A friend from book club called to tell me about this fabulous art deco buffet that she knew I would love.  And she was right ~ what a great piece!

art deco overall

I was eager to paint it but was surprised when I struggled to decide on a color scheme.  I first tried Annie Sloan’s Antibes Green but decided it was too bright even when I glazed it.

Next I painted the two drawers in American FolkArt Imperial Red Chalk Paint and glazed one of them.    But didn’t like either.  Golly.  Here’s a great piece of furniture and neither color scheme did it justice.

I started over by researching art deco color schemes and fell in love with glossy black paint with gilded gold for the embellishments and red as an accent color.


I loved the red accent color, which is fairly prominent in art deco design schemes, but a friend suggested I try a more subdued accent color.

staged front

I painted a knob and cabinet door with metallic silver paint to visualize this potential color scheme.  Dilemma!  I liked both the red and at the silver.

flower close up

I pondered and decided to go with the metallic silver, although I knew there wasn’t a right or wrong answer.

straight on

The day I finished this piece, a client had come to purchase a dresser for his business and purchased the Art Deco piece too, declaring it perfect as a bar for his home.

cabinet door close up

It’s a difficult piece to part with but it does look great as a bar since my client was kind enough to send a photo.