Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pearl Blue and Silver Leaf Desk Redo... (Rub n Buff)

Holy Crap!  I've found a new color of Rub n Buff that I'm in love with!  Pearl Blue!  I figured I'd venture away from all the golds I've been trying and give a different color a try.  Wowzer!!  It's sooo beautiful.  Ok so maybe I'm being a bit dramatic but I really do love it.  I have this old desk I found at an Estate sale that has some finish issues.  Let's just say it had been well used and loved!   I thought it would look nice with a vintage glam look.   Take a looksee. 

Here it was before,


 I love, love, LOVE finding old furniture and giving it a facelift! I think I could do it 24/7.  I guess that's why they say, when you love what you're doing, it doesn't seem like work!  (or something like that)
It's like my version of yoga!  HA!

Here it is now! 


I used Pearl Blue Rub n Buff on the drawer fronts, the sides, and the base of the desk.  Then I used Silver Leaf Rub n Buff on the top and pulls and around the edges of the drawer fronts.  I have to say that using Rub n Buff on large flat areas is a little more tricky.  I had to dilute the Rub n Buff and then paint the whole piece using an artist brush to get a more solid looking finish.  You have to be careful not to dilute the Rub n Buff too much, so using a small brush works best.  I just used a small glass cup and poured a little Deglosser in the bottom of the cup, then squirted a blob of the Rub n Buff on the side of the cup and dipped the edge of my brush in the Deglosser and then swirled it around on the side of the cup in the Rub n Buff. Whoah! Not so easy to put into words!! I tried paint thinner too, but the Deglosser worked best for me.  Once it dried I went back with a cloth and applied another coat of Rub n Buff sparingly.  It took some patience but the outcome was worth it!  I used a whole tube of Pearl Blue on the desk. 



This desk shines now!  Literally!!  The color of the blue changes as the light hits it. 




Click here to check out some of the tips and tricks I've learning while using Rub n' Buff!


Smiles!
~Renew Redo~




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15 comments:

  1. Your rub and buff addiction is too funny:) WOW! I know I said that about your wall also but I love this too lol I may just become your biggest fan. Thank you for following my blog and thank you for testing these great products for me hehe. I haven't been able to get any R&B yet but plan to tomorrow. I will be sure to post pics of what happens when I get my hands on it:)

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  2. What a fabulous desk! Did you sand the desk first? Will have to check out the Rub n Buff!

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  3. So seriously! Someone tell me why I've never heard of Rub and Buff??? Has my head been buried in the chalk paint too long??? I've done probably a hundred pieces of furniture by now and have never tried such a thing - it is SOOOOO GORGEOUS!!! What a Fab color - you weren't being over dramatic!! haha

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  4. I just came here from Better After and love your site already! Clearly I live under a very large and heavy rock because I have never heard of Rub and Buff - but I want some NOW.

    Where do you buy it?

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  5. Rub n Buff is my favorite! This piece is gorgeous! Did you apply a poly or shellac afterwards? Sometimes my Rub n Buff tends to get all over me after the project is completed. Any tips?

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  6. Hi guys! Thanks for the compliments! Yes! I have several tips to pass along at this point. I plan on doing a post this weekend spelling them all out. Too much info for a comment box. But,
    #1 No you don't have to sand or prime or ANYTHING before you use Rub n' Buff....But, Rub n' Buff will not cover any imperfections in your piece. (Like dents and scratches, you would have to fill and sand).
    #2 NO poly or shellac after your FINAL coat of Rub n' Buff. You don't need it and it can mess with your finish a bit.
    #3 I wear latex gloves to keep it off my hands.

    I'll post more in depth tips and tricks in a post here soon!

    Smiles!
    Sammy

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  7. This looks so great! I'm with you. Redoing furniture is my yoga too. And I'd never heard of Rub n' Buff before I read this post. Thanks for the inspiration. New follower.

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  8. Beautiful! Who knew you could use rub n buff on more than hardware?

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  9. Thanks to this post my wife now has me doing a side table using Rub and Buff. Wish me luck. :P

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    1. I don't know whether to say YAY! Or, I'm sorry this post put you to work! lol. Let me know how it turns out!! GOOD LUCK, but I don't think you'll need it. : )

      Smiles!
      Sammy

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  10. Get out! That is freakin' gorgeous!!! Would love for you to stop by and link up to the Tuesday To Do Party if you haven't already!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2012/02/tuesday-to-do-part-49-and-48-list.html

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