Kitchen Clock Makeover

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

We needed a new clock for our kitchen (and by needed I mean I hated our current one….it wasn’t broken, it just wasn’t me) and like our living room coffee table the right one had eluded me. I can’t count the number of places I went to hoping that I would stumble across the “right” one. I never found it, it seems maybe my taste isn’t in style?! I am good with that though….I am forever trying not to be on-trend…..I don’t like cookie cutter style. I just like what I like and I like to change my mind about it…..frequently! (I am exasperating to live with… hubby is forever rolling his eyes at me….strangely though he keeps loving me!).

Then comes the day I have to spend a $25 voucher I had before it expired…..I know, hard times! I had seen this clock in the store before, picked it up and looked at it, but while there was one part I loved, the face of the clock was hideous! I personally didn’t think it actually went with the industrial look of the outer section. Now, I don’t want to offend anyone but I personally don’t get the OBSESSION people have with putting french words and a picture of a birdcage or birdcage like on EVERYTHING! I find it incredibly tacky. (if you love this look I am sorry, but I hate it) Anyway, back to the clock….it was $49 which is a lot for something I didn’t altogether like but with my voucher it came down to $24! I looked at the back of the clock just to check I could pull it apart and happy dance, I could! So I bought it and knew I could make this into something unique that would fit my style.

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Once I got it home I pulled it apart to see what I needed to get to “fix” it. I would need a whole new clock face and hands (these were glued together so there was no way to reuse them). I bought the hands on Ebay for $2 (including shipping from Hong Kong!) and had some plywood scraps I could cut the new face from.

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

I taped the glass so I could spray paint the outer part of the clock. A quick tip when working with circles I just tape the whole thing all the way up the edges then use a Stanley Knife to cut off excess….really the easiest way to tape circles. I used Rustoleum Spray Paint in Matte Black (I always use Rustoleum – it has a primer in it and you can spray paint anything with it – wood, metal, plastic), I chose this colour as I already have Matte black metals in my kitchen and I wanted it to match.

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Next I needed to cut the new clock face. I used the old clock face as a template and then my jigsaw to slowly cut out my circle. Then, I again used my old clock face to mark the center where I needed to drill a hole big enough to fit the clock mechanism, then using a big enough drill bit I drilled a hole.

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Finally I sanded and stained my timber. I had a million different ideas for my clock face….different patterns, watercolour-like painting, stripes or the face painted in quarters. I simply chose to stain it as I love wood grain and I have an idea for a piece of art to go below my clock on the wall (I am yet to make this but you will see a tutorial soon). As my timber is stained I went with white hands for my clock face, so they would stand out.

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Finally so I could actually read the numbers on my clock I added some battery operated LED lights to the back of my clock… looks beautiful at night! Now I have something unique to me and that really suits my space.

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life


Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Clock Makeover | Colour Saturated Life

Well what do you think? Have you done something like this….bought something that was not quite right but knew you could change it to make it your own?



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  • […] while back when I did the Kitchen Clock Makeover I had one of my readers ask me about the sign over the window in my kitchen, all you could see was […]ReplyCancel

  • Awesome Amy - April 4, 2015 - 3:50 am

    Very neat!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the addition of the lights is PERFECT!

    I too look at things and think to myself.. well if I just do this, then it would be good enough, which I then add the hassle factor into the cost.. *sigh* one of my goals this year is to not take on more than 1 unfinished project at a time. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 4, 2015 - 2:31 pm

      Haha, I try to stick to one project at a time but it is so hard!ReplyCancel

  • Kyla @HouseOfHipsters - March 13, 2015 - 1:37 am

    Gilly! This turned out SOOOOOO GOOD! Seriously! I love that you thought to add the LED lighting to pop the numbers. I rarely see pass the ugly. You have a gift lady!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 13, 2015 - 1:47 pm

      Thanks Kyla, I really love it now.ReplyCancel

  • Christine - March 10, 2015 - 9:17 pm

    Such a beautiful transformation! Doesn’t even look like the same clock. Absolutely wonderful!ReplyCancel

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  • Kate from - March 4, 2015 - 7:47 pm

    The clock goes wonderful with the dark orange deoractions, flowers especially. I love it!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 8, 2015 - 9:02 pm

      Thanks Kate, it’s always fun styling for photoshoots!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - March 3, 2015 - 11:48 pm

    I love the clock, but I’m really curious about your window to the left of the clock. Would you mind telling us about the wood sign over the window. I love that idea.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 4, 2015 - 12:15 am

      Thanks Laura, the wood sign is made of three panels I secured to the window frame, just some old wood we had lying about. I hand painted the grace we say before dinner each night…..Bless the food before us, the family beside us and the love between us, Amen. All you need is some wood, paint and screws. I can do a tutorial if you like, it’s one of my favourite things in our kitchen and it reminds me of what we truly need to be grateful for.ReplyCancel

      • laura - March 4, 2015 - 3:46 am

        I love it. yes a tutorial would be great. I love the grace too. I thought you had said our neighbors around us, but re read it and noticed it was family. I think I would like to add neighbors to what you have. I will be making one as soon as you post your tutorial… Beautiful work and mind. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness - March 3, 2015 - 2:08 pm

    LOVE this, Gilly! It looks 10 times better than it did before! I love the wood you added to it and the gold numbers. Beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 3, 2015 - 4:11 pm

      Thanks Amanda…without sounding arrogant I am rather proud of myself one of my favourite makeovers!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - March 3, 2015 - 1:53 pm

    This is a great project! Having the clock double as a soft night light is genius!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 3, 2015 - 4:12 pm

      Thanks Jennifer!ReplyCancel

  • [email protected] - March 2, 2015 - 9:34 am

    I love how this turned out, especially the illuminated numbers! Are the LED lights always on or cab you turn them on and off? It’s absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 2, 2015 - 10:00 am

      Thanks Brynne, the LED stay on, I can turn them off but my hubby likes it to stay on, he is a baker and leaves for work in the middle of the night and it’s nice having those numbers illuminated. They don’t get hot so it’s not a fire hazard.ReplyCancel

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