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Rub ‘n Buff…….a great way to transform your decor.

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I have this little brown box that had a cool little design carved into the top.  I wanted to add it to one of my shelves but the color blended into the things around it.
So I got a tube of gold leaf Rub ‘n Buff… add a little pop.
So glad I did.
Rub ‘n Buff is a very light wax-metallic finish that you can add to any surface to give it a whole new look.  You can use it to antique something, use it as a stencil, or restore an old wood or metal piece that you have stashed away.  Rub ‘n Buff is different from just spray painting because it gives a shiny and brilliant coat of color and is applied in a very thin layer. Rub ‘n Buff can be found here.
Here is my little wooden box beforehand:
All I did what take small dots of this cream and rub it all over the box with my finger.  A little goes a loooooong way. 

Then I let it dry…….and then buffed it a bit with a soft cloth.

I love how the dark box shines through in some places and the dark behind the carving really allows the carving to pop.  Worked great!
I have 4 more colors to try out.  I think I’ll do a picture frame, or a candle stick, or hmmm…..what else can I get my hands on??
What a great way to antique an item or add some serious shine to something that spray paint simply can’t do.
Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Frugal Coupon Wife says:

    Ah Ha! I have 2 boxes almost like that. That is a great idea. Since I’ve had them forever, I think I will use your idea. It will be like I bought 2 new boxes. Thanks for sharing ٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶

  2. PeaceLoveApplesauce says:

    Looks fabulous!

  3. The Homesteading Apartment says:

    LOVE this! Will have to try it out myself. I just found your blog and became a follower. I look forward to coming back and reading future posts (:


  4. Bridgette says:

    So easy! I have some dark and dated candelabras that I think I'll try with the white or turquoise.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Wow, it looks great and the photo shows you still have a lot left. Excellent!

  6. Amy@ServingPinkLemonade says:

    That is really cool. I have a few things I'd like to try this on.

  7. EvaBabeDesigns says:

    I have an old antique mirror that I'm refinishing! A touch of gold to the new paint color will really add some pop! Thanks for the tip!

  8. Snapshotsofhappiness says:

    Oooh neat! I am looking around my living room now for something to transform! :)

  9. Jeanette says:

    oh sweet! I am definitely going to try that – looks so pretty! thanks!

  10. Tanyia says:

    this looks a lot nicer than I thought it might! Thanks for showing me how!

  11. Jill says:

    I've been wanting to try this…now I will!

  12. Nana's Fun Stuff says:

    I'm loving things that have Rub 'n Buff on it! I think it turned out great! Have a great day! ~ Laura

  13. Catherine says:

    I would love to see what this does on wicker. I have some dated wicker boxes that I love {but don't love} and I've been thinking of painting them, but don't like the idea of spray paint.

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