We completed today's feature a few months ago. It had been sitting idly by waiting for it's turn while other pieces came and went. To tell you the truth when I got this piece I didn't really know what I'd do with it. It had some issues.
Scratched up sides, gouges, and it looked like perhaps a dog had chewed on it, but I can't be certain. It could have been a small teething child, but I highly doubt it.
It had some unique qualities to it. The "Flame Mahogany" front for one thing. That's also known as "Crotch Mahogany" but I don't like that term. A lady doesn't speak like that and my momma raised three ladies and one gentleman. It gets it's name because the mahogany was cut from the crotch of the tree resulting in a flame effect in the wood grain. Pretty darn cool if you ask me.
The buffet also sported these nifty Lion's Head pulls.
We repaired the bumps and bruises it had acquired. There was no way we were going to change the front of this buffet. It would be a sin to cover up that woodgrain. It needed a few touch-ups here and there but otherwise, it was gorgeous. We chose this project as our very first one to try homemade alkchay aintpay. That's pig latin for paint that has the same qualities as other paints that have a chalk like feel/texture to it. We chose the color of Cannonball black using Clark & Kensington's paint as our base. I have to say, I liked the alkchay aintpay. It did exactly what everyone who has ever used it has been saying all along. It covered beautifully, required hardly any prep work and dried super fast.
I cleaned the Lion's Head pulls and using black spray paint, gave them a new look. Finally, because we knew this piece was headed for a dining room, we wanted the finish to withstand some use and we poly'ed it.
It turned out beautiful! Want to see it?
Sometimes it's those pieces of furniture that scare you the most, that end up turning out the best! Even though I him-hawed around about starting that buffet makeover it was really the easiest one we've ever done. It took far less time than our other flips.
I love how the newly painted black sides and top pick up the black in the mahogany. The black Lion's Head pulls tie it all together nicely.
Before & After View...
So lovely. Here it is being taken away to live happily ever after. Bye-bye Lion's Head Buffet. I shall miss you terribly you gorgeous piece of furniture you!
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