My Favorite Things (Part 1)

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.

Rub N Buff

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.

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Do you remember the hutch I restained?
Hutch 2

The hardware was in such disrepair I almost broke down replaced it, but again, Rub-N-Buff came to my rescue.
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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

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.

Drapes Rub N Buff

So far, my favorite Rub-N-Buff transformation is my set of old Pottery Barn nesting tables. Rub N Buff2 

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.
PB Nesting Table 3
(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!

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