Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DIY Table ~Rub n' Buff On Top & Gold Leaf Foil On The Underside!

Back to Rub n' Buff!  Remember my addiction to this stuff (that was over 2 years ago now...geeze)?  I get lots of questions about using it with Deglosser.  I find that using the Deglosser to extend the drying time of the Rub n' Buff makes it possible to get a perfect finish on large areas.  When I say large areas... I don't mean drawer fronts and edges of things or frames and so on.  I mean the tops and sides of big stuff... like dressers and desks.

One question I've gotten a lot lately is... "Can you use deglosser on furniture with a painted finish, without messing up the paint.?" And by "messing up" the paint, I'm guessing that means "pulling up" the paint.

In my experience... yes you can.  I have sprayed Deglosser over painted furniture and the Deglosser did not pull up the paint or mix the paint with the Rub n' Buff.
BUT... there are a lot a variables that could possibly cause a different result.  For example I would imagine results could vary depending on what type of paint you are going over, or how long ago the paint was applied.  Was it JUST painted or has the paint had ample time to completely cure?  So if at all possible always try a test spot somewhere you can't really see.

So now onto the DIY... which just happens to be a painted console table where Deglosser was used with the Rub n' Buff on the top and sides and Gold Leaf foil sheets were used on the underside of the table.  GLAMTASTIC



Here was the table to start.






First I applied the Gold Leaf foil sheets to the underside of the table.  You need the foil sheets and the adhesive made to use with it.  You can get it from Joann Fabrics...but I did have to go to a couple of stores to find it.  You can also find it online... just google Gold Leaf foil sheets.   And... just to say it like it is... this part was a MAJOR PAIN IN THE BUTT!  I've used the foil sheets before and don't remember cursing at them so much... but this time... I don't know what it was, maybe I'd had too much coffee or it was the curve of the legs, I don't know... but, I've never been so happy to be done with something in all my life.  The silver lining... Gold Leaf foil has a sheen like nothing else.  So pretty!

Then the Rub n' Buff

As I mentioned above, I always use Liquid Deglosser to help spread the Rub n' Buff over large areas. Just put some in a spray bottle, and spray the area right before you apply the Rub n' Buff.



In the picture below you can see how I sprayed the Liquid Deglosser (the dark areas)... just a light spray does the trick.  You don't have to soak it or go crazy spraying every square inch.


Then drop blobs of Rub n' Buff all over (like in the picture below) and start rubbing.  I actually used a bit more Rub n' Buff here than was necessary, but no harm no fowl.


 On the side (picture below) I didn't spray Deglosser first just so you could see how the Rub n' Buff goes on without it.  Much harder to spread and tends to dry before you can cover the whole side which leaves it looking blotchy.



Easy fix, spray a little Deglosser and add a little more Rub n' Buff.... rub, rub, rub.


Small areas like the edge (picture below) don't need Deglosser.  Just dot the Rub n' buff around and rub.




And, drum roll please....




What do you think?


Stay tuned to see where this puppy ends up.


Smiles!
Sammy,
~Renew Redo!~

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Gallery Walls ~ Art Crazy!

Hello friends! Hope you all are doing well.  I've been having a ball playing with gallery wall ideas. (Wish I had more wall space!) Thought I'd share a few photos.




First off, I hit up IKEA for frames.  Can't beat the prices there for frames with mats.  Seriously... a 12.5" x 16.5" frame with mat for $7 bucks...WHAAAAT... thank you very much, I'll take that...and that...and that!





Second off, I started up an Esty shop for my art, you can find a link for it over there on the sidebar.   Have a gander if you like.  I'm still working on it though... eventually there will be more to look at.


And Instagram too, if you like the artsy kind of updates. (Warning... I'm having a thing with painting eyeballs at the minute...)




Loving this color palette... tones of blue grey, white and green.  Feels calming.
What do you think?












So there you go, just a few bits and bobs.  Now I'm off to continue turning my wall into a giant pin cushion.  Hope you're having a great week! 

Smiles!
Sammy,
~Renew Redo!~

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