It was probably 10 years ago that there was a surge in painting old furniture to give it new life. I was all about it. When I inherited an old dresser it became my mission to change all the things about it. The orange tinted wood was painted white and the brass pulls became silver with the help of Rub ‘n Buff. Check out the dresser in its original state in this post. That Rub ‘n Buff was magical stuff to me back then. I would walk around the house just looking for something I could use it on. Years later I’m still happy that I painted the dresser white, but I was wishing those silver pulls were still their original brass color. With the help of a trusty product found under my kitchen sink I’m going to show you how to remove Rub ‘n Buff should you too have a change of heart.
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How to Remove Rub’ Buff
You’ll need Bar Keepers Friend, a scrubby sponge, and some dish gloves (these are my favorite gloves ever, I’ve had them for years). Wet the sponge, sprinkle some Bar Keepers Friend to the sponge, and work the Rub ‘n Buff off the surface. It worked really well to remove the product from the pulls and also shined up the original brass.
Drawer Pulls Before
This dresser lives in Sam’s room and works really well. Certainly nothing was wrong with the pulls being silver. The silver had just started to wear off and I kept thinking how nice it would be to have the original brass back.
Drawer Pulls After
The pulls are now all restored and I feel like they just make more sense being brass. You can see more of his room here.
Turns out this was a doodle that could be undone after all! Now that you know how to remove Rub ‘n Buff, are there any projects you’re wanting to change back?
I painted an antique gold mirror years ago with a cheap silver paint and I hate myself for it. I’m going to try this on a hidden corner on the back to see if it works 😬 It can’t get any more ruined than I’ve already done. 🤦🏻♀️
Holy moly. It’s working!!
love that dresser and i love the pulls in their original brass! and i fell victim to rub n’ buff all the things!