Repurposed Antique Clock Doors

If there's one thing I love, it's turning cheap, old junk into really cool decor. When I saw these dirty, vintage clock doors for $25 on Facebook Marketplace, I knew I had to have them and I knew exactly where I was going to put them!

I actually procrastinated on this little project and have had these doors safely tucked away for a couple months, but when I was invited to participate in a thrift store challenge with a group of other talented, thrifty ladies, I took it as the perfect excuse to pull them out and finally transform them into something new!

Everyone I told about them, my mom, my husband, even their seller, had the same question: "What are you going to do with them?" and I told them all the same thing: "They're going in my bathroom!" I guess I must have said it with enough conviction because no one had any follow up questions or comments. I love creating big, eye-catching, unexpected wall displays and when I saw those doors, something told me that I needed to create a gallery wall with them in my bathroom.

First, they needed a good cleaning. I went through SO many paper towels and Windex scrubbing these babies, but they cleaned up really well! I was hesitant to wash the painted sections because I didn't want to lose any of the awesome designs. Most of them faired pretty well, but I do think I lost some of the blue sky on the Smithsonian Castle one.

Next, I added some wood glue to a few sections that seemed a little unstable. These are some pretty old pieces and I wanted them to be as safe and secure a possible while on display.

Adding sawtooth picture hangers was the only thing left to do, but it was a lot easier said than done! Like I said, these doors are old and extremely fragile so my best bet was to just be super careful and super selective with the nails and screws I used. If you find yourself needing to hammer something similar, it's helpful to keep some kind of firm cushioning like a folded towel underneath to absorb the force of the hit and decrease the likelihood of your glass breaking. Also just go slow with tiny, strategic hammering.

Once I got all my picture hangers attached, I just needed to arrange and hang them up!

You'll have to use your imagination a little for this "reveal" because this room isn't one we've done anything to since moving into this house a few months ago. But now that we have this awesome art display in here, I'm feeling very inspired to make progress in this space! I'm thinking a sage green for the walls and lots of dark, moody, vintage accents.