I finally found some time to paint it a few months ago. I chose to paint it black, but then didn't care for the way it was looking.
I sanded it down to the bare wood so I could start over.
Lots of time passed before I was able to paint the clock again. This time I used Annie Sloan's chalk paint in "Old White." After painting, I sanded it for a slightly distressed look.
I applied a coat of clear wax, and then brushed on a coat of the dark wax. I was kind of digging the look of the dark wax, so I applied quite a bit. It looked pretty cool from this angle...
From this angle... not so much. Sort of looks like my 2-year-old painted it.
The great thing about chalk paint is that it's really easy to experiment with. It dries in no time, so you can paint, sand and wax quickly.
I lightly sanded, applied another coat of "Old White" and clear wax. This time I blotted most of the dark wax off of the brush and then lightly applied it. It's a much more subtle look.
I'd love to hear how you find or make the time to get your projects done :)