Cuckoo Redo

Call me cuckoo, but I wanted to try painting and distressing a cuckoo clock. They are funny little clocks. I like their cuckoo, but I wanted to see how they would look in another color other than their standard red/brown. I found a little antique cuckoo and painted it using two colors of Annie Sloan chalk paint. If you like shabby chic accessories, than why not try painting your own little cuckoo.

For this project you will need:

Cuckoo Clock

Annie Sloan paint in Old White & Duck Egg Blue

Paint brushes- 1 standard, and one small 

Sand Paper Block ( med grit) or sand paper

Annie Sloan wax in Clear, and Dark

Remove the weights, pendulum, and back door of clock.

Start by painting your clock with one coat of old white. Use a small brush to get in the cracks and corners. Be careful when lifting the clock to handle it delicately. Do not paint the dial mechanisms, but do paint the hands of the clock. 

Paint a second coat of Duck Egg blue.

Take a slightly damp cloth and wipe away some areas of the duck egg blue to expose the old white.

Take a small brush to paint the chains and weights duck egg blue. You will need to paint the rest of the chain hidden in the clock last. Take a paper towel and run it along the chain to make sure there is no paint inside the chain links.

Let Dry.

Take sand paper and rub away on the corners and raised areas to expose the brown wood in small areas. Do the same to the pendulum exposing some brown metal.

Apply clear wax and use cheesecloth to rub. See this post for the how to on waxing:

Next apply the Dark wax and make sure to get it into all the carved detail. Rub again with cheesecloth. 

Here is the top of the clock that came off during painting. You can see where the dark wax got into the crevices. 

Let dry 24 hours and buff. Once the clock is running take a small paint brush to paint the chain that was inside the clock after it has dropped down. Again make sure there is no paint inside the links. 

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  1. Now why did I ever give away grandma's old coocoo clock??? Ugghhh!
    Great job.
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

  2. Now that is totally awesome!!!! I love it! Good Job.

  3. Very cool! My grandma had a cuckoo clock and I used to love it when the bird came flying out. I just might have to keep an eye out for my own now~

  4. I'll be looking for a cuckoo clock. Love your's. Totally transformed it.

  5. Anonymous5/02/2012

    DARN!! I recently donated a cuckoo clock to my local thrift store because I couldn't think of a way to update it. This is great!

  6. Omigosh, words cannot describe how much I LOVE this clock! The distressed look and the pretty color make it go from thrift sale blah, to glossy interior design magazine FABULOUS! I just love it so much! :) Thank you so much for your sweet words. The last month has been very long in my world. Looking forward to the retreat, hope to see you there!! :)

  7. Oh my gosh, you actually made a not so cute clock look really great! Nicely done!

  8. Anonymous6/25/2012

    love the redo so much better than the original! it was god awful before. love your site!



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