Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I've Been Bitten by The Golden Trend

Has the warmth and glam of the golden 
trend captured your attention?

It has mine!

And so continuing with this year's theme of working with what I have when it comes to any updates in my home, I've been contemplating giving these black lamps purchased years ago a golden update. What sealed the deal was spying a metal lamp at Target with a golden finish that nearly made it into my cart...until I realized I could recreate the same look with a tube of Rub 'n Buff using the lamps I already had at home.


A table lamp on one end of the sofa...


...and a floor lamp on the other.


They didn't have a say in the matter, once I pulled out a new tube of this golden magic.



I didn't want a solid coverage, and quickly discovered that applying Rub 'n Buff with a fan brush in alternating directions provided just the look I was going for...a "burnished metal" finish.


Pretty fabulous I was thinking!
(you gotta love it when things go right...)




Lights on, Lights off. 
Good enough to try it again...


...on the floor lamp.

And FYI, a tube of this stuff goes a long way.
 I ended up using only half  the tube to cover the two lamps.



Bravo. Two "new" lamps for about $3.00. 
I'm loving the warm, softer touch they bring to the space.

A couple other lamps in my house had better take cover...

45 comments :

  1. Yes, they look fabulous, I love the gold, very elegant.

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  2. Love them, they turned out great! I'm definitely on the gold bandwagon, I love it!

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  3. That Rub and Buff stuff rocks. I'm starting to attack things in my house too. An old mirror got a new look.

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  4. So need to try this. I tried to use gold leaf on my coffee table- epic fail!

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  5. I've seen rub and buff used so many times. I really need to try it out. Your lamps rock!

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  6. I've always been a fan of the warmer golden tones over the starker colder silver tones. So happy it's 'back' in style. Great makeover. Who doesn't love a little rub n' buff?? Thanks for sharing, liz

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  7. Gorgeous! I just started putting this on my master bathroom mirror. This stuff lasts forever and I love how easy and cheap it is! Gold is definitely one of my favorite colors right now.

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  8. Fantastic! Im getting ready to do my living room floor lamp. Yes, Im going gold, all around my house.
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  9. WHOA Janell - those turned out FANTASTIC. WHOA. did you dilute the RnB with paint thinner? Or just put it straight on with the fan brush? Regardless, you truly are a master!

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  10. Lovely, Janell! I have gold accents in our master bedroom. It seems to go better with what I have going on.

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  11. I have a desk base I want to do a "brushed "finish to and this is perfect! Thanks!

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  12. You did a great job. I love the new look of the lamps.

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  13. Yes, I've been bitten by the bug! Love your look with the more random application!

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  14. You're the golden bug who just bit me! Beautiful!

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  15. Yea!...so happy to see another DIY by you Janell! You always seem to get it just right. I know we all make a few DIY fails here and there...but your successes are always fabulous! Those lamps turned out great.

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  16. i've been bitten by the gold bug too;). painted a lamp gold, but i think i need to try some rub and buff soon. i don't have a good trigger finger with the spray paint can even with that nifty attachment.

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  17. i'm going to have to try that fanning technique. i just recently discovered the gloriousness that is that tiny tube of instant gratification. your lamps look fabulous!

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  18. They look awesome! Where are the lamps from? I love the shape!

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  19. Ooooh. I really like how those turned out. Just used rub n buff on a mirror and just did our powder room with lots of gold accents. I am really drawn back to the warmer feel again. Maybe it's fall calling my name?? Have a black lamp I never dreamed of using that on. I should try. Do you wear a glove when you use it?

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  20. Never mind. . .saw your bare hand. I use a brush and it still gets everywhere when I use it. I must not be a very neat painter. Ughh.

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  21. Looks great! I'm just curious where your lamp shades are from (mainly the table lamp). Thanks!

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  22. I definitely am! I love the gold look on your lamps, janell! And the way your lamps turned out is similar to how my shelving units turned out (even though I used my finger!).

    Love seeing updates to your home:)

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  23. Lakeitha, your shelves inspired me! And for the other questions, no gloves, shades from Pottery Barn, about 4 years ago, lamps also on clearance at Pottery Barn, about 7 years ago.

    Thanks! Now what can I cover with my remaining Rub 'n Buff?!

    Janell

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  24. This is so lovely! What a great and affordable project. Thanks for sharing with us :)

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  25. Gorgeous. I love the effect of using the brush.

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  26. your lamps are beautiful! i went on a crazy gold kick about 4 years ago & literally spray painted so many things in our house this color. this past summer, i got so sick of it & made many changes. i do love me some gold though, especially when fall rolls around!

    http://ohhhsolovely.blogspot.com

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  27. I love rub and buff! I love your technique with the fan brush! Hmm... What can I use that on? I'm definitely stealing your idea!

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  28. Wow!! They look AMAZING. I just read about rub n buff on another blog and I am going buy it today! I have no idea what I will try it on but I am captivated. Love your lamp makover.....hope all is well!

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  29. Where can I buy Rub and buff? Also, can I use it on an outdoor door knob/handle?

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  30. Those lamps look fantastic...love the technique you used...I am so happy that I had not spray painted lots of my older brass lamps...they are waiting in the attic for a comeback!...You did a great job...love them!

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  31. You can buy Rub'n Buff at Michael's stores, at Amazon, or here is the company's link:

    http://www.amaco.com/shop/product-437-rub-n-buff-metallic-finishes.html

    I have found that this stuff doesn't really wear off and have used it on indoor hardware...I think it would be work a try on outdoor hardware, unless it is exposed to any extreme temperatures and weather, that might cause a problem.

    Good luck! Janell

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  32. I'm definitely loving the gold trend and have been rub'n buffing everything in the house:) I love the brush technique to give a totally different texture.

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  33. Where do you buy rub and buff? Also can it be used on an outside door handle and or door knob?

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  34. I just bought some today. I am getting ready for a photo shoot and trying to get every little detail done. I need a little bit of gold details to finish the whole thing off.

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  35. What a fun idea! The lamps look great!

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  36. Wow love it, what a great inexpensive way to change the look of lamp bases. Thanks for the tip:) Nx

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  37. Have been dedicated to silver for a while, but I love the change to Gold! I am in love with your linen sofa and would love to know what kind & style is it? Love those arms.
    Thanks.

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  38. They turned out great! I love the lighter look. Thanks for sharing your technique!

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  39. Can't beat a $3 update - especially with results that are so fabulous! I seriously LOVE that stuff!

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  40. What an awesome project! I have two light fixtures that I want to Rub n' Buff - what color did you use? I noticed on their website that they have a few different golds... Thanks!!

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  41. good question, I should have said!! I used Antique Gold. Good luck on your project! Janell

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  42. What a great idea! I just bought an old coffee table that needs a good kick. I've never tried Rub 'n Buff but I think maybe I need to.

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  43. I can't believe you only used 1/2 tube! Of course I love the softness of the brushed look...you are right...sometimes we just need to look real hard at what we have!

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  44. I've been saving a whole bunch of your posts in my email until I had time to read through them. What a treat I'm having this morning looking through all the wonderful inspiration. I think I'll paint something burnished gold today! Your blog is wonderful!

    Keri

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