Wednesday, March 3, 2010

knock-off vintage alarm clock

I've wanted to get rid of our ugly alarm clock that we've had since the beginning of time (aka 2004).

I've been eyeing a pretty little clock like this:

Pottery Barn Charleston Clock $39.

I love the classic simplicity of it. This is what I'm going for.

Not this:

I hated putting it on our new dresser, and I cringe every time I have to look at it. I hate the sound it makes in the morning and I want to throw it every time it goes off.

Anybody out there with me? I promise, our alarm clock sound is one of the worst.

Anyway, I did find the same pretty clock for a little less at the Down East Home store (they sell overstocked and damaged Pottery Barn goods, as well as some other brands). Their price was just under $20. I was hoping to score a better deal than that, so I patiently waited.

Until today...

Today I was at the good old WAL-MART looking for fabric dye. They didn't have the color I wanted, but I did find some clearanced home items, among them, this:

For $2.97!!!

Yes, $2.97! The only problem was the brassy finish (even though that's coming back a bit, I just can't embrace it yet.) So I decided for $2.97, would be willing to take it in and give it a cheap make-over.

Enter Rustoleum.

This $3 can of spray paint gave me the clock I wanted for just under $6.00!

I just used painters tape to cover the face, I used my fingernail to kind of cut and shape the tape around the crack surrounding the face, if you don't have fingernails you could always just use a little knife or sharp tool, I would just be careful not to press too hard.

I took it outside and sprayed it on a piece of newspaper while my kids where napping, left it in the sun to dry for a bit and

One Pottery Barn knock-off vintage looking alarm clock for under $6!

And I think I might actually like mine better, it does have those cool little bell thingy's, after all!


Angie said...

Good job waiting for that deal! It looks cute. I, personally, don't like the sound of those bells. :) Hope you do.

Holly said...

I like you clock a lot better! What a cool idea, I need to branch out on making things over. Thanks for the inspiration, yet again! :)

Julia Shinkle said...

So cute Mindy! Love the blog! Does it really ring like the bells?

Mindy said...

Thanks! And yes, it really does ring like bells, it's a much nicer sound to wake up to than the electric sounding FOG HORN we used to hear in the morning!

Melissa said...

I love it. So, cute!

kara said...

What a stinkin' great idea!! LOVE it!

shannon said...

Very clever little idea! Looks like it just came out of Pottery barn and not walmart!

Ann said...

Great clock! I never seem to think "out of the box." When I know that I want something I only look for what I want and not something similar. But now I will...thanks for sharing the idea. :)

Anonymous said...

I've been browsing through all the entries over at Thrifty Decor Chick and this is hands down the best bang for your buck! Well done...I LOVE it...and, shh...I think it's cuter than the PB one too!

Kelly Jo said...

wow! Super cute. I like yours better too!

Anonymous said...

I never would have thought to spray paint a clock but it turned out so good. This just shows that you really can transform just about anything with spray paint. :)

Vintage Alarm Clock said...

When I think of vintage alarm clocks i think of old style bell ringer clocks that make you feel like you're waking up inside of a black and white movie of some kind... it can also add to the look of your home depending on what you are going for.