Amazing Theme Paint Projects!

Who are some of the most discerning and demanding audiences when it comes to color and durability? If you said ‘Theme Parks’, you are spot on! Theme Parks need not only precise colors for branding and realistic effects, but also be confident that the paints they invest in will be extremely durable throughout the years. We developed Theme Paint™ to this end and since then, scenic artists, decorative painters and designers alike have also used them for hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, retail shops, sports complexes and more. The highly specialized water base and color saturated paint line is both interior and exterior rated and is available in flat, satin and semi-gloss sheens. They resist the damaging effects of the sun’s ultra-violet rays and the results are a highly fade resistant paint. Let’s take a look at a few projects!

Theme Paints on the Rock Formations | Aulani Disney Resort HawaiiTheme Paint and Dead Flat Varnish | Aulani Disney Resort HawaiiThe Aulani Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii celebrates Hawaii and their resort features their culture, traditions and landscapes. The rock formations that dot the property were painted with Theme Paint™ and topcoated with our Dead Flat Varnish for an authentic look and feel.

Theme Paints on Despicable Me Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood | Modern MastersDespicable Me Minion Mayhem Attraction painted with Modern Masters Theme Paints | Universal StudiosTheme Paint™ expertly brought Gru’s lair to life at the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride at Universal Studios Hollywood!

Modern Masters Theme Paint used in the Asian Elephant Exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens have a beautiful Elephants of Asia exhibit that thrills visitors year after year. Theme Paint™ was used to help enhance the habitat.

Modern Masters Theme Paints used for Schools, Sports Complexes, Commercial Office Building and Retail Shop ExteriorsBeyond theme parks, Theme Paint™ has helped preserve the exteriors of schools, office and commercial buildings as well as retail shops.

Theme Paint and Metallic Paint | Disneyland It's a Small World ExhibitModern Masters Theme Paints | DisneylandTheme Paints on Rock Formations in Cars Land | DisneylandDisneyland has quite a few Theme Paint™ projects including the It’s a Small World attraction and the desert landscapes of the Cars Land ride.  Our Metallic Paint Collection is also used quite extensively. In fact, for their 50th anniversary in 2005, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle was painted with a combination of custom metallic colors and protected with our MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat.

If you like Disney’s Cars Land rock formations and are curious as to how color washes and painted finishes came about, take a look at this fascinating How to Use Theme Paint™ video from our Modern Masters YouTube channel:

Create a lasting impression is key for many hospitality, entertainment and commercial projects – it’s a promise of what to expect of the goods and services provided inside!  Theme Paint™ was created to meet this need and has since stood the test of time.

See more amazing Theme Paint™ Projects!



A Modern Masters Haven!

Modern Masters at the 2014 Haven ConferenceAre you heading to the Haven Conference? So is Modern Masters – and we have a LOT of great events and prizes just for you!  Ready?  Here we go!

  • Come by our booth – we’ll have everything ready for you to come away inspired with projects for your whole home.  We’ll also have gorgeous lookbooks, decor accents and takeaway gifts galore!
  • Do YOU have The Golden Ticket?  While you are at our booth, make sure you take our special Modern Masters envelope containing information about all our products. One very lucky winner will have a golden ticket within the envelope that wins you an over $400 prize package.
  • On Friday, July 11th at 12:30 pm, come on by our one-hour Painting with Modern Masters workshop hosted by painting expert Joe Saenz of Modern Masters.  He will teach tips and tricks for creating amazing DIY projects with our Metallic Paint Collection and Metal Effects.
  • Enter our Instagram contest and #expressyourself at our booth!  The 24 colors of our new Front Door Paint were based on the Emotional Color Wheel and each swag bag will have a special ‘emotion’ stone.  We’ll have a special photo area set-up for you to take a pic of yourself and share your ‘emotion’ stone with everyone! Be sure to follow us/mention our @ModernMastersInc account and use the hashtag #expressyourself – one random winner from all the entries will be chosen to receive a grand prize package worth over $400!

So, are you ready?  We are – and we can’t wait to meet you!  Be sure to tell ‘em the Cafe blog sent ya! ;)

Sizzling Summer Project Ideas with Modern Masters!

Summer is the perfect time to tackle those long overdue DIY projects! The warm sun and blue skies make for happy days spent creating and transforming your home.  We have a few bright and fast summer project ideas to share with you so let’s dig in!

Summer Project Inspirations from Modern Masters


We spend a lot of time outside in our patio, backyards and gardens – not to mention entertaining our friends and family.  Two of our blog friends share their Metal Effects projects with us…

Garden Planters with Metal Effects PatinaLaura from Pet Scribbles upgraded her planters with the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and Green Patina Aging Solution back during the winter time.  In the meantime, she recently wrote a post on the durability of her Metal Effects garden planters. “These planters were subjected to snow, sleet, freezing rain, ice cold temps…and the paint has no chips or cracks. No signs that they have been outdoors for 4+ months. They look like the day I painted them!”  Thanks, Laura – and we think they look great in your garden!

Modern Masters Metal Effects Patina on a Backyard Garden Patio BenchTara from Suburble also used Metal Effects but chose the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and the Blue Patina Aging Solution for her patio bench. The patio bench re-do looks amazing and oh-so inviting!


Is there anything better than driving up to a well-tended home?  Here are some great small project ideas with big impact!

Copper Metallic Paint on Exterior Home Lights | Modern MastersTransforming Exterior Lights with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Living Rich on LessSusan from Living Rich on Less had drab exterior lights.  Our Copper Metallic Paint and MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat changed all that during her light fixture makeover.

Modern Masters Front Door Paint in Serene | Blue Front DoorCreative customer Diana Heath chose the color Serene from our Front Door Paint Collection.  It’s a rich, deep color that welcomes you and will never fade!


Design and color changes on walls and ceilings make a fantastic change but two bloggers also made strides with tackling simple trimwork and furniture!

Modern Masters Metallic Paint on FurnitureDana from Made with Love had a metallic dresser makeover that now makes her feel “like a princess” when she gets ready in the morning!  She mixed our Steel Gray and Snowflake from our Metallic Paint Collection to get to her perfect color.

Matte Metallic Paint on Crown MoldingMatte Metallic Paints on Trim for a Luxe yet Traditional Look | Modern Masters Project by Cynthia WeberCanadian designer Cynthia Weber wanted to surprise her parents with a living room and dining room re-do for their 50th wedding anniversary. Using a blend of Warm Silver and Champagne colors from our Matte Metallics to paint the crown molding, she added a little bit of luxe to their beautiful, traditional home. We love it!

We hope you’ve enjoyed these hot Summer project ideas! Let us know if you have any of your own projects lined up with Modern Masters!

But wait – there’s MORE!


Tips & Tools for Choosing the Perfect Front Door Color

Choosing the Perfect Front Door ColorA front door can make a big impact in the overall beauty and curb appeal of your home. It’s one of the first things a guest sees and has reemerged as the focal point that connects the occupants of a home with their personal style. Since recently introducing a new collection, Front Door Paint, we have received a lot of questions on prepwork and proper tools but also on how to choose the best color for an entrance.  Read on for our best front door color tips and a great tool we created to help you pick the perfect shade for an unforgettable first impression.

Modern Masters Front Door Paint


Whether a Georgian, Tudor, Mediterranean or Contemporary among other styles, the design of a home can help guide you on a great choice of exterior colors that are appropriate for the home. The bright pastels that work gloriously on a Victorian might not be the best choice for a more traditional design. A more modern home can support a bold color choice and a gorgeous monotone scheme as well. That being said, rules are made to be broken! Choosing a casual shade can make a formal entrance less rigid and an elegant shade can add a touch of drama to an understated entrance.


It’s important to also take into account many of the external factors.  Roofing, landscaping and the various materials used to create the home, such as wood or brick, can significantly help guide the final color choice for a front door. Coordinating other elements, such as shutters and trim, is also key to creating a complimentary color scheme that has room for wonderful contrasts.


Homeowners usually change the color of their front door every seven years. When choosing a new color, take advantage of the change to create the impact you’d like. A light or vibrant hue brings a fresh energy to a home and a darker, more subdued color can give a sense of peace and tranquility.  Choosing a color such as a daring yellow or a cheerful coral can look beautiful in the summer next to a blooming garden and add a dose of joy during the winter doldrums.  A deep purple is unexpected and yet can exert a distinguished sophistication. Note that doors with glass can handle brighter colors and that using an unexpected shade can add the perfect finishing touch to a carefully chosen exterior color scheme.  The front door is a blank canvas that can be used to reflect personality while adding a flattering style to your home.


Modern Masters Front Door Paint App

Using color theory, emerging trends and the Emotional Color Wheel as a guide, 24 distinctive Front Door Paint colors were created. Want to see which is the one for you?  Our free Front Door Paint Android App and Front Door Paint iPhone App instantly lets you see which color will transform your front door.

Front Door Paint Options

Keeping these three tips in mind, it’s wonderful to find The Perfect Color — and incredibly disheartening to see it fade due to a variety of elements, including winter weather, sunshine and a general breakdown of the paints. Front Door Paint was cover easily, dry quickly and NEVER fade. It’s also super easy to work with! Blogger Debbie Hays had a front door makeover and says, “This is the smoothest, easiest water based paint. Almost sad at how fast the project happened.” We hope you’ve enjoyed our tips and are inspired to transform your front door.  Leave us any questions you’d like in the comments and be sure to share your projects with us!

You can find Front Door Paint at selected Lowe’s and Ace Hardware shops, Amazon and the Modern Masters online shop.


Getting “Playful” With The New Modern Masters Front Door Paint

Today we feature guest blogger, the talented Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky. Debbie is a huge fan of our products and has used them for many of her projects. When a recent home entrance project for her own home came up, she used our new Front Door Paint and is sharing her How to Paint a Front Door tutorial. Take it away, Debbie! 

Enhance Your Curb Appeal with Modern Masters Front Door PaintWe all know that the exterior of our home is an indicator of the style within, and who doesn’t want to express our unique personality even before a guest steps inside? Fortunately, one of the least expensive, biggest “bang for your buck” updates is a front door facelift. Having been an artist and faux finisher for many years, choosing color is easy and I am not afraid of going bold. Black, green and warm orange have all graced our entrance, which is within a deep courtyard.

I recently turned to Modern Masters new Front Door Paint for an overdue update. I have known the Modern Masters products for years though my finishing business, so I had confidence that they always develop trending, designer choices.

My transformed door using the color 'Playful' from Modern Masters Front Door Paint.

My transformed door using the color ‘Playful’ from Modern Masters Front Door Paint.

How did I choose our new color? Over the years I have created some personal criteria. The color needs to pop to compensate for the deep shadows that appear late in the day. Plus, we have a glass storm door, so any color gets dulled down through the glass.

Front door before new color.

The “before” color which has faded over the years.

And now there is a perfect free Front Door Paint iPhone App and a free Front Door Paint Android App – on both, you can take a photo of your door and scroll through the Front Door Paint colors to see what your door would look like with the different colors. There are 24 front door paint colors based on the emotional color wheel (like Hopeful, Mysterious, Elegant and more). That’s how I chose the color toned purple color “Playful”. It coordinates nicely with our hot color perennials. It’s bright but not electric. A happy and welcoming color that says, “an artist lives here”.

I was thrilled to discover that Front Door Paint is water-based, covers in two coats, dries quickly to a satin finish, and never fades. But, before I could begin my quick transformation I had to deal with 35 years of oil-based paint using an oil primer. It’s one extra step but you’ll appreciate it in coming years.

Here are some tips for getting the job done quickly and professionally. Translation: Here are all of the tips I can offer you from learning the hard way!


Door painting supplies.

• Front Door Paint: Modern Masters Front Door Paint. I live in North Carolina, so I get my Front Door Paint fix at Lowe’s in Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews and Charlotte. See more Lowe’s and Ace Hardware retailers here.  But never fear you can also hop on and the Modern Masters online shop to purchase.

• Primer: Zinsser Cover Stain Primer also found at Lowe’s

• Tools: Paint pan, low-nap paint roller, 2 1/2″ angled sash brush for water-based paint and if needed, a 2 1/2″ angled sash brush for oil-based paint and paint thinner

• Incidentals: Razor blade, Tape, Rags, Stir sticks, Screw Driver or Drill, Dropcloth or Newspapers, Step Stool


Plan your project for good weather, between about 40 to 90 degrees. Front Door Paint dries quickly but do allow drying time so that you can close the door without the paint sticking.

Wash off dirt and grease with detergent and let dry. Remove loose paint. Remove all of the numbers and hardware from the door. I know taping is quicker, but taking off the hardware assures a crisp, clean end result. Place the elements of each lock with the screws in a group for easy installation later.

Remove hardware from door.


Tape off the hinges and glass unless you have an extra-steady hand with the brush. If you’re wondering why I don’t remove these, I have a confession. There is such a build-up of old that paint they are permanently affixed.

A tip for hinges is to tape over them and use a razor blade to remove the excess.

Tape off hinges.

STEP THREE  – Only if your door is already painted in oil-based paint.

Use your oil brush and Zinsser primer to cut in recessed areas on the wood door and to paint the storm door. Use the roller to paint the flat panels if you choose. Clean up using paint thinner. Follow drying instructions on the container, but my primer dried in about 30 minutes. Don’t worry, primer always looks wimpy but it works like a charm.

Tape and prime front doors.


Switch to your water-based paint brush and paint two coats of Front Door Paint. Brush in the direction of the grain. I was planning to roll the paint on the flat surfaces but after cutting in with the brush I was amazed. The paint glided on so smoothly that I just used the brush. The paint dried in an hour and I was able to re-coat in two hours.

Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Project by My Patch of Blue SkyRepainting a front door with Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Modern Masters Cafe BlogSTEP FIVE

Wash the brush in soap and water, re-install the hardware, step back and enjoy the beautiful results! And yes, the neighbors will love it. Everyone who walks by our home with a dog and a cup of coffee has commented on the transformation!

Now that you see how simple it is to beautify your abode, what color will you choose?Modern Masters Frint Door Paint

Now that you’re primed (that’s a pun) to get started, you can find Front Door Paint at selected Lowe’s and Ace Hardware shops, Amazon and the Modern Masters online shop.

Have fun!

Faux Tile with Metallic Style!

The super talented Kara Paslay creates innovative and unique surfaces treatments on all her projects. In fact, we’ve profiled Kara for our Modern Mastery series and wanted to further showcase one of her haute-est wall finishes for you.  This space was created for a television show airing this upcoming fall season and we’re excited to be able to share it ahead of time. Enjoy the sneak peek!

Before - Bath Project by Kara PaslayKara’s clients had a practical bath with a large functional mirror, neutral wall color and a standard look. Kara wanted to add color, pattern and shimmer while transforming the room. First, the large mirror comes off!

Staining the Walls with Blue and Green


After troweling the feature wall with concrete, she used Rit Fabric Dye to add an ombre, ocean-like color treatment to the surface.  She painted green and blue hues together and blended them with a rag.

Stenciling with Flash Blue Metallic Paint | Kara PaslayFlash Blue Metallic Paint on Bath Feature WallUsing a scallop stencil from Royal Design Studio, she added pattern to the wall with the sheer Flash Blue from our Metallic Paint Collection.  As you can see, it gives a beautiful iridescent feel over the surface. Kara continued using the Flash Blue over the entire wall. Her goal was to create a fish scale tile look with a watery effect without installing a single piece of tile.

Faux Tile Stenciled Wall with Flash Blue Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Project by Kara PaslayBefore & After Bath Transformation with Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Gorgeous Bath with Faux Scallop Fish Scale Tiles and Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Project by Kara PaslayWhat do you think of the results? We think it’s absolutely gorgeous!  The pairing of the lustruous Flash Blue Metallic Paint and a haute scalloped pattern are right on trend.  The bath is now fresh, fun and unexpected – Kara designed a winner! She shares, “I really love how the metallic paint causes the pattern to have movement.  As you walk through the room, the light catches the metallic paint at different angles and becomes more pronounced or more subdued.”  Please be sure to check in with her ombre, metallic fish scale feature wall project post on her blog for complete details. Tell us – are you inspired to try this DIY for yourself?

Try these other Modern Masters projects, too!

Inspiring Doors of Europe

Doorways offer so many possibilities – they could be an entrance to an incredible space, the entryway to the warmth of family or a path into the unexpected, to name a few.  We love incredible doors and it’s part of the reason we recently introduced our amazing Front Door Paint with 24 colors based on the Emotional Color Wheel. We also love historic doors and we found several European beauties to share with you. Care to cross the threshold with us?

Ornamental Door in ParisThis is a gorgeous ornamental coral door in the historic Parisian district of Le Marais. If you like this beautiful shade, our Cheerful or Motivated Front Door Paint would be up your alley!

Art Nouveau-inspired door in Brussels, GermanyRed is one of the most popular colors for a front door. What do you think of this shape and shade?  Not all reds are the same so we have three reds to choose from – Ambitious, Sophisticated and Passionate – in our Front Door Paint line. Photographed by Berend.

Green Doorway in Bremen, GermanyGreen and Orange are secondary colors and work well for this entrance in Bremen, Germany. For this hue, we recommend Fortunate, Natural and Successful as your Front Door Paint Color choices.

Beautiful Yellow Door in PortugalPortugal is a breathtaking country and their doors are no less striking.  Here’s a bright yellow to add sunshine to your day!  If you are considering a bold front door and like sunny shades, consider Happy, Optimistic and Confident – three yellow colors that are sure to delight.

Incredible Patinated Oxidized Door in SpainYou can always have an oxidized finish for your door! This grand entrance, photographed by Hans van den Berg, is in Spain and makes you wonder what awaits behind the patinated portal.  You can recreate this look to a T with our Metal Effects products.

Stunning Doorway in Venice, ItalyVenice. Incredible city, incredible details. This doorway clearly showcases how weathered paint and distressed patinas mix easily to create wonderful surfaces.

Lavendar Lilac Parisian DoorPerhaps a touch of plum or a regal purple for you? This tall doorway in Paris’ Palais-Royal, photographed by M Jack, has incredible charm and might be your inspiration! Radiant Orchid was Pantone’s Color of the Year and if you love lilacs and lavenders too, try our Front Door Paint in either Spiritual, Playful or Spontaneous.

Paris Door with Hardware and Embedded DesignsParis also comes in brown – and patinas! This lovely door was photographed by Nichole Robertson. Want to recreate it? Our Metal Effects Rust finish is the key to this treatment.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the visual tour of these gorgeous European entrances. Tell us – have you been inspired to enhance all your doors with color?

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Artsy Chicks Rule with Modern Masters!

One of our friends and bloggers, Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule, recently did a table makeover that fully embodies the term “drab to fab”. Using our Metallic Paint Collection, she took a $3 thrift store furniture find and transformed it completely with a two-color paint finish and a beautiful hand-drawn compass rose. Want to know more? Let’s go!

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Table Makeover - Before | Project by Artsy Chicks RuleOh, it looks sad, doesn’t it? Nancy saw a diamond in the rough with this table – even though it had glue and nail polish on it!  She sanded and chipped away at the residue and then used a spray primer in white to finish her prepwork.

Compass Rose on Table Top with Modern Masters Metallics | Projects by Artsy Chicks RuleCompass Rose on Table Top Close-up | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Project by Artsy Chicks RuleNancy loved both the Warm Silver and Oyster Metallic Paint colors and used them to paint the legs, body and top of the table.  Once those were dry, she drew a compass rose with chalk on the center of the round table top and painted it in with the Oyster.

Furniture Makeover with Metallic Paint | Project by Artsy Chicks RuleModern Masters Metallic Paint on Furniture | Modern Masters

Before & After Metallic Paint Project with Modern Masters | Project by Artsy Chicks RuleThe results are gorgeous! Nancy loved working with our metallic paints and says painting with them was like “buttah” – love that!  Be sure to check out the full tutorial of her metallic paint table makeover as she shares more tips on working with our metallic paints and creating the compass rose, too.  We hope you’ve been inspired today to tackle a metallic paint project as well and feel free to share your results with us!

Here are a few more Modern Masters DIY projects to check out!

Decorative Paint Projects to Inspire!

We recently wrapped up our Fresh Ideas in Bloom Photo Contest where many of you submitted your fantastic Modern Masters projects. While we announced the contest winners a few weeks ago, we thought we’d take this chance to highlight some of the wonderful artistry submitted by decorative painters.  It’s time to get inspired!

Wonderful Wall Finish by artist Rebecca PickrelFine artist Rebecca Pickrel was faced with a cinderblock closet that was to be made into a wine closet. Using gold metallic foil as a base, she first textured and then stenciled with several colors of our Metallic Plasters.  What a gorgeous result!

Metallic Paint on Furniture by Canada's Suzanne PrattThis warm and lovely cabinet was painted by Canadian artist Suzanne Pratt of Venetian Studios.  She used four colors from our Metallic Paint Collection: Warm Silver, Champagne, Pewter and Copper.  Starting with a very soft creamy yellow as a base, she layered them onto one other until she found a pleasing and chic washed effect.

Wall Treatment with Modern Masters | Artist: Leanne LeeThis beautiful textured wall finish was created by artist Leanne Lee of Rekindled Spaces with Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paint, Rust Activator, Texture Effects and Silver Metallic Paint.

Refrigerator textured with Shimmerstone by Modern Masters | Artist: Kristen ButlerKristen Butler was given an old armoire by a friend.  She didn’t like the light color of the wood so she based the piece with a deep purple and used ShimmerStone in a troweled application over that color. “I tinted it as dark as I could with the Blue Velvet Colorant and then sealed it with MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat for protection,” she explains. So striking!

Metallic Paint on Cabinets by artist Krista VindKrista Vind, owner of The Studio Destin, used our Silver Metallic Paint to charmingly transform kitchen cabinetry and used an aging glaze over the top for a wonderful contemporary finish.  Just as Krista did, we recommend using an appropriate primer and topcoat to both prepare and protect your surfaces.

Floor by artist Kathy Boyd using Modern Masters Metal EffectsDecorative Painter Kathy Boyd floored us with a unique and creative stenciled floor project with our Metal Effects products. Proper surface preparation and protection is a key element for this surface as well.  Kathy also organizes the popular Faux Retreats which have workshops that include many of our products.

Ornamental and Decorative Painting on Elevator Doors and Walls by Artist Adrian RidgelyArtist Adrian Ridgley painted an incredible trompe l’oeil effect on an elevator door with our Metallic Paint Collection. The walls were faux finished with Tintable Glaze into a stained wood look and all the details were painted with the metallic paints as well. This gorgeous residence is in the Park Towers of Las Vegas.

We will be showcasing more of the fantastic Modern Masters project submissions and no worries – you’ll have a chance to enter your own as we have plans to throw another photo contest soon!  In the meantime, we’d love to hear about what you think of these projects so be sure to leave us a comment!

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