Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Taking a clock from... Traditional to Country French

 I've had this clock for almost 20 years. In our old house and this house it was always hung in the living room.
 As much as I still love the look of it this way, with my style and taste changing over the years I felt it too needed a change.
 So down it came, and out came the paint brush and chalk paint!

 I used French Linen on the entire clock and Old White on all the detailed parts, along with waxing it with both the clear and dark wax.
 
 I dry brushed some Old White on the inside. I really like this look.  

 On the columns along the side I used an artists brush to highlight the grooves.


 It fits my living room so much better now. I love the new look!

                     One more before & after
 Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week!

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78 comments:

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Wow! What a difference. It looks great Martina!

Brandi said...

Beautiful makeover, Martina. Such a huge difference.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

The clock looks wonderful with it's new colors!! I've been thinking of getting some French Linen so I was really happy to see all your photos. :)

Cindy said...

Your clock is absolutely gorgeous now! I love the new look that you have given it. Perhaps I should do something with the clock that I have that is somewhat like that. I feel so bad that it's just sitting in storage.
Have a wonderful day.
Hugs, Cindy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great new look, Martina. Love it.

❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

I love the new look, it is amazing how a little paint can change the whole look for the better:)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It's like getting a brand new clock, isn't it? It turned out great, Martina! I painted a mantel clock that we had {picked up at a Florida flea market some years ago} shortly after we moved last year. Painting it black from the oak it was gave it a whole new feel. I love the French Linen, too. I think it's one of my favorites in the chalk paint colors.

xinex said...

Beautiful transformation, Martina!..Christine

Savvy Seasons said...

Hi Martina,
The clock looks WONDERFUL, I really like the new paint color and you succeeded in making it look Country French, absolutely gorgeous! XO ~Liz

Scribbler said...

This is really pretty! You are a brave woman!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Love it, Martina!! Love the mix of the two colors! So pretty.

chateau chic said...

Martina, You really do a nice job when you paint. I love how your finish turned out on the clock, and it really looks good in your room. Isn't it great to feel like you have a whole new piece?
Mary Alice

AntiqueChase said...

Great transformation! I would have been scared but it's perfect.

Ron said...

Great new look. I love it. xo, Ron

Kelly said...

I love it! I've been known to paint a clock myself a time or two. It's such a great way to give it a fresh new look. The grey color looks great in that room.

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Beautiful!! making me look at my 2 with new eyes..
Cheers. Gee

CAS said...

You did a great job on the clock, Martina! The colors you chose are wonderful -- looks totally different!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It looks amazing. I love it. Hugs, Marty

Holly said...

That is a beautiful change. Makes the clock look more "up-to-date" but old at the same time...???

Andrea said...

love it! My tastes have changed in a similar direction, too =)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Looks great! Love it with the chest right there too!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Holy cow, Martina! It looks so much prettier and definitely more French with it's painted look - shows of the bonnet decor on the top. Wowzer! Linda

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I like the grey look!

Becca said...

Gorgeous transformation, indeed! It was beautiful before, but the new life you've given it is amazing. Truly French Country now!

Karen said...

Wow Martina, that looks great. Love the new look.

Gina said...

Now that's a great transformation! I love it!

Maria Elena said...

It looks gorgeous! You did a great job!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

It was beautiful before but it's stunning now. It is perfectly you!

Deserae said...

WOW!!! What an amazing transformation...it looks beautiful :o)
~Des

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love, love, love the change.

Cozy Little House said...

You really updated that clock! I would never have thought to do that.
Brenda

Judy said...

It looks beautiful with the new look. I love country french design.

Debbiedoo's said...

Looks wonderful Martina! I like the way I can see the brass now. Good job girlie!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Martina,
It is perfect love the makeover...
You have a great eye for colour it looks amazing!
All the Best,
Christine

Bliss said...

Yup Martina, I like the after. It updates a cool looking clock.

~Bliss~

At The Picket Fence said...

I love it Martina! Wonderful transformation! :-)
Vanessa

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

What a beautiful transformation Martina! I love the new color. Well done!
Pam

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Great job, Martina! I love the new look. You're right. You took it from ho-hum traditional to WOW!

Dear Lillie said...

LOVE this, Martina! It looks beautiful and so much more updated!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Wow! This is a great advertisement for chalk paint! What a wonderful makeover--it looks perfect now! Love what you did with the white accenting. :)

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Once again, you rocked it. I am amazed at how much more I love the clock with the paint job. It's perfect!!!

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

That looks awesome!!! Love the transformation the paint made! Beautiful room! :) ~Rhonda

Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

That was quite a brave thing to do, but it turned out great. I am desperate to paint an antique cupboard but it is quite valuable and I can't decide if I will regret it or not! x Sharon

Rita said...

Your clock looks amazing now. I love how it looks now and the paint colors are perfect!
so glad I found your beautiful blog.
rita

Olive Cooper said...

Martina, love it in grey. Grey is one of my favorite colors. I am about to put you on my blog roll so I can keep up with you better. Thanks so much for your comment yesterday. We are getting tropical rains and I am having a pj and blogging day. A perfect day:} hugs, Olive

The Other Me Is Sane said...

Painting the clock increased its value by $100 in my opinion. I put down my paint brush to read blogs so now I'm going to round up a clock and get busy!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Oh, I really like the results! It is making me walk around my home and think of some changes I could make! And something else that caught my eye was the cute little table under the clock with the fern on it - adorable!

Gail said...

O'Martina, that turned out beautiful! I just used french linen for the first time the other day on a vanity...I think it turned out right nice.

wydevendesigns.com said...

Nice job!

luci wallis said...

That is wonderful... love the new look.
Bristol

A Hint of Home said...

Looks like a brand new clock!
Turned out so pretty!

laurie said...

I love the redo, its so much softer and looks amazing, I have so many pieces that I would love top do this too but i'm a chicken!!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Martina: I love the new look. I think you did a fantastic job. Please come by the Cottage for a visit..Happy Tuesday..Judy

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

YOU ARE A BRAVE WOMAN to paint a clock... and your bravery paid off in a big way! Your clock is just stunning! It has so much character and depth of color.
Thanks for helping us (me) think out of the box!

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Love it Martina!

White Weathered Hutch, said...

Great new look! My hubby would kill me if I painted on cherry or mahogany.

Shelia said...

Hi Martina! OH, what a difference the new color makes. Your clock is so pretty and it does look pretty.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Angie said...

This is beautiful! I love it! I was just looking at clocks online last night and was thinking how none of them had that French Country look, your clock certainly does. The colors are perfect, so soft and French looking. Thank you for visiting my blog. I look forward to getting to know you better. You have a wonderful blog!

Sue said...

This really turned out well, Martina! The dry brushing of the white on the gray does add another dimension to the finish and makes it look Frenchy. :-)

Market Nine home said...

What a great transformation! It's like a whole new clock! So clever!

Anne said...

Martina,
What a great transformation! LOVE,LOVE that color!
xx
Anne

Patty Wiles said...

Martina, this is my first visit to your lovely blog....found you through Stone Gable. Love what you done with the clock. Beautiful finish.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

So glad you joined TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS with your beautifully painted clock!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Loved seeing your clock transformation!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

WOW!!!!!
THAT looks amazing now, Martina!
I may have to go out and find one and do the very same thing!!!
You have completely inspired me.

Awesome!

Anonymous said...


Went from bland to fab with just a few strokes with your paint brush!

Lynette
Thistlebleu.com

One bolt short of a toolbox said...

Wow!! What a massive difference!!

Jan @ door251

Kadee @KadeeWillow said...

Yes, Martina, a perfect solution! I am finally getting in the frame of mind that if you don't like it, paint it! It's better to still cherish what you have than to be slightly dissatisfied. Now you have me thinking about the antique clock that is sitting in my closet. It has great bones... just needs a new lease on life!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Such a difference! I want one now!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

The new color is wonderful Martina. Beautiful makeover!!

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bj said...

I am lovin' your "new" clock...looks fabulous.

Pamela said...

Martina I LOVE it!!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Love the new look, Martina!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

that's beautiful! I never would have thought to paint a clock, maybe now I won't pass them by in the thrift store ;)

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

It's perfect! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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