Shabby Chic Vintage Clock Makeover

Say hello to my accidentally shabby chic clock.
Why accidental?
Well, you’ll hear about that in a minute.
Shabby Chic Vintage Clock Makeover

Here’s the way it looked when I showed it to you in my Thrifted Finds post last Friday. It’s a vintage Ingraham art deco star burst clock that still works.

Shabby Chic Vintage Clock Makeover


It was in great shape… except for the gold finish, which was worn in a few places.

It was definitely ready for a new look.

So I taped off the clock face and took it out to the garage to spray paint it with a lovely white paint and primer combo. I chose white because most rooms in my house are painted a colour, so this clock could go in any one of them.

Shabby Chic Vintage Clock Makeover

Here’s the accidental part… when I took off the tape there was a little spray paint here and there that got under the tape around the edges of the face.

Shabby Chic Vintage Clock Makeover

I rubbed my fingernail against the edges to remove the paint, and accidentally removed some of the paint on the frame as well.



Shabby Chic Vintage Clock Makeover

I have to admit that I panicked for a second… and there may or may not have been an expletive heard if anyone else was around to hear it.

Shabby Chic Vintage Clock Makeover

But, thankfully, no one was… and I quickly regrouped, got myself some fine grit sandpaper, and decided to just go with it.

I didn’t even worry about how I did it. I just sanded a little here, sanded a little there. It was very freeing actually.

What was the worst that could happen?

I wouldn’t like it, and would have to repaint? There are worse things than that.


Shabby Chic Vintage Clock Makeover

So it’s lucky that it turns out that I love the shabby chic look… even the accidental kind.

Wasn’t penicillin invented by accident? OK, that’s a bit of a stretch comparison… but I’m just saying that not all good things started out as Plan A.

Sometimes an accidental Plan B turns out to be better. Much better.

Spread a little shabby chicness somewhere today… and smile!


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  1. When I saw this post in the Bloglovin' feed, I had to take a few minutes to come and look. First I thought you had found a pink clock just like the one you showed earlier. Then I realized you had painted it white. I love the shabby retro (I am Danni"s name for it!) vibe. So cool! (expletives deleted)

  2. I love how it turned out, even if it was accidental. I am desperate for something like this in my daughter's room. We painted her walls a light lavender, and this would just be perfect. Love!

  3. Awesome new look! I love the distressed finish – makes it look ancient!!

  4. Love it Tuula! I am a clockaholic. I just started collecting them and this one is perfect! Most of my projects are never plan A, usually plan C or D… they normally evolve far from plan A.
    For me, that makes it fun.