2.19.2014

Simple Tips: Rub N' Buff Lighting

I discovered Rub N' Buff! 
BEFORE 
I loved the look of the sconces this way too, but really did want a gold-ish/copper color, that everywhere I looked was more expensive. We got these brushed bronze lights for a sale price on Overstock.
Here are the supplies I used:
toothbrush
tape
small cloth to wipe and buff
After I taped it I started brushing it on with a toothbrush. You can see here I was overly excited to get started since I didn't finish taping. I know some people use their fingers to rub the paste on, but I felt a toothbrush did a fabulous job (and bonus, my fingers didn't get messy).
After you rub on the paste, take a cloth and wipe it a bit until you get the look you want. 
                                       This project was super fast to do and I love the results. 

I think the gold/copper sconces highlight the other gold colors on the books too. And who doesn't enjoy navy and gold together? They are like two peas in a pod. 
                    I think it's okay to mix metals in this room too since it gives it a bit more variety.
Side note: This room also houses our phantom sofa that is still being rescued, but got put on the back burner while I had Christmas and 'not wanting to work on it issues'. I've ordered a beautiful navy blue velvet to reupholster the sofa. All I need is some more courage and will power to get it done! More on this one, later.
I really like the look of our sconces now. The Rub N' Buff tube lasts a long ways since I used only a small amount of the tube for all four sconces I have plenty left over for more projects. What say you? Do you like the Rub n' Buff look? Have you ever tried doing this?

I'm linking this post to:
Shine Your Light
Savvy Southern Style

36 comments:

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    1. Thanks Kim! Love your link party and blog.

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  2. ooh, very nice. I agree, it makes some of the items in the bookcase stand out more.

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  3. I love navy and gold together. It looks fabulous!

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  4. They look beautiful! Cool transformation!

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  5. Tracy I'm absolutely head over heels in love with your built ins. They are so fabulous and the the pop of gold on the lights complements the color palette in there so well!!! R&B is great isn't it? Thanks for linking up to Bling It On!

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    1. Your post about R&B was an inspiration to me, so thank you! Thanks for having your link up button on your site too. Side note- I'm originally from Massachusetts too. I love New England!

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  6. Your built ins are divine! The way you styled them, those lights....is there room for a book lover to move in??? :)

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    1. Eleanor- you would be welcome! We do love to read books in our home so we are so happy to have a library. Thanks for your kind comments.

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  7. Beautiful! Navy and gold are such a classic combination, and I absolutely LOVE this look! Well done!

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    1. Thanks for your kind comments Jenny! I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes navy and gold together.

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  8. They look very nice. I have used Rub n' Buff for a very long time and still really like it. It is so easy to use and last and last and last. I really love your bookcases. Did you have them made or were they built ins, please?

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    1. Thanks Debbie for your kind comments. I was really surprised how long R&B lasts too. Also, we built our bookcases. You can find out how we did it on my blog. You can find it at the popular side section, labeled, How we Built our Bookshelves.

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  9. Love this project and I can't wait to see the couch!

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    1. Thanks Leslie! I can't wait to be done with the couch and I will definitely show it when it's done.

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  10. What color rub & buff did you use ?

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    1. I used their Antique Gold. They have a wide selection and I bought it on Amazon. Thanks for coming over to my blog!

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  11. I think they turned out amazing! And I love the shades as well.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I love how this room is coming together.

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  12. This is such and amazing bookshelf design. I love your sconces, shades, and of course the Rub n Buff.

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  13. Rub n Buff is awesome I cant tell you how many times I used that and was always happy with results! Your sconces are fantastic!!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment. We're really liking how the Rub and Buff has transformed these lights. I'm sure I'll be using this little tube again.

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  14. Love these bookshelves!! I will be pinning them:) Rub & Buff is good stuff!! The sconces look amazing, too!!

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    1. Thanks Melanie! We love the bookshelves too and that Rub & Buff made those sconces shine! Thank you for stopping by.

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  15. Tracy, I just posted about your wall of bookcases on my facebook page. It is one of my favorite DIY bookcases! Thanks for sharing your R&B project on Best Of The Nest! PS where are you from in MA? I grew up in Westwood and live in Norfolk.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=605968049489713&set=a.349555535130967.85071.257333304353191&type=1&stream_ref=10

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    1. Wow- thanks Lisa for the FB shoutout. You are so nice! I grew up in Northborough, MA and loved it! We still have family in the Boston area so I go back a couple times a year. You are so lucky to live there- it's a beautiful area!

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  16. They look really good, i gotta get my hands on one of those little tubes.

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  17. Tracy, these look so high-end, I love them across your bookcase and can imagine how gorgeous this will be with a navy velvet sofa - oh my!! I love Rub ' Buff! Thanks for stopping by Best of the Nest!

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  18. Your sconces look great. I have yet to try rub n buff but need to, especially after seeing how your sconces turned out!

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  19. This looks amazing!!! Love it!

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  20. I just used Rub 'n Buff for the first time and I'm officially hooked! Hadn't thought to use it on light fixtures - yours look amazing! And those bookcases...I die!

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    1. Thanks Kris! This product is really easy. I want to see what you did with R&B now too. Thanks for hosting this party- it was great!

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  21. Thanks for using AMACO's Rub 'n Buff - your light fixtures look terrific and we're happy you had a delightful experience with the product! I'd like to post this on our Facebook page (Rub 'n Buff Metallic Finishes) and link to your post.

    We have lots of colors - let me know if you want to try one. They are on our website at amaco.com

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    1. How exciting! I would love if you linked my post to your Facebook page. Also, I would love if you wanted to send me more samples! I always have some project in the works. You can email me at tracylaverty@gmail.com
      Thanks!

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  22. These look really nice and I love what you did with the sconces. I'm actually using RNB for the first time on a light fixture so wish me luck. I just purchased RNB today from Amazon so once it arrives I'll get started.

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  23. Hi Tracy, my name is Carrie and I am a RNB addict (according to my children). I put that stuff on everything! Took a Moravian star light fixture and changed to the nickle that would have cost a fortune more than the bronze I ordered. Updated the hardware on a rescued 40's buffet destined for the trash. Worked over the hinges in the house after changing to brushed nickle handles, a bunch of picture frames, highlighted the carvings on a garage sale mirror frame (a finger definitely works best for me when highlighting moldings and such). My favorite was rescuing a hideous brown, orange and green wrought iron clock with navy spray paint and RNB. I still have half the tube left!

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