What I Should Have Done to Start With

8.08.2016

Several weeks ago I shared a makeover I did to a huge clock I have that I purchased on sale at Pier One. It was black with white numbers and I liked it, but then came an inspiration picture in the Patina Farm book that I could not get out of my head. I'm sure the real deal cost a mint plus it's a one of a kind antique. So the next best thing I could do was to try to replicate the look somewhat with my clock and paint. The way I made it over the first time was not at all like the inspiration photo. Somehow when I started working on it it went in a totally different direction and took on the look of aged copper. I liked it and lived with it for awhile, but the inspiration photo kept pulling at my strings.

So why not paint inside when it's too hot outside to do much of anything.

Here is a photo of the inspiration clock in the Patina Farm book by Brooke and Steve Giannetti also the authors of the Velvet Linen blog that I have followed for years.

Their clock has Roman numerals which I love, but I had to work with what I have.

Their clock has a rusty metal rim that is falling apart and mine had no rim, but I gave it the illusion of one with paint.

I also made the numbers look like they are made of iron and have rusted a bit.



The part I had the hardest time with was these letters. I bought stencils that were too small and then some individual letters that were too small. Finally I found some larger ones and traced them. I left the "P." off since it would have been way off center after I started. I didn't make the clock exactly like theirs of course.

FYI I have no art training, but figured I could put my spin on it and if it didn't look right I could start over....it's only paint.

I like the new look much better.

Wishing y'all a fabulous week!

Sharing here:
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33 comments:

  1. The clock looks fabulous and the numbers are much more visible (something that I think about nowadays!)

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  2. This is amazing. You turned a mass-produced item into a one-of-a-kind. I love the retro industrial feel it has now. I found the original original online--you really did a great job of seeing the good bones here.
    BTW, do you cross your 7's? The French tend to make the number 1 not with a simple straight line but with a giant swoop in front. If one (ha ha) isn't careful, a 1 can look like a 7. Hence, the 7 gets a little cross. I started doing it in high school because I was in love with French class. My affectation came in handy when I moved to Europe 20 years ago.

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  3. LOVE it, Kim! You really nailed it and your painting is fabulous! ❤️❤️❤️

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  4. Love the layers of paint you added. It really looks like it has a bit of history.

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  5. I love you clock! Good job! Hugs,

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  6. Fabulous! You are so talented and amazing. Wow!

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  7. Me too..........it looks great! and goes so much better with your decor now.
    You are a whiz with paint girl...........
    Blessings, Nellie

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  8. Your clock looks great!! Great job.

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  9. Super clever, I love hacks that turn mass produced items into one offs. It seems like a great project for a hot summer's day. Our heat is not so severe and with no humidity at all, I tend to spend my life outdoors and put off anything like this, in fact pretty much any indoor projects at all until the winter!

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  10. Looks awesome Kim. Great job.
    Kris

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  11. I liked the clock to start with but it is sooo much better now! What a great idea you had to change it and it turned out wonderfully well!

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  12. Wow y ou really made it look great! I like this color combo and it really looks like an old aged piece. You are talented!

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  13. Love it Kim! You gave it just the right touch! If at first you don't succeed...
    Love that you followed through with your original intent. Sometimes we get happy accidents and love them. Sometimes it just takes a little more effort and patience! You go girl!
    Blessings,
    Becky

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  14. Great job, but I actually like both of the clocks.

    Patina Farm is only about a 15 minute drive from my house. I would love to peek inside one day.

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  15. Kim, would you mind sharing your paint(wall) colors with me? We just bought a cottage on the Chesapeake and I'm pulling my hair out trying to find the perfect beige!

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  16. I like the new look too. Great job, it looks amazing.

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  17. I love the new look too!! Great job as always!

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  18. You are one talented girl! Good work...

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  19. Kim, it looks fantastic! My daughter had to paint 4 clock faces to replicate Big Ben for her sorority float 2 years ago. Oh my, was it time consuming!! Fortunately we got to keep one of them.

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  20. Hi Kim! You have such a knack with paint and color - I think you ARE an artist! Fabulous job. Jane

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  21. Wow! I love it! It looks so much like the one you were inspired by. You did an amazing job.

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  22. You did a fabulous job, Kim!
    Mary Alice

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  23. Like it much better. Way to go!

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  24. Oh Kim I LOVE how it turned out this time. It looks amazing!

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  25. You did a great job! I do like the second one best. I would love to learn your techniques.

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  26. Wow, a great transformation and kudos for taking that leap. Fabulous. This gives us the courage to never settle for less than what we really want!

    Jane

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  27. You say you don't have art training, but you have perfect instinct when it comes to paint and you did a fabulous job!

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