My Large Wall Clock Gets a Makeover

My Large Wall Clock Gets a Makeover

We all have our decorating passions. Those things that pull at your heart strings every time you see them, whether you see that decorating object in a store, a magazine, or you spy it in a photo on Pinterest. I have lots of decorating passions … white ironstone, fresh flowers, vintage mirrors, and big old clocks. I’ve been on the hunt for a large wall clock for some time, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money. About a year ago I found a great clock for my family room on sale at a local boutique. I brought it home but unfortunately, the color wasn’t quite right. Does that ever happen to you? Rather than return it (the clock was a great price, after all), I decided to give my large wall clock a makeover.

Big clock in family room at Town and Country LivingHere’s the clock in my family room after the makeover was all done. Due to the soft colors in this room, I felt it was too dark when I brought it home from the store. I admit I had a bit of a sinking feeling in my stomach when I realized this.


Painting and decoupaging a clockThis is how my large wall clock looked originally. I love its worn appearance but it was too dark.


Painting a clock with Annie Sloan Chalk PaintI painted the frame of the clock in Paris Grey using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and then gave it a whitewash with Old White. I followed up with a coat of clear wax and sparingly used dark wax to bring out a few of the details. I liked the paint job, but the face of the clock was too yellow and looked garish to me when hanging on the wall.


Refinishing clock faceSo I removed the clock face from its frame, which was easy to do.


Using book pages to refinish face of clockI grabbed an old book (not vintage, mind you) and a bottle of Mod Podge and got busy decoupaging the face of this large wall clock. And yes, I do this right on my floor with no drop cloth!


Using book pages to refinish face of big clockThe pages don’t have to lay out perfectly, in fact, it looks better when they overlap and look a little haphazard. I simply trimmed the edges of the book pages to match the outer curve of the clock.


Stenciling numbers onto face of large wall clockUsing stencils and acrylic paint, I carefully added numbers in the right spot on the clock face.


Large wall clock gets a makeoverMy large wall clock now blends in with the room instead of sticking out like a sore thumb. The moral of this story is … you can always fix a decorating mistake with a little ingenuity, paint, and Mod Podge!  

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  1. Awesome makeover!!! Looks so much better!
    Anne@DesignDreams recently posted…The Shabby Chic LampMy Profile

  2. Love the clock. You are so brave! Can you tell me what kind of fabric your curtains are made from? Thanks! Sharon

  3. WOW!!! Luv what you did with it. So much lighter and brighter.. but still with the worn look we all luv so much.
    Hugs, Gee
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  4. it’s awesome, jennifer! love how you redid the face:)
    lynn at shabby story recently posted…where bloggers create 2013…My Profile

  5. I love what you did with the clock. I have done that before with certain pieces that I have gotten for a great price but needed to be changed to fit in with the décor.

    Cynthia recently posted…What a sight!My Profile

  6. Love the make-over … I am wanting a big clock too, but never found one to fit the decor … so now know what to do.
    Thanks for sharing your idea.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures
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  7. Yes, love the restyled clock. I just had to have the Big Clock a number of years ago but now its too-yellow appearance is looking more old school than cutting edge. Like yours much better!


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