By Renae Frey

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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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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