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In this post: Even though those old brass dome clocks are past their prime, they can still be transformed from a Dome Clock to Cloche!

I think at one point everyone and their uncle had one of those faux brass dome clocks. I know Dean and I did several years ago. They pop up with great frequency at thrift stores these days. My friend Lucy from Craftberry Bush brilliantly uses the glass tops for cloches.


Which look an awful lot like the beautiful Restoration Hardware 1920s French Glass Cloches, don’t you think?

restoration hardware 1920s french glass clochevintage books with a dome cloche, rolled sheet music tied with twine

So Lucy and RH inspired me to go find a dome clock and turn it into a cloche – with a painted base!

Dome Clock to Cloche

cloche with rolled and tied sheet music on display



remove cover and wash

1. Remove glass or plastic dome. Clean if necessary. Set aside.

take it apart

2. Dismantle clock by removing screws and nuts on bottom.


3. Lightly sand brass colored base.

paint it

4. Paint base with light taupe grey. Let dry. Repeat if necessary.


5. Dry brush white or cream over painted base. To do this dab foam brush in paint and dab excess off onto a paper towel or napkin. Let base dry.


cloche with rolled and tied sheet music on display

vintage books with a dome cloche, rolled sheet music tied with twine

I’m wishing I wasn’t so rushed this week and could have worked on a few more of these.

I think a whole table or mantel in varying sizes would be gorgeous. Painting some in dark grey black would also be stunning.

Are you a fan of cloches? What do you like to fill yours with?

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Karianne and Jenna are away for fall break right now but my friend Jamie from So Much Better With Age came up with her own Trash to Treasure project this week.  Visit her blog today to see it!



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home made lovely book on table with get it now text button

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  1. I love this idea. I have a clock that was gifted to me by my beloved mom. I hate to part with it because of sentimental reasons. Repurposing it still allow me to keep part of it. Thanks for sharing.