Upcycled Clock Turned Vintage Sunburst Mirror

June 25, 2012

A few weeks ago while driving through my neighborhood, I spotted a sign for a garage sale.  As always, my garage-sale-radar automatically went into effect, and I quickly turned the wheel down the street and started my typical slow-drive-by.  While still in the car, I immediately spotted a gold antiqued-looking clock. Of course, I had to stop!

Just like my radar noticed, it was in good condition and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it – turn it from a clock into a sunburst mirror.

To change this clock into a mirror, the only item I needed was a 12″ round beveled-edge mirror which I found and purchased from AC Moore for $4 (it was actually $8 but I had a 50% coupon – score).

I applied my go-to-adhesive, Liquid Nails, to adhere the mirror to the center of the clock to cover the numbers.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work – the adhesive wasn’t strong enough to hold the mirror :(

I was pretty bummed, but onto plan B…  A stronger adhesive.  Situations always work out as they should because when the Liquid Nails didn’t work, it gave me the chance to add alittle color to the edge of the mirror – a detail I hadn’t thought about before.

So before adhering the mirror, I painted the outer section of the clock with a navy blue colored craft paint.

THEN, it was time to add the mirror back for the second time.  This attempt, I used a 5-minute-dry epoxy.

This had to work!

And it did – I was a happy girl again :)

And here’s the result…


So why did I choose blue for the accent color?  Well I’ve been adding in some royal blue accents as of late – take a look.

Through the new sunburst mirror, you get to take a peak at the lamps that I just revamped last week.

And there it is… A fun and easy update!

Have you upcycled a garage sale find lately?

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  1. Fabulous idea! I think that little bit of blue just makes the piece.
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    • Thanks Stacey-Lee! The blue detail definitely gives the mirror a pop, so I was happy that the first glue attempt didn’t work ;) xo Jenna

  2. I did the exact same thing! Rummage sale clock to mirror.I have to say, I am a little jealous of your find. Looks gorgeous!! http://www.balancinghome.com/2011/07/makeover-monday-rummage-sale-clock.html
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  3. Love this! What a fun little project!
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  4. Looks great, Jenna! I love a sunburst mirror.

    ~ Catie
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  5. What a great idea! Actually, I am not that creative and resourceful like you and I really am amazed with this.. Thanks for the great post here then!
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    • Thanks Meygan. I’m sure if you tried, you could tap into your creative side more. Even though I have a design background, I was never this creative until I started blogging. The more you experiment and try new things, the more the creative juices flow. Give it a try, you may surprise yourself. xo Jenna

  6. Wow Jenna! I truly love this mirror. This blue does make it special…I love ‘happy accidents’!

  7. I am loving the gold and navy combination! Nice work. I’m visiting from Liz Marie’s party and I also have a navy and gold mirror…just a painted garage sale find. Don’t you love garage sale season?!?!?
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  8. PS – If you don’t mind, I’m going to share this on my Saved by Suzy facebook page.
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    • Sorry Suzy for not getting back to you sooner – you can absolutely share this on FB! thank you, Jenna

  9. Nicely done Jenna! :) I tried to tweet but couldn’t get the app to come up? pinned, stumbled and +1 :)
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  10. Only $4? That truly IS a bargain! :) Love this easy transformation, and I love how the pop of color pulls out the royal blue in other spots of the room too!
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  11. It looked like a hot mess with the clock face on it…much better now that you’ve taken it back to what it should have been all along…a mirror…nice job!

  12. Would you believe it if I said that I found the exact same mirror (not clock) at TJMaxx ? And that was before I read this post! Ha! I wonder if there is a clock face under the mirror I bought… :-)


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