Hello Kirkland’s readers! My name is Beth, and I blog at Free Stylin’. I write about “living a stylish life without the expensive price tag.” One of my favorite places to shop for inexpensive home decor is at Kirkland’s. Their products are beautiful, and the low prices help me keep my home looking great without spending a lot of money.
Today I want to show you how I turned a clock I bought at Kirkland’s into a mirror!!
A few years ago I bought this clock at Kirkland’s. I thought it was so pretty, and loved the scrolly details. (I’m tellin’ ya, spell check…scrolly is a word!) My favorite part? It cost $19.99!
Unfortunately, after years of use, the clock broke. You can buy new clock mechanisms, but I decided to go a different direction.
I turned the clock into a mirror!
And you can, too! It’s easy, inexpensive, and just takes a couple hours of paint drying time. Here’s how to tackle your own mirror DIY project:
- Pull the clock off the wall and give her a little cleaning.
- Flip the clock on her back to get to the clock guts.
- Using a flat head screwdriver, pry the back off and remove the clock from its frame.
- The clock glass and face separate easily just by pushing them apart.
- Now there are three different pieces to alter: the frame, the glass, and the clock face.
- If you want, the scrolly frame can get a new look with some spray paint love. I already had some Rust-oleum Heirloom White, so I used it.
- Once the paint is dry, use steel wool to rub off some of the paint from the decorative parts and edges of the frame.
- The next step is turning the glass into a mirror. It’s not magic! My secret is Krylon’s Looking Glass paint.
- This paint is located in the spray paint section of Hobby Lobby and costs about $12. (I’m assuming you can buy it at most craft stores.) It’s easy to use, and here are a few tips I learned:
- Raise the glass off of the ground. I just grabbed a lid and stuck it underneath.
- Spray the entire surface completely. Let each coat dry thoroughly.
- Spray the glass until it looks the way you like it. The instructions on the back of the can said to use 5 coats. I did about 14.
- While the paint dries, cover the clock’s face. This is just to ensure that anyone looking into the mirror sees their own face, not a clock’s! I just used plain white paper and glue. So easy!
And that’s it! After everything is dry, reassemble the pieces of the clock/mirror just as easily as they were taken apart. I love the way the scrolly parts look aged and a bit weathered.
I really love this clock – I have some sweet memories using it to keep time when I was feeding my cute little baby boy. And I needed a mirror in the entry area by the front door, so this really works out.
My total cost for a new mirror was about $6.
Clock: Already owned
White Paint: Already owned
Looking Glass Paint: $12…and I still have 1/2 a can (hmmm. Anyone need a mirror?)
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