Giving a Clock a Second Look


After the angst that was the kitchen cabinets, I allowed myself a happy little low-risk project. This Kohl's clock was from my Brown Phase (you know, like Picasso had a Blue Period? Yeah, comparing it to that makes it seem cooler. It wasn't. I know this). Ironically, I now hardly ever incorporate brown or even earthy colors into my art and design anymore, but there are vestiges like this still hanging around. NOTE: All views and opinions on the color brown are mine and mine alone. If you like earth tones, you do earth tones.

So first you remove the hands.


I have ZERO clock dissection training but a little Google and a lot of careful dinking around worked. The second hand just popped off (remove the battery for this. I figured that's a given...).


Then, using small needle-nosed pliers to hold the base cylinder in place, I carefully turned and lifted the minute and hour hands in the counter-clockwise direction. You can see the brush strokes on the hands from when I painted them because you couldn't tell what time it was when they were black! Major design flaw. Way to be, Kohl's Clock.


And now it's ready! Removing the whole mechanism was evidently going to be much trickier, so I left that little nut and base to be painted around there in the center. By the way, I looked up at the wall to check the time about five hundred times while I was working on this. I'd never realized how dependent I was on this little guy!


And really, from there, it was just a matter of figuring out the look I wanted. It started out with this ambitious, colorful, and intricate triangle design that pretty much went derp the second I tried to line anything up, so, in a fit of recklessness I painted every panel a shade of turquoise to form a gradient. HINT: When painting a one-hue gradient like this, start with the darker color on your pallet first (in this case, a mixture of the blue and sea foam green) and add white to that color as you go along. 

NOTE: I haven't regretted a single fit of recklessness while painting. If you're hating something, do NOT do it. Give yourself the satisfaction of obliterating it and use that adrenaline rush to make something awesome.

ANOTHER NOTE: Maybe don't paint on the coffee table you just recently refurbished... I had a few moments of panic. I'll never learn.


So after two coats of paint, and a fun gradient on the minute and second hands, I popped everything back into place! I LOVE the clean look of it and it fits so much better with the house's style now, though I still have a moment of shock every time I look at it. Time's are changin.' Buh-dum tssshhhh.