Transforming Vintage Items with Rub 'n Buff: You Won't Believe the Results!

Transforming Vintage Items with Rub 'n Buff: You Won't Believe the Results!

When I became a single mom, I had to find ways to support myself and my newborn daughter. I had just graduated college, and finding a job in my field was proving to be difficult. So, I started scouring thrift stores and estate sales for hidden gems I could transform and resell.

One day, I stumbled upon a set of vintage mirrors that were in dire need of some love. They were scuffed, scratched, and the frames were outdated. But, I saw potential. I had always loved home decor, but as a broke recent college graduate and a newly divorced single mom, I couldn't afford to buy anything new.


My daughter and I, one month after birth in August 2010


That's when I discovered Rub 'n Buff. This magical little tube of metallic paste transformed those dull, outdated frames into chic, modern masterpieces. I used the gold and silver Rub 'n Buff to give each mirror a unique finish, and the end result was stunning.

I posted the mirrors for sale online, and to my surprise, they sold within a day. That's when I realized I had found my niche. I spent my weekends scouring thrift stores for vintage finds and upcycling them with Rub 'n Buff. Each piece I sold helped me support my family and put food on the table.

There's something special about transforming vintage items and giving them a new lease of life. And one way to do that is by using Rub 'n Buff! If you haven't heard of it before, it's a metallic wax finish that can be applied to almost anything to give it a rich and lustrous finish. Whether you're a seasoned DIYer or just starting out, Rub 'n Buff is a versatile and easy-to-use product that will bring new life to your vintage treasures.



Here are some of the color choices Rub'n Buff comes in.


In this article, we'll explore five creative ways to use Rub 'n Buff to transform vintage items and give them a modern twist. But first, a little background on the product.

Rub 'n Buff has been around for over 50 years and is a product of the Amaco company, known for its art and craft supplies. It comes in a range of metallic colors, including gold, silver, copper, and bronze. The best part? It's easy to use and affordable, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking to spruce up vintage items.

So, without further ado, let's dive into five creative ways to transform vintage items using Rub 'n Buff!

  1. Revamp Old Picture Frames

Do you have old picture frames lying around that no longer match your decor? Rub 'n Buff can help you give them a new life! Simply apply the wax finish to the frame, and watch it transform into a beautiful metallic finish that will complement any decor style.

  1. Update Vintage Hardware

Old hardware on furniture or cabinets can make them look outdated. But instead of replacing them, try updating them with Rub 'n Buff! Apply the wax finish to knobs, handles, or hinges, and watch them come back to life.

Photo Credit: Blessr House


  1. Add Some Shine to Antique Decor

Do you have antique decor items that could use a little extra shine? Rub 'n Buff can help! Apply the wax finish to candlesticks, vases, or other antique items to give them a modern metallic finish that will make them stand out in any room.

  1. Bring New Life to Old Mirrors

Do you have an old mirror that needs a little extra love? Rub 'n Buff can transform it into a beautiful focal point in any room. Apply the wax finish to the frame or even the mirror itself for a unique and eye-catching look.

Photo Credit: Yellow Brick Home


  1. Make Unique Jewelry

Yes, you read that right! Rub 'n Buff can even be used to make unique and personalized jewelry pieces. Apply the wax finish to vintage brooches or pendants, and watch them transform into stunning statement pieces that will be the envy of all your friends.


If you want to try Rub 'n Buff for yourself, you can find it on the websites of major craft stores, such as Michaels, Joann, and Hobby Lobby. You can also find it on Amazon and other online retailers. A little goes a long way with Rub 'n Buff, so one tube can last you for multiple projects.

But before you go, we have one more thought-provoking question for you: what vintage item in your home could use a little Rub 'n Buff magic?

We hope you've enjoyed this article and invite you to visit our website for more creative DIY ideas and inspiration. And don't forget to click here  to purchase Rub 'n Buff and start your next DIY project!



Xian Moore

Owner | Antiquish Home Decor 


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