By Renae Frey

How to Repurpose a Grandfather Clock

How to Repurpose a Grandfather Clock

Hey Friends!

I’m so glad that you are here. I’m going to show you how I made a DIY Grandfather Clock Lantern. What is a Grandfather Clock Lantern, you ask? Well, not only will I tell you what one is, but I will show you how I made it, step by step. Let’s get this project going!

I love anything vintage and I hate to see something beautiful get tossed in the trash if it can be saved. I found this grandfather clock box at a local vintage marketplace. It was a wonderful find, but I wasn’t sure quite what to do with it yet. So, it went into the barn until I came up with an idea. I finally settled on making a lantern out of it.

This is beautiful, but it needed lots of love.

This is how I found it. Covered in dust and muck and missing some key pieces, the base, the back and finials. It really needed a good cleaning. I sprayed it down with cleaner and gave it a good scrub.

I cut a new base out of plywood and attached it with a nailer.
Then I attached the back.
It’s looking better already!

Next, I taped off all of the glass to keep the stain off of it.

And then I rubbed on a maghogany stain using a lint free cloth and let it dry.

Almost done!

Using some wood glue, I glued the finial to the top. I taped the finial in place so that it would dry upright.

And, that’s it. That’s how to make a Grandfather Clock Lantern. In just a few short hours this old and dirty grandfather clock box was transformed into a beautiful lantern that will be used for years to come.

I really like how this turned out. The inside of the clock box is really large and has plenty of room for decorations. I can’t wait to style it for the seasons and holidays. It’s certainly a one of a kind treasure.

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Hugs and blessings to you,


11 thoughts on “How to Repurpose a Grandfather Clock”

  1. Wow – you totally transformed it! Amazing what you can do with vision and elbow grease! Thanks for the great tutorial, and Happy Sunny Tuesday to you too!

  2. This was such a clever idea. I love how you saved (repurposed) something old.
    Have a wonderful day,

  3. What a great idea, Renae! I just love how this turned out. It looks great styled on your mantel. We have a grandfather clock that belonged to my husband’s grandfather, and I’ve been meaning to paint it white forever. I may just remove the top and do this instead. Thanks for the inspiration! Pinned 🙂

  4. This is such a great rescue! So glad you transformed it! I know it will be creatively and beautifully used!

  5. What a great way to save the top of a grandfather clock.

  6. Wow, you did a magnificent job repurposing that clock! I love this. Pinned and hope to be able to do this someday. We are featuring it over at the Farmhouse Friday LP too! Thanks for linking up!

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy. I sure appreciate it. Hugs to you.

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Renae Frey

Beautiful interiors don’t have to come with an outrageous price tag. My style is what I like to call Vintage French Farmhouse, I love mixing decorating styles, especially opposites like the glitz of a chandelier dripping in crystals with a chair upholstered in worn aged leather. Refined, yet not too formal-but, livable, elegant traditional design, adding warmth and vintage elements.

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