I was 32 when I got married and my husband was 34.
Getting married a little later in life meant we both came with stuff…a lot of it! I had an apartment full of furniture and he had a house full. Not just his own bachelor stuff, but a lot of inherited pieces that came from his grandparents.
One of those pieces was this grandfather clock.
It’s not an expensive antique, but it’s a clock with a lot of sentimental value.
It was a kit that his grandparents bought when they inherited a small amount of money from a beloved relative. They liked the idea of buying something they could work on together while creating a special keepsake.
This clock sat in our foyer for several years and blended in with the oak banister and the other oak features in our house. Although I loved and respected the fact that this piece has some meaning for my husband and his family, I did not love the oak facade blending in with everything else in our home.
I recently approached my husband and my mother-in-law and asked them if I could paint it. They both agreed and I got started on it a few days ago.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in graphite. I gave it one coat of AS clear wax and then a coat of AS dark wax. I love how the brass and gold elements of the clock now pop and look so much richer.
I also experimented a little and mixed some gold craft paint with AS clear wax and waxed the inset at the bottom. It looks better in person than in the pictures but I’m still not sure if I’m going to keep it this way. I’ll live with it for awhile to see how I feel about the gold inset over time.
I moved the clock into my dining room corner and I am loving it there with it’s new makeover. And, I love the fact that this family heirloom is still a part of our home!
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I am SLOWLY making over my dining room. It is nearing completion and I’m hoping to show it to you soon! I love how the updated clock looks in the corner. It really helps finish off the room!
What projects are you working on today?
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