Thrifted Mantel Clock Makeover (Before & After)

Paint Detail on Thrifted Mantel Clock
Paint Detail on Thrifted Mantel Clock
Thrifted Mantel Clock
Thrifted Mantel Clock

Over the summer I did a fair bit of thrifting and yard saleing, but I was too busy to do anything with all my finds. I didn't even photograph most of them! Now that the harvest season business is settling down, and I find myself with little bits of time when I'm not frantically picking, pressing, canning or preserving, the kids and I finally have time to finally tackle some of these little mini fix-ups.

The kids especially love the little projects. Though they do help with the big construction work, there's only so much they can do, and it's nice for them to get a quick turnaround and see a finished project quickly.

Oh, let's be honest, that part is for me!

Daydreaming about finally having a real mantel this holiday (fingers crossed), the first piece I picked out of the fix up pile is this funky mantel clock I found at Goodwill. It's clearly homemade, maybe even a shop project, and I just think it's so charming. I immediately imagined it with white paint, so the other day the kids and I jumped in.

Beginning the Thrifted Mantel Makeover Project
Beginning the Thrifted Mantel Makeover Project

Everything I used I already had laying around. Spray primer and the ubiquitous Heirloom White spray paint. A few tools, some sandpaper (these cool strips Mr. Magpie found at Harbor Freight Tools), and a NIOSH mask. I always wear a mask when I paint because even the slightest fumes give me a killer headache.

First I disassembled the clock part so I wouldn't get paint on it (to see how to do that, see my tutorial on how to take apart a battery-operated clock movement):

Taking the Clock Hands Off
Taking the Clock Hands Off

Then we all sanded it. Sanding is always a family activity, right? ;-)

Sanding the Mantel Clock
Sanding the Mantel Clock

Then a quick wipe down with a damp cloth to get all the dust.

Wiping Down the Mantel Clock
Wiping Down the Mantel Clock

After sanding and wiping it looked like this:

Thrifted Mantel Clock after Sanding and Wiping
Thrifted Mantel Clock after Sanding and Wiping

It's not a perfect sanding job, but since this piece isn't really going to get any wear or use, I wasn't worried about it.

Then I set it up in our paint booth.

Clock on Upturned Bucket for Spraying
Clock on Upturned Bucket for Spraying

Just kidding! We don't have a paint booth. We have an upside down bucket and a back yard. Ha!

I did two coats of primer and two coats of Heirloom White and had a nice blank slate.

Painted Thrifted Mantel Clock
Painted Thrifted Mantel Clock

So much better already, don't you think?

I did a little distressing:

Distressing the Mantel Clock
Distressing the Mantel Clock

And then had Mr. Magpie fix up the numbers for me (to see how he did that, and also how I had a mini-project fail, you can see my post How (Not) to Rub'n'Buff Raised Letters and Numbers):

Painting the Clock Numbers Black
Painting the Clock Numbers Black

Put the clock back together, and it was done!

We took my $1.99 Goodwill clock:

Original Mantel Clock
Original Mantel Clock

And made this cute thing with just a bit of paint:

White Mantel Clock
White Mantel Clock

I especially love the little details.

Thrifted Mantel Clock Face Detail
Thrifted Mantel Clock Face Detail
Thrifted Mantel Clock Distressing Column Detail
Thrifted Mantel Clock Distressing Column Detail

Not bad for a couple of bucks and an afternoon, eh?

Mantel Clock After
Mantel Clock After

I'm really having fun fixing up all the things I found this summer and finding places for them around the house. What about you? Did you find anything good this summer? Have you fixed it up yet?

~Angela :-)
~Angela :-)
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