Published on July 16th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Pimp my PUGG (clock)!

Materials: Ikea PUGG clock, spray paint, plastic bags/scrap paper

Description: After re-doing our bedroom with some major punches of color, I found myself longing for something a little more swanky to tell me the time. Our basic Ikea PUGG just wasn’t cutting it. A simple face lift turned it from office-boring to designer-slick!

First, disassemble the clock by carefully removing the 3 tension braces along the back rim. Gently, but forcefully pull the black pin out of the front of the face, followed by the minute hand. The hand will likely bend, but it can be easily flattened out again. I found it easiest to leave the hour hand still on the clock and then wrap the rest of the face in plastic bags. Make sure the plastic or paper used covers every bit of the clock face but doesn’t cover the hour hand! You can stick a little dot of tiki tak over the center pin to keep it clear.

Pick your fav color paint and spray away! Several light coats will save you from dripping or pooling. Make sure all pieces are fully dry before proceeding.

You may need to touch up the minute hand paint once it’s back on the clock (I had some difficulty fitting it back on and nicked it). A simple re-wrap of plastic and quick spray will fix it back up. Once you’re happy with it, simply finish reassembling… and you’re done!

There are infinite possibilities too- you could adjust and personalize the face as well and don’t limit yourself to paint. It’s the perfect way to personalize a simple, affordable clock into something much more fun and personable!

See more of Tess’ Pugg clock.

~ Tess, Mt. Lebanon, PA

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Jules Yap

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14 Responses to Pimp my PUGG (clock)!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love this – who cares about the is-it-a-hack-debate. Well done Tess and I’m totally doing this to a PUGG clock. It is just what I was looking for to make this clock less than standard and not so office-y. Winner!

  2. sarah says:

    great, i was glad to see this and i think it is inspiring even if it is not technically a “hack”. actually i think the fact it is on the site makes it so but nevermind.

  3. Anonymous says:

    hello from switzerland! we have 4 of those clocks in our school and I will paint them next summer like you did!! thank’s for the nice idea and sorry for bad english… :-) renata

  4. Anonymous says:

    I don’t care about the rules so much. Just show me cool stuff! And this clock looks great.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Nice job! On a side note, does the minutes hand make a “tick-tock” sound when it moves?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Amy, I think you may be confused? She converted the chrome version TO the painted green version.

  7. Amy says:

    There is already a chrome plated version on Ikea… I don’t think this is a hack. The decoupaged/reupholstered/painted hacks count because you couldn’t buy them at Ikea.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Great idea, it looks much better than the original. Thank you for posting it :)


  9. Anonymous says:

    Regardless of whether or not it fits the submission guidelines, it is a great idea and something I wouldn’t have thought to do. That’s what Ikeahacker is all about right? Great ideas? Looks snazzy, Tess!

  10. Tess says:

    Hi guys- I do know that what I did here isn’t a major overhaul of the clock. It was suggested to me by several readers that I ought to submit it here, and while I knew it was iffy, I figured I’d let IkeaHacker decide if it was worth posting. I assume they approved it because of disassembling the clock to get at the hands and (more importantly) the major opportunities presented once it’s open. :)

  11. Mitch C says:

    I agree with the comments above, as well. The definition of a hack is purely subjective; however, the site goes against what it outlines as a “hack”, in their mind. Not saying it is nicely done and had me generating ideas with that clock. But, I digress.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I agree with Anonymous #1; It’s not really a hack; it’s a paintjob. A nice paint job, but it doesn’t really fit in with this site’s own submission guidelines. Surprised to see it here. I suppose because it requires substantial work to repaint- seeing how you have to disassemble it all…

    From the submission page (see #8):
    Not all hacks that come through here will make the cut. That is just the way it is. The most common reasons are:
    1. Bad photo or no photo.
    2. No Ikea item hacked. Other furniture/hardware store items may be in the mix but the Ikea item must be modified or repurposed from its original intent.
    3. Incomprehensible description.
    4. The hacking is too minor/insignificant.
    5. You’ve already uploaded it to the Ikea Hacks group on Instructables.
    6. It’s an “any-other-furniture-store” hack.
    7. Promotion. No promotion of any products, stores, websites, press releases, spam. Please.
    8. “Borderline” hack. Hacky, yet not quite, such as:
    * Cut fabrics. Cutting fabric and making it into a skirt, dress, pillow case etc. Fabric is meant to be cut and made into something else, plus we’ve seen a lot of this already.
    * Repainting. We’ve also seen a lot of repainting (solely) before. Eg. painting over a white cabinet with red paint (matte, hi-gloss, whatever).

  13. Anonymous says:

    If you can’t buy it from the store that way, then it is a hack. I think some people just like to post comments for the sake of it.

    Looks great. Anytime you can tweak something to fit your space better its win win!

  14. Anonymous says:

    it looks good, but it’s not really a hack

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