Mantel Clock Makeover

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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

off white antiqued mantel clock with pink and rose colored floral transfers

Well it looked like this when I found it.


wood stained mantel clock before


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.
But nope!

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!



lightly sanding woodgrain

So after lightly sanding all over and wiping that down, I taped up the glass in front.

taping the glass off with FrogTape

And began painting.


Raw Silk …

one coat of paint on clock

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.

Another coat…

second coat of creamy off white paint

It took one more coat to really cover it well.

final coat of paint with the tape removed from the glass

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”)


page of pink and rose colored floral transfers in front of clock

pink and rose colored floral transfers on clock in each corner top and bottom

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.

adding another small transfer to the left side

So I decided to add this little one to the mix there.

showing how it now looks with the floral addition to the left side

Much better, right??

And as the creative process continues to go, I considered adding this one somewhere on the top.

loose transfer sitting up on top of the clock

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!

Antiquing Glaze

antiquing glaze in a jar in my hand

I used a brush to apply it to make sure I’d get it in all the cracks and crevices.

showing how to brush on the glaze

brushing on the glaze

Then I used a soft old t-shirt to apply it and wipe away, etc.

wiping the glaze back with a soft rag

For antiquing glaze like this, you apply it, then wipe it back. It’s really pretty simple!

finished mantel clock with floral transfers and gold bird and pink flowers in glass vase for decor

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.

containers of gilder's paste and hardware on counter

I first used the Foundry Bronze… (can you see where I’ve added to the top and right but not the left??)

holding knob to show color

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.

holding knob to show gold hint

holding knob to show front of knob

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.

holding top piece of hardware to show gold hint

top hardware back in place up close

And done!

antique glazed mantel clock with pink flower transfers on table

another angle of mantel clock

up close of left pink florals

up close of right pink florals

up close of knob

Isn’t the “aging” (Antiquing Glaze) just perfect for this piece?

front view of mantel clock with glass vase of pink flowers and gold bird decor

I’m loving the new look!

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This mantel clock makeover was simple with paint, decor transfers and antiquing glaze to "age" it for a brand new look!

Don’t forget to hop over and check out what my friends are up to this month!

  1. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
  2. Prodigal Pieces
  3.  Salvaged Inspirations
  4. Girl in the Garage

Have a wonderful week!



    1. Sometimes people go overboard with transfers, this was perfect! All the aging effects are really nice. This is a great piece!

  1. Drab to cheerful! As far as the broken transfer, I like things that are not perfect because they are more interesting. Could that gilders paste be used all over a dark metal light fixture or would it look weird in such a large amount? Thanks always for sharing your materials and process!

    1. Love that, thanks, Ruth! Great way to look at it. And yes, it sure can. I used the Gilder’s paste on the the light fixtures in our kitchen and dining room. You can use it on so many things! I love how it adds a glint of color or more color depending on application. :)

  2. I agree that you’ve given this piece a new life. I see so many plain wood clocks languishing on the shelves of vintage shops; they’re just a bit too old fashioned to appeal to the younger generations. Great job!

    1. Thank you, Mary! Yes, there do seem to be quite a few out and about and freshening them up with paint is just what they need! :)

  3. Absolutely perfect. Any more would have been overdone; the subtle difference on the metal bits was also exactly right. This piece is just my style, lol!

  4. It’s so pretty now! Transfers are so fun to play with! For that piece that split, I would just find another flower that is similar in color and cut a piece of it to fill that in. You won’t even notice that it doesn’t match up perfectly! XOXO.

  5. i think paint was the way to go on this one, Nancy. The plain wood was a little boring, and the transfers with the new color really make it sing now!

    1. Thanks, Marcie! I like leaving the pretty wood sometimes but sometimes they just need a good refreshing that only paint will do! And you are so right, the plain wood was boring on this one for sure. It’s always amazing to me how different they look! xo

  6. Oh my word isn’t that pretty!!!! You really gave this a beautiful new life, Nancy! I love the colors and gilding and transfers you chose. It’s absolutely lovely.

  7. So pretty! Great new look without going overboard. You inspired me to look for transfers and 2 wooden boxes to transform into birthday gifts.

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