Let me just start out by saying, for the record, I did not actually pee my pants. That would be weird. However, I am that excited about this project. Becase…..drum roll please…….it’s my first ever Pinterest Challenge Project. The Mrs. over at my favoritest home improvement blog ever Young House Love and the amazing Katie Bower are hosting (along with Cassie and Erin) The Pinterest Challenge, Winter Edition today and THIS little beauty is my entry. Check it iz-out.

I made this little dittie:

 Into this:

 So this whole journey started almost four years ago. When I married the man of my dreams. This studmuffin I call my lover. He wanted our house, as we would put it, to look like a castle. Ehem. No laughing please. I thought I wanted to go along with this idea. Dark colors, heavy drapes, cheap clocks made to look antiquated. I was wrong. After a couple of years of never finding anything we liked, we abandoned the castle ship and went for a more clean, crisp, and modern look. So the clock had to go.

I knew for a while that I wanted to change-up the clock. So, instead of taking the clock down off the wall and figuring out myself how to re-do the thing, I did what any perfectly normal sane 20-something-year-old would do. I searched pinterest. 🙂

You know, there wasn’t as much as I thought there would be. A lot of the clocks looked very cottage-y or cutesy (like they were made for kids rooms) and I was mildly disappointed until I stumbled across this via pinterest. The talent-oozing-from-her-fingertips Heidi from Honeybear Lane (you are going to want to read her blog forever. This is just how I got sucked in) had redone the exact same clock. Coincidence? I think not!

Now that you know the story, let’s get done to the nitty-gritty. Here she blows…


  • Clock (the uglier, the better)
  • Spray paint in desired color (I went brushed nickel, for that industrial look)
  • Acrylic paint in desired color (I have no idea what this is, I just matched it to my pillows)
  • Heavy cardstock, in desired color (the stuff with the grid on the back is the bomb-dot-com)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Primer
  • Screwdriver
  • Paintbrush, painters tape, Saran wrap

Start by taking the back of your clock off. Then the rim that holds the glass on. Finally the glass. Put them someplace safe, and if you’re smart put the screws in a Ziploc bag and label. Or, if you’re more like me, set them on top of the pieces you just removed and make crap up when you go to put your clock back together.

Now, make sure the hands of the clock are completely covered. BE SO SO SO CAREFUL. I made a mistake here that really came back to bite me later. We’ll talk about that. Just be really gentle with the hands of the clock, no yanking or pulling.

 Now, prime and paint the face of the clock. I am in love with this blue color.

 You don’t have to tape off the rim, it’s okay if a little paint gets on it. Just don’t go slapping paint everywhere. Keep it under control man. Now once the paint is all dry, cover completely with painter’s tape and Saran wrap. It should look kind of like a neurosurgeon after he’s scrubbed in.

 Sorry this photo is looking a little crazy. If I realized how blurry it was I might have tried to do something about it. *might*

Now, get yo’ spray paint on!

 I used three nice and even, very thin coats to get my clock as silver and flawless looking as I wanted. On both the clock and the rim.

 My painting sheet has obviously seen better days. But each color is a memory, so I’m having a hard time letting it go.

This next part I have no pictures of. Because I started getting excited and I just DID. No picture-taking. Just doing. But I can tell you what I used. This:

 For all you scrapbookers out there you might recognize the ever-handy corner rounder. All I basically did was cut the paper into squares (4 large, 8 small = 12) and clip the corners with the corner rounder.

And, glory be, my paper had a graph on the back so there was no measuring and measuring again. Just counting the right grid squares and cutting. A lazy girl’s dream. I used spray adhesive to adhere mine to the clock. Maybe all you smart/non-lazy people out there could find an awesome way to make a clock face perfect. Me, I just eye-balled it. Let’s put it this way, my idea of perfection is a little bit less perfect than everybody else’s.

Now, put all your pieces (glass, then rim, then back) into their proper places and screw it all down. And hang your beautiful new clock on the wall!

 Obviously that corner needs some work. Don’t judge. You can however see in the bottom of the photograph a glimpse of the pillow that I’m using as color inspiration for this room. Intrigued???

Let’s take one more look at the before and after. Before:


Okay so now I have a confession. I made a boo-boo. Hopefully a fixable boo-boo, but a boo-boo none the less. I broke the clock. *hangs head shamefully* And let me tell you, you would have thought I was a three-year-old who just dropped her ice-cream. I could have watered a small garden with my tears. I was up.set. I did all this work, got the clock looking like a supermodel, went to hang it up, and the hour hand hung there like an overcooked spaghetti noodle. Limp. Lifeless. Unticking. Clocks are supposed to tick man. Who knows how bad the damage was (I actually think I know when I pulled too hard and I heard a clicking sound. Don’t tell John) because when John went to fix it he followed some of my horrible advice and dumped clock parts all over the floor. Disaster. If you haven’t noticed, disaster is a theme when I do a project. Why should this be any different? We think even at this point it’s fixable, we just need to get a new mechanism, keep you posted on that one.

For now, I’m going to set it to five o’clock and leave it there. So that way, it’s always five o’clock somewhere.

(Thank you Julie, for making me cheesier than I already am.)