Can I paint black chalk paint on a leather inlay top of chest?

This chest of drawers is old and has 4 drawers. It was damaged by cat scratches, and normal wear. I think the finish is varnish on this mahogany (I think) chest and it has curved drawers. The leather inlay top has some scratches on it and the drawer pulls are ornate. Can I sand it down and paint the entire piece with black chalk paint?

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