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Quick & Easy Paint Transformation

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Does anyone know what time it is?  Time for a quick & easy paint transformation for a metal wall clock with some spray paint, but not in the way you may be thinking.    I have been moving things around in my family room and kitchen.    I moved a small clock that was on the family room wall to the basement and moved this IKEA Bravur wall clock from the basement to the family room. Switcheroo decorating– or as I like to call it – Free decorating!


When this clock was in the basement the shiny chrome rim was fine, but upstairs it was going to be placed above a mirror. I wanted it to blend with the mirror which is black with a bronzy coppery finish.


I didn’t want to buy any new paint, so I do what I always do  – grabbed a can of spray paint from my stash, but I didn’t spray it on – I used a brush.    I love the finish of spray paint – it is thin and has more depth than brush on paint. I wanted that thin look that spray paint offers, but knew to get the look I wanted I just could not spray it on.  I used two different colors of spray paint – Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze and their High Heat Ultra in Aged Copper.

I removed the rim of the clock by unscrewing it from the base and sprayed it the normal way with Oil Rubbed Bronze and let it dry overnight.

When it was dry, I sprayed the Aged Copper into a tin can –  about a 10 second shot. It must be into a tin can or glass jar. Do not spray it into a plastic cup – the spray paint will just eat away at the cup.  Do it outside and you won’t be asphyxiated.  Don’t use a good brush to do this – I used a 1-inch foam one and threw it away when I was finished as foam and spray paint are like oil and water when mixed together.   Dip the brush in the can like it was a regular can of paint.  I ran the brush over the clock’s rim until I liked the finish.  The spray paint dries up quickly in the can, so I needed to re-spray a few times into the can while I was working to have enough paint to cover the clock rim.


 I used a Q-tip to get into the clock’s grooves and cover the screws once the clock was put back together.

Spray paintig tips



Warms up the finish – looks a bit older and more in tune with the mirror.   I heart white clock faces –even better when they have Roman numerals, but this one will do.  You can see the Aged Copper on top of the Oil Rubbed Bronze.  Looks much better with the mirror than the shiny chrome would have.

Use what you have decorating

 There is a little verdigris on the mirror that I love, but I don’t want the pieces to match, just coordinate.

How to match paint colors

It took about 3 passes to get the finish I was after and all of 10 minutes from start to finish.

How to paint a clock

 The wall has a mirror on it that I intentionally placed low on the wall so that when we are sitting down we get to see the reflection of the entire wall of doors and the outside that is on the opposite side of the room.   It makes the long and narrow room seem much wider and brighter.  When you walk into the room the mirror also provides the reflection of the fireplace. When it is on during the Winter months, it is a very welcoming wall to see the fire before actually entering the room.

How to decorate with Mirrors

 I like free decorating. The spray paint was left over from my dining room mirror makeover that I did last year.

How to use spray paint


Before and After Clock Makeover


Mirror Mirror On the Wall

Mirrors in decorating can be used for more than seeing your reflection.  When strategically placed across from a light source like a window with a view to the outside or something pretty you gain the illusion of more windows instantly, twice as much light, or double a pretty view or object. The best part – no building contractor needed.  Even if your your windows don’t look directly out to something attractive, by experimenting with placement you might be pleasantly surprised at the view you can create.

IKEA clock makeover with paint



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  1. Diane, just love your ideas!! My friends know I don’t throw much away–I just repaint and recreate when I redecorate–and your ideas are very inspiring!! I have been replacing the 90’s cottage decor with a more traditional style & earth tones. My kitchen/hearth room is now warmed up with terra cotta colored paint and my wall clock ‘s face with a mauve rose in the middle just wouldn’t go. So being a h.s. computer teacher, I just created a new clock face on my computer with a arty looking geographic shape in the middle. Then printed it out on a sheet of 8.5 x 11 photo paper (for the glossy look) and cut it to fit over the existing clock face. Your clock face is much larger but you might still be able to create a design with Roman numerals then take it to an office supply store or local printer to be printed. (You might check with them first to see if it is possible & what format to save your file in.)

    1. Hi Vada – I love how much computers can help us. When I wrote my book, Instant Decorating, computer graphics were not that great yet on PC’s. I made a replacement clock face by blowing up a photo of a clock face I loved on a copy machine and then traced the design and numbers onto white paper. I then inked in all the numbers. Sounds like the stone age compared to how you created yours :) I love your idea using the glossy paper – I bet it looks great and the best part – you made a clock to fit your exact specs. That is why I love DIY.