Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DIY Table ~Rub n' Buff On Top & Gold Leaf Foil On The Underside!

Back to Rub n' Buff!  Remember my addiction to this stuff (that was over 2 years ago now...geeze)?  I get lots of questions about using it with Deglosser.  I find that using the Deglosser to extend the drying time of the Rub n' Buff makes it possible to get a perfect finish on large areas.  When I say large areas... I don't mean drawer fronts and edges of things or frames and so on.  I mean the tops and sides of big stuff... like dressers and desks.

One question I've gotten a lot lately is... "Can you use deglosser on furniture with a painted finish, without messing up the paint.?" And by "messing up" the paint, I'm guessing that means "pulling up" the paint.

In my experience... yes you can.  I have sprayed Deglosser over painted furniture and the Deglosser did not pull up the paint or mix the paint with the Rub n' Buff.
BUT... there are a lot a variables that could possibly cause a different result.  For example I would imagine results could vary depending on what type of paint you are going over, or how long ago the paint was applied.  Was it JUST painted or has the paint had ample time to completely cure?  So if at all possible always try a test spot somewhere you can't really see.

So now onto the DIY... which just happens to be a painted console table where Deglosser was used with the Rub n' Buff on the top and sides and Gold Leaf foil sheets were used on the underside of the table.  GLAMTASTIC



Here was the table to start.






First I applied the Gold Leaf foil sheets to the underside of the table.  You need the foil sheets and the adhesive made to use with it.  You can get it from Joann Fabrics...but I did have to go to a couple of stores to find it.  You can also find it online... just google Gold Leaf foil sheets.   And... just to say it like it is... this part was a MAJOR PAIN IN THE BUTT!  I've used the foil sheets before and don't remember cursing at them so much... but this time... I don't know what it was, maybe I'd had too much coffee or it was the curve of the legs, I don't know... but, I've never been so happy to be done with something in all my life.  The silver lining... Gold Leaf foil has a sheen like nothing else.  So pretty!

Then the Rub n' Buff

As I mentioned above, I always use Liquid Deglosser to help spread the Rub n' Buff over large areas. Just put some in a spray bottle, and spray the area right before you apply the Rub n' Buff.



In the picture below you can see how I sprayed the Liquid Deglosser (the dark areas)... just a light spray does the trick.  You don't have to soak it or go crazy spraying every square inch.


Then drop blobs of Rub n' Buff all over (like in the picture below) and start rubbing.  I actually used a bit more Rub n' Buff here than was necessary, but no harm no fowl.


 On the side (picture below) I didn't spray Deglosser first just so you could see how the Rub n' Buff goes on without it.  Much harder to spread and tends to dry before you can cover the whole side which leaves it looking blotchy.



Easy fix, spray a little Deglosser and add a little more Rub n' Buff.... rub, rub, rub.


Small areas like the edge (picture below) don't need Deglosser.  Just dot the Rub n' buff around and rub.




And, drum roll please....




What do you think?


Stay tuned to see where this puppy ends up.


Smiles!
Sammy,
~Renew Redo!~

18 comments:

  1. the gold and silver leaf look amazing together. you make it seem so easy.. love the table.

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  2. This looks beautiful! I've been trying to figure out a way to glam up my desk and you've given me inspiration!

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  3. I love what you did with the gold and silver! The table looks amazing!

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  4. Lovely Bed Sheets!
    Everything about that room is perfect!

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  5. Thanks for always giving helpful tips on how to use each product!!!!

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  6. From the thumbnail I saw of this blog post, I thought you had used gold Rub n' Buff on the underside too. Was there a reason you chose to use gold leaf versus rubbing it with some metallic gold RnB? I have an MDF dresser with faux wood veneer on it and I'm thinking of painting the dresser white and the top gold. Torn between using gold leaf or Rub n' Buff and your thoughts would help greatly—thank you! (P.S. My dresser is a dark espresso with a faux dark black marble veneer top... I wonder if the gold RnB would give good coverage over such a dark top.)

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    1. Hi Vuthy! I went with the gold leaf foil sheets on the underside of the table because the foil has much more of a vibrant sheen to it than the gold Rub n' Buff. I also wanted the gold to have a vintagey/aged feel which i thought would be easier to achieve by layering the foil sheets... The downside of the Gold Leaf foil is that it's harder to work with, you can see the hard edges of the square foil sheets if you're not super careful, it's more expensive, and if you've had a big cup of coffee before you plan to do your project... forget about it! Shaky hands make for a lot of frustration when trying to lay the sheets straight! Rub n' Buff is super easy to work with in my opinion but won't have the bright sheen of the foil sheets. As for good coverage on a dark top, I don't think you should have any problem. Just don't skimp on the amount of rub n buff you squeeze out on the top. Good size blobs all over the top and a couple sprays of Deglosser and you should be good to go. Rub your little heart out! :)
      Hope all that helps, let me know how it goes.

      Smiles!
      Sammy

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    2. I had a few mishaps, but ended up being pretty happy with the final result. I did find that if I put on too much of the Rub n' Buff and rubbed too vigorously, it ended up balling/pilling and taking itself off. Phooey! Took some trial and error but my dark espresso MDF dresser is now gold and white! Have you used Gilders Paste? It's very similar to Rub n' Buff. I think it's just a bit thicker, but you get a lot more product and there are a bunch of great colors. I used their silver to make another espresso MDF craft table into an industrial looking "metal" table.

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  7. Your furniture pieces redone with rub and buff look fantastic. Have you ever tried to redo a gold leafed mirror with rub and buff silver? I would like to change the color of the mirror in my dining room. Thanks for all of the tips you have shared -- very helpful.

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    1. Hi Judy, THANKS!
      I actually have used silver rub n' buff over metal leaf foil. Worked just fine for me. Good luck with your mirror. : )

      Smiles!
      Sammy

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  8. Where can we find this GORGEOUS console table? I'd love one just like it, but I'm not sure what to Google exactly.

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    1. This table was a Craigslist find!! I did a few google searches myself to see if I could help you find something similar but had no luck. Sorry :(

      Sammy

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  9. It looks like it's straight out of Architectural Digest...seriously!

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  10. Beautiful Question-thinking about doing a Rub and Buff stencil on walls as you have done. Does it clean up OK? Mine get dusty from the forced hot air and dirty at dog height.

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  11. How much of the rub n buff did you have to use on this project, was one tube enough?

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  12. Hey Sammy, Hope you're well! I love your projects and come back time and time again for references. Thanks for all your inspirational work.

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  13. Did you have to seal the gold leaf with something to stop it from tarnishing? If so, what did you use?

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    1. Hi Anonymous
      Yes, you'd definitely have to seal the gold leaf, as it's not gold but brass and it will oxidize, especially on all the areas that you've touched with your bare hands. So you should always use cotton gloves when you use "gold" leaf, otherwise you will have bad surprises months later, when your fingermarks start appearing all over your work. And when you're done you should apply a sealer, any varnish will do, oil or waterbased.

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