BIG RED - red buffet pt1

Connie is dressing up the Fort Pub

and asked for a helping hand.

This is the first of 2 antique buffets

I’m doing in Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint.

At this time of year this before shot reminds me of haunted houses

and ghostly apparitions of Halloween more than the handsome fellow he really is. 

One of those ghosts kept making the 3 cabinet doors swing open

So the first thing I did was to install magnetic catches and plates.

A small support piece had broken off at some point in Red’s recent history.
It wasn't going to take too much ghost busting for this fix,
just some nails and glue.

A couple of screws were misappropriated so
I replaced them and tightened everything else up.

The original hardware was removed to make way for something a bit more modern.

After all the finicky prep work was finished it was time to start laying some

bright red paint on this big guy. Would you be as frightened as I was?

I also wanted to work with the dark oak of this cabinet,

and have the wood show thru as if it had been stained.

It took a gentle hand to spray just the right amount of color

evenly over the entire surface.


The top was sanded back to show more of his ancestry,

and 5 coats of poly were applied to preserve it.


The hardware was chosen to mimic all the rectangular

shapes that already existed in the piece.

And look at these carved details in the center door.

It’s like something you would see on a mansion door.

The kind of ominous castle you dared your friends to approach
first when you were out trick or treating.

The reality is no pictures taken of Big Red shows the true color

and magnificent look that Emperor’s Silk achieved on this project.

It’s one of those

*you have to see it in person*

So after the renovations at the Fort Pub are finished,

(end of Nov)

be sure to look for BIG RED greeting you at the front door.

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