Easy Home Decor Ideas with Metallic Paint!

Easy DIY Home Decor Ideas with Modern Masters Metallic PaintAdding a little zest to your home with fast DIY projects is super easy with Modern Masters Metallic Paints!  Of course, you can transform walls, ceilings, furniture and much more with the metallic paint collection, but sometimes a quick weekend project is all it takes to add a fab update to your home. Some of our friends have inspiring design ideas that we thought we’d share with you. Read on!

Changing Your Home's Curb Appeal with Metallic Paints | Easy DYI Ideas with Modern MastersFirst things first: Curb Appeal. Susan Penning from Living Rich on Less transformed hers by using Copper Penny Metallic Paint on both her exterior house lights and the beautiful ‘copper’ planter that now greets you at her home. Be sure to check out her Light Fixture Transformation Tutorial as well as her Flower Pot Redo How-to. So pretty!

Metallic Highlights on Fireplace Wood MantelAdding metallic highlights to furniture or carved wood adds such an elegant touch. The water base metallic paints dry quickly and you can blend several shades together as well as artist Andrea Blair Murrill did above. Angie from Postcards from the Ridge went another route, preferring to accent and update her hardware with a fresh coat of shimmery English Brown metallic paint as seen below.  The metallic paints come in a variety of colors so that you can choose the perfect shade to transform any hardware that has seen better days.

Updating Hardware with Metallic Paint | Modern Masters

Adding Metallic Shimmer to the Insides of your Lampshade | Modern Masters

Want a fun idea? Try painting the inside of a lampshade like Cassie of Hi Sugar Plum did with Gold Rush Metallic Paint above. The metallic lined lampshades add interest during the day and casts a warm, inviting glow at night.  Of course, you can always paint the lamp itself for a dazzling result. The lamp base below was given a shimmery makeover by Jessica of Decor Adventures using our Pale Gold Metallic Paint.

Paint a Lamp with Metallic Paint | Decor Adventures

Painting a Mirror Frame with Metallic Paints | Modern MastersJessica from Decor Adventures also used the same quart of Pale Gold Metallic Paint to update a mirror frame. This technique works great for picture and art frames, too. Jessica shares that one of her favorite things about our metallic paint is that “it comes in so many colors and all can be combined to create your own shades”.

Stenciling with Metallic Paints | Project by Jane Sanders Drew with Pharaoh's Gold Metallic PaintJane Sanders Drew of the Creative Finishes Studio used Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint to stencil in a design on a tri-fold floor screen. Lovely, isn’t it? We like how she outlined the pattern in black to pop both the pattern and the gold.

Painting the Back of a Bookshelf with Metallic PaintsBookshelves with a Pop of Metallic Paint | Modern Masters

Stylist extraordinaire Kara Paslay is a BIG fan of Modern Masters metallic paint and uses all kinds of different shades for her fun, innovative projects.  Here she brings a touch of drama to an otherwise boring white bookshelf with pops of Olympic Gold Metallic Paint on the back.

Are you looking around your home and seeing decor accents that could use a little metallic paint love? We hope we’ve inspired your creativity with these ideas! They are just the tip of the iceberg on the changes you can make with our metallic paints.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Pinterest for more inspiring projects! And oh, if you happen to have a project with any Modern Masters products, be sure to enter our Fresh Ideas in Bloom Photo Contest before April 28th!

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Fresh Ideas in Bloom Facebook Photo Contest!

Fresh Ideas in Bloom Facebook Photo Contest by Modern MastersSpring is in bloom and so are fresh design ideas! We always love to see the beautiful design, architectural and DIY projects you share with us created with Modern Masters decorative painting and finishing products and we wanted to share the love right back!  Our Fresh Ideas in Bloom Photo Contest launches today on our Modern Masters Facebook fan page and you have a chance to win one of two (2) fab prizes!  All projects using any of your favorite Modern Masters materials are eligible and you can enter as many of them as you’d like!

As to the contest prizes? Glad you asked! Yes, there are TWO winners – the project with the most votes and a special project chosen by Modern Masters from all the entries. Each winner receives a fantastic $250 Modern Masters Prize Package!  So are you ready to showcase YOUR projects in our Fresh Ideas in Bloom Photo Contest?


Simply “Like” us on Facebook and upload photo(s) of your finished projects. You can also use the hashtag #mmsfreshideas on Twitter and Instagram to automatically enter your image! Then, SHARE your photo entry with your family, friends, acquaintances, neighbors and encourage them to vote for you!  Everyone can vote once per day for their favorite projects.  Please note that the contest is open to residents of the continental US only.

Modern Masters Fresh Ideas in Bloom Photo Contest

Our Fresh Ideas in Bloom Photo Contest is your chance to not only show off your fantastic work but also win your favorite Modern Masters products! The contest ends on April 28, 2014, so hurry to get your projects in!  Even if you don’t want to enter, it’s a great opportunity to view inspiring artistry and support the contestants by voting for YOUR favorite projects. So, visit the Modern Masters Fresh Ideas in Bloom Photo Contest Page today! Good Luck!


The A to Z of Using Metal Effects!

Before & After Metal Effects Patina | How-to Tutorial | A to Z Custom CreationsMetal Patinas showcase the beauty and age of time worn surfaces.  Patinas of various colors can be created by treating surfaces with our Metal Effects products – you can literally create a history of aging in just a matter of minutes! Angela of A to Z Custom Creations uses our Metal Effects frequently and she’s got lots of tips to share.  “They create an authentic patina that is simply amazing! I’ve been playing around with [them] for a while and I’ve patinated just about everything I can,” she excitedly says.  We recently came across one of her many beautiful patina projects and thought to share it with you! Here’s her steps:

How to Use Metal Effects by Modern Masters

Angela suggests the following tips for a successful patina project (seen visually above):

  1. Metal Effects has Reactive Metallic Paints in both Copper and Bronze. There is also a Metal Effects Primer available specifically designed to protect the surface. Of the primer, Angela says, “I must admit, I have used the products without this but I think they work better with it”.
  2. Apply two thin coats of the Metal Primer with a brush or roller after making certain your surface is clean.
  3. Angela applied an opaque coat of the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint to ensure full coverage. Let dry.
  4. You can patinate with a single color but for additional variety, Angela poured the  Bronze and the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint next to each and grabbed the individual colors side by side on a chip brush.
  5. Apply the two colors to the surface at the same time, blending them in without losing their individual colors.
  6. The Blue and Green Patina Aging Solutions oxidize equally well when paired together or individually with the Copper and Bronze Reactive Paint. There are also separate materials in the line to create a rust finish.
  7. Working on a wet reactive metal surface, apply your chosen patina aging solutions (Angela used both blue and green) via spritzer, brush or sponge.  The patina solutions will react with the real metal particles in the paints, thus speeding up the patination process.
  8. You can add more reactive metallic paint over the oxidation to find the perfect blend of paint and patina for your chosen surface. Angela worked with the piece until she was satisfied with the results and then allowed the project to fully dry.

Metal Effects by Modern MastersMetal Effects Project | Patina Cow Head by A to Z Custom Creations

How do you like the results? The paint and aging solution combinations create a beautiful, authentic green or blue oxidized patinas inspired by nature. Be sure to read Angela’s full Metal Effects Patina Tutorial on her blog and see other great projects she’s created on her Facebook page!  We’ve also created a fantastic patina finishes application video for you to have as a resource as well. Tell us, what are YOU excited to patinate?

But wait – take a look at these other gorgeous Metal Effects projects!

Shine On with Venetian Plaster Projects!

Modern Masters Venetian Plaster with Stenciling on Bedroom Walls | Project by Caroline LizarragaOne of the most versatile decorative surface treatments is Venetian Plaster.  It is a troweled plaster finish applied in thin layers and burnished to create a smooth surface with texture and depth. From ultra-chic modern spaces to traditional homes to projects with a rustic, elegant flair, Venetian Plaster is one of the few finishes that can seamlessly flow within design styles without skipping a beat.  We were the first US company to manufacture the acrylic plaster and it has since been used by professionals and DIYers on thousands of projects. We wanted to share a few of our favorite spaces with you!

Venetian Plaster on Fireplace and Wall | Caroline Lizarraga | Modern Mastes Venetian PlasterArtist Caroline Lizarraga has a drop-dead gorgeous style all of her own and you can see the results here in her design projects. She’s a big fan of our Venetian Plasters and uses it frequently to make a big impact. Caroline successfully pairs beautiful ornamental patterns within the Venetian Plaster as evidenced by the luxe bedroom walls and striking furniture surround (above). She’s also got a great eye for color – isn’t the blue Venetian Plaster feature wall below amazing?

Blue Contemporary Modern Venetian Plaster | Modern Masters Venetian Plaster Project by Caroline Lizarraga

Venetian Plaster with Metallic Stenciling with Modern Masters Products | Artist: Heather Bruno-Sears

Our Venetian Plaster is also a beautiful base surface for additional finishes, such as a shimmery stencil treatment. Artist Heather Bruno-Sears had the ivory color custom-tinted and used Pharaoh’s Gold from our Metallic Paint Collection for the stenciling.  Along with a selection of fifteen rich pre-mixed colors, you can simply choose a color from your favorite paint dealer’s fan deck and have it tinted right in the store! 

Venetian Plaster Ceiling by Tobey Renee Sanders | Modern Masters Venetian Plaster

One of the best surfaces to showcase Venetian Plaster is the ceiling. The shimmer and depth stands out in both the day and evening light – so pretty! Here, artist Tobey Renee Sanders creates a hip, colorful space for a very deserving young woman during a recent philanthropic design project we were proud to be a part of.

Handpainted Ornamental Design over Venetian Plaster on Coffered Ceiling | Project by Tiffany Alexander using Modern Masters Venetian Plaster

Stenciled Venetian Plaster on Dining Room Ceiling by Tiffany Alexander | Modern Masters

Showing off a flair for sophisticated drama, decorative painter Tiffany Alexander of Blank Canvas Design Studio uses several colors of Venetian Plaster on ceilings and other surfaces with both stenciled and hand-painted designs. She also likes to mix gold and silver leaf in her finishes. Venetian Plaster colors can easily be mixed and layered for a rich, multi-dimensional finish. Love the results!

The look of polished stone – isn’t it beautiful? If you’d like to add an extra layer of durability to your work, we suggest using our Protective Venetian Plaster Topcoat, which comes in Clear and also in Gold and Pearl for a translucent, decorative lustre. Our Venetian Plaster is acrylic, but if you were interested in lime-based plasters, please read more on our Italian Bellezza Series.  We hope you’ve enjoyed these beautiful projects – and if you’ve used our Venetian Plaster (or any of our products!) we’d love to see the results so send them on in!

Design and DIY Ideas to Inspire!

Spring Decorating Ideas with Modern Masters!

As we (finally!) ease out of winter, fresh ideas are blooming to spruce up your home! Decorating for spring is easy with fun colors, elegant flowering scrolls and flower motifs on all types of surfaces – and Modern Masters makes it easy.  Read on to find out more about several smart and chic projects by some of our friends with our products!

Stenciled and Plastered Wall | Metallic Plaster by Modern Masters | Artistry by Kathy Anders of Atlanta Decorative FinishesStenciled Metallic Plaster on Walls | Project by Atlanta Decorative Finishes with Modern Masters Products

Kathy Anders of Atlanta Decorative Finishes used a custom stencil and several colors of our Metallic Plaster to create an elegant allover scrolling vine that enhance her client’s walls. It’s a beautiful finish to highlight a contemporary home with traditional touches. Be sure to check her site for her fantastic workshops with our products!

Warm Silver Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Painted Furniture by Vintage Charm Restored

Champagne Metallic Paint Highlights on Furniture | Vintage Charm Restored

Vintage Charm Restored is a big fan of our Metallic Paint Collection! They frequently use the line on their painted furniture projects and on these fun and bright pieces, they used the metallic paints as a highlight to the happy colors. The painted armoire pairs Champagne Metallic Paint with a beautiful coral pink while the patterned aqua dresser has the perfect complement with our Warm Silver Metallic Paint. We think both these pieces would make for inspired spring decor!

Flowered Canvas Mural Art with Metal Effects by Modern Masters | Artist: Ali KayCanvas Art Mural by Ali Kay | Metal Effects by Modern Masters

Canvas art is an easy, casual way to add sophistication to your home.  Artist Ali Kay used gorgeous flowers as her subjects for a wonderful series of paintings with our Metal Effects treatments. You can spy both our rust finish and vedrigris patina as a base and as accents. So lovely!

Painted Floor Mural | Metallic Paints by Modern Masters | Artist: Alfred Galvez

Painted Mural Floor by Alfred Galvez | Lotus Pond Floor | Modern Masters ProductsA painted floor always makes a statement and artist Alfred Galvez of AG Murals certainly created a gorgeous focal point! Using the Metallic Paint Collection, Alfred was able to paint a lotus pond on his client’s floors as well as lush and lovely blooms that shimmer enticingly.  Although we don’t recommend using the Metallic Paint Collection for floors, we couldn’t help but admire the creativity of AG Murals.  Painting is a wonderful way to refresh a tired floor — and talk about adding a little spring in your step!

Adding bursts of lively springtime motifs as well as energetic colors and patterns will help your home transition effortlessly into spring. We hope these projects have inspired you to create simple, stunning makeovers of your own – and be sure to share your projects with us!

More Spring Home Decor Ideas!

Theme Paints Help Create a Stunning Public Art Mural in Savannah!

Here at Modern Masters, we enjoy coming across very special projects — and a 66′ tall exterior mural by artist Matt Hebermehl certainly qualifies!  Matt was gracious enough to chat with us about this very special commission, his process and how our Theme Paints helped him complete the mural creatively and durably. 

Savannah Public Art Mural with Modern Masters Theme Paints by artist Matt Hebermehl

matt hebermehl, as Photographed by Trevor Jenkins of 98 Productions

In the fall of 2013, I was commissioned by the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) to paint a mural on the exterior of Montgomery Hall, the home of SCAD’s digital art and animation department. Vice President Glenn E. Wallace and Director of Ideation Amy Zurcher directed me to create an energetic, vibrant, abstract representation of the creative spirit that swirls in and around Montgomery Hall.

Painting a Public Abstract Art Mural | Artist Matt Hebermehl using Modern Masters Theme Paints(above, below) photographed by Adam Kuehl for the Savannah College of Art and Design

Painting a 66' Public Art Mural | Savannah Artist by Matt Hebermehl | SCAD's Montgomery Hall

The wall itself stands at 66 feet high by 30 feet wide and the work took almost two months. Fellow artist Troy Wandzel and I primed the wall and then artist Tim Foster helped me lay out a grid and sketch of the mural with a chalk snap line.  When it came time to decide which paint to use, I wanted a product that offered a bright, rich palette and the durability to withstand the Savannah sun and humidity.

Montgomery Hall Exterior Art Mural | Modern Masters Theme Paints | Artist: Matt Hebermehl(Top LEFT) photographed by Adam Kuehl for the Savannah College of Art and Design. All remaining images by Matt Hebermehl


I called fellow artist Aaron Marable as well as several historic preservationists and they unanimously recommended Modern Masters Theme Paints. Paul Muto at Star Scenic in Orlando, FL supplied me with the paints and couldn’t have been more helpful and knowledgeable about the product. As I painted the mural, I was amazed at the paint’s coverage, flow, and vibrancy. I used the Hi-Hide White straight and everything else I customized to make my own color mixes.

Exterior Public Art Mural in Savannah, Georgia by artist Matt Hebermehl using Theme Paints by Modern Masters

Public Mural at the Savannah College of Art and Design | Artist Matt Hebermehl | Theme Paints by Modern Masters

When I completed the mural, my friend Tim Piccin helped me apply the MasterClear® Supreme Clear Protective Topcoat in semi-gloss for extra durability. The work resulted in a layered chronicle of the rhythms of life combined with an ongoing exploration of my natural, gestural stroke.

Timelapse Video of the SCAD Mural Project by Matt Hebermehl

We think it’s an incredible work by a very talented artist whose work we hope to continue to see! The project was also a collaborative effort between the school and SeeSAW (See Savannah Art Walls).  It’s the public art initiative that Matt co-founded in 2012, which creates opportunities for a more robust culture of murals and public art in Savannah. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the process of this wonderful mural by Matt Hebermehl and the capabilities of our Theme Paints.  Please be sure to visit the Hebermehl website and follow Matt on the Hebermehl Facebook fan page and the SeeSAW Facebook fan page as well.  What do you think of the mural? Let us know in the comments!

More Incredible Projects to Inspire!

Modern Mastery: Craig Getty

Craig-Getty-Metallic-Plaster-CeilingSocial Media is ALL about sharing and we were so pleased when Nevada-based decorative painter Craig Getty decided to feature some of his project pics on our Modern Masters Facebook page. The spaces, created with the help of our products, were incredible and we set out to learn more about his studio and artistry.

Craig-Getty-Anaglypta-with-Champange-and-Pale-Gold-MPCAnaglypta is a wonderful way to add pattern and interest to a ceiling. Craig took it a step further by painting and aging with our Metallic Paint Collection.

Craig-Getty-Anaglypta-with-Pale-Gold-and-Champagne-Metallic-PaintCraig Getty launched a painting contracting business in 1981 and in 2001, he shifted gears and launched Craig Getty Decorative Painting.  His range of work is quite varied and includes woodgraining, trompe l’oeil, airbrushed skies, stenciling, metallic patina finishes, decorative plasters and faux color blends. “What sets me apart are two things. First, is my color mixing and matching. Knowing color values and understanding the color wheel is the first thing I would suggest a new decorative finisher to learn. The second is my dedication to completing projects on time. I keep close communication with my clients and all other trades on every job. My goal has always been, once a client always a client,” Craig explains.

Craig-Getty-Champagne-Aged-Metallic-Paint-CollectionThe Metallic Paint Collection helps Craig Getty transform and update light fixtures on ceilings and walls. The ceiling below also features our Venetian Plaster.

Craig-Getty-Venetian-Plaster-with-Champagne-Aged-Metallic-Paint-on-LightWhat is the most inspiring place you have visited?

This last year we traveled to Italy. I can’t just pick one place in this beautiful country! From the Accademia and Uffizi Gallery and Il Duomo in Florence to the streets of Verona, the cathedrals and basilicas of Siena, Assisi, Como, Venice, and of course, Rome and the architecture of the Pantheon. I have never been so inspired in all of my life. There is now nothing I don’t want to learn and paint!

What are some of your favorite Modern Masters finishes?

As much as I love the Metallic Paint Collection, my favorite are the Metallic Plasters. I am a painter by trade, but put a trowel in my hand and I am as happy as can be! I love intermixing to create a custom color or use different layers of multiple colors. My go-to color is Suede but for multi-color layers, I like to use Espresso as the first layer to create a deep base for the next colors. This gives me a much richer-looking finish. Craig-Getty-Metallic-Plaster-on-Range-Hood-Custom-Red-Russet-Blend

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

I have been using the metallic paints and Metal Effects for ever. I’ve also used the Venetian Plaster for celebrity clients in Hollywood. But since I first discovered Metallic Plaster at the Reno Paint Mart, I started dabbling with this product on sample boards. These boards were well received by many of my designers and clients. They can be used to create an old world finish to a modern contemporary look. It has been an excellent addition to my portfolio!

Craig-Getty-Metallic-Plaster-Products-on-CeilingSuch incredible finishes – we always love to see creative projects with our product lines! Many thanks to Craig Getty for taking the time to chat with us about his studio and artistry. Please visit his website and become a fan of his fab Facebook page, where he shares much more of his wonderful work.  We hope this jumpstarts an inspiring day!

Take a look at more inspiring projects by talented artists!

If you’d like to be considered for our Modern Mastery series, please send final images to projects@modernmasters.com – look forward to seeing your work!


Front Door Paint Transformations with Modern Masters

Modern Masters Front Door Paint

Your front door is one of the first things a guest sees when visiting your home, so why not make it as inviting as possible and let it project a bit of your personalty? Here at Modern Masters, this question recently lead us to develop an exciting new product line – our Front Door Paint Collection. Its quick-dry, water-based formula is specifically designed to make it easy to finish painting and close your door the very same day! By using the Emotional Color Wheel as well as the latest in color trends and home design, 24 Front Door Paint colors were carefully selected to allow you to enhance your curb appeal and make it an extension of your home’s personality!

Modern Masters Front Door Paint Colors

Last fall, we introduced our Front Door Paint Collection with our Adore Your Front Door Contest. We had a wonderful response with many different color and style combinations and are very excited to share a few of our favorite Before & After transformations with you! Let’s take a look.


A front door transformed with the color "Cheerful" from Modern Masters Front Door Paint | By Amanda StamperThis front door received a fresh, new look by Amanda Stamper when she fell in love with the color “Cheerful” – a color sure to uplift as one walks through the door. Be sure to check out Amanda’s post on painting her front door in her Dreamsicle Sisters blog to learn more.


A set of front doors transformed with the color "Spontaneous" in Modern Masters Front Door Paint | By Sarah Desjardins

Sarah Desjardins chose our Front Door Paint in the color “Spontaneous” in order to better complement her beautiful home. We love how well it ties in with the warm, earthy tones of her exterior’s brick work.


A front door painted in the color "Comfortable" in Modern Masters Front Door Paint | By Jane Head

Jane Head decided her front door needed to stand out a bit more as it was blending in too much with the rest of the home. She used the color “Comfortable” to achieve this lovely pop of color! “I love the color and the paint went on beautifully,” she says.


A set of front doors painted in the color "Calm" in Modern Masters Front Door Paint | By Julie Young

Artist Julie Young used the color “Calm” from our Front Door Paint line to paint her front double doors. The previous color was also getting lost surrounded by the beautiful arched, stone work. Don’t they just look great now in this soothing blue?

Now, you too can easily give your door a new look as part of a fun, afternoon DIY project! Front Door Paint flows and levels beautifully so it can be brushed or rolled on and it dries to a satin sheen. Plus, the fade resistant pigments are guaranteed to keep their color!  If you’d like to check out which of the colors would work best with your door, be sure to use our iPhone and iPad Front Door Paint app!  Just snap a photo of your door, choose your fave color and emotion from the Front Door Paint swatches and see how your door can express itself! We hope we’ve inspired you to take a second look at your home’s entrance and ask yourself, “Which color would I gravitate towards?”. If so, feel free to find your nearest retailer or shop online. We’ll see you here next week!


Natural Patina and Oxidation Inspiration

Don’t you love seeing a finely aged copper sculpture or the fiery beauty of a rust finish?  We, like many others, think that these patinas can be so aesthetically pleasing. To that end, we developed our fast-working Metal Effects products to help many achieve these looks for their artworks as well as varied interior and exterior projects. Natural patinas form on the surface of bronze, copper and other similar metals and the tarnish and oxidation reflects weathering and wearing due to exposure to the elements over time.  Funnily enough, these patinas act as a protective layer over these metals. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite natural patinas and oxidized surfaces as well as sharing which products can help you recreate these most beautiful of organic finishes.

Verdigris Patina on Door

Long term exposure for copper generally results in the formation of a distinctive gray-green patina called verdigris. Here, both the weathered stained wood and verdigris doorknob create a striking doorway. To create this finish on your doorknob, simply use the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint followed by the Green Patina Aging Solution.

Vertical Rust on SignGiven sufficient time, oxygen, and water, any iron metal will eventually succumb to rust. Unlike the copper and bronze patinas, rust will not protect the iron and will cause it to disintegrate. We wanted to maintain the beauty of a rust finish, such as this one photographed by Don Taylor, without the destructiveness of it. Using our Iron Reactive Paint and Rust Activator will provide both.

Artistic Rust Finish

This is an image of a rusted exhaust pipe at an abandoned warehouse by Scott Ex Rodgers.  Looks like an art piece! We think it showcases how varied rust finishes can be and can inspire artistic application methods when using our rust finish products.

Blue Patina on Door Handle

Bronze oxidizes as well though it is slower to change and will more than likely reflect the patina with flecks of a gorgeous blue. Our Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint with Blue Patina Aging Solution is the key to developing a bronzed patina. This weathered carved wood door with a patinated blue door knocker was photographed by Derek Winchester.

Copper Verdigris Patina on Exterior GateTime can create such rich, natural patinas like this showstopping oxidation on an exterior gate from Our French Garden. A combination of distressed paint and our Copper Reactive Metallic Paint with Green Patina Aging Solution can help towards recreating this finish.

Verdigris, Rust and Paint Patinas on Doorway

Oxidized metal and weathered paint finishes often go hand in hand. Rust finishes and verdigris patinas look beautiful together and the Metal Effects products to create those finishes can be used together as well. This door to an abandoned building was photographed by Tom McLaughlan.

Aren’t these patinated surface finishes gorgeous? We love the inspiration they provide for using our Metal Effects projects. To recreate authentic patinas, we do suggest using photographs as a guide on how Mother Nature touches her surfaces.  Be sure to also take a look at our Rust Finish Application Video and Metal Effects Patina Application Video for further guidance.  If you did want to protect your surface prior to patination, we have an excellent Metal Effects Primer that will block the reactive paints and metal solutions from reaching your surface.  To topcoat your rust finishes, be sure to use our Permacoat Xtreme for the best results.  We hope these have proved inspiring – please be sure to share your projects with us!

More Metal Effects Ideas and Inspiration!



Paint It with Modern Masters!

Transforming a Dresser with Modern Masters Metallic PaintsDo you have a tired dresser that needs an update? So did Paint It magazine! In their premiere issue, they gave a lift to a used dresser with the help of stencils and our Metallic Paint Collection.  They chose both the Smoke and Warm Silver metallic colors to help add pattern to the drawers and dresser sides as well as some of the legs and trim details. What a beauty she turned out to be!

Using Metallic Paint on Furniture | Modern Masters as featured in Paint it MagazineIf you’d like to paint your own furniture pieces with our products, we have a few helpful hints and tips for using metallic paint:

  • Paint your preferred piece with an acrylic primer or latex paint tinted to a similar color as the chosen metallic paint. This will ensure beautiful coverage with our metallic paints.
  • Metallic paint can be brushed or rolled on. If rolling a bigger area, adding Extender will help add open working time.
  • When rolling metallic paint, always finish by rolling off in the same direction for a shimmery, polished look.
  • For a subtle glimmer, consider using Sheer Metallic Colors. They add a beautiful decorative accent over another paint color as they do not cover opaquely.
  • Try our Matte Metallics for a glamorous metallic look with a softer glow.
  • For added durability, use our MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat as it’s formulated to maintain the metallic value of the metallic paints. Most other clear coats dull metallic finishes.

Many thanks to Paint It magazine for the great feature on our metallic paints! You can find your own issue locally at all Barnes & Noble bookstores, supermarkets and Lowe’s, to name a few. For more furniture inspiration, be sure to check out our Pinterest account as well as our Modern Masters on Furniture board.  We also have step-by-step Recipe Cards for great finishes with all our products. We hope you’ve been inspired to add luster and shimmer to your projects!