Bowed Flame Burl

By Karie Bogart, Flipping Fabulous Salina, Co-Owner at Flipping Fabulous Salina in Salina, KS.

This beautiful bowed front buffet had great shape & after cleaning & sanding layers of gunk, had great flame burl on the bowe! 

This was a piece picked out from our warehouse by my almost sister-in-law, for her bedroom. She picked out a great shade in Fusion Mineral Paint Homestead Blue, distressed, & sealed with High Performance Satin. The top & drawers were stained with General Finishes Antique Walnut Oil Based Stain - the drawers turned out darker than the top, so I used GF Black Gel Stain to match them up. That's my favorite thing about GF Gel Stains. They can be used to tone & match! The top & drawers was sealed with High Performance Satin. 

I love reading cool facts on woods & researching furniture history. Wood burls are like the diamonds of forests, so when we find veneer that is burled (typically, burled wood was made into thin sheets of veneer because they are expensive), we definitely try to preserve it! The "flame" pattern of grain is revealed when a trunk or heavy branch with two forking branches is cut through its collective center. It is highly prized veneer cut from just below the fork of a tree. I love seeing the precision it took for woodworkers and fine furniture builders to line those up and create beautiful designs.

Project Category

Upcycling Merit CategoriesRoll Out The Burl-El

Products Used

  • GF Antique Walnut Oil Based Stain
  • GF Black Gel Stain
  • GF Wood Conditioner
  • GF High Performance Satin
  • Fusion Mineral Paint Homestead Blue

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