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clock re-do

April 6, 2011

More than a year ago, I purchased a clock via Craigslist.  I don’t know what I was thinking at the time, because this clock purchased new, is not really expensive. 

Stock photo image.

Anyway, I liked it initially, but then, not so much.  We put it aside and I concentrated on other projects.

I’ve been reading about the different kinds of painting finish techniques that so many other bloggers have used to bring interest to furniture and other objects that were previously not so interesting.

So on Saturday, I picked up a little jar of oops paint in a shade of black at Lowes.  Painted the clock frame then sanded it.

Then applied a dark shade of Minwax stain.

My intent was to practice this paint finish technique to see how it goes.  My real objective is to refinish a much larger piece of furniture.  One that is currently in use.  Don’t really want to practice on that.

I think the results of the little test subject are OK.  Here’s the clock back together again.

Hanging in the dining room, the only room in the house (except the laundry room) without a clock.  Now that oversight is remedied.

Thank you so much for reading 🙂



Linking to

Wednesday Workshop at Goodbye City, Hello Suburbs
Chic on a Shoestring
Thrifty Decor Chick
The Shabby Chic Cottage
House of Grace
Somewhat Simple
Delightful Order
A Glimpse Inside
French Country Cottage
24 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2011 12:21 am

    The clock re-do looks FAB, Diane!

    I REALLY like the finish because it has that ‘distressed’ look, which I adore!

    Two thumbs up, my friend!

    Hope you had a wonderful Wednesday!

    X to you and C!

  2. April 7, 2011 2:37 am

    Diane, I am loving this look!!
    I have a clock That I am going to have try this with. Hug hugs and hugs.

  3. April 7, 2011 4:28 am

    It looks like a different clock with the new finish! It looks really pretty with your wrought iron chandelier and wall sconce.

    Thanks for your kind comment about my chandelier on my blog 🙂


  4. April 7, 2011 7:15 pm

    Super re-do, Diane! The matt black is perfect!

  5. April 7, 2011 7:49 pm

    I think it looks really good. I love the room it’s hanging it. So very pretty.

  6. April 7, 2011 9:21 pm

    I like it! I think the black paint made it look a lot more high end.

  7. April 8, 2011 2:52 am

    I think this looks fantastic! Great job! Just keep jumping in with both feet… what’s the worst that could happen? You just start over again. BTW- some of my best results have stemmed from a “mistake” that I “fixed”.

  8. April 8, 2011 8:52 am

    Love that finish Diane, a big improvement on the plain timber…and it really pops on the white wall. I’ve been thinking about painting an old bookshelf that we brought with us from Australia. It’s in a baltic stain and had been under the house for years. I thought it might come in handy in a rental, giving me an option for some styling and decorating on it’s shelves. My thoughts were to paint the outside black and the inside a warm white, distress it a little bit etc. You’ve spurred me on…it might be my project next week during the school hols. Robx

  9. April 8, 2011 8:53 am

    p.s. thans for your kind wishes on my birthday! Robx

  10. April 8, 2011 1:42 pm

    I was looking for a clock redo I have two clocks that are in desperate need of something! Yours looks fantastic! still looking for that chair…the one to put your “lingerie” on…and when I find it? I will now, have a clock that looks great with it! Wonderful idea Diane!

  11. April 8, 2011 2:19 pm

    I’m loving this clock! Thanks for sharing!!

  12. April 8, 2011 8:37 pm

    Hi lovely,

    You’ve done a great job with the clock. It’s gone from blah to ba-ding!!
    I just tried to email you but I can’t find an email address for you, so I hope you don’t mind me posting the email as a comment….

    Hi Diane,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such an awesome comment – well, two comments!! It’s been LOVELY to get to know you better.

    Your job sounds just up my street. It’s such an unusual mix to enjoy maths AND creativity….but that’s what I like too. In fact, one pf the reasons that I enjoy blogging is the IT side which appeals to the maths part of me.

    I’m exactly the same with violence too. I used to try and just get used to watching horror movies…but when I was pregnant with one of my children, I had really bad nightmares. I decided to stop watching anything with violence in…and, surprise, surprise, the nightmares vanished. It was such a dramatic change that I decided to continue my violence-ban. And I’m so pleased I did. My mind feels much cleaner somehow.

    I loved your ideas for blog posts too.

    All in all, BRILLIANT comments. Thank you.


  13. April 9, 2011 4:09 am

    Gosh I love a good find…better yet; one that I can make mine with just a coat of “oops” paint. Gotta love those!

    It looks great, really vintage!

  14. April 9, 2011 4:20 am

    Love the new look! It looks so much better against the wall. I’m sure you’re ready for a big project now!

  15. April 9, 2011 6:39 pm

    love it girl! i’m gonna give that a try! way to be creative!

  16. April 10, 2011 2:30 pm

    Love how it turned out! The distressed black really updates it 🙂

  17. April 10, 2011 4:51 pm

    Thanks for the comment on my crazy colorful candlestick. I came over to see your bowl of shelves on yours but found this fun clock instead. Well done. Like the chippy feel you added to your finish.

  18. April 12, 2011 1:15 pm

    I love the new paint finish on the clock! It looks like one you would buy at Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware. Love it!

  19. June 20, 2011 2:23 am

    I LOVE that clock, thanks for sharing. Great new color too.

  20. June 20, 2011 12:35 pm

    Wonderful transformation! I bought a clock lately in a yard sale, only because I want to repaint it. Yours is truly inspirational!

  21. June 20, 2011 8:40 pm

    The clock came out terrific! It looks so pretty in your dining room.


  22. June 22, 2011 8:17 am

    This is so much better painted black.

  23. June 23, 2011 12:24 pm

    That clock looks always blows me away at what a little paint can do. 🙂
    I am signing up to follow. Hope you will come by soon.
    xo bj

  24. June 23, 2011 12:26 pm

    oops…no FOLLOW ME ? I’ll sign up to get your posts in my email. 🙂

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