This DIYer Turned a $5 Thrift Store Clock into Something Unrecognizable (and Gorgeous)

published Mar 25, 2020
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Green-rimmed vegetable clock propped up on a wood table, against a light blue wall
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We’re going mad for makeovers this month! From home makeovers to smart DIYs to brackets, check out all of our Makeover Madness content here.

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We love a good secondhand find: Shopping thrift stores is good for the wallet, good for the Earth, and good for boosting creative thinking. So as part of our Makeover Madness Month, we knew a thrift store score had to be part of the action. Here’s how the challenge went: For every one of our five DIYers, we mailed a surprise item and a $50 gift card to cover supplies. From there, we let them run wild: They could do anything they wanted (really, anything!), as long as it fit in our budget and used the original item. Ding ding ding—it’s round four of Megan’s Mystery Makeover!

Our first episode showcased a doormat makeover from Chelsea Foy of Lovely Indeed; next, we saw Ashley Basnight of Handmade Haven give a plain wood IKEA stool a luxe upgrade. Last week, Meegan Buschor of Mia Interiors turned a faux-mercury glass bowl into a chic, rustic-meets-minimalist display piece.

This week, we’re checking in with DIYer Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona. For her surprise box, we shopped the shelves of our local Goodwill. Our pick? A wood-framed clock with vegetable illustrations on its face (and, unfortunately, a couple of dead batteries). It definitely presented a challenge! But Ursula saw the potential in the sleek solid wood frame, so she ditched the clock parts—saving those for another project—and did a supply run.

In the end, Ursula spent less than $20 on materials, which include paint, stain, and a couple more wood pieces, and turned this clock into something much cooler, and way more useful for her home. Watch the video above to see the full transformation.