Sunday, August 10, 2008

One of My Daughter's Rejects and Rub N Buff

This was what I had on one of the walls in my breakfast room. It had been there for a while and I was was ready for a change!
My daughter couldn't find a place in her new home for this little I took it off her hands when she had her garage sale this past weekend.
It fit perfectly in the spot between the french doors and corner of the wall. I had 2 prints from Southern Living at Home that I've had a while. The faux pears are from a yard sale a couple of weeks ago.

The frames were a little too 'gold' for the shelf, so I dug out some Rub N Buff in Spanish Copper. You can see how much it helped tone down the frames. You can use your finger to rub it on, but I preferred using a cloth.
Here they are after the rub and buff...much better match to the shelf!

I really enjoyed making this little change with Kelli's shelf. It's like it was made for this spot! And the piece that was in this spot is now hanging on her front door!

This little project is one of the small benefits I've gotten from blogging. I read on Rhoda's site Southern Hospitality about a project she did using Rub N Buff, and remembered that I'd had some tucked away. It's good stuff...and so easy to use!

Edited to add: You can buy Rub N Buff at Michaels or any other craft store. It is also available online...just google Rub n Buff


Dawn said...

Your change looks great! It looks like a different space all together. Boy if I keep checking out people's blogs I might just gather some decorating sense along the way.

take care,

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Hi Diane, don't you just LOVE it when something comes together so wonderfully? Especially, when it's for just a small space?

It's gorgeous!!!


Darlene said...

That looks FABULOUS!! I love the everything about it, the pictures, shelf and the pears. I have been on the hunt for Rub n Buff but I haven't come up with any yet. That was a perfect change for that small space. LOVE it!!

Darlene said...

Oh, by the way, I mentioned you and your daughter Kelli on my blog today. Check it out.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Diane, thanks for telling me about your RNB project. Looks great & I've used it on many picture frames too. Love the shelf & those pears too.

Be sure to go back & watch that'll love it!


Bella said...

Where do you buy Rub and Buff?

I love your new look...I am a Pear Gal, so I actually <3 it!!!


Kim's Treasures said...

Love the change! Very cute shelf...makes me wonder why she didn't want it any more. Good job on the frames! It's so cool to learn something new in blogland!
Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Brenda Kula said...

If my eyes aren't deceiving me, I think I spy more than one change. Did you not change your blog banner a bit since I read you last? Which would have been yesterday or the day before? Anyway, I do love all the "changes."

PAT said...

The shelf and everything looks great, Diane. Isn't rub & buff wonderful!


Nancy said...

Hi Diane, I absolutley love your new shelf! The picture and pears, well, girl, you have inspired me...everything looks so great. Please tell me about rub and buff??? I have never heard of it. nancy

Somewhere In Time- Christie (yardsalequeen) said...

Hey Diane! I love what you have done's perfect! I wish I knew where to get some Rub and Buff, I honestly have never heard of it. Thanks for sharing and have a great week!


My Arts Desire said...

Oh I love finding these great hints and how to's. Never heard of Rub and Buff practical and lovely results!

What a fun swap with your daughter. Makes me think we should all do more swapping {shopping?} at each other's homes!!

nikkicrumpet said...

What a fabulous change! It is amazing how you would assume that the shelf was made specifically for that space...the whole thing just ties together magically!!

The Berry's Patch said...


It looks so nice with the shelf arrangement and the pictures. I hate it when the frames are too gold. The rub n buff stuff really works.

Have a good week!

Brandee :-)

Pat said...

What a big difference to that corner that the shelf and prints made, Diane! It now looks so elegant! I love the faux pears too ...nice touch.
Good info about "Rub & Buff" to keep in mind. Thanks!

Hugs, Pat

Mad Red Hare said...

Rub n buff. I hadn't thought about that for years. When I was a teenager, my mom and I used to paint plaster crafts. That was really popular then. Thanks for the memory.

Cottage Rose said...

Wow just by subtracting then adding you have a beautiful looking wall. I love the look the rub and buff made what a difference. I will have to look for some. You did a great job.

Have a great week.


proudgrits11 said...

Heehee. I'm a SLAH rep so I recognize a lot of your pieces--I love them, too!!
The shelf and pears look awesome!! You did a great job! My mom and I often swap stuff, too--in fact, she's bringing me a bird house she took off her porch tomorrow!! :)
Isn't it great, to find the inspiration and ideas and make a positive change?? Even the small ones add so much pleasure to our lives!! I love it!!

linda said...

Your new changes look great...I'm a lover of pears also, actually fruit. I have alot of fruit accessories around the house. They just make me happy seeing them.

Deborah said...

Interesting! I've not heard of Rub N Buff. That's a great looking vingette.

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Lucky you, on ending up with this great shelf! Your whole wall vignette looks so pretty! I love pears and this display of them turned out pretty terrific! :)

~Rhonda :)

Joy said...

I LOVE RUB N' BUFF! I've transformed so many things using it. In fact, I even did a tutorial on my blog about it because I use it almost as much as I use paint.
Your Rub n' Buff frames look great. And the shelf and other changes are wonderful too.

The Quintessential Magpie (Sheila) said...

Hi, Diane...

Just a quick note to say thank you so much for watching the video of my house on Rhoda's and your comments! I appreciate it so much.

I'm glad to be here on your blog, and the Rub and Buff is a great idea. Thanks to you and Rhoda for sharing it. I will have to try it as I have a frame in desperate need of attention. Sounds like something I need to have on my hardware shelf!

I'm going to stroll around your blog as I've really enjoyed what I've seen so far. Great job!

My very best,


Jeanne said...

Diane, we were out of town, but now I'm back. It is mighty quiet around here. I have so much visiting to catch up on.

I used lots of Rub and Buff when I was in the antique business.
Great stuff. Your shelf and prints look lovely, and the pears are perfect to finish the look. I never used that copper shade, but I will now. I love the difference it made. Good job!

Love, Jeanne

Jon said...

Diane, nice post! Your creative ideas are sure to give lots of DIY folks thoughts and tips on future projects.

A person can never have too many shelves. I wish I had a room with floor to ceiling shelves like a library to display all the Asian artifacts and antiques in my attic.
Jon at Mississippi Garden blog

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I am going to have to get me some rub n buff . That looks great .

Jean said...

Love the difference with the Rub N Buff! I've never seen this, I'll have to get some! The wall looks great! Super job! Jean

3CHEERS4MOM said...

Oh, I love this!!!! I'm going to try this, I have a large mirror hanging in my formal living room that is a little too gold. I just rubbed picture frames with black acrylic paint yesterday, and it worked ok, but the mirror is large and wasn’t sure if it work. I think this might so the trick. Cheers, Amy

Nola said...

Wow, the Rub N Buff looks super; it toned down the gold really well. I've never seen it, but I'll be getting some; I have too much out of date, way-too-shiny gold accessories!

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Thanks for stopping by tonite...

I have a few other things I'm going to use Rub 'n Buff on, too! I mentioned you because you reminded me I had this "stuff"!! LOL!!


Southern Lady said...

What an amazing transformation, Diane ... Your shelf and pictures look like they were just made for that spot and it's so nice that you can see them from your kitchen, too.

I'm going to Michael's today and will look for the Rub N Buff. It sounds easier to use than stain which is what I usually use for projects like your picture frames.

Thanks for the tip!



Kristi said...

I've never heard of Rub 'n Buff. I have some frames that need updating too. Thanks for the inspiration. You after pictures are beautiful!

Bitsy said...

Thanks for sharing. It looks great and I'm headed to get rub n buff soon!!! Bitsy