Turn your thrift store lamps into beautiful showstoppers with this easy trick and save big! Create the lamp of your dreams for a fraction of the cost!
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I was browsing Home Goods, Ross and Target and noticed that they have huge sections of GOLD lamps!!! You guys, GOLD! I mean people are still updating their homes and taking the gold out…and now it’s coming back! Although, of course there is a twist to it – it’s “rubbed gold” (that similar luster look to oil rubbed bronze). And I have to admit, I like it! I’ve always been a fan of gold but it’s one of those colors that has to be in the right setting.
After seeing all of these pretty lamps and their high price tags, I set out to my favorite local thrift store and scored a couple of beautifully shaped heavy duty, brass lamps. I have to admit, there was a time (all of my life until recently) that I thought it was just gross to go to a thrift store. And now in my “older, more wiser years” I’ve become so much more aware of the amount of waste that we produce and it really just sickens me. I have become totally addicted to buying someone else’s discards and giving them life again in a whole new way!
The lamps I bought, had a lot of imperfections with the coloring – but the shape was so pretty!
And with the help of one tiny little tube of this amazing product I was able to transform this not so glorious lamp into a stunning showstopper that now graces my dining room buffet….and I LOVE IT!!! – I love it way more than any of those lamps I saw at the stores!
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OK! Let me show you how I created this rubbed gold lamp makeover!
My mom recently told me about this product called Rub ‘n Buff. I had never heard of it before but after doing some research about it I just knew I had to give it a try, stat! The best place to buy it is on Amazon. Local craft stores are hit and miss and to be honest, most of the employees I talked to at stores had no idea what i was talking about. Plus, if you get lucky and can find it in the stores, the color selections stink (and the price is waaay higher). However, on Amazon the price is amazing and you get all 12 colors!
How To Makeover Your Lamp
So it’s actually really easy! Like e.a.s.y! I did lightly clean my lamp with a damp cloth to begin with but I left all of the black spots that were all over the lamp.
I then put just a tiny bit of Rub ‘n Buff on an old rag and started rubbing it on the lamp. You’ll find that the more you rub, the more the Rub ‘n Buff adheres.
Here it is half way through the makeover. You can clearly see the difference in the gold colors. I just love the patina finish to it – so so so different than spray paint! This actually looks like it was professionally done!
I only did one coat of the Rub ‘n Buff and am totally impressed! It took me about 5 minutes to completely makeover my lamp. The Rub ‘n Buff dries pretty quickly to the touch. If you are going to do more than one coat because you either need more coverage or you want a deeper color, then I would allow at least 24 hours in between coats. I had done this on a door knob originally and tried doing a 2nd coat about 30 minutes after my first coat and noticed that it pulled up the Rub ‘n Buff in some areas because it wasn’t fully dry. But when I let it dry 24 hours in between it worked great!!
Remember what rough shape this lamp was in before? take a look at it now!
You would never be able to tell that this lamp went unloved for a while!
The Rub ‘n Buff holds up fantastic as well! I actually took my lamp some place and had to come to a quick stop and it fell over in my car and hit another lamp that I was also going to makeover – and there were zero dings in the “paint”.
Ahh!! I’m still so excited about it! I just love super easy projects that yield such dramatic results!!
There are 12 different Rub ‘n Buff colors and I’m so excited to do more projects! I’ve done some on a couple of wooden pieces and all I can say is WOW! I wish I would have known about this stuff a long time ago!!
Rub ‘n Buff Colors
Using Rub ‘n Buff is one of the easiest ways to create authentic, beautiful pieces of art, on any medium! Fortunately, it comes in 12 different colors, so there’s a color for every style! Find out what color is best for you with my Rub ‘n Buff Guide!
- What Is Rub ‘n Buff?
- What Surfaces Can Rub ‘n Buff Be Used On?
- Color Options
- How To Apply and Use
- Where To Buy?
- What Does It Look Like Once Applied?
- Inspiration Projects
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