Thursday, March 1, 2012

Annie, Get Your Gun!

Typically when I think of using chalk paint on something I think of cute curvy lines, french country, fun colors and feminine features. Well, I went a little off the wall with this one. I have a friend with a new antiques shop in downtown Provo. Iron Horse Antiques sells a specific style of antiques, mostly geared towards the more manly side of collectors. He's got hand made knives made from old sheep shears, neon signs and a variety of things a little "out of the norm" in the antiques world. 

Like this photography light thingy-ma-jig...
(I'm pretty sure that is it's technical name)

You can't really tell in the picture, but the bulbs glow purple. like a black light, then there are a few red bulbs. All of the bulbs are individually switched  so you can turn each one on and off at will.
It's cool. It's old. I like it.

Anyway. My friend has this wardrobe in his store that he had this great idea for.
This is what it looked like before I got my hands all over it...

The picture makes it look better than it was. The color was really more of a peach than an orange. While the piece was really amazing in many ways, the color just wasn't working, especially in David's manly store. His thought was...gun safe. 
We decided to go dark.
This is where AS Graphite comes in to play...

As usual, I got ahead of my photographer. SHE really needs to do a better job at taking pictures of each step BEFORE the next step starts! She really should know better by now ;)
Here you can see that I have started the dark wax. Really makes the graphite a nice "warm" black. I waxed some areas darker than others. It has a real old, worn and "manly" feel to it in person.
I really worked in the wax and the old paint underneath really did a nice job of showing off how old it was with cracks and all.

After he was all waxed up, here is what he looked like...
(yes, this piece is a "HE")

Followed by a little silver leaf gilding...

I couldn't do anything about the glaring sun through the window, couldn't really move the
wardrobe to a different location, 
and the window was just right there.
You understand, right?

David did a great job picking out some new hardware for it.

Here is a nice and blury close up of the detail.
I quite liked how it turned out...

Too bad my friend decided he didn't like it so much and I ended up painting over the gilding with the graphite and waxing it again. That's one of the things I love about ASCP, 
if you don't love it, just try again!

So what do you think? Do you like the orange-peachy look?
I totally understand that some may prefer it~
but we were going for something a little edgy,
a little different. Did it work?

So there you have it. He's all ready for his new interior makeover so that he can house a few guns.

Some things hit me a little funny and I think funny thoughts-
should I share with you my funny thought?
Maybe you are too young to know what I'm saying, but the thought just came to my mind~

"Annie, get your gun!"

TO CLARIFY: That is funny because I used Annie Sloan paint, and it's a gun safe.

In case you don't know what I'm talking about, 
Wikipedia says this:
Annie Get Your Gun is a musical with lyrics and music written by Irving Berlin and a book by Herbert Fields and his sister Dorothy Fields. The story is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley (1860–1926), who was a sharpshooter from Ohio, and her husband, Frank Butler.[1]
The 1946 Broadway production was a hit, and the musical had long runs in both New York (1,147 performances) and London, spawning revivals, a 1950 film version and television versions. Songs that became hits include "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly", "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun", "They Say It's Wonderful", and "Anything You Can Do."

So there you have it~
 The gun safe. The chalk paint. The Wax. The gilding, 
and the really bad sense of humor.
Are you still going to be my friend now that you see that 
I'm a little weird? 
I hope so :)


  1. Followed over from Miss Mustard Seed. I really like how this turned out and yes, it looks more manly now :)

    1. Love Miss Mustard Seed! Glad you came over :)
      Manly was the goal!

  2. Hello! Thanks for the follow :) I like both, preferably the black version!

    1. It wasn't horrible to start, but honestly, MUCH more peach than the picture shows :)
      Happy that you like it!


  4. Annie's gun safe looks terrific-love the dark color-so "manly"-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!