Tuesday, June 4, 2013

DIY Happiness Via A Little Rub 'n Buff

I'm popping in today to say "hello friends" and share a quick little DIY project I worked on last week. 

For some odd reason that I can't explain, I've never been a fan of the strong green tint seen on the edge of some glass. (Apparently this effect is caused by iron in the sand used to make glass, something I didn't know until Googling an inquiry on the topic for this post.) And this tint just happens to be a prominent feature on a Jonathan Adler side table I picked up for a steal at a carpet store closing last year, something I didn't notice until I got it home. Of course.


While the tint kind of bugged me, I didn't give it much thought. (I mean, it is just a table top edge.) Then it randomly occurred to me one day, while placing a book down on the table, that a layer of Rub 'n Buff just might be a simple solution to this "problem." A gold rim around the table instead of the green? Hum, that might look great and can you have too many golden accents these days? I think not!



So with a small dab squeezed from a well loved and nearly empty tube of Rub 'n Buff, I did a test to see if the idea would work. And it did. By simply stippling the glass edge with a bit of the substance on the tip of a finger I could see the green could be effectively covered. Out of product, the next time I was near a Michele's store I made a point to pick up another tube in Antique Gold to finish the job.



I had assumed it would be necessary to tape off the top and bottom surfaces of the glass. But by being careful to work with only a small amount of the mixture on the finger tip, a clean line was easy to achieve at the point around the table where the side met the top surface. You gotta love it when a project turns out to be easier than anticipated. That surely isn't the case in many instances; if you DIY, you know this probably too well! 


And that was that. Green gone, hello gold!


I'm happy with how it brings out the subtle golden brass accents on the table base and ring on its surface. (Though I didn't quite manage to capture that aspect in these pictures.)




It's a small detail, but as they say, it's all in the details!


Apart from this little update I've been enjoying the start to this summer season, my absolute favorite time of year. We are counting down the days until school is let out and having great fun with the opening of a new community center and pool in our neighborhood. A perfect place to meet up with neighborhood friends, mine and the kids. Oh, do I feel spoiled.

Here's to a happy beginning of summer!

32 comments :

  1. I love rub'n'buff too! I recently brought back a rusty lantern to life with black spray paint and rub'n'buff along one edge. It is all in the details!

    Your pool sounds like it will be a party! We had a community pool for our neighbourhood when we lived in Virginia, so much laughter happened there. Here we have one too, but it services a whole town! Not quite the same!

    The countdown is on!

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  2. You and you RnB! Now I'm looking around to see if I need to update something lol! Oh, but I do. I never finished my chandelier:-/

    My oldest is the last to get out. His last day is Friday and I can't wait! I'm creating a list of inexpensive things for us to do this summer to keep them busy. This should be interesting:-)

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  3. I am always amazed at how such a small detail can make all the difference. Smart idea, lady! Great table. We are counting the days as well. One more week for us until the glorious summer days!

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  4. So smart! It adds such a nice touch!

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  5. I've been procrastinating about Rub N Buff for too long - it seems to work miracles. Must buy some this week. Your table looks great.

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  6. My favorite kind of project - easy and cheap! Looks fantastic!

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  7. wow, that's a big transformation. I don't actually mind the green on the glass but the gold just gives the table so much more weight and a big, huge wow factor!

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  8. Thanks so much for using and writing about Rub 'n Buff. We love it too! All of the colors are available at AMACO.com. I'd like to post this on our Facebook page at Rub 'n Buff Metallic Finishes, and link to you.

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  9. Love this idea, looks fantastic. I am using some to edge a frame with too. Love that stuff. Hugs, Marty

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  10. You are the Rub-n-Buff Queen! I love the small (and so easy) transformation...such a great idea that looks fab!

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  11. look better before, that's the whole point of glass, to look like glass... tra la

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  12. Yes! It's all in the details, like the after so much better! What a sweet spot for that table.

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  13. So darn smart! I love when projects turn out so easy and yet make such a difference.

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  14. That's awesome, Do you put any protection coat over it?

    As your reader for a while now, you got me into trying rub n buff...I bought a tube about a year ago..and finally got to try it on my chandelier past weekend. Love it!

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  15. Little touches of gold make such a big difference! Love it. Hope youre enjoying your break friend.
    xo Nancy
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  16. I'm with you on not liking the green edge...something about it reminds me of cheap lunchroom/cafeteria glasses. lol
    Love LOVE the gold edge...what a simple, but fabulous solution! :)

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  17. Amazing how a little detail can make all the difference! Love it!

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  18. Love Rub-N-Buff & the little table is so cute - thanks for sharing!

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  19. I would never have thought of doing that! That is so clever Janell! Such a simple change that makes a big impact. I'm with you. I love the gold. I'm sitting here looking at our coffee table with the glass on top and noticing that green edge. Might be gold over the weekend!

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  20. Love the simple but profound change! Just what it needed!

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  21. Hi Janell,

    Would you consider giving your readers a current house tour. It looks like you've switched some rooms around and I'd love to see how your spaces have evolved. Of course, completely understand if you can't.

    M

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  22. I finally tried rub-n-buff a few weeks ago. I felt like if I tried the "buff" part it just came off. Maybe it was what I was trying it on that was the problem. I'd try it again though. The table looks great!

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  23. So pretty and I learned something about green edges!
    Do you think Rub n Buff might work on shoes? I have a pair of red ballet flats which are just a little too...err, red, and you suddenly made me wonder if I could tone them down a bit with this stuff...? I don't own any, unfortunately.

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  24. Janell - I think that made a dramatic difference in that table - all for the better. Great idea!

    Judy

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  25. Oh my gosh - I love that little change! What a pretty affect, so smart Janel!! Enjoy the summer, so nice to see a post here. This will always remain one of my favorite blogs, no matter how often you post!

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  26. I just picked up a 3rd tube of Rub n' Buff Antique Gold, too! I'm using it on some IKEA black curtain rods. I love the idea you had to use on the table edge! Great idea, and it looks so pretty with your gold birds:)

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  27. I do love anything dipped in gold!! And this little trick made all the difference!! xo

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  28. I actually enjoy the green tint effect on the side of glass, but that is just my personal taste. The gold is really a good idea though; the rub n buff edging could be done in just about any color, depending on the room. I am glad to hear that you have a community centre.

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  30. It's all about the details when it comes to decoration ;)

    Melanie ~ www.iheartsharingthings.blogspot.fr

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  31. love it! I just discovered rub 'n buff today and I've already finished a picture frame. It is very, very rare that a product turns out to be as easy as it claims to be, but this one is. I am doing the legs on my bedroom bench in silver leaf, and I'm eyeing my master bath bench for the "treatment." Keep doing great design!

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