This clock has rolled back from the edges of hell. Seriously, I took this thing to a really bad place. Here is what it looked like before:
There was absolutely nothing wrong with it, except that I was tired of the look. Plus I had a vision of it in zebra and it looked insane (-ly awesome!)
One broken glass front and a terrible oil-based paint job later and it had taken a serious turn for the worse. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to bring this one back.
But several coats of white house paint and a trimming of zebra fabric (along with a little prayer) were all this baby needed to be resuscitated.
I wanted to really tone this thing down and have it be very understated despite the bold fabric trim, so I used the fabric only on the inside edge and I painted over the huge numbers and instead used an Elmer's paint marker to draw over the little triangles that had been above each number.
I won these, along with a whole box of cool Elmer's stuff, in a drawing held by Amanda at Serenity Now. Before this I had never heard of a paint marker, but let me tell you, they're awesome. The grey one was perfect for my clock.
Here is my living room with the clock before:
And here it is after:
My husband is terrified of the fact that I'm bringing another dose of zebra into the room. But it's so subtle that in the picture you can hardly even see it. I keep reassuring him that we are a long way off from this:
I actually can't decide how much I really like the way it looks. I love it up close, but up on the wall I'm not so sure. It's not the zebra that's throwing me off though; it's the shock of white. I guess I've just gotten so used to seeing a dark color up there that now the white is hard to get adjusted to. I think it's also because other than the candlesticks, this is the only really white thing in this room, so it's standing out a lot.
I switched out the dark books on the top left shelves for some lighter ones, turned so that their white page-edges show. I like the way it looks a little better.
I'm going to keep living with it for a while to decide what I really think. But for now, I'm just happy this clock made it through it's transformation and lived to tell the time another day!