Upcycled Cuckoo Clock

25 July
I'm excited because today is the first-ever "Do It Over Designers" project day!

If you've been around here for a while then you know that I used to participate in a monthly upcycling challenge with a small group called The Thrifty Chicks. Well, our lives and blogs took us in different directions and after several years, we have disbanded. 😥

Right around the same time though, I got an invite from another blogging friend of mine to participate in a new group she was creating called Do It Over Designers!

I was excited to join because I was really sad that the Thrifty Chicks projects were ending, I really enjoyed them.

Here's how it will work. I will share my project with you and at the end of my post there will be links to check out the other ladies' projects!

So for my first Do It Over Designers project, I am upcycling something I've had for a couple of years.

Upcycled Cuckoo Clock

Upcycled Cuckoo Clock Before
Do It Over Designers

When I had my space at the antique mall one of the other vendors brought in a box with two old cuckoo clocks and various parts and pieces that went with them.

Since they didn't work, I thought they were perfect for an upcycling project!

I chose one of the clocks and removed the internal, non-working clock mechanism. It was held in place with just a few screws.

cuckoo clock mechanism

Then I wiped it all down to prep for paint.

Upcycled Cuckoo Clock ready to paint

I chose a pretty aqua color to give it a whole new look.

painting the cuckoo clock

I think it looks better already!

painted cuckoo clock

The box that had the two clocks also had some parts and pieces. This little bird was included.

cuckoo clock bird

And this little bird nest with the babies was also included.

bird nest

Both pieces got a coat of yellow paint.

cuckoo clock birds painted yellow

Next, I needed a way to reattach the pendulum. I was able to remove a metal bar from the original clock mechanism to reuse. I added a bead of E-6000 glue to attach it and then I was able to hang the pendulum from it.

cuckoo clock makeover

Cuckoo Clock

I cleaned up the original clock face to reuse. I like that it says "Germany" on it.

Cuckoo Clock face

I used a new, battery-powered clock mechanism in place of the old, non-working clock parts.

battery powered clock

clock hands

Here it is all finished!

old cuckoo clock makeover

What do you think?!

Cuckoo Clock upcycle

I love how bold and colorful it is now!

Cuckoo Clock makeover

Cuckoo Clock Refashion

old Cuckoo Clock makeover

Upcycled Cuckoo Clock in the dining room

Upcycled Cuckoo Clock closeup

The pendulum is just for looks now but isn't it sweet?

Upcycled Cuckoo Clock pendulum

The little cuckoo is also just for looks.

Upcycled Cuckoo Clock cuckoo bird

Upcycled Cuckoo Clock side view

repurposed Cuckoo Clock

Upcycled Cuckoo Clock
Now be sure to check out the other ladies' projects!

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The Apple Street Cottage - Chair Table
Chas' Crazy Creations - How to Paint and Distress Mason Jars

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