I spotted this clock in the clearance isle at Home Goods.
I thought ‘oh, that’s kinda neat’, then went about my business.
But it kept beckoning to me.
Thoughts of my trip to Georgia, shopping flea market booths, and finding this pretty little orb kept creeping into my head.
Oh, how I love this orb.
Oh how I wish I had more things in my home that gave me the same feeling as when I look at it. The places it must have been! The people it must have encountered! The years of sitting on someone’s porch, in someone’s barn, the many days of rain and sun, the countless times it must have been painted. Every layer tells a story.
How about I spend an hour, and use stuff I have laying around the house, to replicate that!?
Yes, my precious. That’s what I’ll do!
So I grabbed
very specific materials whatever I could find to get the job done.
Luckily I have a bad habit of grabbing sample paints from the local hardware stores whenever I see them in the clearance paint section; and luckily I have a bad habit of buying way more spray paint than necessary to complete a project.
So I took the wire front off of the clock, and sprayed it down with some dark spray paint. I think this is oil rubbed bronze.
This tutorial is very specific, obviously.
Then I grabbed this pretty blue. It’s kind of a brightish turquoise. And I literally went to town globbing that stuff on. Just in random places, leaving a giant mess and a few spots still open for layering purposes.
Now comes the next layer of paint. This is a minty green.
I should point out for this process I did not wait for any paint to dry before putting on the next layer.
did this on purpose because I’m so creative am impatient and didn’t feel like waiting.
I did like the mix of color that it was creating between the layers, so I just went with it.
It’s already starting to look like I pulled it out of a pile of junk! 🙂 But I went with a few more layers, really globbing it on. I wanted the layers to be so thick everywhere so when I distressed later, it would look like it had been painted a hundred times.
I added some stain over the paint to give it the rusted through look. And I had some red paint laying around, so I thought it might be fun to add a little red too.
Then one last coat of the minty green, since this was the overall color I was going for.
For this step, I had to wait for the red to dry because it was making my paint turn pink. And I did not want pink!
Last step for the wire top was to distress. I used a screwdriver to scrape at the layers, sometimes removing one layer, sometimes removing all of them.
I tried to push the paint down without taking the piece off that I was scraping. I was trying to keep the peeled paint attached so it looked more natural in the way it was distressed. It didn’t work all the time, but some of the areas worked well.
I used an old piece of sandpaper from another project that had quite a bit of stain and poly on it, so when I sanded, some of the old stain rubbed off onto the surface. This was so cool.
I planned that It was a total fluke from my laziness of not feeling like finding a new piece of sandpaper.
After that was finished, I turned my attention to the base of the clock.
I did a quick sand, little bit of stain, and a bit of red paint on the hands.
& Here is the final result!
it’n she purrrdy!?
Not a lot of people would try to take a perfectly new clock and make it look like it came from a junk pile. But you, my friend, you understand me. We are kindred hearts, so I knew you’d appreciate it!