Here you can see them in context (and catch a glimpse of why our bedroom needs sprucing up).
A few weeks back, I read about an intriguing product on Janell's inspiring blog. This was the perfect opportunity to try it. Enter Rub'n Buff, available at your local craft store.
I was a little hesitant at first, so I tried it on a hidden part of the fixture. It went on smoothly and easily, so, I proceeded to "rub'n buff" the arms...
the mounting plate and cord cover...
and within about 15 minutes, I was nearly done...
with only a little collateral damage (word to the wise - protect your wall before you get started, not after you mess up!).
The finished product.
I have to admit - this stuff is pretty incredible. It's so easy to use and looks very convincing. I applied it with one finger (covered by a latex glove) and buffed with a cotton cloth. I think a bare finger would have given slightly better coverage, but that would require washing up with pretty toxic solution (and this stuff is probably pretty toxic as well). A tiny bit goes a long way and it dries almost instantly. (Disclaimer - I've seen other people use it for lamps, but it does say "combustible - not to be used near flame or heat" - so, I'm not sure this is 100% safe. I assume the combustion risk goes away once it's applied and dry - I hope so!).
[Update (4/3/11) - I did the 1st sconce at night with dim lighting... after rub'n buffing the 2nd sconce today with ample daylight, I have to tone down my enthusiasm slightly. The finish is a bit patchy and on close inspection, it's obvious that it was painted or treated in some way. That said, we're the only ones looking at our sconces that closely - from even a foot away, I think it looks pretty good.]
The color is a little warmer and more coppery than I would have liked. I'll see how it looks when the furniture is in, and perhaps I'll go over it with a little black to "age" it.
Below, you can see it back in context. Quite a transformation from the brushed nickel version on the left (to be done another day)!
Did you notice my masking-tape mock-up of the headboard? I like a large-scale headboard, but don't want to go too high. This is my 3rd or 4th try and I think this will be just right - it shows above the euro shams, and balances nicely with the height of the sconces. Lots more work to do!