I’m really bad about impulse buying and I HATE that I do it but I also know that I do it and seemingly do nothing about it. Meh. Sometimes the impulse buy winds up being a total waste of money and I cannot stand that. So much of it is purchased in the name of this blog but then this thing or that thing gets lost and I find a bunch of totally random stuff in boxes that I can’t even remember the original purpose for!
I’m really going to try to be better about that in 2016. So far it hasn’t been so good but I’m a work in progress :) And to prove that, I’m sharing with you my most recent impulse buy that, as it just so happens to be, I absolutely love. Let’s hop on it, shall we?
For this project you will need:
- Plastic strawberry clock (I’ve seen them at every Family Dollar I’ve been to over the last 2 or so weeks)
- Pink spray paint (Rustoleum works on plastic!)
- Masking tape
- Yellow and Green paint
So here she is. I literally yanked that thing right up and kept on walking. But I remembered myself and my goal to be thoughtful about my purchases. So I stood there forever and realized that it was fun but I didn’t actually like it. The paper with the checkerboard print border drove me nuts and I hated the deep, almost brown from some angles red of the berry. I made myself decide just how I would fix this sucker up BEFORE I let myself take it up to the register with me.
You can get your very own berry clock at Family Dollar or you cane makeover just about any plastic clock this way…
On the backside unscrew the ring that holds in the glass of the clock.
Now you should be able to access the hands of the clock. Pay attention to how each of the hands fit together, maybe snap a pic with your phone and remove them and set aside.
Leave the sticker stuck to the back of the clock. Normally I’d instantly start trying to peel this thing off but I’m trying to be better about that sort of thing… making more work for myself unnecessarily. It didn’t take much to realize that this sticker is going NOWHERE and if I tried to remove it I’d have a peeled up mess that I’d have to spend time cleaning to get smooth again. Instead I realized that painting over it would be just as well and so much easier. I mean, that clock face is going nowhere so why jack with it?
Tape off the center rod that the hands attach to.
Grab some spray paint that works on plastic. I used Rust-Oleum Gloss in Berry Pink.
Spray paint everything and allow adequate dry time.
Paint your seeds yellow…
And your strawberry stem green and you’re done!
It’s amazing what a coat of paint will do and I LOVE my $6 strawberry clock makeover so much! It’s the perfect amount of color and kitsch for my office walls. What do you think? Are you going to snag one and DIY it to your taste?