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Little Brass Beauties


Remember way back when… when I ordered some Rub’n Buff and it took almost a month for me to get it?  (If you are a follower on Instagram, you know all too well!)  It apparently also took me almost a month to actually use it.  Truth be told, I was intimidated by the Buff.  I didn’t know how it would ‘stick’ and the thought “what if doesn’t actually work?” plagued me – I had really high expectations!  Well… this time, high expectations paid off!

Rub'n buff thrift store salvage | The Learner ObserverAren’t they great?  Oh my heart… I know it’s no hippo on a vase, but I have to say I quite like these littles.  Here is how they got started:

Thrifted brass goodies | The Learner ObserverThat’s right… they were in a bag full of other rejected knick-knacks at Value Village, but I saw the little horse figure and just had to pick it up.  The mouse, with its eyelashes and extra long tail was just so darling, I knew I wouldn’t regret spending that $4.  They were just the right victims test subjects items(?) to use the Rub’n Buff on.  The worst case scenario here would be that the paint didn’t look right and I’d have to repaint/refinish them with something else.  No big.  Thankfully that wasn’t necessary.

The actual rubbing and buffing was super easy!  Sorry there are no pictures – I had gold paint on both hands.  All I did was use a really soft cloth, apply small dabs of paint at a time and rub on… easy peasy!


Before and after Rub'n Buff | The Learner ObserverSee the difference?  It basically looks like the horse has been cleaned really well and given a less yellowed finish, which I like.  I have no idea what it’s actually made out of or even if it would have been possible to clean completely.  Safe to say that even if it could have been cleaned, applying the Rub’n Buff was a bazillion times easier!  Here they are all finished:

Thrifted brass goodies | The Learner ObserverThe mouse was actually harder to apply the paint to – for some reason it looked a little blotchy.  Since I like the tarnished brass look of it, I don’t mind that at all, but had I been looking for a more “perfect” finish, it would have just taken a few more coats of paint.  I also didn’t buff them too much… the soft sheen is just enough.  One more look at the pair?  Well alright…

Thrift store rejects turned treasures | The Learner ObserverThe rocking horse will (EVENTUALLY) make a nice addition to a nursery, no? Oh, and the mouse?  I could even see his little tail being put to work to hold some rings, maybe.  For now they’ll hang around on a shelf somewhere.

Am I gold/brass obsessed?  If you have been reading this blog any longer than a month, you know the answer is: YES!  But who isn’t these days?  It’s like chalkboards, pallets and washi tape.  People just can’t seem to have enough!


*Just a quick note to say I have no affiliation with Rub’n Buff except that now I’m officially hooked and I will be trying out many other projects with it!

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  • Reply Angela Says

    They look awesome. I like the idea of using the mouse to hold rings. I take mine off to bake and something like that would be perfect. I’m super paranoid about my ring going down the drain.

    May 2, 2013 at 10:44 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks Angela! I am equally paranoid… though is having a mouse int he kitchen cute or kinda gross? haha! I have been toying with the idea…

      May 2, 2013 at 11:11 am
      • Reply Angela Says

        Fake metal one cute. Real ones, gross.

        May 2, 2013 at 11:19 am
        • Reply Thalita

          HAHA! Ok good. Thanks Angela! :)

          May 2, 2013 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Ellya Brill

    Hi Talitha,
    these are so cute. And and I to love brass, copper and gold. I love your blog too; pretty and clean looking.
    I am your new follower. Would you check and take a look at mine?

    Have a lovely day,

    May 2, 2013 at 11:14 am
    • Reply Thalita

      I really don’t think you can go wrong with those metallics… they just make everything seem suddenly richer, don’t they? Thank you so much for your kind words, Ellya! Your blog is SO beautiful! New follower on Bloglovin’ :)

      May 2, 2013 at 11:33 am
  • Reply theboldabode

    Rub and Buff would be great on those babies!

    May 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm
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  • Reply Nicole

    So cute! I’m sold with how well the Rub and Buff worked on these!

    Visiting from Classy Clutter! =)

    May 4, 2013 at 3:33 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you Nicole! It’s a magical product, I swear!

      May 4, 2013 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Woah! These old items were just given a new lease on life…and they look buff-tastic! I would have never thought to use that mouse to organize rings…but it’s sheer genius. And yes, that horse is definitely nursery material. I want to go shopping with you, so that you can help me find treasures like these….

    The Thinking Closet

    May 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Haha buff-tastic — new favourite word, maybe? I’m thinking the mouse might just be my ring holder in the kitchen when I’m cooking/washing dishes! And I can’t wait to put that horse to use in a nursery! We’ll have to go shopping together for sure – you’re awesome at finding your own treasures!

      May 6, 2013 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Brittany

    What a cute post. I have these same brass figurines and a few more, I keep them displayed in my daughter’s room. I cleaned them up after I bought them but never did anything to them so this is giving me great ideas! Thank you :)

    May 6, 2013 at 12:07 am
    • Reply Thalita

      That sounds pretty amazing, Brittany! Once you go Rub’n Buff, you’ll never want to go back to anything else! It’s a really cool product :)

      May 6, 2013 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Hani Shabbir

    Loving the ruff and buff on these thrift store findings.. I would love to try that too!

    May 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you Hani! I think it’s so much fun to experiment on thrifted finds! Plus, if it doesn’t work out we don’t have to feel so bad :)

      May 7, 2013 at 8:08 am
  • Reply Becky

    Thanks for using AMACO’s Rub ‘n Buff! We love to see how consumers use this product. We have a Facebook page if you’d like to follow along – Rub ‘n Buff Metallic Finishes.

    May 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you for popping by Becky!! I’ll definitely check out the Facebook page, and I’ll have more projects with Rub ‘n Buff coming up!!

      May 7, 2013 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Gretchen

    Very nice! that little mouse is adorable! I’m guessing he was probably originally intended to hold rings, even.

    May 6, 2013 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks Gretchen! I think you’re totally right, I mean why else would his tail be so perfectly perched up, right??

      May 7, 2013 at 8:11 am
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  • Reply Emily

    So cute!! I’ll have to get some rub n buff!

    May 7, 2013 at 11:38 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you so much Emily!!! I really appreciate you stopping by! Oh and do get the R’nB… it’s uh-mazing!!

      May 7, 2013 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply Maria Matter

    never heard of Rub & buff, thanks for the introduction! looks like it works great!! Thank you so much for sharing @ Inspire Me Fridays! lovin’ that cute mouse!!

    May 8, 2013 at 9:11 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks Maria!! And thank YOU for always hosting!

      May 8, 2013 at 9:24 am
  • Reply michele@hellolovelyinc

    clever and beautiful styling!

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    May 8, 2013 at 10:29 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much Michelle! Just checked out your blog – very cool stuff you post about!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      May 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Shannah @ Just Us Four

    That stuff is awesome! Great job. Thanks for sharing at the Pinworthy Projects Party.

    May 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks Shannah! Run ‘n Buff changes lives! haha!

      May 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Gail (@repurposedlife)

    cute! I’ve used rub-n-buff a couple of times, but not in a long, long time. I think I should break it out again. great job! catching you this week.

    May 8, 2013 at 11:02 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you Gail!!! I’m already plotting my next Rub ‘n Buff project- I love it that much!!

      May 9, 2013 at 6:46 am
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  • Reply Laura @ Finding Home

    Cute project – thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

    May 10, 2013 at 9:21 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you Laura! You are a great hostess so thanks for the continuous efforts with your awesome link party!

      May 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply the cape on the corner

    that mouse must be in my house! i want it. so cute, and love that you used brass.

    May 10, 2013 at 11:58 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Haha I know he’s awesome, right??? Thanks for stopping by :) You just can’t go wrong with brass – I’m brass obsessed lately!!

      May 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Val @ Home Made Modern

    Really, really, really awesome. Love!

    May 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thank you Val! So glad you stopped by :)

      May 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply committedgifts

    Thalita, I’m loving your blog! I saw the ValueVillage tags and had to check out this post. I’ve never used Rub and Buff, but I’ll have to keep it in mind. I have a few items from my grandmother that could use a little TLC. Now I’m going to peruse more of your posts for ideas! :)

    May 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much!! Amazing that the little (and very recognizable) Value Village tag can spark curiosity, right? That’s been the case for me several times :) Rub’n Buff will change your life… and the life of any weathered things you might have around! Thanks for taking interest in the blog! I’m off to check yours out now!

      May 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm
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