Repurposed Vintage Silver Tray Clock

I’ve had a silver tray clock project w-a-a-a-a-y in the back of my mind for a long time now. But you know how it is… so many project ideas and not enough time to create them all.

Oftentimes finding something at a thrift store causes quite the upheaval in the project centre of my brain… causing back-burnered ideas to cut into the to-do line… much to the chagrin of the ideas that have been politely waiting their turn.


And that’s just what happened the other day when I found this clock for $1. I bought it for the clockworks, which can easily cost $5 or more if bought new.

The actual clock didn’t appeal to me at all, but don’t feel too sorry for it…  it’ll be stashed away for a possible future makeover and repurposing.



For those of you who have never taken apart a clockworks, here’s what it looks like.

I used curved needle nose pliers to remove the nuts. To remove the hands I used a small butter knife placed under each hand.. gently pushing up.


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Then I went into my stash of silver plate platters of all shapes and sizes, some of which I store on my silver platter window valance, and I found the perfect one.

I don’t remember what I paid for it but, knowing me, it was probably 50 cents to $1.

It must have originally been part of a tiered stand because it already had a hole. And it had two options for the hours… 12 decorative cutouts around the outside rim and 12 etched designs. I decided to use the cut outs because they stand out more from a distance.



When I put in the clockworks through the hole it fit perfectly. This is where the large bottom nut is put to hold the whole thing in place.

Then comes the hour hand, the minute hand, the top nut, and then the second hand fits into the hole at the top.


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Here’s how my silver tray clock looked after I gave it a good polish.  I spray painted the second hand with Krylon’s Chalky Finish Bonnet Pink spray paint.






What’s this you ask? Well, I decided that my tray was a little too little so I needed something to give it that extra oomph.

So I went back into my stashes and found this rather large $1 stove pipe cover thingy.



I gave the cover 3 light coats of a light pink chalk spray paint.

The to glue the silver tray onto the front of the stove pipe cover I used Marine Goop adhesive. Then I weighted it down and let it cure overnight.

I was too lazy to remove the clockworks so I just raised it up on a couple of DVDs so it would all sit nice and flat while the glue cured.


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In my world pink and silver are meant for each other.


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Because E6000 glue has a nice nozzle tip I used that instead of the Marine Goop to add a small faux pearl beading around the tray to finish it off.


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And here’s my finished silver tray clock with the two repurposed stove pipe cover picture frames that I made a while ago. At the time I said I wished I had three, so I think this is a pretty good plan b.

I already have a clock in the kitchen so just for fun I set this one to Paris time… not the Ontario Paris, which is only about an hour away from here, but 6 hours ahead to France Paris… which we visited a few years ago for my 50th birthday. It kinda goes with the two Seine riverscapes.

Hey… why not? It’s good to mess with our minds a bit. Keeps us on our ‘toes’… or should I say ‘orteils’. Not even sure how to pronounce that… not the least little bit, but I think it probably sounds good. 🙂

Merci mes amis for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Mother Deer says:

    Love the finished product and the ultimate grouping 🙂

  2. Okay, that’s so clever. And so adorable- perfect between the plates.
    You never cease to amaze me with your imaginings. xo, T.

    1. Thanks Tina! I’m on a mission to put a little bit of pink, or more pink than there already is, into every room in the house. One day I may just live in an all pink house. lol.

  3. Unbelieveable! That is gorgeous! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again….you are amazing!!! Oh, and everyone loves Owlivia! Have given your etsy name out to a couple of people, hope it helps! Dona

    1. Thanks so much Dona! I’m so glad that Owlivia is a hit. Thanks for spreading the work about my shop. I really appreciate that. 🙂

  4. Clever as always! Like the idea of setting it to Paris time! Like the pink. I’ve decided pink is my favorite color.

    1. Thanks Florence! Every time I look at the clock it takes me a second to realize it’s on Paris time, and then it takes me back to our time there… and I’m really enjoying that. Think Pink!

    1. Thanks Sharon! Isn’t it a wonderful city? We loved it! I would go back to Paris in a heartbeat… anytime. Thanks for the invite. I’ll be there.

    1. Thanks so much Cecilia!

  5. Heather Guzik says:

    Love how you go to your “stash” and are able to put things together! I totally love silverware, trays ect. You really inspire me.

    1. Thanks so much Heather! I probably have too many stashes, but their thrifted treasures do come in handy quite often.

  6. Ooh, definitely love this one! Sometimes repurposed clocks are a bit fussy, but I think this one is simple and chic, yet cozy, too. Awesome!

    1. Thanks so much Michelle!

  7. Oh my gosh I am so jealous! My husband started a “Paris Fund” a few years ago for me. Every Christmas, birthday and Mother’s Day he puts a little bit of money into the fund. Someday…..your clock s beautiful, LOVE the pink touch! xo Kathleen

    1. Thanks Kathleen! I hope you get to go to Paris someday. I know you’ll love it as much as I did. I’m hoping to go back someday, maybe for my 60th.

  8. Tuula – brilliant work! Saw this on Vintage Charm. Absolutely love it.

    1. Thanks very much Donna!

    1. Thanks Debra! It was pretty quite easy to put together, and I’m really enjoying it. I hope you do give it a try.

  9. Jann Olson says:

    You are always so creative at repurposing things. Love how they turned out!! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

    1. Thanks very much Jann! It’s always fun to join the party.

  10. Tuula, this clock is extraordinary!! It’s so neat that the silver tray had 12 etchings in it, like it was just waiting for you to turn it into a clock. The pink highlights are perfect. How fun that you set it to Paris time!;

    1. Thanks so much Keri! I love that every time I look at it I know what time it is in Paris. Not sure why this tickles me, but it does. 🙂

  11. Such an ingenious project Tuula–you’ve got a real gift! Love how it all came together. Thanks for sharing your posts with us at Vintage Charm 🙂

    1. Thanks very much Diana! I do love repurposing things into other things. It’s the most fun for me.