Vintage Wall Clock Makeover

Quick and easy vintage wall clock makeover

After two summers of no yard saling, John and I went to a town yard sale a couple of weekends ago. It was so much fun to be out and about on a beautiful sunny day, and while I didn’t find a lot… I did find a fabulous vintage wall clock for just one dollar.

vintage gold resin wall clock before makeover

These vintage/retro wall clocks comes in all shapes, sizes, and designs.

I don’t see these clocks often, but when I do I can’t resist them… especially when they have curliques, and when they’re a steal of a deal.

Of course, if you love the gold… keep it, but I’m a color loving gal… and these clocks take spray paint like a dream. Like this other clock makeover that I did a while back.

back of vintage resin wall clock

Here you can see the hollow back, so I’m assuming these plastic resin clocks were created using molds.

back of vintage resin clock with date 1972

This clock is dated 1972…

back Burwood label on vintage resin clock

and was made by Burwood Prod. They made a lot of clocks back in the day, not just resin but others too. According to my research the company ceased production back in the 1990s.

Removing clockworks before spray painting

vintage resin wall clock after clockworks removed

This clock must have been in someone’s basement, attic, or garage because it was pretty dirty. After giving it a good wipe down with a damp cloth, I removed the clock works and face. The face is made of metal and wasn’t glued down.

Parts of a clockworks

clockwork parts and hands removed

If you’ve never taken a clockworks apart, here’s what it looks like. Clocks are things that I see at thrift stores all the time, and if a clockworks that comes with a clock doesn’t work property it can be easily replaced.

close up of clock face and clockworks

After I spray painted my vintage clock I put the clockworks back in place. Here’s a close up so you can see. The last piece to go in is the second hand, which slips right in the hole at the top.

Vintage wall clock makeover

vintage gold resin wall clock makeover with spray paint

And here’s my vintage wall clock makeover after two coats of a beautiful bright and happy apple red.

Vintage gold resin wall clock on kitchen wall before makeover

Here’s the original gold clock before its makeover hanging on the wall between the front kitchen door and the basement door.

Vintage resin wall clock on kitchen wall after makeover

And here it is in all it’s happy glory.

Vintage gold resin wall clock on kitchen wall before makeover 2

This has got to be one of the quickest and easiest makeovers ever, thanks to a bold color change and the magic of spray paint. It goes perfectly in my aqua and red kitchen.

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Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. That turned out so pretty Tuula! I love those clocks but never see them here, I see mirrors and candle holders, but not clocks 🙁


  2. Love that red! Once again, you did a great job!!! If I ever see one of those types of clocks, I’ll be on it!

  3. Simply love this makeover. I love anything red.

    1. Thanks Rebecca! Red is a fave of mine when it’s combined with light blue or aqua! I can’t get enough of that combo.

  4. MaryEllen says:

    Oh my!!! That apple red really makes that clock POP!!! I love it, and I would never have thought of painting it red…would have picked a boring neutral color and it would have just been a boring clock. I love this! Thank you for posting.

    1. Thanks MaryEllen! It’s funny how the red really brings out all the scrolly details, which were kind of lost in that vintage gold.

  5. Nancy Findley says:

    Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas. I love getting your emails. Me and my husband love to garage sale also. We lost everything in the California fires. We have been able to replace a lot of it by garage and estate sales. We found a grandfather clock for free, as it didn’t work . Also two wall clocks similar to the one you found.
    Look forward to getting your next great idea.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that you lost everything Nancy, but I’m glad that you’ve been able to find some replacements. It’s really amazing what you can find at garage and yard sales. I hope you continue to find some inspiration here. 🙂

  6. What a gorgeous shade of red! It looks fabulous!

  7. As soon as I saw the before photo I knew you’d spray the curvy vintage clock a nice bold color. I figured perhaps pink or turquoise and you surprised me with the red, my favorite color. So pretty and I like how the red echoes the second hand.

    1. Thanks very much Marie! Red is my accent color in my aqua kitchen. I love the combo of blues and red.

  8. Zoe Davis says:

    Huh. I’ve always passed over clocks like those because I’m not interested in plastic or resin stuff. Cast iron or wood for me! Well, you just changed my mind.

    1. Thanks Zoe! These clocks really do take paint beautifully and all the details just come to life. I’m always happy when I can change someone’s mind about something, especially if it means more vintage things can find new homes instead of landing in landfills.