Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dome Clock Makeover


Dome clock or anniversary clock, I pick them up whenever I see them {for a good price}.  It doesn’t matter what you call it, I guess, since it is going to be used as a cloche.  This one I showed you a couple of weeks ago. I picked it up in its original box at a garage sale for $4.00.

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The base is plastic, but the dome or cloche part is glass.  After taking the clock mechanism off the base, I spray painted it with Rustoleum’s Metallic Aluminum {ultra coverage}.  One coat covered the brass color of the base.


To cut down on the brightness of the Metallic Aluminum, I dulled it up with some black craft paint.  I painted it on with a small paint brush then wiped it off after a couple of minutes.  I stopped at one point while you could still see what it looks like with and without the black craft paint.

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The right side has had the black craft paint applied.  Kind of like a tarnished silver piece.  I continued doing that on the whole base.  I didn’t have to do the center, because that will be covered, but I did it anyway.


To cover the center, I usually use scrapbook paper since there are so many different colors and patterns to choose from, plus I have a lot in my craft room.  I chose this pewter and black damask to cover the holes in the center from the clock mechanism. 


I applied it with Mod Podge and once it dried I gave it another coat over the top.


Here it is styled with a few things I pulled from around the house.  A Peter Rabbit book I just picked up at a recent garage sale.

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A little white ceramic crowned bird.

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Some lovely items from Rosemary at Villabarnes.

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A real piece of heavily tarnished silver.

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Unless you touch it, I think the base looks like it could be a tarnished silver piece and not the plastic that it really is!

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Now I have another cloche I can use to display things. 


I think the color on this one will work beautifully for Halloween and Christmas with that tarnished silver looking base.  I could just see a skull in here or silver Christmas ornaments.

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Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I love what you did with that Kathy! It does look like tarnished silver now!

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Kathy, I love your new cloche! I never would have thought you could do that with those clocks. I really like the brushed pewter look you created too. The Beatrix Potter book was so cute in it! ~ Jamie

DIYbyDesign said...

You did a great job. I think I may have one of those clocks in storage somewhere. Now I have to go and find it. Great cloche ideas too.

Michele said...

You are so clever. This looks wonderful.

NanaDiana said...

Very cute idea, Kathy. It looks great and you would never know it started out as a plastic clock base! xo Diana

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Great job, Kathy! It's such a wonderful cloche now.
Happy Wednesday!

Okio B Designs said...

I love it with Rosemary's pieces inside it. The base really does look like metal. I would never guess it was plastic.


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Awesome makeover it!

This N That said...

Love it..good job Kathy..very versatile..

Cynthia said...


Fantastic makeover!!! I just love it, Rosemary's item underneath are my favorite.


Anonymous said...

This is a fantastic makeover! I love your the way you made the base look like tarnished silver- very clever! Your styling is always wonderful!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kathy, this is a wonderful makeover. Sure looks like tarnished silver. Love it and all the ways you show your displays. Great ideas!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So pretty. I love the one you ended with.

Our Hopeful Home said...

You're spot on about the skull! Or perhaps a rubber rat? (Well, guess you have to live in my house to appreciate that one!) I never would have thought of painting the palstic. I probably would have gone looking for a different bottom. Great idea!

Tea in the Library said...

Great job. Definitely has me smacking my forehead and saying why didn't I think of that!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Beautiful! The base does look like tarnished silver. I never see these at the thrift store.You can bet I'd snatch it up if I ever did!

Karen said...

A beautiful transformation. I love the ways you styled it.

farmhouse-story said...

such a clever re-do, kathy:)

Anonymous said...

My mother in law just saved me some of these, I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them, you've given me some inspiration.


Connie said...

Wow, what a FAB idea!
I love how you antiqued it and made it your own. You took it for 70's to chic :)

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Thanks for the huge smile, Kathy. It's such a joy to see something I created so beautifully displayed in your home. I love your dome makeover.

Sherry said...

I love to see the creative ideas you come up with. What a great project and it can be used so many different ways.

sweetvintageofmine said...

Your base make-over looks fabulous!! Beautiful job....and I love the birdie with the crown! Blessings~~~Roxie

Unknown said...

Fabulous transformation! Thanks for all the ideas! I actually have one of these sitting in my bathroom closet!! It's getting a facelift today!~~Angela

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