Sunday, October 13, 2019

How to use Rub n Buff to paint furniture gold


Happy lazy Sunday afternoon, hope you are having a lovely weekend. My family all came home from their travels last night and are full of talk about their wonderful trips. Nice to have them home.


I did manage to get so much work done while they were away. I was asked by a lovely lady, Helen, to paint a huge conversation chair. It was a glossy black and she wanted it gold. I decided the best product to use is Rub n Buff as it is so durable, super easy to clean up if you get it in the wrong spot and  easy to apply especially with a fine brush. AND it looks amazing.

how to use rub n Buff to paint furniture gold Lilyfield Life

Above is the original finish of the piece and below is the completed piece. I did two coats leaving a full day in between coats. There were times when little flecks of the gilding wax flicked onto the leather but it is just so easy to remove with mineral turpentine on a cloth that I just didn’t even worry about being super neat. The first coat looked good but a little patchy in places but I think the second coat makes it look exactly like proper gold leaf. Helen is extremely happy with it. When the piece is in situ in the amazing room I will share photos.

how to use rub n Buff to paint furniture gold Lilyfield Life

how to use rub n Buff to paint furniture gold Lilyfield Life

Here are some other pieces I did this week using Rub n Buff. This time a slightly darker gold, Antique Gold. 

how to use rub n Buff to paint furniture gold Lilyfield Life

The tall mirror on the left is available for sale. Can hang portrait or landscape. Just email me for details. The other pieces have sold already. 

how to use rub n Buff to paint furniture gold Lilyfield Life

how to use rub n Buff to paint furniture gold Lilyfield Life

Personally I think Rub n Buff is way easier to apply than gold paint (you can use a small brush, your finger or cloth) and I think it gives a much more authentic finish. There are times I will use gold paint but I find myself reaching for the tube of Rub n Buff more frequently. Would love to hear what you think?

Fiona 

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