The clock is soft blue and white now~
Blue or creamy white would be the color I would pick if
I buy an old Swedish clock...
So it was natural for me to want to make
this reproduction as close to the real thing in my mind's eye.
I mixed up my own batch of chalk paint
to come close to a color called Glass Slipper that I love.
Essentially using Louis Blue and Old White together,
I was able to copy this Ben Moore favorite.
The crown at the top of the clock has a pretty little
french looking heart and lacey carved details.
Overall I am quite pleased, however,
I still need to wax it. A little dark wax
will add some age without darkening it too much.
I'll show this wax step in more detail as I was
asked to elaborate on this process by a reader.
Initially I thought I might keep the dark ochre color
with the pale blue, but when I hung it up on the wall all
you really noticed was the outlines that the ochre called attention to.
There was too much of a contrast, so I used old white Chalk Paint®
to lighten the accent areas.
I wanted two colors, as many of the examples I studied
of antique moras used white as accents on pastel pink or blue bases.
I've sold quite a few of these clocks.
They are wonderful decorative pieces.
The original color was a favorite of many who commented~
but I like it soft blue.
And of course, I hung it a little lower
and so then I had to lose the little chair~
The inspiration for the clock to be blue
was that pale blue chintz pillow~
That wonderful old Mario Buatta chintz
is going to be back in my bookcases soon,
and this room will feel like springtime in Paris!