The Secret to Making Your Thrifted Lamp Look Expensive: A Quick Rub ‘n Buff Guide

Thrift shopping is a treasure hunt for creative minds and there’s nothing quite like the thrill of transforming a second-hand find into a luxurious piece for your home.

I stumbled upon this game-changer called Rub ‘n Buff, an inexpensive waxy finish that can work miracles on an old lamp or any other décor.

Shape: The shape of the lamp should be a primary concern. Think classic lines and forms that have stood the test of time.

Thrifting the Perfect Lamp

Condition: Minor superficial flaws? No problem. As long as the structure is sound, it’s a go. – Potential: I always ask myself, “Can a bit of elbow grease make this look upscale?”


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Cleaning the Lamp

A mix of warm water and mild dish soap works wonders to cut through any grime. I use a soft cloth to avoid scratching the surface, and a toothbrush does the trick for crevices.

Applying Rub ‘n Buff

Now that I’ve got a clean surface, wiping the lamp with a damp cloth and ensuring it’s dry before I start.

Then, squeezing out a small amount of Rub ‘n Buff onto my soft cloth, I gently apply a thin layer onto the lamp in a circular motion with a soft cloth. It’s vital to use just a little of the product—it’s powerful stuff and a bit goes a long way.

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