Thursday, April 16, 2015

Painting a Clock Case

Next project is a clock that has been sitting in the basement. 

This is the after.

Well built, perhaps a high school shop project from not more than 20 years ago. Heavy. Good magnetic closure. Tight fitting door frame. Dog photo needed to be updated and the clock numbers were falling off. Before photo below.

It needed something more so I tried white and changed the picture on the clock face. 

The top had a bit of water glass staining so I gave it two coats of Zinsser Primer-Sealer Stain Killer Bulls Eye 1-2-3. I taped the door and interior frame with masking tape and painted the outside with CeCe Caldwell Simply White.

I left the door and inside neutral.

The door was so tight that it dragged on the paint when it was opened but wax solved the problem.

This was a bigger job than planned. Fail on the first try. Clock stopped working.

The long screw that holds the clock hands was too deep and the top hand pointed top touched the glass door.

DH came up with a solution. Instead of buying a shorter screw/clock kit he changed the distance from the clock kit to the back of the clock.

He made a thin spacer behind the clock back to move the long screw 'backwards' when it was re-installed. (thank you DH).

I used a bird and wreath from the Graphics Fairy  and made a new round graphic (traced the aluminum picture backing)

I have to straighten the wreath picture too (did, took another photo).

Before and After

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  1. Now, THAT is a lovely transformation! I love how it turned out. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, and for your kind words! I can't wait to read more of your posts.... Hope you're having a wonderful day!

  2. Wow, never thought of that, please will you share with y readers

  3. Very sweet and clever to take it apart and restyle it!

  4. Turned out really nice Joy. ... thanks for the tip on making the spacer. Love the bird and wreath print much better.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  5. Oh, so much better. Great Job!

  6. Turned out beautiful! Such an awesome redo. Thank you for sharing with Idea Box link party - Cheers, Christy

  7. It turned out so cute Joy. I love the bird image and the added white paint! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. Love this idea Joy and thank you for the link back! GREATLY appreciate!
    Thanks for sharing with the Say G'day party! Pinned and hope to see you on Saturday!


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