I found her in a store going out of business, shoved to the side in favor of promoting—–anything else. An absolutely alluring grandfather clock—but a petite 5ft tall. I had to have it. I had to rescue it.
I took the clock straight to the strippers to clean away all the grime and very dark, ugly, stain—start fresh. I hoped for a mellow wood to re-stain. Awe-dang, nothing to get excited about. Two different woods. Oh—that’s why the really dark stain. In fairness, I did try re-staining before bailing for a makeover!
(Sorry—forgot to take a “before” picture, but you can clearly see the discrepancy in woods.)
I changed the finial to one more linear. The base just didn’t feel right, it was too understated—so I cut it off and added architectural legs to give the whole piece a “lift!” (The difference between flats and high heels!) I smile now—imagining her to be some proper lady, flirtatiously raising her hem to show a little leg!
I liked this clock right off, and, with current modifications, I love her even more—but something is still amiss. Since I love the Sweedish and Biedermeier furniture I see in many of my design books, I thought it might give new inspiration and a nudge toward getting this project done! Stay tuned!
Oh, and! That base that didn’t seem quite right, got re-purposed into the base of a fabulous little china cupboard I named Nancy—for my mom who loved it so much!