Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Magic of Rub n' Buff

I've always been curious about Rub n' Buff and wanted to try it. I've heard people talk about it and seen the wonderful results they've acheived with this product. It can be used on doorknobs, light fixtures, ceiling fans, frames, mirrors, and molding....really the possibilities are endless. Recently, a friend of mine ordered a large monogrammed frame from me. She uses alot of gold accents with rich colors in her home and wanted her frame to be gold. I searched and searched for the perfect gold frame, with no luck.

Several weeks went by when I finally had a lightbulb moment. I remembered this frame I had that I wasn't currently using. So, I decided to give Rub n' Buff a try. I wasn't really sure if the results would be what I was looking for, but it turned out even better than I'd hoped!

I think it's beautiful! I'm not usually much of a gold fan, but this is more of an aged, weathered gold. I think the layering of the gold rub n' buff over the dark cherry colored frame acheived the perfect patina.


This product is extremely easy to use. You can use your finger or a soft cloth to rub it on and when it's dry, you buff it with another soft cloth. You really cannot mess it up and that is definitely my kind of project!



I also wondered if I would have enough. The tube is so small and the frame I was working with was so big. I was amazed that when I finished.....the tube barely looked used. This stuff goes a long way!


For my monogrammed frame I used the "Antique Gold". The next frame I'm going to show you, I used an aqua shade called "Patina"




This frame was originally a silvery gold color, almost champagne. I simply used my finger to rub the "Patina" color on the raised parts of the frame. Simple technique.....beautiful results!






A Rub n' Buff sales representative from Amaco contacted me recently to see if I'd be interested in trying a sample of their products. I had no idea they had so many different color choices to choose from! Our Hobby Lobby only carries 2 or 3 colors, so I was pleasantly surprised when all of these beautiful choices arrived in my mailbox. I've tried several of them, all with great results. My favorites so far are the antique gold and patina, which I showed you today. Now, I'm rather anxious to try the silver leaf and the white. I'll keep you posted. And thanks to the people at Rub n' Buff for offering such a wonderful product for me to try....I'm hooked! If you're looking for a specific color of Rub n' Buff, you can purchase it directly through Amaco's website.



28 comments:

Jessi said...

Wow! I didn't even know this stuff existed. I can't wait to try it out on a framed mirror I have that I wanted to lighten up! I don't have Hobby Lobby near me, but hopefully I can find it at Michael's, AC Moore or JoAnn's...know for sure if they carry it and/or where in the store I should look for it? Thanks!

Richella said...

Cool! Good for you. . . you're so attractive that you're now attracting products from manufacturer's representatives! And readers, and followers, and fans, and friends. . . we all love you!

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

Cool! I totally want to try this! :-D

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I need some of the patina! It would be perfect in my new turquoise master bedroom! I'll have to search and see who carries it since I haven't found it in my hobby Lobby.

Both of your frames turned out beautiful!

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

Never even heard of that stuff.
Sure does some wonderful things. Love the frame.
Brooke

BCraftie said...

Can't wait to see what all you come up with. I hope my Hobby Lobby carries all the colors or can at least get them in. Looks fantastic.

Mama.Mommy.Mom. said...

Looks like pretty cool stuff!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oooo--very nice!!! :) I like the patina. :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh my gosh, I love that Patina colored one, Amanda! It looks great on your frame and I'm going to have to look for it at Michaels. I also have the gold, which I used when I painted my large gold mirror in Oil Rubbed Bronze but I wanted to bring out the details in the frame. The Rub N Buff did go far and I really just needed a little bit on my finger to do what I wanted. I love this piece you did for your friend!

NanaDiana said...

Hi~ I have used this in the past but had kind of forgotten about it. I'm sure I still have a couple of tubes of it left. I had no idea, however, that it came in so many colors. Might be time to dig it out again and give it a go! Love, love, love the gold frame...AND the other one too! Diana

southerninspirationsblog said...

I love the affect of the Rub N Buff. I have never used it and always wondered how hard it would be to do. I especially love the gold frame - great job! Thanks for sharing.

Ashley Ann said...

Wonderful!

I can't find the patina anywhere in stores. I want to try it so badly!!

Stephanie (Joie de Bayou) said...

Beautiful! I will have to try this! I have two frames that need "renovating". Thanks!

Life Is Crazy Beautiful said...

Oooooooh! I used the anitique gold many years ago, but didn't realize it now comes in so many colors...the mind is spinning :)

Thanks for the info

Lisa

Kara said...

Looooooove these! Thanks for the review...Ive not used this product before...I usually use stencil paint creme. Love the color choice. I will def need to try!

Kara @ mine for the making

Rhiannon said...

wow ive heard of the stuff but didnt know it was that easy to use!

Love of the Sea said...

Thanks for sharing this..I am going to try this product out!!!

Nicola said...

These projects look amazing, turned out great! I love Rub n' Buff, I use it in my scrapbooking all the time - great for turning simple die cuts into metalic beauties!
Thanks for sharing!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Amazing results! I might have to try this stuff out.

Pat said...

I've never heard of this stuff either. Can you use it on metal? I'm thinking of changing the color of a light fixture. Thanks for another very informative post!

Katie said...

Ooooh, that bluish color is beautiful!!

Nichole said...

have heard of this product around blogland and am now even more anxious to try it out :)

Amaco said...

Thanks Amanda for the great review and so glad you enjoyed the product! If your followers are having trouble finding Rub 'n Buff, they can purchase any of the colors directly from AMACO by going to the website at www.amaco.com.

Jessica said...

This is really cool, its like having the power to make something look brand new or like an antique!

Centsational Girl said...

Completely gorgeous . . .I love that stuff sooooo much! It's amazing how elegant everything can look with just a touch of Rub n Buff!
Kate

Jeanne said...

Someone posted a link to your blog on another blog I read - I'm so glad!! I am starting on a bathroom remodel and I have a large gold gilt frame I had custom made about 4 years ago. I'm switching finishes now to an oil rubbed bronze look. So glad I can experiment with this product and be able to reuse my gold mirror. I had no idea this existed!

Melissa Aldana said...

We love Rub and Buff. what a fantastic outcome. I'm inspired can't wait to get going

Cruiser said...

Thank you for this post! I have some gold frames on my wall art that are in desperate need of a change (gold frames on my walls don't look good). What colors would you recommend be used on a gold frame that would look much better if it were darker, such as kona or dark coffee color, or even black-ish?
Thank you for your ideas!

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