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I guess to most non-Germans cuckoo clocks represent an example of what should be in a typical German home along with carved wood furniture and beer mugs.
As a German citizen and growing up in Germany I hated cuckoo clocks. They reminded me of old people in smelly, dusty homes or (yes) American tourists.
So a couple of years ago, my parents thought it would be very funny to send me a cuckoo clock to the US and guilt me into hanging it up. I was less than thrilled to display my brown carved clock in the living room. Especially since I hate being guilted and forced into any design decisions. But since I really miss my family and I have to admit that it reminds me of Germany, I hung it up. My kids loved it and so did my cats. One day I returned home to find the clock lying on the floor. One of my cats had jumped at it at the 2 o’clock chirp (I know that because it was stopped at 2). I figured it was broken…but haha no such luck.
Then I started researching cuckoo clocks and some more contemporary design options.
Here are some that I came across:
The German artist Stefan Strumbel and his colorful, graffiti influenced cuckoo clocks. I think they are very cool but too expensive and most are a little too crazy for my house.
Or the vinyl cuckoo clock art you can find all over the internet now.
And my hubby bought me this little sterling silver cuckoo clock necklace from Overstock. I wear it all the time.
And certainly Pascal Tarabay’s white cuckoo clock:
So I told my father that I was itching to spray paint the clock white. He lost it. He told me that I had no clue how expensive that clock was and that he would be really mad at me if I would ruin it with paint.
But the seed was planted in my design brain and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I all of a sudden was obsessed with finding a cheap cuckoo clock that I could paint. I finally found one small old mechanical clock ($40) made in Germany and one very large electrical clock ($25) on craigslist. The electrical one had a light sensor on it and, get this, was made in Korea.
I took them apart into small pieces, cleaned them very good with TSP cleaner. Then I taped/covered all the areas that I didn’t want to paint.
After they dried I was ready for primer. The old clock had a strange yellow glue on it that kept showing under the water based primer, so I ended up using oil-based primer which I applied with a brush. The brush worked very well to get into the carvings.
The large electrical clock had some plastic parts to it which I spray painted with plastic spray paint.
After that I spray painted the other clock parts with white semi-gloss spray paint.
When the parts were dry, I put them all back together and made sure that the clocks still worked.
Now I was IN LOVE. Yes, sorry dad but I retired your brown cuckoo clock to your grandson’s room and it really looks cute there.
|cuckoo clock in my son’s room|
The gigantic white cuckooing and dancing clock is now hanging in my living room instead. Yes, it has little angels dancing in a circle. Strange? I know but I don’t care. It makes me smile every time I look at it.
My mom loved them so much that she wanted one too. Last year, the small clock went on a trip back to Germany, the place it was made in. That makes me smile too. My father and brother still think it’s stupid! And I totally know that this isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but it certainly has become mine. And it goes with my large white cardboard safari deer head.
I like having some silly things around the house that make people ask “Why on earth would you hang this up?” I don’t take it that serious.
After all I have been called the crazy German and not in a good way. But you know what? I take it as a compliment even if it wasn’t meant that way. It is what it is, that’s exactly what I am.
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