How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock

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How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock

Today I will be sharing how to upcycle a table into a clock.Β So if you have one of those 70s tables hanging around your garage or basement collecting dust, this may just be the project for you!

A chalkboard clock wasn’t my first intention for this $4 thrift store find I purchased nearly a year ago, but I couldn’t be happier with the results.

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

How to Upcycle a Table Into a Clock

Here is the before photo:

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

However, being that only parts of the table were made of real wood, I decided to paint it with primer, followed by paint, not realizing that the primer needed more time to cure. The end result? Paint that peeled right off. Woops. At least it stuck to the table top.

I also later realized that there was damage to the bottom of the table. So I moved the table onto it’s side to see if I could fix it, only when I looked straight at the table top I saw something else… a clock! I immediately dismantled the table with a screwdriver and set the top aside.

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

Of course I went back and forth as to what kind of clock I wanted before I did anything to it. French, nautical, vintage? Being indecisive actually led me to my final decision, to make it a chalkboard clock! Β This way I can change it whenever I want.

After I had removed the top from the table there were holes in the back where the screws were. No one will see the back since it will be facing the wall, but I filled those in with putty and then sanded over them anyway.

I already had a small clock kit on hand, but purchased a high torque clock kit from Hobby Lobby since I wanted larger clock hands. I did end up using the “second” hand from my smaller clock kit though, since the larger one didn’t come with it.

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

I painted the clock with 3 coats of chalkboard spray paint, letting it dry in between coats.

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

Afterwards I measured out the center point and drilled a hole for the clock kit to go through. However, drilling first would be much smarter and you won’t have to worry about touch-ups πŸ™‚

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

I then added a frame hanger to the back, which I already had on hand.How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

The clock kit tells you what size your clock needs to be for it to fit through. I realized I needed to sand the back of the table top down a bit to make the clock kit fit properly.

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

Afterwards, I painted one more coat of chalkboard paint to the front of the clock to clean it up a bit.

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

Once it was dry, I seasoned it with chalk to avoid “ghost marks”. So I essentially rubbed chalk all over the clock, and then wiped it off with a rag.

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.comWhile working on this project I actually came across this Pottery Barn Clock which instantly inspired me. I wanted to embrace the indent circle that goes around the entire table top, and felt that double circles would do the trick. To create the inner circle I used a lamp shade {thrift store find for a future project and I already removed the “shade” part}, placed it in the center and traced around it with chalk.

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

I then went over the indented circle with chalk.

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

Since I needed more contrast with my clock hands I painted them with some Paris Grey chalk paint.

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

I then measured out and marked where to place my numbers. You could simply draw your numbers on with chalk, but I decided to use the chalk transfer method, which you can read more about here. I used a small, dry paintbrush to clean up the chalk a bit.

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

I then re-traced my circles.

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

I knew I wanted to add something to the center of the clock, so I went with a deer silhouette using the chalkboard transfer method again.

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

This is what it looked like before I cleaned it up with a small, dry paintbrush.

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

To avoid the chalk smearing once I was all finished I sprayed it with a couple light coats of Aqua-net hairspray. I originally tested out some other hairspray I had but it came out in spritz and left marks on the chalkboard. So be sure to test your hairspray first! I stood about 12-15 inches away from the clock and sprayed a couple very light coats.

And here she is all finished and hung up, woo-hoo!

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

Here is the before and after of how to upcycle a table into a clock:

How to Upcycle a Table into a Clock! See how to transform an outdated thrift shop table into something new for a gallery wall! UpcycledTreasures.com

Here is an updated photo of it on our massive gallery wall nearly 2 years later.

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So what do you think of how to upcycle a table into a clock? Have you upcycled something unusual into a clock? If so I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!

36 Comments
  • What an interesting idea! Did you end up doing anything with the rest of the end table? Pinning

    February 17, 2014 at 10:51 am
    • Hi Jamie! I actually did keep a lot of the scraps but haven’t done anything with them yet πŸ™‚

      February 19, 2014 at 1:22 pm
  • My husband loves clocks. He will love this project. We had to compromise…he’s not allowed to buy any more clocks with a second hand, hahaha.

    February 17, 2014 at 11:02 am
    • Haha, thanks for stopping by and checking it out Lydia! Have a great week!

      February 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm
  • Never would I ever think to do this! So crafty! Kind of wishing I had one of those 70’s tables lying around! Great job πŸ™‚

    February 17, 2014 at 11:04 am
    • This may be the one and only time I’ve heard someone say “I wish I had one of those 70’s tables lying around” haha,

      February 19, 2014 at 1:24 pm
  • I had no idea that you had used a table to make this clock! Skillz lady!

    February 17, 2014 at 11:20 am
    • Thanks Amy! I was all about deers when I did the silhouette in the middle since it was Christmas time, but am already itching to change it up πŸ™‚

      February 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm
  • How clever & resourceful! Love it, sharing on G+ πŸ™‚

    February 17, 2014 at 7:25 pm
    • Thank you so much for sharing Lori, I appreciate it πŸ™‚

      February 21, 2014 at 10:13 pm
  • What an awesome upcycle! I never would have thought of that. It looks great!!

    February 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm
  • I swear I already commented on this but now I’m not sure… At the risk of looking stupid, I’ll just say it again. I think this is amazing. I keep coming back to look at it. I’m SO inspired to make one of my own!

    February 18, 2014 at 8:42 pm
    • Hahaha, well a month ago I had posted one photo and a link to the guest post I originally wrote so that’s why it looks familiar. You didn’t leave a comment before though so thank you!

      February 19, 2014 at 1:27 pm
  • I ADORE THIS! It is absolutely SUPERB in every way!

    February 19, 2014 at 1:56 am
  • omg what a great idea! That thang is gorgeous! I love the dear in the center.. wow so creative!

    February 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm
  • this is fabulous!! thanks for linking up with us! pinning!Q

    February 19, 2014 at 9:52 pm
  • This is darling! I love the deer at the center and how you styled it πŸ™‚ Off to pin!

    February 20, 2014 at 1:52 am
  • What a beautiful piece, I absolutely love how it turned out.

    February 20, 2014 at 9:10 pm
  • This is pretty awesome! I don’t think I would have ever thought of turning that table into a clock!

    February 21, 2014 at 9:58 am
  • What?! This is so awesome, Katie! I never would have guessed that it started as a table! Beautiful job, my friend! Thanks so much for linking up at Hit Me with Your Best Shot! Have a wonderful weekend!

    ~Abby =)

    February 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm
    • Thanks Abby! So happy you popped over to check it out. Have a great weekend!

      February 21, 2014 at 10:13 pm
  • Love the idea of a chalkboard clock! So cute!

    February 21, 2014 at 8:37 pm
  • What a creative idea, Katie! I love it! Such a great upcycle!

    February 21, 2014 at 8:39 pm
  • Pinned! SO COOL! What a fantastic idea Katie! I’m definitely going to need one of these πŸ™‚ Off to find a table to upcycle! Thanks for sharing. I would so love for you to link up with us this week at Thursday STYLE too. We really appreciate your support of our party! I absolutely love linking up at The Makers each week! So many fabulous ideas. Have a great weekend.
    http://upcycledtreasures.com/2014/02/how-to-upcycle-a-table-into-a-clock/

    February 21, 2014 at 9:50 pm
    • Thanks Angela! Oh my gosh I have finally had time to start working on new projects and keep forgetting what day it is, lol. Where does the freakin’ time go? I just linked up, thanks for the reminder! I love linking up to your party every week too πŸ™‚

      February 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm
  • Such a creative idea! Love what you did with it.

    February 23, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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    Totally Awesome Project!!! I’m featuring you as my personal fave tonight at Monday Funday! Thanks for linking!

    February 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm
  • I’ve been thinking of doing something similar for a while — thanks for the tutorial!

    February 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm
  • Katie, this is so cool!! I pinned this and I am featuring tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing at Redouxinteriors!

    February 26, 2014 at 11:32 pm
  • Incredibly creative and stunning – once again Katie! Wow!! Shared:)

    February 27, 2014 at 5:52 pm
  • Hi Katie,
    Your amazing clock is my feature tonight at Thursday STYLE πŸ™‚ I absolutely adore this project! Hope to see you back again tonight at 8!

    February 27, 2014 at 7:42 pm
  • I love this clock so amazing what you did with it!

    May 8, 2015 at 7:54 am

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