Friday, May 16, 2014

Chalk Painted Grandfather Clock

It's done!

This corner by the stairs was waiting longingly for a grandfather clock, but would have had to wait for quite a while if I hadn't been able to do this for $240 plus paint.

A couple of weeks ago, Courtney from French Country Cottage shared the Morris Grandfather Clock frequently available at Joss & Main that could be painted like one in her own home.  I ordered one immediately.  Actually, I thought I might be able to use it "as is" for a while and paint it in the future. Once I opened the box and saw that the wood had a red tone to it, I knew it had to be painted right away.  In fact, painting the unassembled pieces worked well.

I painted all the pieces with Vintage Market & Design chalk paint in "lace."  I protected the clock face with contact paper to make painting easier.

Next, I used clear wax and ASCP dark wax.  Finally, I painted the trim with Plaid Pure Gold Metallic and did a little more dark wax and sanding to get the distressed look.

Full disclosure...
I do wish that there was not a gap above the door:

I think the light paint color makes it show more than it would have if left dark...
but I really don't see it unless I look at the clock from below.

I still love how it turned out.


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  1. Eilis, your clock looks beautiful! The finish looks so pretty against your walls.

  2. Pretty clock! Thanks for linking up at HSH!

  3. Looks gorgeous! Happy that I could help inspire this beautiful piece and thank you for linking up at FNF!!

  4. The shape of this clock was already interesting, but the paint really made all the details stand out. Great job!

  5. Thank you everyone for visiting - your comments make my day.

  6. i AM GOING TO TRY THIS...i;m so excited....will let you know how this turns out :)


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