Hello! I’m Rachel from Architecture of a Mom and I am so
excited to be here at My Favorite Finds today! Carrie has asked me to share some frugal décor ideas,
and I have to say that I am pretty excited about today’s project...a clock upcycled to a sunburst mirror!
One of the keys to decorating on a dime is to look at things
you already have, and cheap items at the store, in a different light.
Sometimes, all you need is a little paint and glue to make an ordinary piece
into something extraordinary!!
round clocks you see everywhere…schools, dorm rooms…you name it.
And I know for
a fact that this clock hasn't worked
in over 2 years. As in, I wasn't pregnant with my twin girls (who are almost 2)
when we first noticed that it wasn't keeping time. We changed the
batteries….but it still wouldn't work. So what did we do? We left it on the
wall. Yup. We are on top of things like that.
it away. I knew I could repurpose it into something spectacular.
your big box home improvement store—mine came in a pack of 14, and I got 2
packs for a little over $3)
that I had on hand)
several months ago for around $8)
(used as a drop cloth and to mask areas)Hot Glue Gun & sticks
front glass exposed (my glass was glued into the frame, so I just used tape and
newspaper to mask everything but the glass.
You will need to do about 3-4 thin coats. The looking glass paint makes a mirror-like
surface when painted on the back of glass or clear Plexiglas. Allow to dry.
coats. I did the majority of the shim in blue, but the edges are metallic craft
paint in copper.
order for the paint to be most effective, you need a dark surface behind it, so
I just used the inside of the clock (with the hands removed). This also allows
you to use the hanger hardware that is already on the back of your clock to
hang your finished mirror (which in turn saves money).
are sure you like the look. Then use your hot glue gun to adhere the shims to
the back of the clock.
broken clock for so long! And since the only thing I bought for this project was the shims, this qualifies for a frugal project...at under $4!
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