Hello, I’m Linda from the blog My Crafty Home Life. I am so excited to be Guest Posting on The Pink Pagoda! I love all things Chinoiserie! In fact, I try to put a touch of it in each of room…OK, maybe more than a touch. This is my entry-hall. I am planning on making it all white this winter. That way, the art and objects will stand out. Today, I would like to show you how to give an old dark iron container an updated look.
I found this iron Asian piece at a rummage sale a few years ago. I love the little men, but I hate the gold sponge painting. It has been sitting in my hall closet for far too long. After it gets a new look, I think I will keep it near the painted Tibetan doors.
For this, I decided to use Rub-n-Buff. If you are not familiar with this, it is a metallic wax that can transform anything metal. It is sold at most craft stores and comes in all these colors.
Here are the colors I tested (L to R) Chinese Red, Spanish Copper, Jade, Pearl Blue, Antique Gold, Emerald & Patina.
Using the underside of the planter, I tested all the colors.
I decided to go with emerald. Using a clean rag, and wearing gloves….I applied the Rub-n-Buff all over the piece.
Like many DIY projects…you just never know until you try. I am not happy with my Kermit planter!
I decided to take a wire bristle brush and distress the finish.
This is much better; however, it is still lacking the interest and depth that I was looking for. Not to mention the fact that now you can see the gold sponging again!
Since the Rub-n-Buff product is a wax, I decided to try using this liming wax on top.
This time, I used a brush to gain more control over the finish.
Blending it in where needed….
…adding a plant
It’s done! I actually like the tiny bits of gold still peeking through.
Just what my entry hall needed. Thanks for letting me share this DIY with all of your Pink Pagoda readers!