May 17, 2019 – Latest Update
HIGH-END FINISHES ARE MADE POSSIBLE ON A SMALL BUDGET WITH RUB N BUFF. I SPENT ABOUT 10 MINUTES MAKING MY OWN FAUX GOLD FINISH!
Hey, buddies! I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve become obsessed with deep, gold finishes. I fell in love with some stunning but pricey gold possibilities while I was looking for mirrors for our twin daughters’ DIY bathroom renovation. Mirrors already cost a lot of money. If we were going to stay without our renovation budget, there was no way I could spend a lot of money on the gold ones that I coveted. I made the decision that I had to devise my own method of producing gold mirrors! So I went out and bought some cheap commercial mirrors. Yes, my dear pals. You have probably seen mirrors like these in the restrooms of a lot of fast food restaurants and petrol stations. They were silver, but they had a terrific size and weight. And for the love of God, I was going to have gold mirrors!
Given that gold leaf may be fragile and that our girls are still young, I decided against using it on these mirrors because I knew they would need to withstand toothpaste splatters and other mishaps. Furthermore, I’ve also not had great success with the long-term durability of metallic spray paints. So I tried something new this time, and it BROKEN MY MIND! In less than ten minutes per mirror, we were able to turn those cheap mirrors into stunning pieces of gold!
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I’d like to start by showing you how the mirror appeared BEFORE we started. It was obvious from the stainless steel frame that it was a low-quality, commercial mirror. It appeared as though our restroom was located inside a Taco Bell. Not what I had in mind.
1) If you want to be extra cautious, tape off the area surrounding your mirror’s frame with painter’s tape. For our first mirror, I did this. I made the decision to wing it with the second mirror and discovered that I could quickly remove any leftover Rub N Buff with a razor.
2) Gently massage the Rub N Buff along the metal frame using a piece of paper towel or an old t-shirt. Since one coat won’t nearly provide full coverage, I used two light coats. It dries really quickly because it is basically a wax substance (and is far more durable and less messy than spray paint).
I’m done now! Simplest instruction ever! These mirrors were completed around 11 months ago, and so far, they are performing well. I was concerned that cleaning the mirrors with glass cleaner might tarnish the gold finish, but it hasn’t! View the outcomes.
I’m done now! I ultimately spent a little fraction of the cost and got exactly the aesthetic I wanted. The best part is that these results ought to last us for as long as those mirrors are hanging because Rub N Buff is genuinely resilient (unlike metallic spray paint).
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