DIY Project: Rub n’ Buff Frame Update



Rub n Buff Frame

Happy Friday Everyone! Well I’m back with another super easy and cheap way to update plain white frames and get that expensive golden frame look. It cost all of $4.00. Yep that’s right $4.00. You want to know the secret? Or perhaps the not so secret weapon if you’ve heard of this stuff before. It’s a little miracle in a tube called Rub n’ Buff. I was a little skeptical to try this I thought all the hype was too good to be true.

But I bought these frames a while ago from AC Moore on sale back when I did my Flowers and Paisley Art Tutorials. All this time I’ve felt like something was lacking with the white frames and white mats.


They were pretty but I wanted something different. So I thought about it for a while and decided to take the plunge with some Rub n’ Buff. It was super simple and now I want to Rub n’ Buff all kinds of things. Rub n’ Buff comes in tons of colors but for this project I used Gold Leaf. It’s basically liquid gold leaf and goes on like a dream and so much simpler than actual gold leafing which requires adhesive and messy gold flakes everywhere.

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Rub n Buff Frame

Rub n Buff Frame






All you do is lay your frame out onto a protected surface because this stuff will stick to everything it touches. You can use your finger or a rag, squeeze some Rub n’ Buff out and rub it all over the frame, let dry for about 10 minutes and buff to a shine. It’s SOOO Simple!

Rub n Buff Frame

The finish is gorgeous! It turned the plain white frames it golden beauties.

Rub n Buff Frame

I love how my Floral and Paisley paintings just pop out at you now.

Rub n Buff Frame The white matt against the gold frame really highlights all of the colors in the painting and the best part is if you want a step-by-step tutorial on how to DIY your own version of these paintings check out part 1 of the tutorial here.

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