DIY Rub ‘n Buff Vase

Last week, I was perusing the aisles of Target for some DIY inspiration, and I came across a small collection of bowls from the Nate Berkus for Target line.  I really loved the gold color of the catchalls, and then a lightbulb went off in my head reminding me of a product that I had been wanting to work with for a long time: Rub ‘n Buff!

The first time I heard about Rub ‘n Buff was on Sarah’s blog, Thrifty Decor Chick, and it had been in the back of my mind for future projects ever since.  I went searching through the vase aisle at Target and found what looked like a stemless wine glass.  It was only a dollar, so I figured that if my ‘lil project didn’t work, it wouldn’t be a big deal.

I drove on over to Hob Lob to pick up the Rub ‘n Buff and I found it over by the spray paint/acrylic paint aisle (in case you’re wondering!).  I also grabbed a stem of red feathers that I thought would look pretty against the gold of the vase and would work with the colors in our living room.

vase supplies
The Rub ‘n Buff color that I chose was Grecian Gold.  It totally reminds me of some of the gold pieces that I studied in one of my Art History classes in college!

vase rub n buff
This product is incredibly easy to use.  You literally just rub it on whatever you’re finishing, and it dries almost instantly in a gorgeous matte tone.  You can use your fingers (that’s what I did) or a cloth — I would use a cloth next time I rub-n-buff something as it was a little bit difficult to get the paint off of my hands.  A little bit goes a long way with this stuff.

vase side
I displayed my new little vase on the dresser that resides in our living room.  The dresser holds all of my husband’s hobbyish geekery!  ;-)  I have big plans to paint this piece of furniture, but that will have to wait for the Spring!

vase top
And there you have it!  Easy-peasy, my friends!  A quick, half an hour project that you can display right away.  I love that.

Have you ever used Rub ‘n Buff?  What other things would you use this product on?


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  1. Taylor Orriss

    I’ve never heard of rub n’ buff before. It seems really neat though. Maybe when I’m down there this winter, you’ll show me how to use it? We can have a crafts day??!

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