Friday, January 27, 2012

Rub 'n Buff Convert

One the first blogs I stumbled across way back when was Isabella & Max Rooms, which is written  by the incredibly talented Janell Beals (she's also the founder of and creative force behind the online magazine House of Fifty). Several times Janell has shared the magic of a little product called Rub 'n Buff -- and I have always been interested in trying it, but it would get filed to the back of my mind (which is a dangerous place to be filed) and then I'd forget. Boo.

Well today, I remembered. This is a feat in and of itself, guys... no shopping list, no post-it notes stapled to my t-shirt, and no personal assistant reminding me (although I'm happy to consider your résumé if you'd be interested in a coughunpaidcoughcough personal assistant internship).

And guess what? I love it. Looooove it. 



I came across this mirror at JoAnn today while grabbing some yarn. ('cause I am legitimately crafty when it comes to crocheting hats, but that's it. I'm like a hat vending machine. Don't ask for socks. Or scarves. That would cause the crochet-blue-screen-of-death.)

The mirror was 50% off, so it came in at a whopping $20... and suddenly Janell's face floated from the cerebral-filing-cabinet-of-eternal-cobwebs and  into my conscious mind, and I experienced an "ah ha!" moment. Maybe it wasn't her face; that sounds a bit creepy.

Moving on. The before? Meh.


Ze after? Voilà! C'est si bon! Oui, oui! Escargot, s'il vous plaît.
(I took spanish, if you can't tell. Le sigh.)



This stuff? Is magic in a tube, y'all. Incredibly easy to apply, ridiculously fast drying, and it appears that it will last forever.


You can hardly even tell I used any (aside from all the messy gold swipes all over the tube...)

What say you? I wish I was Oprah... "and you get a Rub 'n Buff! And you get a Rub 'n Buff! And you, and you, and you! Rub 'n Buff for eeeveeerryyooooooonnneeee!"

Sharing at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia , Home Stories A to Z, Thrifty Decor Chick

33 comments:

  1. Hilarious post...didn't know my face "floated around" in random places. :) YOUR mirror looks fantastic, and yes, this stuff is crazy great and a project uses up hardly any of the tube. So, start looking around for another item to cover! Janell

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  2. TOTAL UPGRADE. Nice job.

    I have been yearning for a Rub 'n' Buff project myself after reading about it in blogworld. Of course I mention R&B to my Dad and he knows all about it. All the good new stuff is old, isn't it?

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  3. Love that stuff. I use it to highlight decorative features on the lamps I rescue. It really is magic in a tube!

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  4. OMG! This is beautiful! I have been looking for a cheapo mirror like this and had no idea about Rub and Buff!!! Awesome!! (side note, you are hilarious!)

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  5. LOLLLLL! You always make me laugh! I actually LOVE that you posted this today. I have been wanting to do a redo a mirror that I have in gold but didn't want to attempt gold leafing and didn't want to spray paint it! You are a GENIUS! Totally getting some rub n buff asap! :)P.s. GORGEOUS mirror...LOVE it way more in Gold!

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  6. Stellar transformation! I just introduced that little tube to a girlfriend who is probably still gilding anything in site ;). New follower!
    www.thehuntedinterior.blogspot.com

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  7. I keep forgetting about Rub N Buff!! THanks for the reminder my friend, and oddly enough I have seen Janell's face floating in my mind too....

    Love your guts
    mandi

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  8. Y'all are too nice -- my family calls me neurotic, but you can go ahead and call me funny! I'll love ya forever for it ;)

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  9. You are a funny girl, Anna! And, you do and write about "real" things. So, I HAVE to read your blog every single day! Thanks!

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  10. Hahahaha...I actually laugh-snorted at the end. The Oprah thing was FUN-EEE stuff. Great post!

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  11. Thanks for the tip. I have a black metal candle sconce that could really use this!

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  12. *Ze after? Voilà! C'est si bon! Oui, oui! Escargot, s'il vous plaît.
    (I took spanish, if you can't tell. Le sigh.)*
    oh dude, so much laughter. I love how the mirror turned out. Pretty!

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  13. Love the mirror! And I'm the opposite when I crochet... my hats turn out funny looking but I can whip out a scarf in just a few hours!

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  14. You're too funny. I'll have to see if I can find some Rub-n-Buff.

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  15. LOL! I love your posts. You crack me up. The mirror looks awesome and super spiffy! Fantastic!

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  16. I love that stuff! I actually Rub n Buffed my driveway gate...took a lot of tubes and A LOT of time, but oh so worth it in the end! I pinned a leather ottoman that someone re-purposed transforming the brown to gold with Rub N Buff, it was amazing.

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  17. You are hilarious! Just found your blog from a pinterest post and I think I'll become a regular reader now that you made me laugh so hard. I bought 3 of these mirrors to put over my king-sized bed at JoAnn's a couple weeks ago for 50% off. I, just like you, had seen Janell's Rub n Buff projects and was thinking of doing it on these mirrors although I wasn't sure if they would cover well enough so thanks for doing the dirty work :-) Have never used it before so here I go . . .

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  18. I happened upon your post on Pinterest. I'm so glad I did! I have a similar mirror that I was thinking of spray painting gold. I forgot about Rub n Buff! I bought some a long time ago after reading one of Janell's posts but never got around to using it. I think I know what I'll be doing this weekend.

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  19. Thanks so much for using AMACO's Rub 'n Buff! We're glad you had a pleasant experience with this product. Did you know it's available in 16 colors? You can find them all on our website. To thank you for your post, if you would like to try another color let me know and I'll send you one. I would also like to post this on our Facebook page with a link to you. Thanks again!

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  20. Gorgeousss! Definitely "pinning" this one! Visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick!

    www.everydaywiththejays.blogspot.com

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  21. Your mirror looks fabulous! I love Rub N Buff, as well! Stopping by from Thrifty Decor Chick.

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  22. I love the transformation! I bought a similar mirror at HomeGoods that originally had that color but (stupidly) decided to paint it. I don't like it as much and wish I had kept it in the gold. So maybe I can use this stuff to return it to its natural glory! :)

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  23. Whoa. It's magical! :D It makes what once was.. -eh- to "gah!thatlooksvintageandI'mallaboutthatkindoffabulous!"

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  24. Hehehe this post cracked me up!! Your mirror looks gorgeous :) I recently discovered the wonders of rub n buff too, now I need to go find a mirror like that!

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  25. This looks great. I am going to have to make my self a sticky note and run out and get some! :)

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  26. Hmmmm, I think vous missed a spot -- I'm sure I see some black paint... Just kidding :) I love the refinished mirror. I'm visiting from Thrifty Decor Chick. I'm just beginning to learn about all the different tricks of the trade and tools/products/techniques that are available to assist one in doing fabulous remakes of just about anything. I am totally in awe. Just a few days ago I was looking at Kohls' clearance center online and saw some circular mirror wall art that made me go - hmmmm.... You must be psychic, dahlink! I will add rub 'n buff to my list of miracle products for possible future use.

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  27. I have just now been introduced to this magical stuff called rub-n-buff and am now searching for things around the house to 'makeover!'
    I love your blog! Your writing style is so fun and personable! Just came over from Thrifty Decor Chick and am a new follower:)

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  28. I bought that exact mirror at Joann's and was planning on doing the exact same thing (paint it gold). I will have to get some of the product you used as it looks like it did the job.

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  29. OMG! I LOVE Rub n' Buff! Did you know you can use it for full furniture makeovers, walls, leather, pleather, just to name a few, and it looks AMAZING! I've been going crazy with that stuff. Take a look at all the amazing things that little tube can do!
    You know... since you still have some left over!! : )

    http://renewredo.blogspot.com/rub-n-buff-diy-ideas.html

    Smiles!

    Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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  30. I had not heard of this stuff, thank you so much for sharing!

    I'm just about to spruce up an old full length mirror with wood trim and was going to use spray paint, but came across your post and think this will be much easier, since I was trying to figure out what to cover the mirror part with when I spray it...must give this a try for some of my smaller, decorative items too! Yay!

    Loving your blog, and so glad I stumbled upon it tonight! :)

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  31. O M G !!!! If you only knew how much time I wasted looking for an old apartment therapy (or possibly remodelista) post that mentioned R&B years ago because I couldn't remember the name !!! Being CDN it's not a familiar product and being a scenic painter I am familiar w ALL the CDN ones that age/alter stuff! I LOVE U!! Thanks girl.

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