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:
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.
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: http://craftingrebellion.blogspot.com/2012/03/antiqued-and-distressed-bench.html
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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