I’ve paired up with 19 other talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!
Meet the Hosts!
Amanda | The Kolb Corner . Chelc| Inside the Fox Den
Erlene | My Pinterventures . Kim | Made in a Day . Sara | Twelve on Main
Debra | Shoppe No. 5 . Shirley | Intelligent Domestications
Marie | DIY Adulation . Lindsay | Crazy Organized . Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House . Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles . Pili | Sweet Things . Channell | Hobnail House
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek . Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea . Sherry | Savvy Apron . Stacy | Anastasia Vintage
You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!
For the longest time, I have wanted a decorative cloche like this, this, and this. The decorating options are pretty endless for the different seasons and different trend styles, and I knew incorporating one into my decor was a must. But I held off because I could not justify the prices. So when I stumbled across this broken clock at my thrift store with the same “bones” as a cloche, wheels started turning in my head.
1. This is what the clock looked like when I found it. It was $3.99 and in great condition, so I was happy!
2. This step is optional, but I didn’t like the look of the feet on the base so I unscrewed them.
3. I at first thought taking the clock apart was going to be a pain, but it was only connected with a couple of nuts and I easily unscrewed those.
4. This is what the two pieces looked like separated.
5. The base was in good condition, but I didn’t think the gold color would work well with my existing decor. So, surprise, surprise, I painted another thing rose gold. ;)
6. I plan to change out the decorative filler for different seasons and happenings, but for now I wanted to add some wire fairy lights. The holes from the nuts and bolts of the clock made it easy to string the lights through the bottom.
7. The base was a perfect height to hide the lights’ battery boxes.
8. I stuffed the wires up in the cloche, turned them on, and put it on display!
I’m not gonna lie, this is probably one of my favorite DIYs to date. It turned out exactly how I wanted and it was an easy project to complete.
It’s absolutely magical at night, when all the lights are off. Since I’m getting my house in a summer-y mood, it reminds me of when I was little and would catch lightning bugs outside and put them in jars. This is, like, grown up, chic, lightning bugs. :)
I’m definitely going to keep my eyes peeled for other broken clocks at the thrift store! I think I’ve found a new obsession and need to make another DIY cloche! ;)
Don’t forget to check out the other amazing thrift store upcycle projects from my fellow bloggers!
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