Full View - Coffee Table

This little coffee table was found at an auction for $3.00.

The finish was very worn, so it needed to be sanded down, then three coats of flat “linen white” paint were applied.

Close Up Door

The door hardware, accenting the ends, are door knob plates. These plates were in pretty good condition; they just needed a little polishing.

If the finish on the hardware is worn, it can easily be refinished by using Rub'n Buff Metallic Tint & Metallic Paints.

Bottom Shelf

To divide the bottom shelf into two sections, I attached a porch corbel I found at a local yard sale.

It was painted with the linen white paint used on the rest of the piece.

Full View

Full View

This side table was given a new look with just a few coats of flat linen white paint, and decorative corners. Instead of attaching the corners with small nails, I used antique brass upholstery tacks.



The first time I purchased flat linen white paint was at K-mart. It was part of the Martha Stewart Line. Since then I have had 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 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.


FolkArt has a wide variety of metallic paint colors. You can find FolkArt Paint at Wal-Mart and Craft Stores. If you prefer to shop on-line has great prices.

Ways to give Old Pieces a New Look:






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