Sunflower Garden Decor - A Repurposed Project
I love a great thrift store find. But what I REALLY love is laying my eyes on something and immediately seeing what it can become! That's exactly what happened when I saw this outdated wall clock and envisioned a sunny decor piece for the garden. Visit with me for a few minutes and I'll show you what I found, and how I gave it a bright new face for the garden!
Once upon a time (1962, to be exact) I suppose this was lovely. I found it at a local thrift store last month for just $3, and although it's current charm was lost on me, I immediately thought of one thing - a sunflower. Don't you see that?
First, I had to get rid of that brash face, as well as the mechanism that was on the back (which, by the way, was where I found the date stamped in perfect Roman numerals).
I gave it a good scuff job with 220 grit sandpaper to remove the sheen. Don't be fooled though - it's NOT made of wood. It's actually plastic, which is perfect because it's not terribly heavy for its 23" size.
After 3 coats of paint, it was really beginning to look better. And I could see it's sunflower potential shining through. I used a combination of three paints for the petals. Visit the blog for the details on the paint technique I used to create highlights and shadows.
I gave the clock face a single coat of brown paint just to create a consistent background to attach the "seeds" to. For the seeds, I hot-glued various-shaped tiger-eyed beads and filled in the center portion, from the outer edge to the center. For the mechanism holes, I taped two small pieces of cardboard to the back, then gave them a coating of paint.
Finally, I reattached the hanger, gave it a coat of poly to protect it from the weather, and hung it on the wall on our deck. Forget the winter - I'm celebrating summertime with my bright and bold sunflower!
Don't you think that's a better face?
- Wall clock (thrift store)
- Deco Art Americana Paint - School Bus (Hobby Lobby)
- Deco Art Americana Paint - Pumpkin Patch (Hobby Lobby)
- Deco Art Americana Paint - Coffee Bean (Hobby Lobby)
- Deco Art Americana Paint - Primary Yellow (Hobby Lobby)
- Bead Gallery Beads (Michael's)
- Rust Oleum Clear Gloss (Wal-Mart)
- Hot Glue/Gun (On hand)
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Published February 6th, 2017 10:18 AM
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