Have you ever replaced the movement in a non-functioning clock? Me neither! While showing you how to cover flower pots with fabric, I mentioned that I had bought a clock at a thrift store, only to find out that it needed more than a battery replacement. You’re probably rolling your eyes at how easy this is, but since I had never done it before, I thought I would share with you how to replace clock movements.
But first, refurbishing the clock frame. Somehow I managed to forget to take pictures of the frame before- imagine dark hunter green, courtesy of the 80’s. I took the clock apart, then primed and painted the frame with a pretty periwinkle blue, very similar in color to my keeping room feature wall.
I didn’t want to muddy the color, so rather than glazing, I whitewashed it, leaving paint in the crevices to highlight the details. To whitewash, simply dip your brush in water, then white paint, and brush over your project. It will be runny and messy. Wipe off with a clean rag or paper towel. Repeat until you have the amount of whitewash desired.
Ok, here is the part I was a little confused about. Richard came to the rescue and I felt silly when I saw just how easy it is to replace a clock movement. The movement kits don’t include directions. Probably a company run by men.
It isn’t necessary, but Richard suggested I add double sided foam tape to the front of the movement to better secure the clock face.
As I mentioned before, the package didn’t include any directions, so I drew up a diagram explaining how the parts go together. It seems obvious now, but I was clueless. Just slide the clock face onto the movement stem, add the washer, and secure with the hex nut.
After attaching the movement to the face, push the hands onto the protruding stem, hour hand first. Careful, the hands bend very easily. The stem is graduated and the hands have different size holes, so you’ll be able to tell which hand goes on first. Top with the second hand. I didn’t want a second hand, so I broke it off and just used the button end to cap the stem.
I was really hoping to use the prettier original hands, but the holes were just a tiny bit too small to fit onto the stem.
I kind of love the convex glass front of this sweet little mantel clock.
You’ve probably guessed by the color that this is going in our keeping room.
Have you ever refurbished a clock? Am I the only one who didn’t know how to assemble a clock movement?