Well, I did it. My first piece that isn't one of the 50 shades of gray or another tone of rust brown. It isn't quite Ferrari red, but it did have "red" in the description. I restored an old woodworking machine a couple years ago and after priming the raw cast iron remembered thinking how much I liked the color of the iron primer. That's what I used. Apparently I was unwilling to go "all in" because the legs are still battleship gray.
I also blended the finishes on this one, which is a technique I've intended to try for some time. The case and legs are a very dull matte finish and the drawers are a smooth satin. I think it works.
I stripped the black from the machinery knobs and polished the natural steel. These pulls are quite substantial and feel great in your hand.
I need to get another two or three pieces ready before the photographer comes back, so studio images may be a few weeks off. I pretty much make everything up as I go, so I'm not really sure what I'll build next. This style isn't really mainstream so I've stuck with pieces that can stand alone as an accent, but I may try something that's at least a little more center stage. We'll see. I'm still making it up.