I love vintage images – especially labels that were used for consumer products in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Goods from pharmacies and beauty items had gorgeous labels, with scrollwork, banners and ornate fonts. I decided that I wanted to make a clock from these pretty labels, and I knew that a painted distressing technique would complement the vintage look. Distressing is very easy – all you need besides the paint is a candle! I’m excited to show you how to create this vintage label distressed clock. It would look great in a kitchen, bedroom or anywhere you want a period piece. Choose labels and paint colors to coordinate with your décor. Here’s how I made it.
Paint your wood clock base with your first paint color. Give the base two coats and let dry.
Rub the candle anywhere that you would like distressing – I recommend all edges of the clock base. Use medium pressure and rub firmly. You can also rub the candle over the front of the clock face.
Paint your second color over the top of the first color AND the candle wax.
Let your clock dry completely. It’s okay if you don’t completely cover the base color with the top layer of paint – this adds to the aged effect.
Use sandpaper to reveal the base color below and age your clock base. Sand more and add more pressure for more distressing. You can even use your finger to remove paint. The wax prevents the top layer of paint from sticking, so anywhere there is wax, you can rub away the top layer of paint!
Choose twelve vintage labels and resize to 1.5” – this will fit your circle punch exactly. Print your sheet using your HP printer and then punch out each of the twelve labels.
Organize your vintage labels on the front of your clock face – space them out exactly where you will decoupage them down.
Using the Mod Podge and the paintbrush, decoupage each label down into place. Let dry and then put a few coats of Mod Podge over the top to seal. Add the clock hands kit to the clock base according to the directions on the kit packaging.
What do you think of the final product? I think I’m going to give this vintage clock to my mother – she would absolutely adore it! We’d love for you to make this project and share it in our Idea Exchange. I can't wait to see what you create!