...

Beautiful! Great job, gives me an idea for an old clock I have! I am your newest follower.

Cara said...

Love how it turned out, super cute! Stop on over for a visit, I'm your newest follower!!

Victoria said...

Wow, you did an amazing job on that clock! I love how you decoupaged a new face on it, gorgeous! I agree one can't have too many clocks, no matter how many I get I still ask my hubby what time it is cuz seems like they're always out of my view!

Kat @ Black Kats Design said...

Very cute! You found a clock with good bones and worked some magic.

Thanks for linking up to the “Cheap Thrills Thursday” party at Black Kats Design. I hope you had fun and will join in again next Thursday!

Kat

www.BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com

One Cheap B*tch said...

That is one of my fave GF images! It looks beautiful in the clock!

Jeanine

Suesan said...

Great job. I love the graphic choice.

Stop by my blog some time and check out what I've been up to. http://froufrugal.blogspot.com

Terrell said...

This is seriously fabulous!! What a great find girl!! Thank you so much for linking this up to my party at Frou Frou Decor!! Have a great weekend!!
~Terrell @ FFD~

Meg said...

Wow, what a difference. I love it!

Mod Podge Amy said...

This is awesome! Love it.

C.R.A.F.T. said...

what a great makeover! come on over and link up to MMM!

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, this is fantastic!!! I adore it!
Hugs,
Cindy

Mark and Ashlie said...

What a transformation! Thanks for sharing this with Sister Sister Sunday!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love it! I have a similar mantel clock, but without all that great detail. Yours looks great painted white and the graphic really works well. What a great idea for a clock, too!

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Thank you so much for linking your beautiful clock up to Brag Monday!

Ginger said...

Love the color you used! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Petite Rabbit Vintage said...

Great idea on the clock, and thank you for spotting my post on my bedroom the other day! Becky

Kaysi said...

Beautiful!

PetraB said...

What a great project, I love the way you transformed the clock.

Leslie said...

I love the end result of this darling clock! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Don't you just love Graphics Fairy? I'm always amazed at how she finds all those cute graphics.

This clock redo is sensational. It looks like it was made this way! Would love for you to link it up Sunday to my new party, Passion for Paint. Links open Saturday @ 9 pm est.

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

Great clock make-over!

Thanks for linking up at www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

I hope to see you again on Friday for another Link Party!

Ashley

Kara @ Craftastical! said...

This turned out great! I need more clocks in my house--seems like my have a habit of breaking.

Thanks for linking up at Craftastical!

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Beautiful!

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

Love it! I am going to feature you again!
Bonnie :)
Awesome blog!!!!

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