It’s easy to paint a wood wall clock and cover up the ugly yellow-toned stained finish. This clock makeover tutorial is super simple.
My parents gave me and the JTS a pendulum wall clock for Christmas, oh…… about 35 years ago. That’s an estimate but pretty close. It was nice then and it’s still nice but needed an update. The new paint finish is so much better than the golden oak of before.
How To Paint A Wood Wall Clock
I could have gotten rid of the clock and got a new one but then there goes the memories. Plus it was a fun update and I was able to change a few things I didn’t plan on just by taking a chance.
This is how the clock looked before the makeover. Notice the yellowish oak wood and also the gold trim. Pay close attention to the gold-striped design on the glass window over the pendulum.
No more gold striped design and no more shiny in-your-face pendulum. I debated a while before taking on this clock makeover. Should have done it sooner.
1. Take the wall clock apart.
I took the clock down to the workshop and gathered paint supplies, tape, etc.
The Junktion Technical Specialist (aka The JTS, aka hubby) removed the glass cover and the backplate from the clock. The screws for the face were easy to get to and the back was stapled on so that wasn’t a problem either.
When you’re working on a project that has a lot of parts and pieces store the small pieces in zip lock bags and the large pieces in grocery bags. You don’t want to lose any parts (voice of experience).
2. Clean the clock.
I used Simple Green to clean all parts of the clock. You should always clean your project as part of the prep for painting.
3. Use painter’s tape to protect the glass and brass parts.
I applied Frog Tape around the gold rim of the clock face then stuffed bubble wrap under the tape. I usually use newspaper but the bubble wrap was handier. It’s really hard to tape around a circle. Do any of you guys have a good tip for that? I’m sure there’s a really simple trick, but I don’t know.
4. Spray paint the clock trim.
I could have left the pendulum and clock trim shiny gold but why not do a complete makeover. I had some Rust-oleum Metallic Spray Paint in Antique Brass in my paint stash and decided it would be perfect.
I’ve used this spray paint on furniture pulls and things like door hardware and metal stands. Spray painting the gold trim took about 2 minutes.
5. Paint the wood around the clock face.
I decided to give the clock a two-tone paint finish with the wood adjacent to the clock face one color and the rest of the body a contrasting color.
I started painting around the face with Beyond Paint color Latte. I looked at it for a couple of days and decided to go with a lighter color. No need in using a brownish color when I’m trying to cover the yellowish/brownish wood.
I had just a bit of CeCe Caldwell Clay/Chalk Paint in Vintage White. It was perfect. Not to white-white and no yellow tint.
For the rest of the casing, I used Beyond Paint in Sage which is a pretty green color, not too yellow and not too gray.
6. Remove outdated gold design on the glass.
Next is the cool part. I took a razor blade and scratched off the gold diamond design on the glass. I wasn’t sure about that but it was easy to remove. I removed the gold trim on a glass display piece I bought at the thrift store here.
7. Put the clock back together.
And you guys know me well. I distressed the paint by hand using 100-grit sandpaper. To darken the raw look of the wood from the distressing I rubbed on a layer of Howard’s Wax in Walnut.
The clock has an updated look and I still have the clock my parents gave us. I think it was okay for me to make changes to the clock. How do you guys feel about stuff like that? Do you have a piece of home decor that needs updating? It doesn’t have to be a clock.
Find another of my clock makeovers here…Thrift Store Clock Update.
As always, thanks for being here. Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com