**This post has been sponsored by Country Chic Paint. All opinions are my own.**
Happy Monday! Was today a bit easier to deal with given the time change that happened over the weekend? Luckily I live in Saskatchewan, where we stay on central time 365 days a year! In the spirit on springing forward (or dialing back), I wanted to pop in today and share this beauty of a grandfather clock makeover with you.
Last May I found this grandfather clock at a local garage sale. It’s price tag was $20 and I had maybe .90 cents in the cupholder of my vehicle. I asked the owner if he would hold it for me because I had to find an ATM, luckily enough he was willing. I thought I found a steal, an antique grandfather clock for $20? Unheard of!
That night, once I was home, I started taking it apart. The original owner had told me the clock worked, but the chimes didn’t. Well, the clock was battery powered as were the chimes. The chimes mechanism was corroded over and the connections broke as soon as I started poking around it. This would be the first indication that this clock wasn’t as ‘antique’ as I thought. Then I noticed the ‘Manufactured by/for Wal-Mart’ sticker. Yep…definitely not an antique!
So what to do with it? This clock was going in our living room and our walls are a gray toned white. I really wanted this piece to stand out and speak for itself. I started scrolling through the Country Chic Paint Instagram feed for some color inspiration and was totally loving all the bright hued pieces that were shown. But there was one color that I kept coming back to and that was Peacoat. A moody blue, that is comparable to navy, but feels brighter (if that makes any sense).
I started off by giving the whole thing a light sanding to take off some of the sheen from its previous finish. I started with Country Chic Paint in Symplicity, which is a beautiful clean looking white, & applied 1 coat to all the surfaces. Now I have to take a minute to preach on a good quality paint brush. In all my other furniture flips, I used a regular synthetic brush from our local Home Hardware. I thought it did well, good coverage, some brush marks, but nothing I couldn’t fix with a light sanding. I ended up using the 2″ oval paint brush from Country Chic to apply the Peacoat, and the coverage was incredible. The bristle’s are so densely packed and you’re getting more paint on your piece rather than stuck in your brush.
The whole clock was given two coats of Peacoat & although I loved the color, I wanted to add some depth to the piece. There were some area’s that I was light with my paint brush in order to show a touch of the Symplicity, but it still needed more. Using ‘Trigger’ from Country Chic’s Metallic Cream line, I dry brushed it on to the embellishments as well as the inside panels of the clock.
The last step was to make the clock more functional than “just a clock”. Using a scrap of 1×6 pine board, I measured roughly halfway up the sides of the panels and then measured the width I would need in order to install a shelf.
I used my Kreg Jig to make 2 pocket holes on each end of the 1×6. The shelf was painted to match the inside panels of the clock. 4 screws secured the shelf in place. Wood glue and a brad nailer helped secure the embellishments back on. I gave the whole piece a coat of clear wax, put the door back on the hinges and she was finished!
Remember what I started with?
Well here she is now!
So many heart eyes for this one! I’m so happy I stepped out of my box and went with such a bold color. Had I would’ve stuck with white like my original plan was, I feel I would’ve been disappointed.
It looks so fresh and so bold. I love the way the embellishments have that little extra pop from the metallic cream.
I absolutely love how this piece turned out and truly adds that pop of color I needed in our loving room! What do you think? Would you have played it safe with white, or was Peacoat the way to go?