Rub-n-Buff on hardware

repurposed t.v. cabinetDid you see my t.v. cabinet makeover?


howt to repurpose a t.v. cabinetAfter several different colors, I decided on black.  Then I couldn’t decide what color to paint the hardware.


black cabinet with white hardwareOne of the colors of the cabinet had been white, so therefor the hardware was white.  I asked for suggestions, and I got a lot of great advice.


white hardwareI hopped onto Amazon and picked out some colors of Rub-n-Buff.  I ended up purchasing 3 colors, Turquoise, Ebony, and Patina.

I had no idea they had so many colors!


turquoise Rub-n-Buff on hardwareBecause I still couldn’t make up my mind what color to use, so I decided I would use whichever of the colors that arrived first.  Smile  The winner was Turquoise!


Turquoise hardware on black cabinetI’m not loving it on the black.


black cabinet with turquoise hardwareI didn’t even attach them.  I just stuck them on there.


rub-n-buff colorsI tried out a couple of other colors.  Under the green handle of the paint brush you can see where I dabbed some Ebony .  Under the silver part of the paint brush if you look really close you can see Patina , which is very close to Turquoise .  On the right you can see the Gold Leaf.



gold Rub-n-Buff with a paint brushI use a cheap paint brush to get in the nooks and crannies.


gold Rub-n-BuffAre you liking the gold?

gold hardware on black cabinetI like the gold better than the turquoise.

Do you have a favorite?  Have you ever used Rub-n-Buff?  Did you know they had so many colors?




  1. yes i like the gold better, too! i have used rub n buff several times on hardware, on my own dresser even. love the look and it stands the test of time!

  2. I’ve never used rub n buff but glad to know they have lots of colors. I wouldn’t have picked gold but it looks good.

  3. I think it needs antique bronze myself. The gold looks a little to bright. Maybe it is just me but to bright.Love the cabinet it looks good and useful.

  4. I LOVE Rub n’ Buff…it is so easy to use! A little messy, I use a brush too!

  5. I keep seeing Cassie use this–I really need to get some!

  6. Oh, I need to try this product!!!

  7. I think any of the colours you’ve used seem to stand out too much against the black. I would use the turquoise and add some black to the crevices like you show under the green brush handle. Something that ties in the handles to the black since there is no other hardware, just black everywhere.

  8. Never used rub-n-buff… the gold looks sweet!

  9. I bought the sample pack a couple of years ago, and I still haven’t opened them all!

  10. girlfromwva says:

    I had no idea they had so many colors!!! I really like the gold you used!

    • girlfromwva says:

      Can you use the rub-n-buff on a picture frame to change the color of it? Is there any prep other than cleaning that would need to be done? I have a huge frame in gold that I would love to use some on.

      • says:

        No prep at all. It’s messy!

        it’s sort of waxy…. that’s what it says it is, metallic wax.

        have fun with your project!

  11. I didn’t know they had all those colors either. I have the silver and I’ve used it a couple times.

  12. Gold looks better, it’s great to know they have such a variety!

  13. Hallelujah you did it! I LOVE it of course. You can never go wrong with black and gold in my book!

  14. Thanks for using AMACO’s Rub ‘n Buff – we love being part of such great transformations!

    We have 16 colors of RNB – all are on our website to view at

    I’d like to post your project to our Facebook page at Rub ‘n Buff at Rub ‘n Buff Metallic Finishes, and link to your site.

    Thanks again!

  15. I have been wanting to try Rub ‘n Buff forever but never had just the right project, I guess. I just bought my first tube yesterday in Gold Leaf. I have a project scheduled, hopefully for next week.

    I also just bought my first can of gold spray paint yesterday, and things are going gold today! It’s amazing how something you’re tired of can have a totally different look with just a few sprays.

  16. I like the gold better too… I like how it looks on the unit too!
    I’ve never used this product…rub-n-buff… looks easy enough!

  17. I LOVE what you chose! I completely agree with you instead of the color I chose!!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me! I read and appreciate every word!

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