Diane recently found a very unique dresser while out furniture hunting.
Upon inspection, we learned this dresser was made of Avodire wood. Having never heard of nor worked with Avodire, we had to do a bit of research.
Avodire wood, also called blonde mahogany, is a rare wood from West Africa.
This dresser had seen much better days, and a honey-like colored finish on it. But it still had good bones and details on it. Diane saw a lot of potential.
Upon getting everything sanded down, Diane began to stain. Her original plan was to go with a dark mahogany color. However, upon applying said stain, it appeared blonde! Dumbfounded, Diane had to apply 3 more coats of stain to reach a darker finish.
Though mostly Avodire, we believe the trim is cherry wood, which is a common pairing with the African wood. Isn’t the contrast gorgeous?!
Here’s a before and after of the finished product! Though a bit masculine for me, it still turned out amazing. Especially considering where it started!