On multiple occasions I have been asked what are my favorite products to use while fixing up furniture. The first product which comes to mind is Rub-N-Buff. Why? Because it can help you make the most of what you have without spending money on something new. It’s a little miracle tube filled with a waxy metallic finish which can embellish and transform furniture, hardware and home decor in a matter of minutes. And when you have two little gremlins (but, cute gremlins) who depend on you and have 101 things on your to-do list, anything that saves time (and money) is a winner.
To maintain the character of vintage and antique pieces I always try to use the original hardware. Plus, let’s be honest, the hunt for new hardware can be a major time suck or can push your project over budget. Unfortunately, a lot of times I find the original hardware to be in less than desirable condition. That is where Rub-N-Buff can save the day. Here are a few examples where it certainly helped me out of a jam.
Do you remember the hutch I restained?
I also use Rub-N-Buff for picture frames. When I originally chose to frame fabric as art in my dining room, I knew I wanted substantial gold frames. The problem was that the frames I envisioned would have cost me around $200+. Instead, I spent $20 each on two frames from Michaels and bought a $4 tube of Rub-N-Buff.
Rub-N-Buff also works wonders on drapery hardware. When I first priced gold drapery rods for my dining room I couldn’t find what I wanted for less than $300. One place even gave me a quote for over $750. I laughed out loud at that one (the sales lady wasn’t impressed by my response). For Pete’s sake, it’s just a couple of poles and some finials. After that moment of hilarity I armed myself with 20% off coupons and purchased two drapery rods from Bed Bath & Beyond and got the look I wanted with a little help from my friends, Spray Paint and Rub-N-Buff. All in I spent about $80 for drapery hardware for two windows.
So far, my favorite Rub-N-Buff transformation is my set of old Pottery Barn nesting tables.
My mother bought the tables for me when I was about 19 years old. These things are still amazingly sturdy and have withstood irresponsible college students (and college parties), at least 12 moves, a husband, 2 children and 2 dogs. Eventually, the black iron legs and dark tops became dated and a bit drab, but how could I get rid of them when they’ve been so loyal? I finally had an epiphany and broke out the Rub-N-Buff. After applying a custom mix of silver and gold Rub-N-Buff to the legs I love them all over again.
(I’m using the 2 smaller nesting tables (not pictured), in another area of the house).
Rub-N-Buff can be found at any craft store such as Michaels, JoAnn or Hobby Lobby. Just apply it with either a small paint brush or your finger, let it dry a bit, then buff it with a paper towel or soft cloth. Also, a little goes a long way.
At the beginning of this post I told you I have two favorite products. I’ve babbled on long enough today, so I’ll save the 2nd product for another entry. In the meantime, have any of you used Rub-N-Buff? There are so many possibilities!