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Friday, January 6, 2012

French Painted Grandfather Clock

I get really excited when I get to mix it up a little around here and paint some different pieces.  I love a dresser redo as much as the next gal, but it’s so fun to get to transform something different once in a while as well.  I think my excitement might have gotten the best of me this time though, and I ended up over-paying on this great looking grandfather clock I bought from Craigslist.

The glossy black finish wasn’t getting all those fabulously Frenchy details noticed like they should.  I was so excited when I went to buy it, picturing it in a rustic, antiqued ivory finish.  In my excitement, I didn’t check things over as thoroughly as I should have, and only found out when I got it home that it sadly wasn’t a real grandfather clock.  It’s just a battery operated clock on a really big, grandfather style frame.  The weights are faux; The pendulum (while it moves back and forth, operated by the battery) is also faux.  Oh well.  It still turned out pretty!  Donchathink?

Grandfather Clock

I added my Ralph Lauren Tea Stained Glaze over the ivory paint finish.  I used some Krylon Dual Ivory paint that I had on hand.  The day I painted it in the garage was untypically rainy and humid (for dry, dry Arizona) and when I started painting, I got the dreaded alligator effect.  But no worries this time.  Because I was going for the rustic, aged look on this piece, I think it worked out all the better.


I don’t know if you can tell from the before picture, but the clock originally had a very cheap looking map of the world on the center of the clock face.  I mod podged some fabric over that.  I love how the the hands look like they’re coming right out the middle of that flower.  :)

I picked up the subtle blue accents from the clock face on the inside of the clock cabinet.


The above pictures, I took with my point and shoot camera, which is a Lumix, and I really love it, BUT I got myself a new-to-me Canon Rebel for Christmas!!  Hooray!!  I’m still figuring it out, but it’s a New Year’s goal (I won’t call it a “resolution”) to start taking better pictures.

I took the kiddos out in the yard (it’s been absolutely beautiful here, in the mid 60s most days) and did a some playing with the new camera, and am having so much fun with it right out of the gate, and I can’t wait to learn more and get better and better.  Here’s a few pictures of my little lovelies…


     How are they getting so big so fast?!?!  Has anyone figured out how to slow it down yet?


Happy New Year!

Linking to:

The Shabby Nest, Chic on a Shoestring, Sassy Sites, My Repurposed Life, Finding Fabulous,


  1. Don't feed them!! Hahaha. They ARE beautiful!

  2. i love how the clock turned out! SO much better than the black finish, you have great ideas & cute babies :)

  3. LOVE it! I painted my grandfather clock that color too and distressed it. Great minds!!!

    New follower.

  4. o my goodness you kiddos are ADORABLE!!! :) o and the clock looks good too. But seriously, I can't believe how much better that finish looks than the black... the details pop out so much better! amazing :)

  5. You little lady is ultra sweet in that pic! Have fun with the Rebel. Very exciting. Clock is so fun, are you going to stick in Livy's?

  6. The clock turned out beautifully, but I understand the disappointment of not getting what you thought you were paying for! Your children, though...they are genuinely adorable ;-)

  7. You really did a good job on the grandfather clock! I just love it. The kids are really cute!


  8. that clock turned out so fabulous! bummer it's not 'real' but it sure does look it!! your kids are so adorable! i have the cannon rebel too, i still don't know how to take 'good' pictures ;)

  9. What a happy accident..the aligator paint, love it! Even if it isn't a true grandfather clock it is a beautiful piece.Your babies are adorable!

  10. You really do have beautiful Babies !! Love the clock...<3

  11. That looks amazing. I wish I had the confidence to paint my wood furniture. What an amazing space you have created here. Thanks for sharing. I will follow on my way out and hope you can find the time to come visit me and do the same. I look forward to engaging throughout twenty twelve with you. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  12. I LOVE the clock, and you'd never know it's not a G'father. The alligatoring is a happy mistake, for sure! It was meant to be ivory. Your kiddos are SO adorable...I don't know how you keep up doing all that you do, but seeing those little faces everyday makes it all worth every bit of effort to keep going, I'm sure!

  13. Hi Ann Marie, the clock is stunning. I think you did a fantastic job in refinishing it. It looks amazing. I would love to have it in my home and it's just my colour, LOL Your children are absolutely adorable. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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  17. Wow what a fantastic job you have done! It looks completely different and you're right that it brings out the features much more beautifully. I'd love to find a similar project for my formal sitting room, it'd make a stunning feature :) - Cathy Pieroz at Ray White Alexandra Hills

  18. Beautiful children! Their eyes are amazing! And love the clock! You are so good making something so simple (or ugly!!) into something beautiful. You have such a good eye for creativity.


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