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How To Update All Your Fixtures for $3!

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
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.
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.
For prep, the fixtures had some built-up grit, so I just washed and sanitized the fixtures and then set them aside to dry.
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.
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

  • Carole
    Carole Australia
    on Nov 6, 2014

    What a great and thrifty way to glam up those drawer pulls. All kudos to you for a great job! Thanks for posting!

  • Mommom49
    Mommom49 Trenton, NJ
    on Nov 6, 2014

    Love the look-I have been using the Rub and Buff for years and have never been disappointed. Never used the toothbrush but like the idea (tired of gold fingertips) and definitely will use it on the next project!

  • Susan
    Susan Lake Charles, LA
    on Nov 7, 2014

    I wonder if I could use this on door knobs too?

  • Curtis Mikolaiczik
    Curtis Mikolaiczik Flint, MI
    on Nov 7, 2014

    You don't even need that. I was able to bring my drawer and door pulls with vinegar, rubbing alcohol, a little lemon juice, some dish detergent and water. Boil the knobs for like twn minutes and the nasty comes right off. I did 24 knobs in an hour and a half.

    • Living in a Fixer Upper
      Living in a Fixer Upper Philadelphia, PA
      on Nov 7, 2014

      @Curtis Mikolaiczik I can't say that the buffet handles get as much use as kitchen cabinets would, but so far the rub n' buff has been holding up perfectly. For daily use, I'd say to use a sealant such as wax or a matte clear spray to keep them protected. Hope that helps!

  • Janice Frans
    Janice Frans Paducah, KY
    on Nov 7, 2014

    What a beautiful transformation. I love the color you used, and the hardware looks fabulous with that color!!

    • Living in a Fixer Upper
      Living in a Fixer Upper Philadelphia, PA
      on Nov 7, 2014

      @Janice Frans Thanks! I love classic color combos and blue and gold is definitely up there. :)

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