Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Midas Touch - Update Your Old Fixtures for $3!

Thanks y'all for the comments and feedback I've received for the transformed buffet table!  It is indeed a different beast from what it was.  A detail I've wanted to mention and a keen few of you may have also noticed is that the buffet is now sporting golden fixtures compared to the darker fixtures it wore before:

Would it surprise you then if I told you that they are the same fixtures in both pictures?

I liked the original fixtures that came with the buffet, but they were a faded metal; you could see a little luster left to them, but only if you saw them up close.

It was a fact in my mind when I started that I wanted to have gold to compliment the dark blue of the buffet and give the piece that extra "pop".  I didn't have a budget for all new fixtures, so that wasn't an option. I know some people spray paint their fixtures metallic colors, but I wanted a bit more of a natural semi-worn coloring, and was also concerned that the spray paint wouldn't hold up to use.

Somewhere in my search for alternatives I came across Rub 'n Buff, a finish you can work into metals and other surfaces and comes in different shades of gold, silver, and bronze.  Armed with a coupon, I got the stuff at a craft store for approximately $3 (I used Gold Leaf).

For prep, the fixtures had some built-up grit, so I just washed and sanitized the fixtures and then set them aside to dry.  

Once dry, I took a toothbrush (you can get cheap packs of 6 at the dollar store) and squeezed out a tiny bead of the rub 'n buff onto the brush, then worked the brush in small circles on the fixture.
If you look at the pic below, you can see in the circled area the bit that I've just brushed the rub 'n buff and the contrast with the rest of the untouched fixture.

When I finished rubbing the gold into all the fixtures, I let them dry overnight and was able to affix them onto the buffet the next day.

It's already been a few months, and the color has held up very well so far with no signs of wearing.

Truly, Rub 'n Buff is wonderful!  The tube is still nearly as full as it was when I bought it, which I'm sure will lend itself to many more future projects.  I love the new life these fixtures now have, and it was such a simple and inexpensive project to do.  In fact, what I spent for the Rub 'n Buff and toothbrush altogether is about the same as it would have been to get one new fixture, let alone 7!  Not bad at all.

I hope this has helped inspire a project idea for y'all! As always, I encourage (and love!) comments.  Cheers!

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  1. I love Rub 'n Buff too. It has such a nice luster. Glad to hear it's holding up well. Looks great!

    1. Thanks! It does indeed have a nice shine! I'm so glad to have learned of RnB's existence for this project.

  2. Love the new look - stunning! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  3. What a great idea using the toothbrush.Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

  4. Handles look wonderful on this beautifully painted piece of furniture. Great transformation!


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