Painted Clock Makeover + A Few Lessons Learned

Annie Sloan Clock 1

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. All opinions are 100% my own.

“If you only do what you know and do it very, very well, chances are that you won’t fail. You’ll just stagnate, and your work will get less and less interesting, and that’s failure by erosion.”
–Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

Every once in a while, creative projects happen like magic. What you envision in your mind flawlessly comes to fruition in real life. At least for me, those times are rare. More often than not, creativity involves trial and error, hard work and more than a few redos. But eventually you’re left with a project, a recipe, a photograph or a piece of furniture to be proud of.

Annie Sloan Clock 5

This project was one of those trial and error experiences. I found this bright pink clock on the side of the road a few months ago as a friend and I were driving around town. It was practically staring at me from a few blocks away, waiting for a new home - and we quickly decided it had to come to my house. (If I only had video of what we looked like as we attempted to get this thing into the trunk of my friend’s sedan.)

Upcycled Clock Before 2 - offbeat + inspired

I knew the clock would fit perfectly in my work-in-progress living room. I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in the color Versailles, followed by a coat of teal made from Napoleonic Blue and Florence to complement the gray walls and lime green couch (another inexpensive find that I’m obsessed with!).

I finished painting and waxing, set up the clock for pictures and well, I didn’t like it. I love the color, but I had attempted an ultra-distressed look and it just didn’t wear that technique well. My distressing looked like I had dropped the entire thing down a set of stairs made of sandpaper.

“Homebuilding is an ongoing process, so don’t let impatience overshadow the experience.”
–Marian Parsons (Miss Mustard Seed), Inspired You.

I needed to go back to basics. I had been attempting too many techniques on one item and it showed - it was time to simplify. I repainted the clock with a coat of the teal color I had mixed (a successful experiment during this upcycle process). Once that dried, I applied Clear Wax followed by a very light amount of Dark Wax (in the first attempt, I had applied way too much Dark Wax). Lastly, I very gently sanded a few edges and corners to make it look slightly distressed, but I was careful to avoid overdoing it like last time.

The result was MUCH better, and with a few added accents it’s a piece I’m truly excited to have in my home. Not only that, but it reminds me every time I look at it that remaking isn’t always easy or effortless. Sometimes it’s messy, complicated and exhausting - but the end result can be something beautiful.

Annie Sloan Clock 4

How I Created This Look (Minus The Mistakes)

1. I first cleaned the clock off. There were more than a few cobwebs on this thing after it had been on the side of the road and then sitting in my garage for a while.

2. I knew I’d use Dark Soft Wax on this piece and I wanted to create a few creases and crevices in the wood that would add a bit of character when the wax was applied. This part was a little scary, but it worked. I took a hammer and banged up the wood in a few spots. I also took a knife and created a scratches and scrapes until it looked a bit more aged.

3. Next, I applied a coat of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan color Versailles. I didn’t want any pink showing through when I started distressing it and this color was a great accent to the teal.

4. For the teal color, I mixed equal parts Chalk Paint® in Napoleonic Blue and Florence and painted the entire piece with that mixture.

Annie Sloan Clock 2

5. Once that paint dried, I applied a layer of Clear Soft Wax. Then I very lightly applied Dark Soft Wax. For a helpful tutorial video on how to apply these waxes, click here (note that the layer of Dark Soft Wax that I used was much lighter than what is shown in this video.)

6. I very gently sanded down a few edges and corners of the clock, letting some of the Versailles color show through on the corners and edges.

Upcycled Clock Before + After - offbeat + inspired.jpg

7. Lastly, I moved the clock into its new home and added a few accents like a plant, picture frame, books and pitcher. Keep in mind that the wax does need time to cure, which takes about 30 days. Furniture can still be used during this time, but be extra careful about water stains, potential scratches or general wear and tear while its curing.

Annie Sloan Clock 3

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  1. hi, great pics…

  2. Wow, you have to wonder what kind of trouble this pink lady got herself into that she was thrown out on the street like that! Good thing you and Annie Sloan rescued her and sent her to rehab. :) Lovely makeover.


  4. I love it! Absolutely beautiful. You did a great job!


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