They say the new hot finish in Home decor is gold and shiny brass. OK, I get that, but did aged brass EVER look good?
I say, “NO!”
Unfortunately, every ceiling fan in the house is different and has a different finish. The one in the family room is, you guessed it, aged brass! UGH! It’s a really nice ceiling fan – remote control, uplight and downlight, 52″, 5 blades, so, I didn’t want to replace it. But that aged brass had to go.
If you are not familiar with a product called Rub ‘n Buff, then you are in for a treat. It’s a gilders paste that comes in a bunch of colors. There is even a patina buff for aging a finish. You can get a sample set of 12 colors from Amazon for about $30.
You can use this on just about anything. Just like the name says, rub it on and then buff it.
For the family room ceiling fan I chose the Pewter finish. It’s a darkish grey semi-matte finish. Since the ceiling fan was aged brass it has lots of dark areas that look really nice with the pewter. Basically, any low places that were blackened, still are and I ended up with an aged pewter finish.
And look how great the pewter looks with the grey paint and slate wall!
The whole process took about an hour. I used nitrile gloves and just rubbed it on with my (gloved) finger. This made the finish kind of rough, unrefined and gave me a bit more control. A lot of the scroll work is right on the glass light globe and keeping it off the globe took a steady hand. after rubbing all the surfaces I wanted pewter, I went back over everything with a microfiber cloth to knock down the rough areas and give the finish a bit of a sheen.
Result, an stunning transformation from ugly aged brass to awesome aged pewter.
I have lots of ideas on how to use this. Where have you used Rub ‘n Buff or what new ideas do you have for it’s use?