With all the muchlargerprojects on our plate as of late, it is extremely satisfying to check off a quick, (way) less-than-one-hour job. You saw in our closet plans that we’ll be hanging a mirror above the changing table, and being the vintage mirror hoarders that we are, we had plenty to choose from! For a hot second, I was somewhat tempted to pick up something frameless (I’ve always loved these), but instead, we dug through our own inventory in the attic and landed on a mirror that’s never had a space to call its own in this home. The oval shape will balance all the square corners in the closet, and although it’s cute as-is, it’s always had a slight greenish hue to it:
We’ll be adding this pretty unlacquered brass hardware to the changing table, so I wanted something with an equal amount of shine for this mirror, too. In this case, I decided to try Rub ‘n Buff for the first time, and ohmigoodness, why have I not used this miracle paste sooner? There are endless options for every shade of gold, bronze and silver, but in my mind, I suppose I thought it was used more for creating a shabby chic, antique-like look. While it can be used that way, I craved a more uniform look to tidy up the mirror’s current finish. For $7, it was worth a shot! I picked up the European Gold and went for it.
What I Did:
I was surprised by the strong smell of this stuff, so I worked with the windows open, and I wore a mask and gloves. First, I laid down a drop cloth and taped off the mirror with blue tape. I squeezed a pea sized amount onto my cloth, and I literally rubbed it along the mirror frame, making sure to get the sides as well. I did two light passes over the entire mirror, and I quickly learned that a little goes a long way! All said and done, I don’t think I even used 1/4 of the tube on the mirror.
Once I had made it around the mirror twice, I used a clean part of my cloth to buff up any excess. And by buff, I mean I just made small circles with the cloth over the frame. It was mostly dry by that point, and very little was picked up on the cloth at all:
The finish felt dry and wax-like within 5-10 minutes, but I allowed it to dry for another 20 minutes before handling. The difference is subtle (before and after below), but the Rub ‘n Buff added a deeper gold color, providing more depth amongst the details. Three cheers for no more green!
My takeaway? This is an inexpensive pick-me-up when spray painting might not be an option due to poor weather – especially for those of us who live in unpredictable climates! The Rub ‘n Buff requires no primer, and it allows for greater control overall. The European Gold finish is a more natural gold finish, but I’m itching to try the Ebony on a project. We can’t wait to see how the mirror looks with the changing table against soft pink walls!
There are so many ways to use this paste – from frames to sconces to hardware – and the finish feels nice and tough now that it’s completely dry. What have you Rub ‘n Buffed?