This mantel clock makeover was simple with paint, transfers and antiquing glaze!
Hello and happy Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday, friends! Today my friends and I are getting together to share our latest finds. We share the second Tuesday of every month.
I hope you all had an amazing weekend. It’s been SO hot and humid here. Crazy humid. But that is par for the course in these parts.
I still love summer though!! haha Although even I wouldn’t mind if it would lighten up a little on the heat and humidity.
I’m sharing this very cool mantel clock I picked up on sale a the thrift store a few weeks ago. Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to check out my friends’ makeovers too!
Mantel Clock Makeover
Well it looked like this when I found it.
This was originally marked $24.98 I got it for $7.98.
After cleaning it up and lightly sanding it I actually considered keeping it wood and maybe just darkening the stain a bit.
Paint won. ;)
I should note that the clock does work. It is battery powered (so it’s not old). It even chimes on the hour!
So after lightly sanding all over and wiping that down, I taped up the glass in front.
And began painting.
Raw Silk …
It’s a creamy off white shade. I thought the antique feel of the color would be perfect for this piece. I did not want to do it stark white.
It took one more coat to really cover it well.
I pulled the tape off and this is what it looked like. Could call it good here but I wanted to do more.
So I pulled out my transfers and used this one… (linked above in “Materials List”)
I was going to do more but started with the corners and decided to leave it at that.
The transfer on the right split funny as I was trying to go around all those corners. (real life!) I had thought at this point I would just get some similar paint and color that section in to look like it blends seamlessly. (I may still)
So as I was looking at this piece with the addition of the transfers on the corners, I felt like the left one needed a little oomph.
So I decided to add this little one to the mix there.
Much better, right??
And as the creative process continues to go, I considered adding this one somewhere on the top.
But decided to keep it simple instead. What do you think??
But wait! Not done yet.
Since this looks like an old mantel clock, I decided to pull out my Antiquing Glaze and antique it right on up!
I used a brush to apply it to make sure I’d get it in all the cracks and crevices.
Then I used a soft old t-shirt to apply it and wipe away, etc.
For antiquing glaze like this, you apply it, then wipe it back. It’s really pretty simple!
So much better! I think this look is perfect for this clock. (and that paint color)
I decided to pull out my Gilder’s Paste Wax for this.
I first used the Foundry Bronze… (can you see where I’ve added to the top and right but not the left??)
It’s so easy to use. You just rub it on and it’s like magic.
I decided to add a little “gold” hint. Bronze was perfect for that without being too gold-ish.
See how it highlights the metal??
Here’s the top piece with the Foundry Bronze on the left and the “hint” of Bronze on the right.
Isn’t the “aging” (Antiquing Glaze) just perfect for this piece?
I’m loving the new look!
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Don’t forget to hop over and check out what my friends are up to this month!
Have a wonderful week!