A few months ago I found this replica mantle clock at a little stall in my town. It wasn't put together all that well, and the clock was cheap and unreliable, but I saw potential somewhere under the dust and cracks!
The first thing I did was give it a good clean to remove the build up of oil, dirt and cobwebs. After that I applied a layer of crackle paint, some beautiful patterned papers, gold edging paint and lots of different embellishments. I sealed it with a couple of coats of clear, matte varnish to help protect and keep it clean.