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Before and After: A Traditional Swedish Clock Gets an Update

Su Casa member dezignerwannabe recently decided to update her traditional Swedish Mora clock. In case you didn't know, these Scandinavian floor clocks were created near the town of Mora, Sweden, around 1750, after bad farming seasons forced the Mora farmers to find another way to earn income. Many of the clocks were decorated with painted faces, but now, hardly any of the original artwork remains on the clocks, and most have been painted over with inferior, rosemaling-type designs.

Since dezignerwannabe wanted to update the look and color of her traditional clock, she decided to go for it, and, as she wrote in the title of her post, "I hope I don't regret it but after so many years it needed an update."

To see the update,


I, for one, can't see how dezignerwannabe would have any regrets over this update. The teal-and-gold paint combination with rosemaling designs was really holding this piece back, and while it stood out, it didn't do so in a positive manner. The real beauty in this piece is its gorgeous shape, and the simple, white paint update that dezignerwannabe gave it allows its beautiful curves to really stand out.

Have you made any updates to any home accents, like a clock, credenza, or cupboard? If so, then share it in the Su Casa group.

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katedavis katedavis 6 years
Looks great! I think the white actually beings out the beautiful shape of the clock and other details that I missed in the before pics.
lauren lauren 6 years
WOW, you did a great job! The clock looks great!!!!
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
I can see why you wanted to update it and as long as it wasn't the original paint, change is good. However, taking such a unique piece and just making it white is uninspiring.
Sugie Sugie 6 years
I like the original. It had much more character and uniqueness.
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 6 years
i really prefer it afterwards?! i dunno.... it could have been an awkward piece of furniture before and a bit of an eye sore!! :)
suziryder suziryder 6 years
Oh my goodness, what a tragedy. I'm afraid you will regret this later. The clock still looks nice, but it had so much more personality originally. I don't know why you'd want to cover up that artwork!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
What a beautiful clock! I do like what you've done, but I have to admit, I like the original better. I actually thought the before picture was the after picture at first.
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