TGIF friends! Who else is looking forward to another cold and damp weekend in the Northeast? No? Well, at least it IS the weekend! I always have a few projects up my sleeve and where do I turn for the best gold paint ever? Rub ‘n Buff! A miracle in a tube!
I discovered Rub ‘n Buff a while back. It’s a wax metallic finish paint that boasts its instructions in its name. Rub it on and buff it off! I ordered a tube of it on Amazon and boy, this tiny little tube goes a long way! I’ve used the same tube for 4 different projects and still have some left. And for just about $6.50 per ½ ounce tube, that’s a lot of bang for your buck.
Rub ‘N Buff also comes in a three pack with Antique Gold, Antique Silver and Gold Leaf for $12.25 with free shipping via Amazon for even more savings.
The other day I shared with you one of my recent chandelier transformations. I used rub ‘n buff in Antique Gold and dry brushed it straight from the tube onto the chandelier. This is how the chandelier looked in the beginning…
Then after a few light coats of black spray paint and some antique gold rub ‘n buff…
Pretty, right? I love how the gold accentuates the details of the fixture.
I also used this same paint for another chandelier make-over. This fixture started out as shiny nickel like so:
Then after rubbing a light coat over the entire surface with my finger, this is how the fixture turned out. The gold makes the fixture look so much more elegant and gives it an antique vibe that I love. (Make sure you use gloves. Your manicure with thank you.)
And then after I added some crystals and beads, it looks like a completely different light! I call it my “faux antique chandelier”.
I’ve had these lovely heavy wooden finials in my stash for quite a while. They are by Kirsch and I found them at Calico Corner on clearance for $5 each. (reduced from $28 each, so quite the savings!) They are black but I wanted them to match my gold leaf curtain rods.
So, I grabbed my stipple brush and the tube of antique gold paint and dry brushed over each finial until I achieved the right amount of gold. See how much prettier it looks with the gold? Now the carvings and details really pop!
I made sure to leave some of the black peeking through to make it look like authentic gold leafing.
The entire process took less than 5 minutes. And, because it’s such a light coat of paint, it dries very quickly. Now, they look like they would cost $28 each!
I’ve also used this paint to spruce up an antique frame. The possibilities are endless! You can also use it to brighten up a vintage brass chandelier that has lost a bit of its luster. I’m thinking my new crystal crown chandelier could use a little shine. Here is another tip for sprucing up a brass chandelier. WD-40! Who knew? I’ll try that first, then if I want it a bit more shiny, I’ll whip out the rub ‘n buff!
Well, I’ve got more purging to do and maybe a bit of packing! I hope you have a terrific weekend. Thank you for stopping by and for supporting my little blog. If one of my posts speaks to you or inspires you, please drop me a line and let me know. I love hearing from you! Let’s talk on Monday? Ok? xoxo Dell