My latest Rub n’ Buff transformations

I’ve had these ornate candlesticks for a while now. I originally found them at one of my local antique malls for only $12.00 for the pair. I not only loved their style but I also adore anything with crystals so I just had to get them! I find that since it is so dark here in the winter, crystals add a wonderful sparkle and light to my home, which is a necessity for me.




When I purchased these candlesticks they were actually a dull silver in color and I found them a little too plain for me. Last summer I decided to pretty them up with a couple of coats of Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.  As you can see, they actually looked quite nice in that color but I still thought they needed something more to help show off their details. It was Rub n’ Buff to the rescue!

If you are a regular visitor to my blog you may have seen my previous tutorial on how to use Rub n’ Buff to give brass an aged patina. I had used Spanish Copper Rub n’ Buff to tone down the brightly-colored brass on my vintage globe and give it a time-worn looking finish.

Rub n’ Buff is actually one of my favorite products for transforming something from boring to fabulous in less than 10 minutes with only a cloth or a fingertip. No other supplies needed! Another reason why I love it so much is because it can applied to many different surfaces such as metal, wood or even plastic without having to prime or sand.  Check out all of the gorgeous colors to choose from too!

  Rub n' Buff Color Chart

Although Spanish Copper is my favorite color to use so far, I had been dying to try out my recently purchased tube of Patina Rub n’ Buff on my candlesticks.




Here’s a close-up of one of my candlesticks after using the Patina Rub n’ Buff.  I love how all of the details just “pop” now!




This photo shows the ‘before’ and the ‘after’ so you can really see the difference. Depending on the lighting, ‘Patina’ rub n’ buff can read as a lighter turquoise blue like the photo below or more of a deeper blue as shown above.

In these photos, I also had to include my vintage picture that you can see in behind my candlesticks. Its frame was also updated with Rub n’ Buff and you can read more about it further down in my post.




It only took me about 10 minutes to apply the Rub n’ Buff on to the raised areas on my candlesticks and then buff them to a beautiful shine. What a quick and easy transformation!




As you can see I used very little of my tube on this project. This $6.00 tube of Rub n’ Buff goes a very long way. There’s enough there for many more projects in the future!




Here are my candlesticks with their jewelry added back on. Just the way I like them!

It’s strange that in this photo it looks like each candlestick is a different color. I can tell you that in real life they are exactly the same color. They received the same finish so they have to be. I’m blaming this one on the weird lighting in my living room.




This is my favorite photo because it shows the aged finish close up. Where I have applied the Rub n’ Buff a little heavier in spots; lighter, highlighted areas were created. This helps to add more depth to the finish and bring out the details even more.




Of course I had to also show you a close-up of the “bling” too!




While I had my Rub n’ Buff out, I found this picture (below) that I wanted to makeover. It always seems to happen that way. I end up walking around my house looking for other potential “victims”. This stuff is so addicting once you start using it. You’ll want to Rub n’ Buff everything too!



This vintage picture was one of my finds from the The Elizabeth’s Antique Collectible Show & Sale this past spring. There was just something about the image that drew me in. The handwriting below the drawing says “Munich” as in Munich, Germany. I’m really not sure how old it is but I thought it would be a nice one-of-a-kind piece of art to add to my collection.




I didn’t really care for the color of the original gold frame though so I applied one coat of Spanish Copper Rub n’ Buff to darken it. I wanted my frame to look like brass that had gone through years of oxidation.




After applying the Spanish Copper, I left my frame to dry for a few minutes and then I used a soft cloth to buff off any of the excess. Next I added a tiny amount of the Patina color on to my cloth and used it to apply highlights to the raised edges of the frame here and there. In person it looks a lot like the finish on an old tarnished penny. So pretty!




Have you used Rub n’ Buff before? If you have what are your favorite colors to use?

What do you have around your home that could use some Rub n’ Buff ?

I’d love to hear from you!


Until next time,




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  1. Carolyn

    Great job, they look so nice. You’ve inspired me to try this on my 70′s shiny brass dining room chandelier. It sounds like I can get away with leaving the chandelier up while I do it. Bonus! I also just bought a fiberglass urn in kind of a terracotta colour. (A steal at $20, regular $80 at home depot being cleared out at the garden centre). It’s a little too orangey for me so I think I might spray it oil rubbed bronze and do some gold highlights with the rub’n'buff. Where can you buy this product, Carrie? Thanks for another great post.

    1. Carrie

      Hi Carolyn,
      How are you? How’s the weather been treating you? Winter is here for good for us already. Oh well, what can you do? Yes, you can definitely leave your chandelier up and then coat it with Rub n’ Buff. If smells bother you, then you may want to crack open a window or two because it is pretty strong smelling. It sounds like your urn from Home Depot will be perfect too! I buy my RNB at my local artists supply store. It is the only place in Edmonton where I have found it. You are from Ontario right? Maybe you could call some of your local art stores and see if they have it and if they don’t then maybe they can order some in for you. That is what I do when my store doesn’t have the color I want. They order it in for me at no extra cost. Otherwise amazon.ca also sells it and shipping will be free if you spend more than $35.00. Here’s the link. http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_5/175-3374219-9382613?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=rub+n+buff&sprefix=rub+n%2Caps%2C0
      I would love to see your chandelier when you are all done.
      Have a great night.

  2. Loida

    Looks amazing! I I was wondering what the patina looked like, love all your post.

    1. Carrie

      Thanks so much Loida! I’m glad you liked my post.

  3. ARod

    oh i love the stuff silver & gold are my favorates and I so know what you mean once you start using it you want to do the nest thing too its so quick I’ll have to try the patina your candlesticks look great

    1. Carrie

      Thank you ARod! I have a few other colors of Rub n’ Buff as well. They can be used in so many ways that its great to have other colors on hand just in case. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave me a comment!
      Take care,

  4. Carolyn

    Thanks for the info. We are fortunate to be experiencing 20 plus degree weather here in Ontario today. Time to haul out the shorts and tees again! I’m sure it will be short-lived though. My husband just got back from Edmonton and said how cold it was. So sorry. We have a couple of art stores out here i could try such as Currys or DeSerres or I’ll try the amazon route. Not sure how I could send you pics when done. Other than email, I live in the social media dark ages. Maybe one of these days I’ll start living in the 21st century!

    1. Carrie

      I am so jealous of your weather Carolyn! It is freezing here today and we now have a couple inches of snow on the ground. You can send me your pics by e-mail if you like. I would love to see it when you are all done.
      Have a great day!

  5. The Shoestring Contessa

    The transformation is so lovely! Found you through Shabby Creek Cottage.

    1. Carrie

      Thank you Shoestring Contessa! Thanks also for stopping by.

  6. Stacey

    REally beautiful – look at all those delicious nooks and crannies!
    Thanks for sharing Carrie!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

    1. Carrie

      Thanks Stacey! Nice to talk to you again.

  7. Peggy @The Decorating Files

    How have I never heard of this product?! And how did I miss your posts on it?! So glad I didn’t miss today’s! I have several projects this would be perfect for. Thank you so much for sharing. The candlesticks look fabulous! :)

    1. Carrie

      Hi Peggy! How are you? Rub n’ Buff is awesome! You should get some because it can be used for so many things. Thanks for your sweet comments.
      Take care,

  8. Nicole

    Hi, great project! I love the look of the patina over the dark base.

    A few questions:

    1) Do you need to seal the rub n’ buff? Will it come off in your hands after hwen you touch it?

    2)The oil spray paint you finished the candlesticks off with before… did you use primer, or just a straight spray of the paint?


    1. Carrie

      Hi Nicole,

      Here are the answers to your questions.

      1) I don’t usually seal my Rub n’ Buff. It won’t come off on your hands when it is dry. If it is something that would get a lot of use like a cabinet knob, I would probably add a coat of clear spray sealer over top just for extra protection. For my candlesticks, if I was going to add a topcoat or a wax over top of the finish it would only be to add an extra sheen to the coating, not to add more protection. Rub n’ Buff is quite durable just on its own.

      2) I didn’t add a primer to the candlesticks before spray painting them. I just added a couple of coats of the Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. If it was something that would get a lot of use I would make sure to add a primer but since my candlesticks are not going to get a lot of handling, I decided to skip the primer step to save time.

      I hope this helps.

  9. Gevodie

    Vos chandeliers sont magnifiquement patinés.
    Merci de nous faire partager vos créations.
    Salutations de France

  10. Jana Hemmerly-Brown

    thank you soo soo much for sharing about antiquing hardware. i ALways want to buy anthropologie (and the like) knobs for the pieces i paint and distress, but now i can make the (free) current hardware look as good as the repainted furniture it’s on. thank you! thank you! thank you!

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