Thursday, November 3, 2011


I love Antique Swedish Mora clocks.

Those delightful Gustavian painted treasures with curvy cases,
little carved details and tons of charm and character.

Green, blue, white, gold, turquoise...
I love them in all their colors shapes and sizes.


They have such incredible charm.

Antique Mora Clocks are expensive but several years ago while
in Walmart we found a clock that had similar lines and details
and a very reasonable price.
I think it was around $100 at that time.

Knowing if it was painted it would fit perfectly in my shabby little cottage
it came home with us

I thought about the perfect color for it...
white, pale green, Gustavian blue maybe...

Finally, the other day, it got a new look.

A little French Linen chalk paint
a bit of dark wax
and a little unintentional distressing
that happened while rubbing the wax in

It came out so charming
I am loving it!

I had to use a primer on this piece-
the underneath stained color was bleeding through.
Two coats of paint and then the dark wax-
and a little clear wax in some areas as well for a little more shine to the finish.

Loving the French linen ~ it is a perfect soft gray color.

I have had a hard time finding a suitable shade of gray
that was not leaning towards blue or wasn't gray enough etc.
This is a gorgeous creamy color and the finish is absolutely vintage feeling

I am not 100% finished with it yet
I have had company the past couple of days so I am behind on everything
projects, blog surfing, etc.
I'll be coming by soon to say hello and see what you have all been up to!

See you later today for Feathered Nest Friday!

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  1. Pretty color for a wonderful timepiece! Thanks for sharing!

  2. That is one amazing clock!! I love the transformation!

  3. I cannot believe that clock is from Walmart. I am so envious! I love Mora clocks and hope to get one some day. I saw them at Brimfield Fair and they were $3500-$4500 each. And those were reproduction prices!!

  4. WOW Courtney I can't believe you found that clock in Walmart! It looks GORGEOUS!! French Linen and Coco are my two new favorite colors. Great job, Martina

  5. I think it's a perfect finish. Very much in keeping with the style. Well done.

  6. Love your clock, Courtney, and such a lovely job you did. Loving that first photo too. So Christmasy!


  7. Courtney, it's incredible! What a special piece! You did a super job, as always. Have a wonderful week, hugs, tami

  8. Just love it my's so you and I bet it looks beautiful in your already beautiful home..I sure hope to be able to meet you in person some day..Much love and hugs to you my dear friend..Gl♥ria

  9. I so agree! a gorgeous job!
    fab color you selected too.


  10. Walmart? You have got to be kidding! The clock is beautiful and I love the color you painted it. Thanks for linking to the Open House party.

  11. I seriously cannot believe you found that at WalMart!! That place never ceases to amaze me. It looks absolutely gorgeous Courtney and I am loving the woodwork on your walls behind it too! :-)

  12. Wow Courtney, that looks fabulous. I would have never guessed that it came from Walmart. The color is perfect! It fits in wonderfully in your home.

  13. I am right there with you on the Swedish clock love! You did a fantastic job on your clock makeover. The color is perfect:)

  14. You got that at Walmart. Wow. I do love its new color. That French Linen is such a pretty gray. The coco is real pretty, too. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

  15. Oh, I love those Swedish clocks too! I haven't seen one for sale anywhere in ages though. Your clock turned out so amazingly gorgeous, Courtney. I love the color you chose for it. I just can't get over that you bought that at Walmart!


  16. That color really is gorgeous. It's the perfect gray. If you hadn't told me it was from Walmart, I would have NEVER guessed that. Stunning. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  17. Your swedish style clock looks beautiful! I love how it looks in your room.


  18. Your clock turned out beautiful! I think the color you picked is perfect... great job! :)

  19. Beautiful! I love the lines of your clock and it's just gorgeous painted with the ASCP! Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  20. I too love Swedish clocks! Yours turned out beautifully!

  21. I would never have guessed that was a clock from Walmart! It looks beautiful.

  22. Simply amazing Courtney. People underestimate Walmart, Kmart, etc...I am telling you, some of my favorite things come from there, and at a fraction of the price.

  23. I have wanted a Swedish clock forever. I looked at them at Round Top and they were $3000-$4000 with no working innards! Your's is just beautiful. It amazes me what you can find at Walmart. The gray color is perfect.

  24. How stunning! It looks amazing! You are very inspiring! X

  25. First it is beautiful, then I want to know what Walmart are you shopping? I have never seen anything like that in that store.

  26. THIS is why I love Walmart! Combine a Walmart clock, some paint, and some time and elbow grease and you have an absolute treasure. Love this!!

  27. Okay, so the next time in Walmart I'm going to take a better look around. I'm in love with your clock! She's so pretty! Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a grand day! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  28. Courtney, this is an amazing transformation! WalMart- who knew? I love it! Thanks for sharing such an inspiring posts!

  29. Did you just say Wal-Mart?!? Seriously, it is amazing!! It looks so perfect in your home. Just lovely Courtney!


  30. Ditto what Heather said! I think YOUR Walmart must have cuter things than MY Walmart! I LOVE your paint treatment on the clock - it's just right! I have admired those Swedish clocks for a long time as well. Yours has the same charm.:)

  31. Courtney,
    It is just gorgeous! What a perfect color for it! I can't believe it was at Walmart. Wonderful find! Thanks for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!

  32. Your clock is stunning and your paint treatment gave it a timeless look that is beautiful in your home. Great Job!

  33. Gorgeous - you've done a lovely job on your clock!

  34. We are meant to be friends, cause I too, love swedish country, and I love, love those clocks!!!I love your blog and am so enjoying it, thank you for finding me! I am learning about the links etc..I will definitely stop by again-and participate in the party when I figure it all out, ha ha!!!

  35. This is gorgeous! I will be featuring it tonight at my Fall into Fall that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and grab an I've Been Featured button. Thanks so much.

  36. GMTA!!! I found the same clock at my local Walmart and fell in love with it too!! My intention was to paint it and now after seeing how your clock turned out...I'm on my way!!