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How To Update All Your Fixtures for $3!

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You don't always need new fixtures for a new look! If you like your fixtures but not the color or dinginess, here's an easy and very budget-friendly fix.
Time: 1 Hours Cost: $3.00 Difficulty: Easy
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I got an old buffet at an estate sale and had just finished painting it. Turning to the last step of adding back the fixtures, I noted that I liked the original fixtures that came with the buffet, but they were a faded metal; you could see a little luster left to them, but only if you saw them up close.
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It was a fact in my mind when I started that I wanted to have gold to compliment the dark blue of the painted buffet and give the piece that extra "pop". I didn't have the budget for all-new fixtures, so that wasn't an option. I know some people spray paint their fixtures metallic colors, but I wanted a bit more of a natural semi-worn coloring, and was also concerned that the spray paint wouldn't hold up to use.
Somewhere in my search for alternatives I came across "Rub 'n Buff", a finish you can work into metals and other surfaces and comes in different shades of gold, silver, and bronze. Armed with a coupon, I got the stuff at a craft store for approximately $3.
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For prep, the fixtures had some built-up grit, so I just washed and sanitized the fixtures and then set them aside to dry.
  • how to update all your fixtures for 3, diy, how to, painted furniture
Once they were dry, I took a toothbrush (you can get cheap packs of 6 at the dollar store) and squeezed out a tiny bead of the rub 'n buff onto the brush, then worked the brush in small circles on the fixture.
If you look at the picture above, you can see in the circled area the bit that I've just brushed the rub 'n buff and the contrast with the rest of the untouched fixture.
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When I finished rubbing the gold into all the fixtures, I let them dry overnight and was able to affix them onto the buffet the next day.
It's already been a few months, and the color has held up very well so far with no signs of wearing. Love how easy and inexpensive this was!
P.S. - To all wondering about the color, it is Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in Artissimo, finished off with hemp seed oil. :) Can find out more on it here: http://dravenmade.blogspot.com/2014/08/say-hello-to-artissimo-blue-buffet.html

To see more: http://dravenmade.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-midas-touch-keep-your-old-fixtures.html

  • Natasha Crook Austin
    Natasha Crook Austin Royse City, TX
    on Nov 14, 2014

    Great! Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it.

  • Jean M
    Jean M Valdosta, GA
    on Nov 15, 2014

    thanks so much for that great idea, and it so much cheaper. Also, sometimes I like the handles that already exist and they are so much prettier than the ones in the stores. I have the problem of the store handles not fitting my existing holes from the old handles. My house is old I guess, so my handles and doorknobs are old too LOL

  • MJ
    MJ Conway, SC
    on Feb 28, 2015

    Beautiful job. I've never heard of Rub and Buff, but am going to look for it. I too, have re-finished several older pieces, and wanted to use the old hardware. I took some household ammonia and soaked the hardware (overnight, because that was convenient for me) and they turned out as beautiful as new. Also, if you have cooking pots that need a good cleaning on the bottoms without scrubbing with Barkeepers Friend, you can pour a couple tablespoons of ammonia in a plastic bag, put the pot inside and tie up bag tightly, and check it in the morning. Wipes off clean with no scrubbing. (Don't know if this should be done on pots that are several-ply. It might separate the layers??) ps. if the odor in the house bothers you, you can do this outside.

  • David Roddis
    David Roddis Canada
    on Mar 25, 2015

    @DravenMade Beautiful results, I'm inspired. And I really love the blue-grey color you've chosen. I take it milk paint is an old-fashioned type of paint?

    • David Roddis
      David Roddis Canada
      on Mar 25, 2015

      @DravenMade I will check that out for sure, I googled the term and found guess who? Martha Stewart of course, with an informative article. Fascinating. Thanks for the info.

  • Regina
    Regina Sun City, AZ
    on Nov 18, 2016

    Gorgeous job!

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