Thursday, December 1, 2011

Trash to Treasure Clocks

I'm seeing galvanized metal everywhere these days.  Even though I'm much more traditional in my decorating style, this look has really been growing on me......fast.  I wouldn't want an entire house full of it, but a little here and there seems to blend with any decor.  I love all the industrial and rustic storage containers I'm seeing. Galvanized buckets have been used for holding just about anything, fabulous light fixtures are everywhere, and prices around here have skyrocketed for the larger and older storage pieces.

I was lucky to find a couple of inexpensive galvanized metal pieces that were hiding on the patio area of an antique store.  I had to dig for them, but the effort was well worth it....



I think this might have originally been used for holding small potted plants.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it at first, so I got busy with some #0000 steel wool and was able to remove most of the rust.  I love rust in the right places, but this just looked dirty.

Rhinestones always have a way of making things look better.  I don't even mind that some of these buttons and earrings are missing rhinestones.  It even keeps perfect time!  Notice the time?  I couldn't resist doing what they always do in the jewelry stores.


I bought a couple of these little clock kits at Michael's.  They didn't come with directions, but it doesn't take much to figure them out.  I drilled a 1/4" hole in the metal and then poked the clock through the back.  The brass hardware made me a little crazy, so after the mechanism was in place, I painted it black with a little acrylic paint. Too bad I couldn't get rid of those horizontal lines in the metal.


The clock mechanism is now attached to what was the rusty tray bottom.

Self supporting.
With rhinestones instead of numbers, it can also stand on its side and be
 displayed vertically.

This was ready for a makeover also.  I think it was originally a sign holder/plant marker from a nursery.

It still looks right at home in this potted plant.  I used white glue to attach a piece of thick scrapbooking paper to the front, and then used E6000 to keep the vintage silver buttons firmly in place. 
(the plant doesn't really look this bad in person)

A perfect fit.  I was happy I didn't have to drill through two layers of metal.  

I'm not sure where the final resting place will be for this one.  I might put it back in this plant after Christmas, or maybe I'll find a perfect spot on a wall.

33 comments:

  1. Betsy, your creativity is limitless...Only you could have seen the beauty in a rusty throw- away! Have a great day!

    Hugs and Best Wishes,
    Loretta

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  2. You come up with the coolest ideas! I love your clocks!

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  3. You are just so creative! Loving it!

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  4. so cool!! i tried to make one and it didn't work? lol

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  5. So COOL!!! Yesterday I was thinking to myself, wonder what Betsy's up to, and now I know!!!

    xxoo

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  6. Your clocks are wonderful. I love them. You are so creative.
    Hugs Maria

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  7. Those are so clever! and cute as can be. I love that you used old rhinestone jewelry on them!

    Cindy

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  8. Oh Betsy, this is just too cute! How creative!

    Thank you for sharing this at Potpourri Friday!

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  9. What an imagination! I love the clocks.

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  10. Very creative! I would never have thought of using these pieces as clocks, I love it! I'm now a follower!

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  11. Those are just the coolest clocks! Very creative!

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  12. Love them both, especially the second!

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  13. You're a genius, Betsy! Great job with purposing! :)

    xoox laurie

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  14. Betsy, you are brilliant. Galvanized metal is beautiful to me. I bought an old well bucket recently for twenty dollars and I thought Joe would murder me.

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  15. What a great idea. You continue to amaze me with your creativity. Love them both.

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  16. Betsy - what a fabulous idea! Thanks for the inspiration too, I didn't realize that they sell these clock parts at Michael's, I have one I need to replace. :)

    -pamela

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  17. Loving the sign holder clock, with the play on buttons pretty darn smart. You are right about the galvanized items showing up everywhere. It makes for an extra pop of texture in a room.
    Lisa

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  18. Only you would come up with the galvanized bling clock!

    Kudos!

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  19. This is such a great idea! I pinned both to my board. I will be looking for something like this -- I need a living room clock :) Love the idea of using the jewelry for the numbers!!

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  20. Perfect! How do you see these things? I would nevah, evah have thought, "Clock." I love them!

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  21. This was so super cool and then you put it in the plant! YAY! I am hosting my first ever link party this weekend and I would love it if you popped over to link up some of your cutie stuff!

    Thanks, Kim

    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/12/get-schooled-saturday-1.html

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  22. So darling Betsy! I Love it! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Thanks for linking up! :)

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  23. Betsy,
    Only you would bling out rusty piece of metal and have it turn into a fabulous clock! They are both wonderful! I really love the plant stand! Girl, you did good!
    Rebecca

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  24. I love your blinged out clock. Awesome!! Would love for you to link this up at Sunday's Best =)

    http://www.oasisaccents.com/sundays-best-party-2/

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  25. That's a good idea! I just repainted an existing clock that I wanted to change the look. I like how you took something rustic and turned it into soemthing completely different. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. I love them both!!! Great repurposing...and the perfect touch of bling!!!

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  27. You are one creative girl. Love the galvanized metal clocks. The rhinestone time looks incredibly cute. I love projects that repurpose. Really creative. Thanks for sharing over at Sunday's Best.

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  28. Ooooo, I'm swooning over these. Your creativity blows me away.

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  29. more unique ideas. love it!!

    re blog reader: glad it is back, but notice I am on here a lot more, cause I can check out everyone who has posted. will have to have some self control now.

    blessings
    barb

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  30. H-e-l-l-o! How did I miss this?! Awesome. I now want to try this! Lord knows I have a ton of old earrings lying around just waiting for a project like this. Thanks for the inspiration once again!

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