Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Not your Grandpa’s Clock

Hey, it’s Kortnie with Ioka lane Boutique. I’ve been pretty excited about this clock since I got it. Who wouldn’t?

We’ve been in our house for a year now and word has spread that I hoard furniture, collect junk, dumpster dive(there might be a picture on FB of that) paint furniture. My neighbor, Sommer sent me this picture and asked if I wanted it. FOR FREEEEEEEE!


Um……YES!! I want it! The pendulum was missing and her whole midsection kind of swayed but it was nothing I was too discouraged by. Sommer said “I’m done with it, so I figured I’d bring it to you to work your magic on it” HA!

I looked all over for pendulums but finally decided I didn’t even want one. I was just going to add shelves and put some fun trinkets behind it. I used my kreg jig and scraps from my scrap pile to put the shelves in.



After they were screwed in, I sanded it and calked around the edges.


Once the shelves were in, I had to fix the sway but that was done by attaching the back panel to the shelves with a couple screws, the hardest part was really just figuring out why it was swaying.

Next up, paint! (That’s the magic!!)

I used Notre Dame (a sample I already had in my paint cabinet) by Valspar but used a recipe for homemade chalk paint. It covered like a dream but It left it pretty gritty. I sanded it smooth with a 400 grit sandpaper. After that I took my sander with 220 grit to a couple places I wanted wood to show through.  Then I glazed it with white glaze.


For being FREE, what do you think?


  1. It turned out fantastic, Kortnie! The shelves were a great idea. You are lucky to have such a generous neighbor.

  2. LOVE THIS!!! do you share your recipe for home made chalk paint? I have a little table I would like to try it on.

  3. The recipe is 1/4 cup baking soda mixed with just a touch of water, just make a paste. Mix the paste with 1 cup of paint. Like I said, it dried really gritty but just sand it down using 400 grit sandpaper. Make sure and apply a finished wax.

  4. what is the difference in milk paint VS chalk paint.. Sorry--I have just never done either and wanted to try..

    1. I actually haven't used a lot of chalk paint but chalk and milk paint are similar in that (for the most part) there is no priming or sanding done before you paint a piece of furniture. They are also similar in that they distress very easily. When you sand a milk or chalk painted piece of furniture it is more of a powdery residue that comes off whereas a latex paint comes off more like plastic when you distress.

      A chalk paint is a matte finish and milk paint is flat. If you buy the infamous Annie Sloan CHALK paint it comes premixed in a can. It is much thicker than a latex based paint though. You buy Milk paint in a powder form and mix it with water when you are ready to start your project. Definitely runnier than a latex based paint.

      You should definitely look into both chalk and milk paint more because they are so much fun! I like milk paint so much more than chalk paint but like I said I haven't used chalk paint a lot and it depends on the project. I hope this helped :)

  5. Its is so charming, you did work your magic!!