Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What A Difference 5 Minutes Makes

So I finally got the Fall decorating complete.  It took me a lot longer this year than it usually does.  Having a curious little explorer crawling around getting into everything makes it a longer process, but a much more interesting one for sure! 

Today I'm sharing a quickie little 5 minute makeover I did.  I found this garish looking candleholder at Goodwill, paid $1.99 I think.  I knew I could tone it down and make it more my style.  When I say garish looking I mean bright, shiny, brassy/coppery gold with weird orange undertones.  Not my all.

I used two different colors of Rub-n-Buff.  I first did a layer of the Silver Leaf, I thought it would add to the overall tarnished look I was going for by having a 3rd color in there.  Then I went over the whole thing with Spanish Copper, and literally 5 minutes later I had the perfectly tarnished look I was going for.

I didn't intend to use it for a candleholder.  I thought maybe I'd use it to add some height to a display by setting a faux pumpkin on it, or even use it as the base of a cake plate or something.  But, gasp!, I actually liked it for it's intended purpose.

I love the simplicity of this display on the coffee table.  And I'm loving how the Fall colors are mixing so well and complementing it's newly madeover look. 
(You can see that re-do {here}).

If you haven't tried the Rub-n-Buff yet, go out and get ya some!  I'm not being paid to say this, just want to share the knowledge 'cause it's great stuff.  I've used it on a few different projects (a mailboxa vintage tissue box cover, and the coffee table makeover). and it adds a great effect.  It can be found in crafty type stores in the paint section, and is about 3.99 a tube (even less if you use the 40% off coupons).  The stuff lasts forever because a little goes a long way. 

Anyhoo...hope you're having a fabulous day.  Happy Fall Y'all!

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  1. I really love the patina now, you can still see hints of the orange but much subtle. Nevertheless, it is a pretty addition to your table. The berry wreath and candle...great idea! Great post! I'm going to try this product. Thanks for sharing the info!
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  2. Did you apply the Rub-n-buff with a cloth or a brush?
    I am super impressed with the finished product!
    Great job! :)

  3. I started off using a rag but I wasn't liking the results so I switched to using my finger. : )

  4. This is so cute! I love saving time and doing something great! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. So pretty; love that bittersweet added around the base. I've never tried rub/buff paint but going to hobby lobby today and look for this product. Great inspiration!

  6. I love how easy rub n buff is. However I never thought of mixing two colors!
    great job.

  7. You said in the article you used the Rub-N-Buff to do a mail box and I would like to know how you did that. I need to re-do my mail box. what were the two colors of Rub-n-Buff that you used on this project. Was the Spanish copper one of the rub-n- buff colors. I like the color your candle holder turned out to be.

    1. For the mailbox I used the Antique Gold Rub-n-Buff. I spray painted the mailbox Oil Rubbed Bronze and then used the Rub-n-Buff to highlight the details on it. You can read more about it here:

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