Thursday, April 17, 2008

Time Stood Still....While I faux finished like crazy!

I was thrilled when my husband gave me a clock for our Anniversary about 6 years ago. This was before we built our new home and moved in about 18 months ago. Anyway, my clock was having a hard time adjusting to it's new space, with the higher ceilings and more furniture, it just sort of blended in with the walls....

So after some thought and while the hubby was at work, I decided to give this little clock some character. Time stood still.... and so did every other household chore while I sanded, painted, glazed, stained, painted some more. I think I used every faux finishing technique I have ever read about!

So as the day turned into evening, my heart started to pound a bit and my stomach got a little twisted in knots. What would my dear husband think?He hasn't ever had a problem with my wild bursts of redecorating but this was different, this was a gift....from Him.

I grabbed his hand as he walked through the door and turned him in the right direction ( I sometimes have to do this, he doesn't notice a whole lot, including the blinds I hung in the dining room while he was on a trip about 6 months ago!) so I turned him to face the clock and I said"Look!"

thump, thump, thump..goes my heart....

And he said "Ohhhhh!"....and then asked where I got the stencil for the bottom since he knows I can't freehand anything to save my life :) But he truly did love it!

(please note - the paint isn't as GREEN as the photos show...a really nice aged sage green, I swear!)

So while this look might not work for everyone, it fits in really well (or should I say it stands out a bit more?) in our home. :)

Hope this inspires you to try a little heart pounding, what the heck am I doing?, project of your own. You might be pleasantly surprised with the results!

I didn't go into too much description here of how it was done, but if anyone wants to know, just ask! :)


Rue said...

Hi there Laurie :)

The clock before was really cute, but OMG! It's fantastic now!! LOVE it :)

Have a beautiful day sweetie,

Kim Hardt Originals said...

Hey Laurie, I love what you did!! Gosh that looks fantastic! I have two grandfather clocks that I had a cabinet guy make for me. I found something I liked in a magazine and I then showed it to him and ask if he could do it. He not only made one for me but he then started to sell them. I those that big pendulum. Mine don't have that.

Great job once again on your project. Keep them coming girl. I can't wait to see what you come up with next!!


Gloria said...

Wow this looks just great Laurie,I can really see all the love you put into this piece, Beautiful clock before, but matches your home now. I have always loved your pretty home. Hugs and Smiles Ms. Gilroy.
Gloria aka Happytobe (Rms)

Mary said...

Oh Laurie, how beautiful! You are so brave -- I don't think I would dare try anything like that...It turned out so wonderfully well, and looks absolutely gorgeous in your home!!!

You are really getting the hang of posting, aren't you? Looks fantastic! Can I put your link in my sidebar?

Kim Hardt Originals said...

O.k. Road trip to my house! He He!Craft weekend all set up. Your next project should be a big decorative tassel or cord covers for your lamps. Do you like tassels? I love to make decorative cord covers for my lamps too. It's to hide that ugly lamp cord. I will post a pictures so you can see what they look like.

Gosh I wish you lived closer!


twintoo10292 said...

I love both your ottoman and your clock. You are so talented. What is your name on RMS? I'd like to revisit your rooms. Did you take any interior design classes because you are REALLY good. That ottoman turned out awesome. Twin

Kim Hardt Originals said...

Well hello again, I will be posting how to make a cord cover on my blog if you are interested. I will email you about the tassel.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend with the kiddo's!!!

Project here she comes!

Sweet Designs said...

Wow, your clock came out fantastic, wonderful job! Love your blog, hope you don't mind I added you to mine. :)

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