Tick Tock Transformation

June 19, 2009

It’s a strange thing.  When I first started “thrifting” I was able to browse leisurely with just a few other patrons.   Yet the other day, I couldn’t find a parking spot at the local Goodwill. 

Perhaps this speaks to the state of our economy, or the opening of other’s eyes to the treasures that await at the local thrift.  Better still, perhaps this is part of a growing movement to repurpose and revamp what already exists, without resorting to buying something new.

Despite the growing shoppers at the Goodwill, I did find a fabulous highboy dresser that I’ll be redoing for my entryway. 

And I also found the TACKIEST oversized octagon clock for $10 with brass detailing and just had to give it a CG makeover. 

Disclaimer:  The final product may not be your favorite, or even your style, but the point is to “thrift outside the box”.  Happy hunting, friends.

Here it is BEFORE in my garage:

clock before


clock final

I spray painted it with our favorite, Rustoleum’s Heirloom White.

heirloom white

I carefully pried off the brass detailing with a screwdriver.  Then I removed the leftover adhesive goo with a razor blade, and some “Goof Off”. 

goodbye brass

razor blade

goof off

I dismantled the clock face, and painted the hands:

clock face

I used my Cricut machine to create new vinyl numbers for the face.


Here is the clock face before and after the new numbers: 

clock face before

clock face after 

And yes, this clock actually works !

I must tell you, it is nearly impossible to photograph mirrored decor, because in my case, it is always reflecting the mess in the background.  And there tend to be many messes in the CG household.   Well, I had made my bed, so I propped it up in my master, just to show you the detail.  I have plans to hang it in my office opposite the window, when that space is complete.  

clock in master


Finally, I have this wonderful gift assortment to giveaway from my visit to the Lavender Bee Farm, a $60 value.  Basket not included.  These all natural products include:

  1. Linen napkins with embroidered lavender detail
  2. Satin beaded sachet of fresh lavender buds
  3. Lavender hydrosol linen water
  4. Bee Bar (beeswax and olive oil) for elbows, heels and rough spots
  5. Tin of lavender & sea salt culinary blend
  6. Fresh sprigs of Provence lavender, cut this week
  7. One dozen lavender recipes, including salad dressings, desserts, and savory dishes
  8. Jar of all natural honey
  9. Sonoma County Farm Trails booklet


To be eligible, simply leave a kind comment !  The winner will be chosen by Random.org.  Giveaway ends Sunday Jue 14th at 8 p.m. PST. 

Happy Father’s Day Weekend !




171 Responses to “Tick Tock Transformation”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE lavendar and I LOVE your blog!

  2. Amanda says:

    holy freaking cow!! That is amazing! I would have NEVER thought to buy something like that. You have such a eye girlfriend. Also are you on Twitter? I just tweeted about your site & told everyone to check it out. YOu have some really creative ideas and they are easy to duplicate! Kudos to you girl!!

  3. Satsuki Rebel says:

    It came out very nicely. Mirrors don't look so nice in my home- dunno why but spills somehow seem to shoot right for the things that would normally never get dirty.

  4. Lynn says:

    I just found your site and I'm lovin' it! Your work is so very inspiring!

  5. Cherry's Jubilee says:

    Hi there! First time in visiting….love your blog….I can see you are a project girl like myself! Cool clock redo! cherry

  6. Joels says:

    Love the clock! You're so crafty!!!

  7. Rachael says:

    Fabulous job on the clock. It looks very high end and awesome. Love it!

  8. Jo says:

    I too ADORE lavender – wow the clock looks sooo different GREAT JOB Jo

  9. Passion4Fashion says:

    Lavender reminds me of my mom. She LOVES it! That clock project is great! I love your inspiring ideas. Keep it up!

  10. Phebe says:

    I love interior decorating, reading home improvement literature and coming across unique blogs like yours. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement you provide though you know me not. :-)

  11. Gwen says:

    My gosh, I would have run away from that clock had I seen it at GW, but you absolutely transformed it!

  12. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Wow, Kate! Job well done!! I don't think I would have thought to peel off the icky brass. :) Do you have the original Cricut?? That's what I have (at least it looks like yours!) and I didn't know it could cut vinyl!! This opens up worlds of possibilities. :)

    I'd love to be entered in the giveaway! :)

  13. Liz says:

    Great clock transformation and I'm so jealous of your Cricut!! And I would love to win your lovely giveaway! :) It doesn't get much better than lavender, does it?

  14. Mikaela says:

    Never saw that coming for the clock. How gorgeous!!

  15. Jessica says:

    Lavender! How summery!

  16. Marie says:

    Hello Kate – love what you did to that mirror/clock! Great inspiration. And thank you for the chance to win your fabulous basket of lavender goodies! Fabulous.


  17. Tiffany says:

    I just found your blog, and I love all of your ideas!!

  18. Re:Fresh Design Studio says:

    ok, so I really wish I lived near your Goodwill. In the past two weeks I have been to three Goodwill stores around here and I haven't found ANYTHING! Your transformation looks great as always!

  19. Ally0005 says:

    You can do a lot with a Cricut machine and spray paint. Love it!

  20. Sarah says:

    Wow! You did an amazing job with that mirror clock, it looks awesome now! It really went from fuggle to wow. :) I'm not as good with the spray paint as you appear to be! It always gets everywhere when I do it.
    Wonderful giveaway too!

  21. Diane says:

    great job! from tacky to terrific!

    i'm not all that happy on more ppl getting hip about thrifting, only because it makes it harder to find the good stuff!

  22. Rebecca says:

    Hmmm. It has to be a kind comment! Just joshing you. The photos and description of your visit to the lavender farm wanted me to hop on a plane and join you.

    Oh, and I actually just did a shout out to your decorating skills on my blog yesterday!


  23. Jamie says:

    Wow! Such a great transformation! Such a great giveaway as well. Each item in the basket is lovely. Lavender and Honey are two of my favorite things. Combine them and I'm in heaven!

  24. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE all your ideas!!

  25. Ashley@AshleysBusy says:

    Your redo projects totally rock! Seriously, I' m like "wow, that's cool" and then you do a new post and I think, "This girl is crazy good!"

    I hope I win :)

  26. Lindy says:

    I love lavender! You always amaze me with your Goodwill transformations!

  27. heather says:

    You should seriously by stock in that spray paint. :)


  28. menley says:

    My first comment wouldn't post, so I'm trying again. I was inspired by your blog to visit the new Long Beach St. Vincent de Paul this morning. It was fun, but I came away empty-handed. I'd love to win the lavender products and share them with my family and friends.


  29. Susan says:

    I'm new to your blog and now I find myself looking for thrift stores and consigment shops to see what I can find! I'm impressed with what you can do – you have a great sense of style! Have a good weekend.

  30. Kelly says:

    Love all your makeovers–and would love to win! I am also following you on twitter. :)

  31. bakeandsew says:

    The clock looks amazing – I don't know how you do it.
    Great giveaway too!

  32. Jamie says:

    Wow, usually a mirrord clock would make me run in horror but you made it quite gorgeous. What an incredible transformation. Well done!

  33. Mrs. Big Time says:

    I wish I had your eye! Thanks for the inspiration!

  34. abbeyviolet says:

    Loved the lavender farm post. This is an awesome prize!

  35. Cara says:

    I was a little worried when I saw your clock but I love the transformation!!! Nice work.

  36. Sheri says:

    Oh Oh pick me! Love the clock!

  37. Pam says:

    What a lovely giveaway! Your blog is always so inspiring. I would have never in a million years dreamed of re-vamping a clock like that. Brilliant!

  38. Jessica says:

    That clock looks amazing! I am searching our local goodwill's for an old dresser of sorts for our entryway as well and have been for weeks! I also have the same problem of finding a parking space in the goodwill parking lot. It blows my mind that when I step out of the office to run to the bank for work and hit up goodwill on the way back (1 or 2 in the afternoon) and the goodwill is full! Go to work PPL! lol

  39. Momof2Hapas says:

    I can't understand how you even looked twice at that clock when you saw it, but WOW, what a transformation! You have a wonderful gift to be able to see the possibility in things that others see as unusuable.

    Enjoying your blog….

  40. Danielle Miller says:

    What a wonderful prize! I love lavendar. I bought a potted plant of it this year and have already killed it. So I'm stuck with buying the flowers I guess. Or winning them!

    I love how you show all of your projects on your thrift store finds. My mom is like that too. I sometimes get lucky and have a great idea. But usually I can't get past looking at a piece of junk and just seeing junk. I wish I could remake things as well as you!

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  41. Struggler says:

    Ah, Kate, that clock is so fun. I looked at the before and thought 'no way, what on earth can she do with that' but it looks so spiffy afterward!

    Is it legal to confess to being a lavender junkie? I'm the youngest person I know who adores the stuff. I just discovered you can cook with it too (I noticed the recipes mentioned above) so needless to say I have my fingers crossed for this one.

  42. Redelsperger Family says:

    I would have turned my nose up at that brass clock…and would have missed out on a great clock! Good vision!

    Tana@Crafting R&R

  43. Morgan says:

    Great post! I wish I had an ounce of your creativity! You should do a post of your 'Best Moments' in DIY. Best spray paint, best restoration, etc. That would be fab. :)

  44. Jenny says:

    I wouldn't have even looked twice at that ugly clock! LOL! You did an awesome job on it!

    Lavender smells so wonderful, what a great set.

  45. MrsRoy says:

    What a gorgeous clock- great job!! In high school tech class, we made clocks using old records- putting the little clock mechanism on the back and all. This reminds me of that. :) Anyway, I digress- hope I win the lovely lavender!!

  46. Kim says:

    I always enjoy stopping by your blog. The clock is amazing. I wouldn't have thought twice about that clock if I'd seen it at Goodwill. Love the Lavendar too. I'm actually trying my hand at growing some right now.

  47. Anna Lindsey Sailer O'Reilly says:

    Oh! Lavender is my favorite scent! Love it!

  48. Amy says:

    Wow, I would have looked at the clock, thought it was ugly and walked by it. You have made it look beautiful! (I LOVE the chandelier in the reflection.)

  49. pcappraisal says:


  50. Mrs. K. says:

    Yeah, I'm one of those newcomers to thrifting you were talking about – not so much because of the economy, but because I'm so inspired by all the transformations I see online. Love what you did to that clock, BTW.

  51. pk @ room remix says:

    You are SO talented! What a creative clock. I do love it.

  52. Julie Keddie says:

    I am so pleased to have found your website. It is very inspiring. I was not much of a thrift store shopper until now. I've found all sorts of great bargains and have transformed them with paint, thanks to your creative ideas. Thank you ever so much for sharing.

  53. Elizabeth says:

    Okay, so I was going to leave a comment about your clock transformation not knowing there was a giveaway too, so double score! Anyway, I was going to say that you are incredible- I would have never seen the potential in that crazy clock!

  54. Michelle says:

    Everything you re-create is amazing! Lavender is my FAVORITE scent. :)

  55. Melanie says:

    Great job on the clock!

    And, oooh, lavender!! I love lavender anything!

  56. Anonymous says:

    There are several projects that have been waiting in my home to be done! Your blog has given me great ideas and I've now done a bunch of them and even found more to do. Thanks for fun inspiration and motivation. I've learned how easy it is to do a lot of cute things myself instead of pay the big bucks!

    Trinna Adams

  57. Jackie White says:

    The clock looks wonderful! I'd be thrilled to win the lavender basket!

  58. Jen says:

    Love the blog! Love the clock!

  59. lazy susie says:

    My 13 yr old daughter exclaimed that that is the coolest clock. Who knew?

  60. SoBella Creations says:

    What a great transformation! My Mom loves the Goodwill. She finds a ton of clothes still NWT.

  61. sherrieg says:

    The clock looks amazing, and I loved reading about Lavender Bee farms! I make soap, and lavender essential oil is one of my favourites. :)

  62. Allison says:

    I love lavendar. Pick me

  63. Sarah (Team Chilton) says:

    My husband and I are going thrifting tonight for our date and I had to check your latest inspiring finds. I think you did an awesome job on the clock. I am starting to see hidden potential so much more.
    Yay for lavender too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  64. Mrs. Querido says:

    You truly see the potential in items I would gag at…LOL! Love the clock transformation :) Beautiful.

  65. Vanilla Lavender says:

    The clock looks amazing!!! I would never imagine it could look this pretty! I would love to win the giveaway… lavender… my favorite scent!

  66. Holly says:

    Please enter me in the giveaway…what a beautiful basket of lovelies!

  67. Yolanda (the callipygian chronicle) says:

    I wish I had your vision for just one day. You turned an tacky piece if 80's junk into a modernist gem. Simply awesome.

  68. ~Ashlea~ says:

    WOW!!!! I really love how you can see something new and pretty in something old and ugly! I want so badly to be creative, but it just doesn't come to me. So, I keep coming back to your blog to get ideas! Hope you don't mind a copier! Thanks for sharing your how-to with all of us in blogland.
    Just amazing!

  69. Melissa D at DropTheBabyWeight.com says:

    I am always amazed by your ability to see the beautiful "to be" in something that's shabby, neglected, or just plain ugly.

    I'd love that basket!

  70. sharae says:

    I would love to win that! :)

  71. homeclynn says:

    In the midwest you can sprinkle lavender on your flower bed or pots in January and have beautiful blooming lavender in May for pennies. I have joggers that stop by my planter mail box just to touch the leaves and smell it on their fingers. Give it a try! Love your blog.

  72. Kim says:

    I have been wanting a Cricut. Do you like yours?

    Love the clock. Who would have thought? Not me. You see the true diamonds in the rough.

    Hoping I win….. =)

  73. Chelsey says:

    I was inspired by your site to repaint my table set (2 end tables, coffee table and console table) and it has the exact same brass trim! It looks so much better now that its a BM Decorators White.

  74. Christy says:

    I am amazed at that clock transformation! You are so amazingly talented!

    Great giveaway!

  75. Lisa says:

    I love all your projects. I practically live at Goodwill, and now I'm constantly on the lookout for cool furniture to paint.

  76. Rebekah says:

    My jaw literally dropped. Okay, figuratively. But I am truly impressed! It takes vision to pick something like that up and bring it home.

  77. Nori says:

    I love how you have influenced me to look at things in a new perspective. Nothing is "yucky" anymore. Now I wonder how I can make it prettier. Thank you!

  78. Tina says:

    Yep. Neeeever would have taken that baby home. Another fabulous makeover! You open up whole new worlds of trash to treasures…

  79. Angie says:

    Great job with the mirror!! I thought I had vision but nothing in comparison to yours!!

  80. Hybrid Hopes says:

    kind comment, alright. here is a short list of things i like:

    1.spray paint
    4.your blog (i've got it linked on the left side of my blog).

    things i have to admit to not liking
    1.your clock. before or after. :)

    but i'm glad you posted your clock, 'cause it reminded me I have to find a new way to hang the clock I made out of a scratched janis joplin record. it kind of fell off the wall. temporary setback!

    i love many of your projects though, and appreciate your blog.

  81. Sunshine and smiles says:

    I love how you make me think outside of the box. Thanks for the great ideas and the wonderful giveaway!

  82. Karen says:

    You've got a good eye. Love what you did with the clock!

  83. IsrelFamily says:

    I LOVE to check your blog and see what you have done this week! First can I say, you are amazing! Second, where in the world do you get all your energy? You are one busy lady!
    I also have been astounded at the Goodwill crowds lately! I don't know why it has become so popular all of a sudden. I guess I shouldn't be greedy :) I love your ideas for repurposing. I alsol like to repurpose but you can really think outside the box!
    Can't wait to see what you do next!

  84. southerninspiration says:

    Great job on the clock!! And I bet that giveaway smells fantastic!!!


  85. Manuela says:

    "Leave a kind comment"? That's tough CG! ;) Ok, let me give it a try:
    1. Love your house
    2. Love your creativity
    3. Love that clock
    4. Love myself for have found your blog!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  86. Lynnette says:

    So, I was at a local thrift store enjoying a leisurely walk-thru (kids free) when I spied a desk lamp like the one you just "rust-oleumed". The shade was beat up and they wanted more than I could/would spend. But it reminded me of all your DIY projects. I looked all over for a good find that I could justify and needed but alas no prizes. I did price the Rust-oleum for future projects though.

    And all that lavender… my fingers are crossed!

  87. Paige says:

    HI, I was visiting your blog from a link on the Nifty Notebook blog. And WOW! That clock turned out awesome, I NEVER would have envisioned that. I am getting so much inspiration from blogland! And I am really wishing I could afford a cricut machine so I could make vinyl adhesives. :-)

  88. Paula says:

    Your clock is awesome…I am so jealous of your finds. And I so want to win that wonderful basket. Please pick me!!!

  89. Melissa says:

    I wish I had your ability to "see" the beauty that can be made from your thrift finds. I did buy a lamp there today that I'm going to give a new coat of color but its just not in me to make such a wonderful transformation like you did with this clock.

  90. Infarrantly Creative says:

    oooh enter me…quick question…what do you use for your vinyl lettering. Do you tun contact paper through it?

  91. thekettrickfive says:

    You amaze me w your ideas! Thanks!

  92. Centsational Girl says:

    Hi all, the vinyl adhesive paper is made by Cricut and sold wherever their products are sold. If you can stomach the cost of Cricut products, ouch ! Hub bought that machine for me two years ago on super sale, and I confess I've only used it three times. Scrappers, don't hate me.

  93. Dani says:

    I'm a new reader of your blog, but it is already one of my favorites! I'm a graduate student married to another student, and we're always on such a tight budget; but your projects give me such inspiration! This past weekend I bought my first can of spray paint and some sandpaper – I'm finally going to try my hand at some CG-esque DIY! Wish me luck! :)

  94. Chandra says:

    I really love seeing your newest finds and redesigns. It's great to see the potential in things through someone else's eyes :)

  95. The Short Mom says:

    Thats a great transformation!
    I love the basket, its to pretty.

  96. effy says:

    You're such a delightful inspiration with all your redoing and improving. Love it!

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