I originally was just going to post about how I turned my black pharmacist lamp into a gold one in 30 minutes flat. Turns out that I was misinformed about the amazingness of Rub n Buff and this project took me 6 days…. Yeah. Let’s back track a bit to the beginning of the story.
I got this black pharmacy lamp for a steal at my local furniture store. I believe I paid thirty dollars for it, which is a great price for any floor lamp.
I really wanted a gold/brass pharmacy lamp with a swing arm that looked like the one below, minus the $562 dollar price tag.
As I was scouring Pinterest all I could find on Rub n Buff was that EVERYONE loved it and it was the bees knees of metallic finishes. I really didn’t want to spray paint the lamp because I wanted that vintage look with bits of black peaking through. Plus, sometimes spray paint gets chipped when man handled by toddlers and babies. I bought myself a little tube and went to town on my lamp.
I put on a rubber glove and then a lonely sock over my hand so I wouldn’t end up like Midas. After the first coat, I was giddy with excitement, but knew that my dreams of a 30 minute makeover were crushed. This was going to take at least two coats. I let it cure for three days while we were one vacation and then started coat two. Imagine my disbelief as coat two started stripping off coat one and now the black was coming through in patches. UGH!!!!!!
I waited another day and attempted coat three… then coat four. Maybe you’re thinking I needed to use more Rub n Buff? Maybe I needed to use less? Well, I tried both and nothing worked. I was going to scrap it and attempt spray painting it, even though that wasn’t what I wanted to do in the first place. Then I realized I had some gold paint multi surface made by my idol, Martha.
I put one very light coat onto my lamp using a new sock, let it cure for 24 hours, then used a tiny amount of Rub n Buff over it. Guess what? Worked perfectly!
Tips for using Gold Rub n Buff on dark metal:
-Apply a light coat of Rub n Buff on your cleaned surface using a soft lint free cloth.
-Apply a light coat of either multi surface paint like I did or perhaps a very light coat of spray paint.
-Apply your third & hopefully final coat of Rub n Buff.
-Nickname yourself “Gold Finger” or “Midas” if you didn’t wear gloves.
I also did the “scratch” test after 48 hrs to make sure the finish would chip or peel. Success!
Have you ever been able to salvage a project you thought was a complete disaster?