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I love this gold chest of drawers above.
Image via Censationalgirl.com
These stumps are my favorite. They look like they've been dipped in a vat of gold.
There is really no paint that can create that look, at least none that I know of. It's the luster that the paint lacks. So what to do if you don't want to spring for the silver and gold leaf?... Enter Rub N" Buff. Not a paint but a metallic wax. I had never heard of this stuff until a couple of months ago (Thank You Sandy)
For small projects like highlighting the raised areas of mirrors and furniture, or for knobs and other hardware, and craft projects etc. it just takes a dab of the wax on a cloth and then you literally rub it on, let it dry and buff it with a clean piece of the cloth.
For full furniture applications it is not quite that simple. It takes some patients and a few techniques, but the end result is amazing and rivals that of the real gold leaf and silver leaf. The gold colors are harder to work with than the silver, but I have been playing around with it for a while and have figured out how to get an even finish over the whole piece. The problem with doing large pieces of furniture, especially things like table tops is that it dries very fast and ends up leaving an uneven looking finish. Not to worry though. I have figured out a way around that tricky problem.
I am working on several projects right now and my blog may become all about Rub N' Buff for the next couple of weeks, but you can achieve so many amazing looks with it that I am a little hooked on it right now.
Here are a few sneak peaks that I'm working on. I still have some work to do with them, and I am perfecting my technique as I go, so to speak.
Here is how one of my chairs is coming along.
Another sneak peak
A coffe table in progress. This one is actually three shades of gold blended together.