I’ve had this candle stick forever, but it has spent most of its time in a closet. I love the shape and twist on the stem, but the old wood finish left something to be desired. It looked kind of dreary and never seemed to fit into the right spot. Instead of carting off this piece to the Goodwill, I decided to try renew the old finish with a product called Rub ‘n Buff.
I know, it’s not an earth shattering, life changing, Pinterest worthy transformation, but it did help me to finish a vignette and cost very little. So, that’s a WIN in my frugalista decorating portfolio. If I had a portfolio. Just Sayin’.
Ta daaaaaa! Look at that antique gold finish!
Do you have an old frame, tray, vase, candlestick, or other decor piece that needs to come out of the closet? There are some do’s and don’t’s with this product, but overall it is easy, inexpensive, less messy than spray painting, and the finish is flawless. Here’s the scoop!
This product comes in a tube and you have your choice of four different golds: Antique, Gold Leaf, Grecian, Autumn, and European Gold. Check out all the other amazing colors on Amazon.com.
I used Antique Gold, and it is a beautiful, aged brass finish. It’s actually a blend of carnauba waxes, fine metallic powders, and pigments, and a tube costs between $6 and $7.
It couldn’t be simpler to use! Rub. Then Buff.
Unless you are me and try to do things my own way. Don’t do that! The directions say to use a rag or your finger to rub it on, but I couldn’t find a latex glove, so I tried to apply it with a small brush. Bad idea! It gummed up and left brush strokes, so I quickly switched to using my finger. It washed off with soap and water, so it was no big deal.
It covered completely with just one coat. The picture above shows a wet finish, which is a bit dull. After it dried, around 20 minutes or so, I rubbed it gently with a soft cloth to bring out the shine. Then I knocked off a bit of the finish with a fine grit sand paper to distress the finish just a little.
It’s amazing how little of the product I used. I didn’t even use half of the tube, which means more free decorating for me.
Here’s the before shot.
Here she is all dolled up and sitting pretty.
For the love of BLING!
I’ve had some disappointing finishes with spray paints before, but this new tube of wonderfulness has gotten my stamp of approval. I’m definitely going to go back into the closet to see what else I can rub and buff.
Update: Check out his mirror make-over. One of my favorite transformations ever!