Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Little Rub 'N Buff.......

did the trick.  Remember when I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do with these sconces in our entry foyer?

Then after you all came through in a major way with all of your wonderful suggestions I gave them a mini- transformation just by reinventing the candle sleeves.

Well, even after the mini transformation I still felt like they weren't quite working for me.  Sometimes it just isn't right until it's right.  You know?  I learned about the awesomeness that is rub 'n buff from the extremely talented Janell of Isabella & Max Rooms.  The main thing that wasn't sitting well with me was the super shiny finish.  I like gold.  There's no doubt about that, but something about the shiny gold of these fixtures just wasn't working here.  So, I ran not walked to my nearest Hob Lob and picked up some rub 'n buff in gold leaf.  (Before I used it on my sconces, I experimented with it on some cabinet hardware.)  I just rubbed and buffed each sconce.  I didn't even take them down from the wall.  Yes, I am a rebel; thank you very much!

Here's how they look now!

Much better, no?  Still goldtastic but in a not so flash back to the 80's kind of way.  I also changed the candle sleeves again!  White greek key ribbon this time.  I like this look much better.  I'm actually sort of obsessed with my little tube of rub 'n buff now.

The hubs is sceeered!  I can't help myself; it's like the greatest thing since Coke Zero!

I mean look what Andrea did with the stuff!

From this.....

to this!


Amazing right?

Are you obsessed with rub 'n buff too?  It's a tiny little tube that makes a BIG impact.

- Don't forget the Pawmetto giveaway is still open!  Your fur people will be so proud of you for entering!

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  1. I've been wanting to try this! We don't have Hobby Lobby's here so I'll have to research where to find it. Likin the transformation!

  2. I agree rub n buff is fantastic. I re-did vintage hardware with the stuff!

  3. I love all the projects with rub n buff. I'm going to have to buy me some of that stuff! Your sconces look amazing!

  4. I love it. I used it for a mirror a while back and I loved the finish. I had paint all over me, but it was worth it.

  5. Looks great, Carmel. I have used rub n buff on several things. Great stuff!

  6. perfect! i have got to use that stuff!!! and congrats on getting chosen for that craft contest as acontestant! i saw the post today and am so happy for you and will be rooting for you!

  7. Love the sconces, thanks for the shout out and do I spy a new mirror? Looks familiar!

  8. Great idea for shiny brass!!! The sconces look great! Hmmmmm....the doorknobs in my house might not be safe from the rub-n-buff! (kidding, kidding.)

  9. Oh that looks fabulous!!!! I've never heard of it. That lamp looks sooo pretty!

  10. I like that much better than the shiny brass.

    I saw some turquoise Rub n Buff at HobLob last weekend. I'm trying to think of something I can use it on because I'm curious to see what it looks like. LOL

  11. giiiiirrrrrllll, i am rub and buffing as we speak! i took a blog break from rubbing it on the new mirror i picked up for my mantel! (i work from home on, project time!)

    your scones look fab!

  12. It looks like you found the ballard outlet also on your trip to Ikea. I know it must have been the real reason you went. Hope you found some good deals!!

    I love that rub and buff stuff. I might get some and try it on our 80's brass light fixtures until I can replace.

    And your piano key stairs are really nice. I would never have the guts to do that.


  13. Love Rub n Buff! First time visiting your blog and I can tell I love it and your style :) I am not far away in Henderson, KY. We are on our 3rd home... this one is a custom log cabin after leaving our custom home that we built :) Can't wait to see what you do next!

  14. Carmel! Great Transformations!! I love what you've done! I saw your post over at Savvy Southern Style. I am a new blogger and love visiting other sites. I am your newest follower and I hope you will follow back! Blessings to you!!

  15. How funny, I just did a post about using rub"n buff on my driveway gate.
    I love that stuff, but it can be addicting :) Your sleeves look awesome!

  16. I am definitely going to have to give Rub'n Buff a try! I have the perfect project in mind. Love the changes you made to your sconces!

  17. Isn't rub & buff the best? Love that lamp!

  18. Fabulous transformation! I must admit...I have never used the stuff before, but I adore that finish on the lamp, so I might have to try!

    I'm stepping in to say Hi to all my crafting with the stars sisters, so nice to meet you!!! :)


  19. I have to try this product -- never have! Looks awesome


  20. I just tried Rub 'n Buff for the first time and love it! Great transformation!


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