Cuckoo-ca-chooo

I've always loved the whimsy and nostalgia of cuckoo clocks so when I spotted this guy high up on a shelf when we were antique shopping the other weekend it was love at first sight. It wasn't in working condition which was fine by me, because it kept the price way down and I didn't feel like a was ruining a priceless antique by painting it. I didn't love the dark wood and felt like all of the pretty detailing and the blue Cuckoo got lost in it. Also, a lighter color would fit much better in our home.

I broke out a trusty can of white spray paint. In my experience there are times when you can use cheap materials, but using spray paint is never, ever that time. When spray paint is involved, cheap means sticky and offers no coverage, spend the few dollars extra and get the good stuff.

Before painting, I wiped down the entire clock with water and white vinegar to get off the years of grime and dust. I popped open the back and wiggled the bird from its wire. As he stood upon purchase, he barely peeped his head out of the door, which was not enough for me, since he is my favorite feature of the clock! So after several layers of spray paint I hot glued him back in, but made sure to prop him out further so he really becomes the focus.

We recently took our flat screen down from above the mantle so we're still playing around with what should go up here. We've added a few things and the clock is a worthy addition, but we're not completely satisfied with all of the pieces and placements, so more on our mantle update later!  We are also in search of the perfect pinecones or charms to add to the end of the clock chains, we will post a final photo when we find them!

 *Note on spray painting, actually read and follow the instructions on the can. Temperature control and dry time are crucial, impatience is only rewarded with sticky paint and drips. Take the time to do it right!!!!