Rub ‘n Buff

Magic in a tube? I think so.

rub and buff Rub ‘n Buff can be purchased at Hobby Lobby (don’t forget your 40% coupon), Michaels or United Art and Education. I’ve gone into JoAnns only to sometimes find it and other times leave empty-handed because they’ve stopped carrying it. It is really inexpensive and goes a long way. It comes in many different colors including several gold shades, silver, brass and black.

I had these two beautiful helpers demonstrate Rub ‘n Buff for you.

rub and buff6  My daughter Lauren & my daughter from another mother, Shelby. Best friends for many years and both nurses.

I went to Goodwill and picked up some festive candle holders to use with the Rub ‘n Buff. I love Goodwill. Many people can’t see past the current state of objects for sale at Goodwill. You have to think outside of the box. In total I spent less than $10 for 7 candle holders.

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Open the tube and use the top of the cap to pierce the tube open. Then, squeeze a little onto your finger and spread it on the item you’re redoing.

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So here is the before and after of the candle holder Lauren was doing.

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Here is a before and after of the candle holders that my eight year old did.

rubandbuff4 The dull one on the left is the before and the one on the right is the after. Even my eight year old can Rub ‘n Buff!

I didn’t get an after photo of Shelby’s candle holder before she left. Boo. Here are some other things I have used with Rub ‘n Buff.


These are the other candle holders I purchased at Goodwill. They were an old pewter color. Yuck.

rubandbuff1  I bought these candle holders at Pottery Barn several years ago. They started out black and then I Rub ‘n Buffed them silver and then decided to change them to gold a few weeks ago.

Now, once you have become an expert on using your fingers to put on Rub ‘n Buff, you can try using a small brush for smaller crevices.  For Christmas, Lucy wanted a desk. I scoured different stores for a cute crafting desk for an eight year old. After striking out, I decided to try Craigslist.  I found this beautiful desk and purchased it Christmas Eve.

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I didn’t have time to paint it, besides, I really wanted Lucy to pick the color and paint it with me as a fun project. She settled on her favorite color, turquoise. She and I painted the desk and chair and then using a small paint brush, I used Rub ‘n Buff in the crevices and on the hardware. We haven’t chosen the fabric on the chair yet, that’s next.

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Before and after.

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I couldn’t be happier with this cute desk! Lucy can craft at her own desk instead of my coffee table! Yay! Next time, gold leafing.


Making Christmas Stockings or How I Went Insane

I went to Calico Corners and purchased some cream velvet to cover my dining room chairs. I had some left over so I had two cushions made. After that, I STILL had velvet left on the roll and it was taking up precious space.

This happened to coincide with a time when I longingly wished all my Christmas stockings matched. I had five similar stockings from Eddie Bauer that were over ten years old. These were mine when I was a single Mama of four. Dave came into the marriage with two socks and then we purchased one for Lucy when she was born and we purchased another when Lauren married Andrew. That is a lot of socks!

So, I decided to head over to JoAnn Fabrics and buy some gold lamé and gold braid.

Using one of the old stockings, I traced the pattern and using the pattern, cut out socks from all the remaining velvet left.

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I sewed the socks…then realized that velvet hates me. I had to redo most of the socks.  The old socks were starting to not bug me as much. But I didn’t want another failed craft project in my closet of shame, so I just cursed a lot under my breath.

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I ended up with ten socks. Dave was like….”we don’t have ten kids.” Don’t care. I’m making them all.

I cut out the lamé and sewed them and then tried to attach the lamé to the velvet. Why? WHY???? Why do I ever try to make something without a pattern and instructions? After attaching, picking apart, reattaching, picking apart again and reattaching more times than I care to tell anyone I finally attached the lamé on correctly. This process was more painful than words can describe and made me think that people like Martha Stewart know sorcery.


I don’t have more than one photo because by this time I was shaking pretty badly and my eyes had watered up with tears so I couldn’t see very well.

So, after attaching the lamé I hand stitched the braid to the lamé. Not because I’m cool like that to hand sew but because my sewing machine and I were on really bad terms by then.



I was finally done. Yeah, they aren’t perfect but anyone who gets close enough to my stockings to actually see the imperfections is either not my friend or Santa…who would NEVER criticize.

I put five in the living room and five in the great room. After all the tears, picking apart, swear words, blood spilt and scared children, I couldn’t be happier with how they look (from a reasonable distance).

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

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