Dresser Makeover – Adding a Clock Face

I was doing some housecleaning on the blog recently and found some ‘treasures’ that I thought could be brought out of the archives and back into the spotlight.

Granted, the photo quality and editing are still reflective of my early days as a blogger, but the content is good – so I hope you’ll join me for “Flashback Week”!


Remember when I said there are certain projects that I’m really proud of?

This is one of them.

1. because I was able to get the dresser for $10 at a garage sale
2. because the finished dresser makeover is gorgeous and
3. because it was something I hadn’t tried before.  (I get a kick out of experiments that work.)

Meet “Clock Dresser” before: 

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Scuffed, scratched, scruffy… but wood – and that meant it had potential!

Like any dresser makeover you need;

A little sanding,
A little priming 
A little painting (BM Revere Pewter)

Yup, I drew on the clock face with a SHARPIE!

It was a bit of work to set out the clock face and line up the numbers – but there are stencils available that can help cut that time down.  I used an old-fashioned overhead projector and projected an image onto the dresser face and then traced it out with pencil.

Then all I had to do was colour in the pencil lines with my black Sharpie.

Here’s my uber-cool clock face dresser makeover:

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I did have to put a couple of coats of poly on to seal the image and the paint, but I think you’ll agree it was worth the extra work.

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A $10 dresser!  Would you believe it?!

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2018-06-18T13:42:01-04:00July 30th, 2015|BEFORE & AFTER, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|8 Comments


  1. Youjin Lee July 16, 2013 at 2:43 am - Reply

    omg Shelly did you do this all yourself!?! omg

  2. Youjin Lee July 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    This is amazing!!!

  3. Jocie@TheBetterHalf July 29, 2013 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    so so cool! and i love that you used a sharpie! Sharing on FB wednesday and will be featuring you on Thursday. Thanks so much for linking up to support Habitat4Humanity!

  4. Linda Page July 30, 2015 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Your furniture refinishing talent continues to amaze me. Girl, you are good!!!!!

  5. […] ‘100 Things 2 Do’ took a $10 dresser and turned it into this amazing piece of art. This clock dresser is an amazing piece, and she drew the clock face on with a Sharpie folks. Yep. Really. Inspiring! […]

  6. Judy July 4, 2016 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Oh my….this is absolutely breathtaking I love it!!

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