Cast Iron Picture Accents - Full View

The cast iron elements shown in the picture above were ordered from King Architectural Metals. The original color of the pieces was a silver tone, so, to compliment the colors of the art work, I needed to add some color.

Cast Iron Picture Accents - White Paint Cast Iron Picture Accents - White Paint

I applied three coats of linen white paint. Due to our high humidity and sea air, metals rust very quickly. The pictures show rust spots coming through the paint. Sometimes this creates an interesting effect, however, it was not the right look for this project.

Cast Iron Picture Accents - Jade Rub N' Buff Cast Iron Picture Accents - European Gold

Rub 'n Buff is the best product to use when adding color to metal. I chose the Jade tint, it gave the pieces a warm glow. To soften the jade and highlight the relief design I applied the European Gold tint to the raised sections.

Cast Iron Picture Accents - Rub N' Buff finishRub n' Buff is a waxed based tint, so in addition to adding beautiful color and luster, it helps seal the metal, preventing rust. The best and most effective way to apply the tint is to use your fingers.

The Resource section below provides a list of places where Rub 'n Buff can be purchased. The tint comes in 20 different colors. Although the tubes are only 1/2 FL. OZ., the tint goes a long way.



This company offers an amazing array of ornamental metals & everything you would need to create a decorative fencing. They have three locations: Los Angeles, Dallas & Baltimore. They ship the same day you order. Amazing!

They do have a website, but do not sell on-line, however, you can order a catalog. They require NO minimum order amount.

Their contact information is:  800-542-2379 or


The first time I purchased the flat linen white paint was at K-mart, it was part of the Martha Stewart Line. Since then I have been having it mixed at Home Depot. If you let them know the brand and name of the paint color, they can mix it for you. Lowes can probably do the same thing.


Rub 'n Buff by Amaco is magical. Most Craft Stores only carry the silver & gold, but there are many more wonderful colors/tints available.

The following are some Online suppliers I have located:
This place has great prices.
The prices are very good and they also have many other unique supplies. I plan to spend a little more time checking out this site.
Their prices here are not discounted, however they do have a very good selection. Also, this is the only place I have ordered from. I plan to try the other places listed and will update this page when I have more information

Comments: If you have never tried the Rub n' Buff products, you are missing out on a "Golden" opportunity. This product, combined with Folk Art Paints can turn very plain and ordinary items into real "Gems & Jewels".

When you use the Rub n' Buff, it works best to apply it with your finger. The product has a wax base, so the body heat helps make the paint transfer more evenly.

Ways to use Architectural Metal Accents:






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