DIY Regulator Clock Makeover

Under my bed sat a Vintage Regulator Clock

Do you have a Regulator Clock sitting around collecting dust? One of those items that’s been in the family for years? Are you unsure of what to do with it?

Vintage Regulator Clock ready for an upcycle

The vintage clock was solid wood and extremely heavy. Westminster Chimes filled the inside box which added greatly to the overall weight.

What could I do with this large clock?

I needed to find a use for it or get rid of it.

My decision was to repurpose the Regulator Clock into a decorative wall display

Whether the clock was in working order or not didn’t concern me. The thought of Chimes in my house wasn’t very appealing.

I want to point out that I don’t know if the clock would of been able to keep time without the ringing of the chimes. If you own something like this, do some research before taking your clock apart.

How to DIY a Vintage Regulator Clock

The glass sat loosely behind the round gold frame. It was held in place only by the secured tab that closed the face of the clock. The first step in taking the clock apart was to remove the glass frame. This left the tiny screws exposed that held the vintage metal clock face in place.

I removed the screws so I could lift off the clock hands and face. If your only intention is to paint your clock, make sure you know exactly how to put the hands and face back together before you remove all the small parts.

The face of this clock is a metal plate

Vintage Clock Gears!

Inside were the amazing gears and tightly wound metal that created the Westminster Chimes.

As I pulled out the gear box, the tightly wound metal you see on the left side completely unwound! Be prepared…. it was unexpected and a truly scary moment! There is a second tightly wound metal hiding behind the gears. It will also explode when taken apart.

Metal Gears that create the Westminster Chimes.

Parts and More Parts!

Look at the interesting collection of parts I pulled from my clock. Two different keys are needed in order to sent the time and chimes. In order to be a real antique, this clock would need to be 100 years old. Probably not, but this was from my husbands family so I don’t know the history behind it.

So Many Clock Parts

The small glass door at the bottom of the clock was not about to come apart easily. I decided it was best to just paint around it.

The frame is sanded and ready for paint

Some crafters feel that depending on the paint, sanding is not necessary. I always sand wood before I paint it. Is it 100% necessary? I can’t say for sure but I have never had a problem with paint peeling on any of my projects.

The first coat of paint I used was Zinsser 123 Primer. It worked well to help cover the dark walnut stained surface.

A Primer Coat is used as the first layer

Two layers of white paint left a smooth finish

The Clock glass frame and window design were left the original gold color.

I sanded up the edges of the clock for my favorite Farmhouse ShabbyChic look. It needed something so I added a small amount of gold color to the white frame using basic craft paint. Just enough to add back some vintage charm.

The clock hands no longer had the support of the chimes behind the face to attach them to. I attempted to tighten the arms with the original parts I had removed. There was no way I could come up with to hold the arms in place without the rod that was gone after the chimes were removed.

It was time to bring on the secret weapon. Hot Glue! Nice and easy, I heated up the glue gun and applied the glue in tiny amounts with the use of a toothpick! Just enough to say it’s 5 O’clock somewhere.

Regulator Clock upcycled

Since my walls are so thin, I felt much more comfortable hanging my clock up without the additional weight of the Westminster Chimes.

I’m hopeful this upcycled clock will give you an idea for a repurpose project in your home. At least in my case, the clock came out from under the bed and I finally enjoy the way it looks in my living room.

Diy regulator clock painted a soft white

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