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The Art Deco Clock

There was an Estate Sale today and the owner must have been a clock maker/repairman.  I decided I wanted an old junkie clock to repurpose, so I dug down deep into a box in the basement and found this:
Yes, it is the most disgustingly dirty clock ever, and I even scraped off several dead bugs before taking this picture! 

The first thing I did was wipe the whole thing off with a damp rag. It immediately started looking better.
Don't you love the Art Deco look?

Here's a look at the back:
The electrical cord was cut off, but, no worries, it's not going to be used as a clock anyway. The next thing to do was remove the back...
...and have a look at the 'works':
More on that in a later post!

The glass and trim were also removed and the trim was labeled for future reference.

Here's the case:
A little sanding with some 60 grit and then 220 grit sandpaper resulted in this:
If you know what type of wood this is, please let me know.  I know it's not pine and it doesn't have the grain of oak.  It is fairly heavy, though, so could it be mahogany?

The face is made of paper and I'm thinking of using it as a background - maybe?  

Now for the big question.  Does the case get stain or paint?  Also what shade or color.  Weigh-in everyone, I'm on the fence.  I still want an Art Deco look, so, what do you think?

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments. I will follow-up soon and show you the final result.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I look forward to your suggestions.  Have a great week!

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  1. I would vote for stain, or a combination of paint and stain, depending on what you're going to use it for. Nice find!

    1. A combination - I hadn't thought of that! Thanks for your thoughts, I'm so glad you stopped by.
      Come back again soon!

  2. husband says the wood looks like a stained pine. Hard to say because it's so weathered. Great clock project! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

    1. Maybe, but there it isn't very soft - did the fingernail test. You're right, the stain is deep in the pores of the may remain a mystery! Thanks for stopping by - always lovely to hear from you!

  3. I would say stain for an art deco look, maybe different shades for the different sections.
    I'm intrigued, if it's not going to be a clock anymore, whatever will it be?......

    1. Different shades of stain is also a great idea that I hadn't thought of. Thank Julie! Come back again soon to see what it becomes.

  4. Personally, I'd try to preserve the current patina as much as possible. Perhaps a clear oiling, then a wax polish..? Find someone who knows this stuff. Being DECO [I love that design!], the wood is likely a hardwood - you mentioned that it was heavy. Try sticking a pin in some benign spot, to check its hardness. From the tone, I'm going to go with WALNUT..? Or, even a TEAK..?
    Actually, I'm rather surprised that the PAPER-FACE has survived! - BTW, was there any Marker-Marks..?
    Anyhoo, GREAT FIND!

    1. There are no maker-marks and it IS pretty amazing the face survived. I haven't stuck it with a pin, but did use my fingernail - no dent! Walnut is a possibility - I don't know much about teak. The search continues!
      Thank you for your thoughts, come back again soon!

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    1. Me too, Carol! Stain seems to be in the lead. Thanks for stopping by and weighing-in. I appreciate it.
      Come back again soon to see the result!

  6. I usually think of Art Deco as black and shiney. Anything that is glossy.

    1. I do too, Mary, but this had some sort of wood finish on it. Decisions, decisions!
      Thanks for visiting the Cottage.

  7. I think I would stain not paint. The shape is lovely.

    1. The shape of it was the first thing that caught my eye. Thank you for your input and for visiting the Cottage. I hope you'll come back again soon!

  8. I'm with Julie - different shades of stain. Looking forward to seeing the finished results!

    1. Thank you, Laurie...stay tuned!

  9. I would do it in a metallic and black.

    1. Interesting that you should say that, Kath. The routing around the face had some gold paint in it - it was hard to see with all the dirt!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Very nice! Love Art Deco. I'm looking forward to seeing your next steps on Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

    1. Thank you, Lydia. So many ideas...decisions, decisions!
      Come back again soon, won't you?

  11. I love this piece. I would go with a stain. Please let us know what you decide. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

  12. Love what you've done, Ann & can't wait to see the finished results! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!


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