Hello friends! I’m Tara, and I blog at Suburble. I’m thrilled to be a member of the new One Artsy Mama Team. I will be here at the beginning of each month to share an upcycling or home decor project with you fabulous people.
My blog is a hodge-podge of suburban life: all things making a home (and having a laugh or two in the process). As you start to get to know me, you’ll know that I love junk. Thrift stores and garage sales are my stompin’ ground.
And if I can use spray paint… oh, you KNOW that I will break out those cans of liquid awesomeness.
The project I’m sharing with you this month is one that I’m so happy with (and it involves spray paint – of course). It’s my cuckoo clock transformation.
This past weekend, I found myself at a yard sale, admiring all sorts of castaways and cluttery bits. Then I stumbled upon this cuckoo clock. I had seen a cuckoo clock makeover before, and knew that I could do something similar with this piece.
It had a tag on it that read $10. I tried to haggle, but the husband was a bit upset that his wife had put the clock in the sale. “I think it’s worth $10”, he said. “I didn’t even really want to sell it.”
So I caved. Ten bucks it was.
This picture doesn’t really convey how beat up the clock was. There were paint spatters on its front, and it had scratches all over it. My spray paint called out, “I can fix this!”
Plus, there was this fella hanging out on the top of the clock. He looked… daunting. And a little bit scary. I was counting on the paint to cover up those evil eyes.
I intended to take out the guts of the clock before I painted it. But when I opened its back, I found this.
Errrm…. I don’t know what to do with that.
I fetched my painter’s tape instead.
This may appear sloppy at first, but there’s a method to this madness.
Using my incredibly sharp box-cutter (it’s an Olfa, if you’re looking for a knife that kicks serious crafting butt), I cut away the extra painter’s tape: I had my perfect circle!
With a less-precise hand, I taped off all of the extraneous bits that didn’t need to be painted. I gathered the clock chain and popped it into a bag. I was ready to paint.
I prefer to spray paint on newspaper rather than plastic. The reason for this is that newspaper will grab onto the paint, and so you can do multiple coats on the same surface. I’ve found that plastic (like garbage bags) are too slippery, and old paint can grab onto new wet paint and create a flaky, disastrous mess.
And as with all spray-painting projects: use light even coats. Do not expect complete coverage the first go ’round. It’s best to be patient and re-visit your project for another spray or two.
Or you risk the dread Drip of Despair. You don’t want that!
Once the clock had dried and was reassembled, I was left with this gorgeous time-piece. Ain’t she pretty?
Even the bird seems softer, now that the scary-eye-situation has been resolved. The clock face matches the pine-cone weights; I love the way the blue and the brown compliment each other.
And aren’t these weights fantastic? This piece does not rely on batteries to run – instead, these weights control the pendulum of the clock and the little cuckoo bird who pops out every fifteen minutes. I was enthralled to learn that this is how you “wind” the clock. It makes this project even more exciting (and the finished piece that much more charming)!
Don’t walk past that scuffed up clock at the garage sale or the thrift shop –
Just a few coats of paint can transform it into a beautiful decor piece!