Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend 🙂 I shopped one of my absolute, all-time favorite town-wide garage sales on Saturday. My sweet husband served as chauffeur, and we filled the van. Literally. Filled. The. Van. He was very happy with his finds–several bottles of manly shower gel (like Irish Spring and Dial) for two dollars each, along with boxes of 18-count, brand-name K-cups for three dollars–woo woo. Plus he ate a foot-long, rare roast beef sub for lunch. (I like to keep him happy.) Drop by on Wednesday for a look at some of my vintage finds. Today I have a vintage find makeover: a drab to fab carriage clock in a few simple steps.
Yes, it’s another paint project–I can’t seem to stay away from them!
But let me ask you, how could anyone pass up this neat “vintage” (1970’s-80’s) carriage clock for a buck?!! I’m sure you all see its potential, just like I did. However, I have to admit, it sat in my workroom doorway [in the way] while I procrastinated finding the right tiny screwdriver to remove the door hinges. I’d look at it every day, stop to remember why it was just sitting there, and then I’d move on to the next project. Finally, enough was enough. It was time get this puppy done and over with!
I applied petroleum jelly to all of the brass parts, like this door knob, that could not be easily removed. This made paint clean up a breeze–just a swipe with an old rag and paint splotches came right off.
I gave it two thin coats of ‘Antique White’ Valspar oops paint, followed by some distressing with a sanding block and a coat of paste wax.
And now it’s an attractive piece that would nicely accessorize modern/traditional or farmhouse home decor.
The antique white did wonders for its appearance. I would have loved to change (or paint) the clock face, but access was nearly impossible.
The front “door” swings open to reveal a necklace hanging nook, which I decided to leave unpainted. There’s a lot going on in there, and on the back of the door as well, most of which couldn’t be removed for painting. I think it makes a good hiding place for valuables.
The handle on top of the clock allows one to carry it easily from room to room.
A Frenchman, Abraham-Louis Breguet, “invented” the carriage clock, a sturdy time piece that could withstand the rigors of a journey by carriage. They were the first travel alarm clocks(!). Most popular during the 19th century, most early carriage clocks would have been made of brass. Read more about them here: Your Guide to Buying a Pre-1900 Antique Carriage Clock.
Thanks for stopping by to read about my little makeover. Don’t forget to come back Wednesday to see some of my amazing vintage finds from this past weekend 🙂
The month of May seems to have a “clock” theme.
Read about the farmhouse clock I made earlier in the month:
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