Asked on Sep 16, 2015

Looking for ideas re: repurposing mantel clock

J RobinsonBeverley HollandJoni Renae Skellie


I picked this clock up at a garage sale and it did work for a while. It has only chimed once since I brought it home and now has decided to only run it once in a while. Clock repair is big $$ so I'm not interested in repair. So, I'm looking for ideas for re-using this piece. The reason for buying it was to cover the place on this antique dresser where the mirror would be attached...if I had the mirror. No sentimental value for the clock so I'm open to all ideas. Thanks
8 answers
  • Z
    on Sep 16, 2015

    Cindy, did you know you can buy inexpensive clock parts to make clocks? You can also use them to repair old clocks. Since it's so neat as a clock, that would be my first choice. Being you're not close to a large city, you could order them online. It won't have the chimes. Though you can buy them too, they are much more expensive.

  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Sep 16, 2015

    Ok since you do not want to repair the clock my suggestion would be to paint it according to your sense of style and maybe decopoge the outside.

  • Sandra
    on Sep 17, 2015

    I agree with Becky. That is a great looking old clock. You could probably keep the face and add a battery pack on the back.

  • Katrina Warren
    Katrina Warren
    on Sep 17, 2015

    @Cindy I actually bought a non-working full size grandfather clock at goodwill, I plan to attempt to sculpt a removeable man in the moon type face (where the clock face currently is) decorate it for Halloween with a skeleton sneaking out the door of it, & at Christmas time maybe paint a removable face plate with a scene of Santa flying around the world to deliver packages.... Other times of the year, I will probably have the moon face on it with a mouse sitting next to it. (Hickory Dickery Dock....) Different type clock so probably not much help but thought it might give you a few ideals... Also if you don't care about the clock or it's works, you could take it apart & use the old cogs etc... inside for jewelry making etc....

  • Gwen Crutcher Stace
    Gwen Crutcher Stace
    on Sep 17, 2015

    Would make a great photo frame.

  • Joni Renae Skellie
    Joni Renae Skellie
    on Sep 17, 2015

    Forgive me for asking a simple question, but did the key come with the clock? This type needs to be wound with a key, usually daily, to keep working. I'm not sure how familiar you are with this type of clock, so if I'm telling you something you already know, just disregard.

    • Cindy
      on Sep 17, 2015

      @Joni Renae Skellie Yes, it has a key and I wind it. I'm the only one that keeps up my end of the "I wind and you keep time" bargain!

  • Beverley Holland
    Beverley Holland
    on Sep 17, 2015

    My husband went to a craft store and bought the clock kit and installed in ours. We kept the original parts so they can be repaired at a better time. That way the click can keep some of its value as an antique

  • J Robinson
    J Robinson
    on Sep 19, 2015

    Why does it have to work? Just set the hands to a time that has a special meaning to you....maybe the time you got married, first met, etc. It's a beautiful old clock; just live with it til it can be repaired (if you still want to!).

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