I am an avid thrift store shopper and treasure searcher. I go as often as I get the chance, and I usually always find some neat trinket, vintage clothing or accessory, or piece of home decor. I have so many things lying around with all the best of intentions to restore them. Lately, I’ve made some progress by finally painting a mid-century dresser and some tables, but I’ve yet to complete a project as neat as Imgur user Holliciraptor (screen name props!).

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For her boyfriend for their one year anniversary, she decided to upcycle a $3 alarm clock she’d bought into an inspirational one she’d been eyeing on Etsy. Finding replacement parts for the clock on Amazon for $5.95, she went to work. She began by rendering the design of the clock in Photoshop to get an idea of what she wanted. Using a CNC router she had access to at work, she cut the pieces for the clock out of oak and used 6mm foamed PVC for the center, also cut with the router. She made a new face for the clock using Photoshop as well, which involved gold vinyl cut into the number 12 and layered to add dimension. Lastly the clock was stained and the brass rod was added for support, and screwed together.

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