It’s a New Year and a new Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! We took a few months off for the holidays, but we are back to show you more upcycled thrift ideas! This time we have joined forces with even more bloggers and have tons of thrifty upcycle ideas to get those wheels spinning.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Making a Mid-Century clock
I already had a project in mind for our monthly thrift store challenge. I got the idea when I went to the annual Entre Nous Tour of Homes. They always have Elf Alley which is filled with booths of handcrafted items.
But then when I stopped at a garage sale I saw it. I had to have it. A wooden bowl, not just any wooden bowl.
No to me, it looked like a mid-century clock.
I just knew I had to make a mid-century clock from a wooden bowl.
That sounds easy enough so I thought. And it is IF you take into account the shaft of the clock mechanism should be at least a half inch higher than the object you are making the clock from.
- Wooden bowl (but you can use anything)
- Clock mechanism
- Drill & bit
- Dark wax
- Vinyl (optional, if you need help working with vinyl, check out this article)
Off to Hobby Lobby, I went and got the mechanism. The thought going through my mind is this has got to be the easiest project ever.
I decided to clean the wood and leave as is. For the numbers, I used gold metallic wax on oval woodsies. There was going to be four for the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock hours.
I drilled the hole and put it together. There was one problem. It wouldn’t keep the correct time because the washer was too small. I played around with it using some I had around. I figured the shaft of the clock mechanism was too small. Back to Hobby Lobby and I got another one, thinking it was going to work.
No still not right.
OK, I would order a clock mechanism with a taller shaft from Amazon. This one was a little larger but I couldn’t get it to tighten up to the back. I tried it on both sides of the wooden bowl. I was going to get this figured out. The shaft on this clock mechanism was still a little too short. I will use it on another wooden plate I picked up at the same garage sale.
Or maybe something else. But that is for another day.
Time for the big guns. It so happens where I have my booth there is a place that sells and repairs clocks. It is called Somewhere In Time. I stopped by the booth and Charlie found the perfect size clock mechanism with a shaft that clears the shape of the bowl.
And the best part is he gave me the name of the supplier he uses if you need different clock parts like I did to make a mid-century clock from a wooden bowl. By the way, I decided to keep the clean lines of the clock and decided against putting on the number indicators.
What do you think of my mid-century clock?