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Update an Old Wood Clock with Chalk Paint

I used to LOVE maple home decor and furniture. I still like it much more than oak. However, I am really loving the idea of a modern contrast in colors combined with the feel of old, like French Country or even a Rustic chic look. So, I've been slowly replacing items around my house that used to be maple with a rustic black finish. Today's project is a pretty simple one. I'm updating an old maple wood clock with black chalk paint in just a few steps.

Update an old wood clock with chalk paint
Update an old wood clock with chalk paint

Update an Old Clock with Chalk Paint

Because I'm using a multi-surface chalk style paint, this same technique could be used for all kinds of home decor. I've also update picture frames, ceramic vases and other home accents. It's so easy… just paint, sand and varnish!

For this project, I used DecoArt's Chalky Finish paint and a standard 1.5″ paint brush.


  • DecoArt chalky finish paint (relic)
  • DecoArt Soft Touch Varnish
  • 1.5″ paint brush
  • Fine grit sandpaper


  • Cover work surface with newspaper.
  • Remove the glass face plate and metal rim from the front of the clock.
  • Wipe all the wood down with a damp cloth to remove any dust or other old goop.
  • Once it's dry, using the paint, apply a single coat of paint. Allow to dry.
  • Add a second coat of paint if needed. Again, allow to dry.
  • After everything dries, use a piece of fine to medium grit sandpaper and lightly sand the edges of the clock. This gives it a little bit of a weathered or distressed look.
  • Apply a coat of Soft Touch Varnish – it's one of DecoArt's Chalky Finish varnish.
  • Replace the glass and rim. That's it!
Painting the old wood clock
Painting the old wood clock
Finished updated wood clock with Chalk Paint
Finished updated wood clock with Chalk Paint

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