I have always been a spray paint
fan lover. I had a couple little projects I was working on and a few readers suggested I use Rub n’ Buff for the projects. Sharing the good, the bad and the ugly! And my go-to favorite spray paint, the can I always have on-hand. Watch out, I might spray paint the exterior of our house next. Not, really but I actually would spray it bright white if I really could.
Brighter Gold- Rust-Oleum Pure Gold
Rust-Oleum Pure Gold is a brighter gold. I really love this color. I use this when I am trying to brighten up a space or match a bright gold. We have used this color a lot and it has held up REALLY well. It does not scratch or flake off. I have tried scratching it and haven’t had success, which is the result we want. Below are examples were we have the Rust-Oleum Pure Gold in our home.
The very first thing I spray painted gold was our light switch covers. They are just the cheap plastic covers you can get at any home improvement store. I did try a different brand of spray paint and within a month the light switch cover had scratches all over it. The Rust-Oleum Pure Gold has a primer built into it, I think that is the key. (This blog post should be sponsored by them. haha!)
Next I spray painted our mug rack. We use to have a gold bookcase in here on the other side of the chalkboard so I wanted to balance out the gold. I also like that the gold compliments our rattan tea cart– looks more cohesive. I also like to pull in the gold that is on our chandelier. (You can find details on anything in our home under “Shop our Home” HERE).
Used the Rust-Oleum Pure Gold on the cap of THIS Schoolhouse Light (affordable). I spray painted it before we installed the light and the glass, really easy to do. No sanding or prep required. I love how it pops with the barn door hardware.
Typewriter got a spray of the Rust-Oleum Pure Gold. It was a second-hand find and gift from Kevin! He spray painted it all on his own, knowing to go with the Pure Gold! And it was an instant facelift!
Darker Gold- Rust-Oleum Satin Bronze
Satin Bronze is a really pretty color- more of a darker gold. I switched to using Rust-Oleum Satin Bronze because it matched our sink faucet in the bathroom. And I ended up using it on several other things because I had it on-hand!
We spray painted the handles on our new vanity. I ordered this vanity knowing that I would spray paint the handles. We took them off and then spray painted them. The best way to spray hardware is to put it thru cardboard so it is standing up. Also if the hardware is shiny then you can lightly sand the handles so it will adhere, I personally did not do this on the hardware just because it took the spray paint right away. I honestly haven’t sanded anything and the Rust-Oleum has always adhered, even on plastic.
Our kitchen cabinets have THESE Gold Pulls (shown on the right). I just wanted to show the hardware on our vanity that has the Rust-Oleum Satin Bronze you can see it is a little darker color (on the left).
Before you toss out an accessory because it feels too country or not your right look- spray paint will give it some new life! Like our little bunny.
I was going to order a gold sconce for our kitchen for the “Magic Light Trick” but couldn’t find one that I loved that was under $50! So I ordered THIS Silver Sconce for $40 and gave it a coat of spray paint with the Rust-Oleum Satin Bronze. I really should have used the Rust-Oleum Pure Gold because that it is the brighter gold in our kitchen. But it works. Also spray painted those basic plastic alphabet letters with Rust-Oleum Pure Gold and they have held up for three years, some are starting to chip….might need to spray a new set!
Rub n’ Buff
Alright here is my thoughts on Rub n’ Buff. Notice the container is small? I think it is a sign that it should only be used on small projects! I actually had a really good experience when I used the Antique Gold Rub n’ Buff. It went on our light fixture really easily and smooth. I just rubbed it on with my finger and a small paint brush in some spots. I found my finger worked the best. The Antique Gold was a really pretty color. But I didn’t love it with the other gold tones I had in the room. It is more of a copper. And I did use the Antique Gold Rub n’ Buff to cover up the nail heads on a sconce and that was great too. But….
I bought the black Rub n’ Buff. And it was so bad!! It was really uneven, runny, chunky, did not go on smooth like the bronze did. It also stained my fingers way more than the bronze did. It really wouldn’t work with a paint brush. I tried using plastic gloves to rub it on then “buff” it out. Nothing worked. So we scrubbed it off with paint thinner. And we could just rub it off with a magic eraser too.
After we got it all off I tapped the light and went back to my favorite Rust-Oleum Satin Black. It went on way faster, looked even and so much better!
Moral of my story. I thought the Rub n’ Buff would be so awesome for lights if you don’t want to mess with the electrical or door knobs. I do recommend Spray paint for door knobs. The gold did turn out. The spray paint might just be as fast tho! (I also spray painted that hanging plant holder with the Rust-Oleum Satin Bronze.
Have you tried Rub n’ Buff before? I had several readers say that they had a bad experience with the black but the gold was great!