When Time Began
Before I commenced the reinvention of my “grandfather clock” its claim to fame was that it had been featured in one of the Sunday newspaper supplements back in the mid-nineties.
I bought it from an antique shop in Gerrard’s Cross where it stood out from the more traditional items of furniture. At the time I had been searching for a slim tallboy to stand in my then entrance hall but this brightly colour timepiece appealed to my sense of humour.
Engineered from scrap it would have been the forerunner to the current trend for upcyclying.
I’m sad to say that in more recent times it had been relegated to my studio as its infantile demeanour no longer suited my “grown up” home.
Transforming it to a more conventional piece of furniture enabled me to reintroduce it.
The first step was to paint its exterior with Neptune’s eggshell in Walnut.
Once that step was complete I painted the interior with Annie Sloan Antibes Green chalk paint™.
The final step was to paint the clock face. As a contrast to the dark brown door I used Farrow & Ball Old White eggshell. Lastly, I reinstalled the hands and timepiece mechanism.
At last my “grandfather” clock was welcomed back into our home adding a little storage and a lot of character.
📸 Carolyn Hayter 📸 Featured image - Pinterest