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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

It's About "Time" Bumble Bee Clock

Trash. Isn't that a word with different meanings to each of us? Many items go unnoticed for its true potential. The out-side-the box thinkers turn many things into treasures. When I see something on a blog or in Pinterest that someone turned into something amazing, I think, "Why didn't I think of that?"

I have the most fun transforming a piece. I thing that is what sets us apart from each other. The vision to create something out of nothing.

Over the summer I bought a vanity to paint. It was stored in the garage for months till I was ready for it. My husband was getting agitated with all the potential paint jobs lined up in "his" garage. So I decided to start clearing them out. We were moving things around when I heard a crash. The perfectly good vanity mirror came down and broke in a million pieces. I know 7 years of bad luck!! Yippee! My husband felt so bad. He started to throw everything away. Yes I could have got another mirror cut for the piece but I decided to do something different with it.

I turned the vanity base into a desk and saved the broken mirror for something special.

It sold the week it went into the window! I just changed the top knobs. Find full post HERE!

So there sat the broken mirror base. And there I sat staring at this thing wondering what to do with it!!

There were several options I came up with. I will write them down to use for another time. This one though. will transform into a clock.

I painted the base in a charcoal and grey. Then I had a piece of 1/4 inch wood cut in the diameter of the mirror to fit.

There are several ideas out there for clock faces. I wanted something different. Then a friend gave me this bee graphic that I drew in the center. I did roman numerals around it. I have to say it wasn't easy. I hand did it and working in a circle to get everything lined up was hard. I just eyed it all.

I wasn't perfect but I wanted it to look old and hand done. Then I painted it with Americana Acrylic Paint in Black.

The black was too stark so I made sure to distress it after I painted the image.

When I stepped away from it I knew it needed more depth. So I used some gesso and dry brushed it in certain areas. With watered down black I rubbed it around the front to soften the look.

Then I found the center and drilled a hole for the clock hands. I bought the largest kit Hobby Lobby had.

It keeps perfect time!! I love it! It is so different. I can't wait to wire the back and hang it. This was truly taking a mishap and turning into a treasure.

What are some of the ideas that you came up with? I would love to know!! Always look at something in a different way!

This is like a piece of art!

Let me know what you think!

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Cassie Bustamante said...

that is so cool! love it!

Ann said...

You have remarkable vision. That truly is the type of project that gets my blood pumping. Congrats on a winning idea executed winningly.

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

How Beautiful! You did an awesome job, I Love it!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Thanks Ann! What an awesome comment! It got me pumped too! What would you have done?

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Thanks Sandi! Glad you like it!!

Dee said...

Wow Deneen that is sooo shabbylishous!!! I have a clock face obsession & have painted them on several pieces. That is very original. Nice job, Dee from My Painted Stuff.

auto glass show low az said...

Fashionable as well. It has a high look of elegance.

Unknown said...

Wow you are so clever and inventinve!Thanks for entering my give-away :)

Sandy xox

Anonymous said...

Fabulous transformation! The base is perfect for the clock and I LOVE the bee graphic. :-) Found you through Savvy Southern Style. I'm now following and look forward to seeing more of your creative blog!

Kathryn J Cain said...

really brilliant is all I can say....really you thought out of the box.We will be seeing this soon on many blogs...but you thought of it.
I had a vanity,same issue happened so when I bought it was at a discount.No glass,I had a vintage mirror not frame...So check my April post and you will see what I did with a little Modpodge.

Unknown said...

wow!! now thats really clever!! I absolutly love it!!

Tito Eric said...

How creative! I love the outcome.


Miriam@BeBookBound said...

This is so creative! And I am sure that graphic took you forever by hand, but it is totally worth it- it MAKES the clock. Great idea, great job. Thanks for being inspiring!

Anne said...

Love this, want one. Great job.

Reinventing Mimi B said...

Absolutely inspired. I admire your creativity!

~Mimi B~

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Thanks Mimi! I like doing things differently. It keeps me thinking lol!

Linda Leyble said...

Hi Deneen - what a fabulous revamp. A great idea. I had to laugh when I read about how your husband groans about the projects waiting in the garage. I have the same issue - at least you sell yours!!! Maybe if I actually started to sell mine, my husband wouldn't get so upset at all the stuff that is jamming up our two car garage of "someday" stuff!!!


PS - I have put up my latest project on some of the sites you are linked on. Mine is called "An Idea for Decorating Wainscoting." Would love for you to take a look!

Heaven's Walk said...

Fabulous job, Deneen!!! I just love this!!!! :)

xoxo laurie

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said...

I have been cleaning out my basement (for a garage sale) I see I can really turn everything into something else! Very cool!

I would love if you would post it and share it with my readers! Join the Community and share any of your creative project!

Susan @ Oh My! Creative