If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me asking for some advice on what to do with the bookshelf that I have at the end of my upstairs hallway.
Basically, this little bookcase was a gift from Mr Frugal who saw it advertised as being sold by someone local after they’d upcycled it using my favourite Orla Kiely wallpaper. I love it and it fits perfectly at the end of my upstairs landing so makes the most of some unused space.
I feel like it’s ready for a bit of a makeover though and I’m tempted to have a go at painting over the green but leaving the wallpaper. I just can’t decide though as it’s so lovely.
While I’m having a think, I thought I’d start with a smaller makeover and paint over the red clock that I bought from the car boot sale for a couple of pounds a few years ago. I was never a fan of the red colour but I loved the unusual style of the clock and the fact it was so cheap so I bought it with a plan to give it a makeover.
But then I got it home, popped it on my little Orla bookcase and there it’s been for the last couple of years, a red eyesore on my pretty cabinet. It actually opens up and has a shelf inside which I thought was amazing when I bought it but now it’s just filled with junk.
So, last weekend, I decided I was going to give my little clock te revamp it deserved but before I did, I did a quick Google search to see if I could find out where it was from so I could link it as a couple of people messaged me on Instagram to ask about it after I shared the photo last week.
It turns out that it’s an ‘iconic’ piece from IKEA in the 1990’s which did make me smile as there are people selling them for £50+ out there! I wasn’t convinced about its ‘iconic-ness’ so I decided to go ahead and paint it anyway!
I used a tester pot of Valspar paint from B&Q which I bought a few weeks ago in a soft almost-white-grey thinking I might paint my bedroom in that colour but I changed my mind. I think.
The paint pot said it was a primer as well as a paint and that it was good for walls, wood and metal so I thought it would do the job without me having to faff about too much. In typical me fashion, once I’d decided to actually do it, I literally just gave the clock a once over wipe and started to paint it.
I left it on the dining room table and went back to it through the day so each time a coat was thoroughly dry, I added another coat until it looked like a solid colour with no streaks – five coats altogether I think.
I love the finished clock – it fits in so much better with our style!
What do you think?
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