Do you have any polished brass in your home that could use a little patina? I’ve got an simple brass lamp makeover for ya today! Here’s how our brass lamps got a makeover and went from shiny to antiqued in an afternoon.
I’m all about brass finishes. I’m not the biggest fan of polished brass, although I do have some of it in my home. I’ve always been more drawn to a living finish, which gets a beautiful patina over time. I didn’t find any branding or marks on the lamps that would tell me who they were made by, but I could tell they were very good quality and worth the spruce up.
Rub n Buff is a product that I’ve used in the past and have always had great luck with. You can purchase it at most craft stores for around $6-$7. It can be used on metals, wood and plastics. All you need is a cotton cloth, a couple of q-tips and a finger that you don’t mind getting a little messy.
A very small amount goes a long way! These tiny tubes will last you project at project. I started at the base of the lamps and worked my way up, taking a small pea-sized amount at a time and rubbing onto the lamp in a circular pattern.
It dries pretty quickly, so don’t work too slowly. The q-tips work great for all of those small spaces and details where the cloth or your finger don’t quite fit.
Once I rubbed and buffed both lamps, I let them dry overnight to cure.
They turned out just as I had hoped! They’re much softer now and have the nice patina I was going for.
They fit into our space nicely and add that classic style that we love so much. I left their original shades. Both shades are extremely clean and in great condition. I may swap them out for shades with custom fabric in the future, but these will do just fine for now.
This week I brought in this season’s first blooms from our lime light hydrangeas. I always feel so sad to cut them, which is silly, I know. I do love fresh blooms in our home and these are sitting pretty on my bedside table. I could really get used to fresh flowers every morning!
Are you a fan of brass too? It seems that most people either love it or hate it. I can’t help but to love it! In my opinion, it will always be timeless.
Next week I hope to share all the details on our upholstered headboard. It’s originally from Pottery Barn but I found it quite some time ago on the Facebook yard sale page for free! It took me months to decide on a fabric to cover it with. I finally finished it up in May and I can’t wait to share the whole project with you. It was beyond simple and took only an hour or two to complete. Stay tuned for the details!
I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend! We’re headed to downtown Dahlonega this weekend for a little birthday getaway. I’ll be 32 on Monday and when Josh asked what I would like to do, I thought mountains, delicious foods, old homes and antique stores. It should be the perfect weekend. Happy Friday, friends!
Wall Color – Dove White by Benjamin Moore
English Pine Chest – Soul Sisters Antique Store, Dawsonville, GA
Brass Lamp – Facebook Yard Sale Find
Brass Dog Figurine – Soul Sisters Antique Store, Dawsonville, GA
China Bowl – Antique Find
Vintage Baskets – Cotton Mill Exchange Antique Store, Canton, GA
Iron Stone Pitcher – Antique Find
White Quilt – Ikea