Project #1: The Red Mantel Clock

This is my first project for the Anne and Annie blogpost series.

Last Saturday, I took the Annie Sloan beginner painting workshop at Filmgo Sales and when I got home, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some pieces at home that I’ve been wanting to paint. On Monday evening, (my kids slept early! Hooray!) I decided to repaint this remake of a mantel clock I got at a thrift shop. When I saw this clock, I liked the mouldings surrounding it. Vintage mantel clocks are really pricey. I am planning on adding colour into our living room. It is currently plain black and white with bits and pieces of red from pictures posted on the walls. And red is something I really am drawn to. Since this clock sits atop a shelf above the TV, I wanted it to be a focal point to match the tv stand that I will be painting next.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Mantel Clock
Annie Sloan paints and wax, paint brush, painter’s tape.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Mantel Clock
The clock – up close.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Mantel Clock
White Mantel Clock atop our shelf.

The clock, was I think, originally painted in red, repainted in white and now I’m putting it back to red. That’s kinda funny!

I went for a distressed look. I painted it in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite and then Emperor’s Silk on top. (I was too excited that I forgot to photograph the clock in Graphite, but you can still see it)

You can see the strokes quite visibly and the Graphite paint colour was not covered fully. I guess this is because, the paint is quite thick. You would need to add water to thin it a bit. In this one, I painted the clock as is.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Mantel Clock
Painted in Emperor’s silk. Unwaxed.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Mantel Clock
The edges – up close. And you can see some brush stroke lines.

The Emperor’s silk is a bright red. Quite daunting. But do not fret! Also, using a dishwashing sponge, I distressed the edges a little bit for some of the Graphite to show.

I put the Annie Sloan Dark Wax once it’s all dried up. I cut the bristles to make it easier to apply. Wiped it. Shined and buffed. The effect it creates is just dramatically magnificent! I loved it. Notice that the color has now become dark, almost like a burgundy red. Very elegant and classy.

2" brush.
2″ brush.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Mantel clock
I applied dark wax.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Mantel clock
And here’s my cute little helper.. working really hard buffing it. I love you, Rianne!
Distressed and waxed.
Distressed and waxed.
The finished product up close! Voila!
The finished product up close! Voila!

Also, notice how the surface is textured. Because it’s a thick paint, when brushed, it left some lines and when waxed, some of the wax stayed on that created a more antique look.

I am very happy with this first project!! And I will absolutely do it again!

This is my first time painting and What did I learn?

Never paint at night. I read this on one of Annie’s books but because most of my free time is when they sleep. I painted at 9:00 pm. And why not? The colours, due to lack of light appear different from during the day. If you are going to paint and achieve a specific colour, do it on daylight.

Put the painter’s tape more carefully. Since lighting was bad, there were extra tape put on around the clock which left a few white spots (its original colour). Luckily, it can easily be fixed. I used cotton buds to get into the crease surrounding the clock and painted and waxed it.

Distress more carefully. Since the original colour was white, when distressed, the white might show. I had some spots where this happened. Also due to the fact that I painted at night and could not see if it was fully covered with Graphite.

Will I do it again?

Oh, definitely!! I can’t wait for the next ones!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Mantel clock
And there it is, back on our shelf.  I smile every time I look at it.

What do you think of this project? Did you like it? Would you do something like this in the future? I’d love to know!

Happy Painting!


12 Comments Add yours

  1.' Tazim says:

    Looks great! I literally was just posting about a project I did with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on my DIY blog lovesnapmake ! I used French Linen with clear wax on some vintage chairs.

    1. anneshetty says:

      Thanks Tazim! I wanna see it! Tag me on the post! It feels so amazing to know someone else loves these kind if things! We should connect! 🙂

  2.' Reena Venkatesh says:

    Hi Anne, This is so inspiring. I am looking forward to do a project with you. May be you can teach me. I would also start the glass painting project with you soon. Thank you for this beautiful post and step by step sharing. Awesome. Rianne looks quite purposeful while she is doing her part!!

    1. anneshetty says:

      Reena! Thanks for the kind words. I can’t beleive I am inspiring people.. I feel so humbled and grateful. Yes will definitely do something together.. Just timing it. Will connect with you, I promise 🙂

  3.' Pepz says:

    Doesn’t seem a first time for me 🙂 great work Anne! 🙂

    1. anneshetty says:

      Thanks Pepz! Missing you here.. See you next time! 🙂

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