Grandfather (clock) gets a makeover…

Few things make me happier than a good curbside find (happy is kind of an understatement, I’ve been known to hyperventilate and/or ditch passengers in order to make it fit in the car:  ”Sorry kids, its been fun but this is where you get off, drop  me a line sometime…”) but when a friend recognizes and ENCOURAGES this bliss by bringing her curbside finds to you, then you’ve got yourself kind of a perfect day.

Case in point, I opened my door on a February afternoon to find this at my doorstep:

 

Welcome Home, Granddaddy!

 

Pretty terrific, right?   So what if he wasn’t working and his shiny gold medallions were a little Solid Gold dancer for my taste, but he had excellent bones and best of all, a removable back.   The A-HA moment:  He’s a shelf, he just doesn’t know it yet.  First things first, the clock had to go (believe me, I live in a house that sounds a little like Westminster Abbey at every half hour interval, so if anything I need a QUIETER way to keep time..)

 

I'm pretty sure I'll find another use for this....

 

A quick coat of spray paint later (I chose spray paint because the wood was thin and flawless, not much room for distressing, but an easy paint job).

 

Already looking dapper..

 

In place of the clock face we put an old mirror cut to fit and affixed it in place with Liquid Nails.  For the interior I decided to use one of the rolls of 1930s vintage wallpaper I’d bought a year ago at a particularly fantastic yard sale (I was the MASTER of the casual walk-by, then I snagged them as quickly as possible and practically skipped to my car):

 

Before they came pre-pasted..

 

 

Had a hitch in my gitalong pretty much immediately.  When I attempted to Mod Podge this paper into the body of the clock, I ended up covered in vintage confetti.  It disintegrated.  Completely.  There are regrettably no pictures because my fingers were covered in paper bits for two days.

 

While I tried to find another suitable paper that wouldn’t set me back more than single digits, I asked my Dad (handyman extraordinaire) if he could build small shelves to insert into the clock.  He naturally already had the wood pieces (he’s like MacGyver in the workshop–anything you need, he’s got one, maybe even two…) and came through beautifully.  After a trip to JoAnne Fabrics for something totally unrelated, I found the pattern I wanted to use for the background…in an outdoor fabric.  A little Mod Podge and:

 

 

Its Tangerine Tango (not really, but its my version of the 2012 color of the year)

 

My dad affixed a few pieces of wood inside the clock to hold the shelves in place:

 

The wood pieces are screwed in place and keep the shelf from falling through...

 

Right next to my favorite reading chair... love it..

 

Grandfather clock before and after.

 

So, here’s hoping that when my friend who dropped this at my door sees this, she doesn’t want it back..looks pretty perfect here in my house…He certainly is a fine dressed gentleman, don’t you think?

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    42 Responses to “Grandfather (clock) gets a makeover…”

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    1. lynn collver says:

      I am inspired ! Thankyou ! I love your eye for art !
      Well done !

    2. karin says:

      I just LOVE it!! I redid a grandmother clock a while back…(you can see it at http://arttisbeauty.blogspot.com/2012/02/grandmother-clock-reveal-wild-and-crazy.html) but if I ever find a non working one I will Def. do this!!
      AWESOME!

      • YES, I love what you did with your Grandma clock, its BEAUTIFUL…(the pattern you painted inside the case is fabulous.) If they ever met, it would be true love ;)

    3. Terri B says:

      What a great idea, it looks fantastic!

    4. Kristen Chubbuck says:

      To my most creative friend,
      I knew you had the creative inspiration to do right by The Grandaddy! He looks amazing in your home and I am hopeful you keep him for yourself. I will bring you more finds when I see them again soon. I love when people clean out!

    5. Me says:

      You know where I live. I’ll keep the door open for you. Just bring it right on it…It is lovely, as is all your work…Nice!

    6. Wow! What a transformation! I love the colors you chose!

      Thanks so much for linking up at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!

      ~Abbie

    7. this is such an awesome transformation. showcasing on my weekly wow’s today ( sunday).

    8. Oh, how i love this!!! It’s amazing!! Love the blue and orange and that your dad helped with it! I am so sad that I didn’t find you at lucketts yesterday! I liked you on FB so now we can be buds and i won’t lose you in the big ol’ internet!! Have a great Sunday :-)

    9. This is awesome! I love the makeover. I must prefer the shelves than the clock. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

    10. This is awesome! I love the makeover. I must prefer the shelves than the clock. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

    11. tina phillips says:

      This is awesome!!!!!! I love it!!! I almost wish I had a grandfather clock to tear apart…..lol. I am just floored!

    12. Christine says:

      Oh my Goodness!!! This is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Feel free to swing by The DIY Dreamer and link this up!

    13. This is an incredible re-do! Wow! Thanks for this inspiration…

    14. barbara says:

      so- I’m behind with the times! But nothing like a fab clock makeover to help me catch up! Its my official 2st pinning on my pintrest board! Love it!

    15. Laura :) says:

      Wwwwooooowwwwww!!!!!!! This is fantastic times a million!!!! Before I was even done reading I whipped over to Craigslist to see if anyone was selling a broken grandfather clock cheap!!! lol!!! Nobody was, but I’ll be checking!!!! Your makeover of this clock is just stunning!!! I think this could be a new trend!!! It’s going to be in my house, hopefully!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this project, I love it!!! :)

    16. Laura :) says:

      Wwwwooooowwwwww!!!!!!! This is fantastic times a million!!!! Before I was even done reading I whipped over to Craigslist to see if anyone was selling a broken grandfather clock cheap!!! lol!!! Nobody was, but I’ll be checking!!!! Your makeover of this clock is just stunning!!! I think this could be a new trend!!! It’s going to be in my house, hopefully!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this project, I love it!!! :)

    17. What a beautiful job you did! I’ve had the idea to do something for over a year. It started when I saw a grandfather clock at the local thrift but hesitated in buying it. When I went back the next day, it was gone! : ( It was only $20 and solid maple wood. Someone’s kid had drawn on it with a marker and I think that is why the price was so low. It also had a beautiful etched glass door on the front; had never seen one like it before.

      Thanks so much for sharing.
      Barbe

    18. HI!! You are so welcome! I just introduced my Creative Juices Award a month or two ago…..I should be better about letting someone know I featured them ;-)

      I totoally appreciate you leaving a comment on my “needs more comments” post! Ha, I’m so silly to do a post like that but it’s true. (was it easy to leave one with the open id option?) Now, just so you know, I receive your comment but you are a “No Reply Commentor” check out the link and it’s easy to set up so people can reply to your emails.

      Hope to see you around soon!

    19. Courtney Taylor says:

      My hubs inherited a grandfather clock much like this one and has nervously agreed tinker me paint it! Can you please tells what color you used? I love this!

      • I’m so glad you’re going to get to play! I don’t remember the name of the color I used, but will look it up and get back to you! I’d love to see the end result, you’re welcome to post it on my Facebook page!

    20. Courtney Taylor says:

      My hubs inherited a grandfather clock much like this one and has nervously agreed to let me paint it! Can you please tell me what color you used? I love this!

    21. Belinda says:

      I have a Grandfathers clock in my garage right now thst is broken and was awaiting my next garage sale. Now I don’t think I will sell it. This is perfect for my broken clock! You did a great job. Thanks for the inspiration.

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