A Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish Creates A Soft Glow On an Accent Wall

Modern Masters Tone on Tone Metallic Finish TutorialI had so much fun last month using Modern Masters Metallic Plaster while creating a gorgeous, easy focus wall in our master bedroom that I could not wait to try both the Metallic Paint Collection and Matte Metallics. Note that the Matte Metallics have a subtle metallic glow as a compliment to the higher shimmer of the regular Metallic Paint Collection. The Matte Metallics are available in 15 of the most popular metallic colors.

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Wall ProjectWe live in a 70′s ranch where 8 foot ceilings and small bathrooms reign. No luxurious spa tub here. We wouldn’t have it any other way, but creativity rules in our home to make it cozy and unusual. Discovering that I could use the Metallic Paints to create a tone-on-tone effect on the small focus wall in our hall bath was so exciting. The project was speedy and provided immediate gratification!

I’ll bet you have a wall or perhaps a niche that would be greatly improved using this simple technique too. The process is so easy.

Choose a Matte Metallic color for the base coat and then choose the corresponding Metallic Paint to match for the Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish. The Platinum/Silver Matte Metallic I chose will work with both the Platinum and Silver Metallic Paint and I went with the Platinum Metallic Paint.

Modern Masters Matte Metallics

Before you start, don’t miss Modern Masters’ quick application video for the Tone-On-Tone Metallic Finish:


Platinum/Silver Matte Metallic (or your chosen Matte Metallic color)

Platinum Metallic Paint (or your chosen corresponding Metallic Paint color)

6″ Natural Sea Sponge Mini Roller

• Painting & Finishing: 3/8″ Roller, Roller Frame, Roller Pan and Liner, Lint-free Rag, Painters Tape, Drop Cloth and Roller Extension (optional)

Modern MasterTone-on-Tone Metallic Paint Finish Project Supplies | Modern Masters Cafe Blog How-to TutorialTAPE AND BASECOAT THE WALL WITH MATTE METALLIC


Remove all hardware. Tape. Prep the wall if necessary. Metallic paint, like gloss paint, requires a smooth, patched wall for the best results. Since I had an existing plaster pattern to deal with, plus some hardware holes, my hubby had to assist and skim some areas with drywall, then I rolled on two coats of primer before I could begin.

Prepping and Painting for the Modern Masters Tone-on-Tone Wall Finish | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Tutorial by My Patch of Blue SkyPut down the drop cloth. Use the short nap roller to roll two coats of the Platinum/Silver Matte Metallic color (or your chosen Matte Metallic) for the base coat. Let dry completely between coats.


Rolling on the Matte Metallic Finish with the Modern Masters Min Sea Sponge Roller | Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish How-toUse the sponge roller to roll on the Platinum Metallic Paint (or your desired Metallic Paint color). Leave open space in order to get a two-tone effect. Blot any excess paint areas with the cloth, if necessary.

Can you believe you are already done? I told you this is magically quick!

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Wall Finishe Project | Tone on Tone | Modern Masters Cafe Blog TutorialI love that the color changes as we move around the room and that it is subtle enough that we won’t tire of the effect quickly. The copper verdigris artwork by our daughter Jenny and the raku pottery piece look even more fabulous surrounded by the touch of platinum and silver glow.

Platinum and Silver Tone-on-Tone Metallic Paint Finish Tutorial | Modern Masters Cafe BlogContemporary Metallic Paint Finish How-to | Modern Masters Cafe BlogAnxious to jump on a similar project in your home? Find a retailer near you on the Modern Masters website. Don’t forget to share your finished projects, too.

Meet me back here next month when I will be painting my shutters with Modern Masters Front Door Paint.

Modern Masters Cafe Blog Guest Writer and Artist is Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

Modern Mastery: Mario Stanley Morales

Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Mario Stanley Morales

We’re happy to introduce another exciting artist for our Modern Mastery series! Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group founded his company in 1985 and has been creating and designing custom finish concepts for over 30 years. He first came to our attention when he shared many of his unique projects with us on our Modern Masters Facebook fan page. His team has created a diverse portfolio of private and public commissions for projects such as governmental agencies, schools, retail stores, restaurants, religious facilities and residences. Based in Texas, his company straddles interior and exterior projects in both Mexico and the United States. The studio specializes in treatments such as Venetian Plasters, Faux Finishes, Murals, Gilding, Reactive Metal Patinas, Decorative Concrete, Stenciling as well as being well-versed in Feng Shui concepts and Color Therapy. Mario has kindly shared some of his favorite Modern Masters projects with us.

Historic Project with Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Theme Paints | Artistry by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMario used both Theme Paint and our Metallic Paint Collection to reinvigorate exterior accents of the Historic Brownsville Museum.

Black Venetian Plaster Wall Finish by Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogBlack Venetian Plaster enhances the walls of a contemporary space. We particularly admire the plaster seamlessly finished over the jib door.

Metal Effects Iron Rust Finish on Wall | Project by Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMario used the Iron Reactive Paint and Rust Activator from the Metal Effects line to create an elegant Rust Finish Patina on his client’s walls.

Metal Effects Faux Verdigris Finish on Coffered Ceiling | Project by Artesanos Design Group and featured in the Modern Masters Cafe BlogFor a coffered ceiling, the Metal Effects Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Green Patina Aging Solution were used to create a stunning patinated finish on the insets. The beams received the Metal Effect Rust Patina Finish.

Metal Effects Patinas on Truck | Project by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe Blog“Our client has trucking company and bought a truck he wanted us to further antique and weather as a showstopping ‘art’ piece outside of his business. We added the Metal Effects Rust Patina finish to certain areas and rusted more on others. Even some newly chromed areas got rusted!” Mario explains. What a fun project!

Retail Project by Artesanos Design Group using Metal Effects, JWR Acrylics and Theme Paints by Modern Masters | Modern Mastery Feature on Cafe BlogRetail Mural with Theme Paints and JWR Acrylics by Modern Masters | Project by Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogFor the upscale Nombe sneaker shop, Mario and his team created several murals with both Theme Paint and JWR Artist’s Acrylics. For the retail shop columns, they used Platinum Metallic Paint for the base and aged it with a glaze created with the Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint, keeping the shimmer intact. Finally, the patinated the corrugated metal running along the store with Metal Effects. Incredible!

Showcase Box painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paint and Decoupage | Modern Masters Cafe Blog | Project by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design GroupPapier Mache Calaveras created with JWR Acrylics and Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Artistry by Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design GroupSmall art pieces are also created at the Artesanos Design Group studio. The Metallic Paint Collection and JWR Artist’s Acrylics are frequently used by Mario to create one-of-a-kind collectibles that include showcase boxes and papier-mâché calaveras (skulls) that honor the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Mario handpaints and designs all the artistic ornamental touches.

Repurposed Chair Painted and Aged with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Mario Stanley Morales of the Artesanos Design GroupSilver Metallic Paint and a Blackened Bronze Metallic Paint overglaze helps create a stunning repurposed chair.

Stenciled Restaurant Bath with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Modern Mastery Feature: Mario Stanley Morales of Artesanos Design Group | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArtesanos has transformed not only the main areas of several restaurants but also their bars, exteriors, private rooms and public baths. In this bath, Flash Blue Metallic Paint is used as a base while both Blackened Bronze and Black Cherry Metallic Paint are combined for the beautiful graphic pattern. Wouldn’t you love to step in this space?

We hope you’ve enjoyed the beautiful and unique artistry of Mario Stanley Morales! Please be sure to visit the Artesanos Design Group website for more and follow their Facebook page to keep on top of their latest projects. Many thanks to Mario for sharing his incredible work with us. If you’d like to share your Modern Masters projects, we’d love for you to contact us. Don’t forget to pin these projects and share this post!

Modern Masters Pairs Up with Hometalk!

Hometalk is the online home & garden knowledge hub and we love to browse and find inspiration on the site as well as share ideas and how-to tutorials on our page. Millions of homeowners, bloggers and professionals use Hometalk to share their project experiences, search for and share tips, ask questions as well as help other Hometalkers make informed decisions.

Helpful and Handy Hometalk Projects that Feature Modern Masters | Modern Masters Cafe BlogWe were so happy to team up with them recently and have some of their fave Hometalkers try out our Metallic Paint Collection and Metal Effects for the first time. Want to see some of the results?

Venetian Blue Metallic Paint updates a 1940's Desk | Hometalk Projects on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogHometalker Mary used Venetian Blue Metallic Paint and Pure White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to update a 1940′s desk.

Create a Stunning Table Tray with a Grate and Metal Effects Patinas | Modern Masters Cafe BlogA grate (!!) patinated with Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and Blue Patina Aging Solution from our Metal Effects line helps Hometalker Lian create a contemporary tray.

Funky and fun cupboard painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Hometalk Projects on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogHometalker Sherry used both English Brown and Snowflake Metallic Paint as well as new hardware, shelves and a colorful, patterned fabric to update a sad cupboard into a fresh, fun piece with personality!

Pantry Door with Metal Effects Patina | Hometalk Projects on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogHometalker Sherre updates a yellow pantry door with tin ceiling panels patinated with Metal Effects. Quite a change from just the standard white door!

Painted and Stenciled Headboard with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Hometalk Projects on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogAnother white to wow transformation was painted by Hometalker Marjorie. Marjorie painted and stenciled a headboard for her daughter’s room with both Champagne and Oyster Metallic Paints. Lovely!

Ceiling Fans are transformed with Metal Effects | Low Budget Makeovers | Modern Masters Cafe BlogCeiling fans can be expensive to replace so why not redo them yourself? Hometalk Sherre used the Bronze & Blue Metal Effects combination for her ceiling fan makeover.

Desk Makeover with Black Pearl and Steel Gray Metallic Paints | Modern Masters Cafe BlogSteel Gray and Black Pearl Metallic Paints help Hometalk Lori do paint a stunning desk makeover. Looks sleek and contemporary with just the right amount of shimmer!

Aren’t the projects great? We love Hometalkers! Hometalk also wrote about more of the Modern Masters DIY projects on their daily blog. If you are not on Hometalk, consider jumping in as the community of professionals and DIYers are very open to sharing and inspiring great home and garden ideas and experiences. While you’re there, be sure to visit and follow our Hometalk hub, too – and leave your profile in the comments so we can find you!  We hope you’ve enjoyed these fun projects with our Metal Effects and the Metallic Paint Collection. Have an inspired day!

The Modern Mastery of Caroline Lizarraga

Through the Modern Mastery series on the Cafe blog, we feature and profile the incredible works of artists who use our products in ever-innovative ways. One artist we’ve featured before is Caroline Lizarraga and her eponymous decorative arts studio is based in San Francisco. We’ve caught up with her again recently and are honored to share her most recent Modern Masters projects with you, as photographed by Catherine Nguyen.

Paris Freehand Drawings over Modern Masters Venetian Plaster | Project by Caroline Lizarrage | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Artist FeatureLoose and organic freehand drawings of Paris are painted over our Venetian Plaster. The beautiful light fixture and interior design is by Alia Gaffney.

Stenciled Gray Venetian Plaster | Project by Caroline Lizarraga and Photographed by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogCaroline stencils a tone on tone pattern treatment over gray Venetian Plaster. The stencil design is the Indian Paisley Damask Stencil by Royal Design Studio.

Architectural Drawings over Modern Masters Plum Venetian Plaster | Project by Caroline Lizarraga Decorative Artist | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArchitectural drawings are painted over a custom plum Venetian Plaster on bath walls.

Yellow Venetian Plaster with Embedded Family Mementos | Project by Decorative Artist Caroline Lizarraga and Photographed by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Artist FeatureEmbedded Drawings and Designs in Venetian Plaster by artist Caroline Lizarraga | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogCaroline’s clients wanted a beautiful way to preserve memories of their travels and important moments. She embedded drawings, postcards and other designs within a buttery, textured Venetian Plaster finish.

Stenciled Wall with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Caroline Lizarraga and Photographed by Catherine Nguyen Photography | Modern Masters Cafe Blog FeatureCaroline used our Metallic Paints to stencil the African Plumes Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio on her client’s living room walls. Mixing gold and platinum toned metallic paints helped create a beautiful and versatile contemporary ‘wallpaper’ treatment.

White Elegant Raised Crocodile Wall Finish | Modern Masters Venetian Plaster | Project by Decorative Artist Caroline Lizarraga | Photographed by Catherine Nguyen Photography | Modern Masters Cafe BlogA luxe, white crocodile finish is created by Caroline with our Venetian Plaster.

Modern Masters ShimmerStone with Raised Stencil Design | Artistry by Caroline Lizarraga Decorative Artist | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe BlogA raised design on ShimmerStone creates lustrous dining room walls that entice.

Venetian Plaster Focal Wall with Architectural Drawings | Decorative Artistry by Caroline Lizarraga | Photography by Catherine Nguyen Photography | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArtistic drawings look amazing over several colored layers of Venetian Plaster.

Black Venetian Plaster Ceiling in Masquerade Bath | Project by Caroline Lizarraga | Photography by Catherine Nguyen | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Artist FeatureA rich, black Venetian Plaster completes this unique masquerade bath perfectly.

So many inspired surfaces and spaces! We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Caroline’s extraordinary artistry. Please visit her website, Caroline Lizarraga, to see more of her talents. Many thanks to both Caroline and photographer Catherine Nguyen for the beautiful images to share with you. If you’d like to share your work with us for a possible feature, please send images to projects@modernmasters.com – we look forward to seeing them. Have an inspired day!

Create A Gorgeous, Easy Focus Wall Finish Using Modern Masters Metallic Plaster

How to Use Modern Masters Metallic Plaster | Modern Masters Cafe BlogHave you embraced the “paint everything white” phenomenon? I have somewhat. Having been in the faux finishing biz for years, white seemed a wonderful, soft new statement color. So, I painted our master bedroom a greyish white with a square silver leaf accent. It made the room so much brighter, which I liked. It also made the room very understated. Not my style.

I craved more of a warm hug environment. And I got it! Are you feeling it?

Modern Masters Metallic Plaster finish

It’s a result of Modern Masters Metallic Plaster. Oh my. After 15 years of creating complicated multi-layer wall finishes, this product provides a glamorous, 2-step plaster treatment for the professional finisher and DIYer. Magic I had to experience.

Modern Masters Metallic Plaster colorsThere is a plethora of gorgeous colors to choose from.

Modern Masters Metallic Plaster colors

I went directly to the color Eucalyptus because I wanted to coordinate with the bedding, pottery and other jewel tones in the room that I love.

Using Metallic Plaster for a Beautiful 2-Step Wall Finish | Modern Masters Cafe BlogDying to give it a try? Here’s how I achieved the look, including painting a green base coat over the white wall. You can skip this step if you choose a Metallic Plaster color close to your wall color.


Supplies for Applying Metallic Plasters by Modern Masters | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

  • Metallic Plaster in the color Eucalyptus. You can choose any color that works for you! Measure the total square footage of the area you need to cover to figure coverage, just like with paint.
  • 240MM Japanese Trowel
  • Natural Sea Sponge Mini Roller
  • Latex Paint base in color close to Metallic Plaster. I chose a vibrant green, which is not a close match to Eucalyptus, so you could easily see the process. Notice the plaster covered it easily. You can skip this if you choose a Metallic Plaster color close to your wall color.
  • Paint Supplies: Roller pan and liners, paint roller, medium nap roller, paint brush and paint stir sticks
  • Tape Supplies: Painters tape and low-tack tape
  • Additional Supplies: Rags, drop cloths and ladder
  • One kitty assistant to keep an eye on quality control


Tape trim and wall

Use painters tape to tape off the wall, trim and baseboards. I used low tack tape to tape off my silver leaf square. Remove switch plate covers, draperies and hardware. Put down drop cloths.


Tape and cut in basecoat

Cut in all edges.

Paint two coats of basecoat color

Roll on two coats. Let dry according to directions.


Roll Metallic Plaster with 90% coverage

Put some Metallic Plaster in the roller pan. Use the sponge roller to roll on the plaster. This is completely different than rolling paint. The goal is to create random texture that is not flat or 100% filled in. Use short strokes about 8″ long, turning the roller with every stroke. Aim for about 90% coverage of the surface. Roll about 1 1/2 square feet at a time.

Knockdown Metallic Plaster

Use the trowel to knock down the peaks. Use very light pressure at a low angle. If you press hard, the plaster will fill in the voids. Use a damp rag to clean off the trowel every time you knock down the peaks.

Rolled Texture

You can get close to the corners of the wall and the trim. The next layer will fill in. Let dry 2 hours.


Butter trowel

“Butter” the trowel with some plaster using a stir stick. Press the trowel to the wall at a low angle and pull across the surface. Then, at a high angle, remove excess plaster. Don’t miss the How to Apply Metallic Plaster video on the Modern Masters YouTube channel before you begin your project as it shows this step perfectly.

Metallic Plaster Finish Closeup

This is a very flat finish, so pull the plaster tight to the surface. Clean the trowel often to avoid scratches. You will soon learn that you can use both edges.

Modern Masters Japanese Trowels

These amazing tools made in Japan practically do the work for you without having to put a lot of elbow grease into the strokes. One important secret to a pro-looking finish is the tools you choose. Investing in the best tools will not only yield a gorgeous look, it will last a lifetime if carefully maintained. Modern Masters sent me the larger 270mm Japanese Trowel also. If I were working on a big surface not broken up with small areas like my wall, I would have chosen the larger trowel. It’s so worth the cost to make the process go faster.

Modern Masters Metallic Plaster on an Accent Wall | How To Tutorial on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetallic Plaster by Modern Masters on Wall | How To Tutorial on Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Lustre and Shimmer with Modern Masters Metallic Plaster | Step by Step How To Wall Finish Tutorial | Modern Masters Cafe BlogHave you noticed the patina artwork over the bed? I created it for Modern Masters last month using their Metal Effects products – so addictive!

I hope you’ll give Metallic Plaster a try. If you are new to plaster, it can give your home a classy new look that you’ve been drooling over on Pinterest and in magazines. Plus you can brag that you did it yourself!

Modern Masters Cafe Blog Guest Writer and Artist is Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.


How To Tag Products on Houzz

Modern Masters on HOUZZHouzz is an incredible site for home remodeling and interior design inspiration. Launched in 2009, it brings homeowners, home professionals and home decor products, like our high-end, specialty water base paints, together for decor ideas and projects. Houzz currently enjoys 25,000,000 unique visitors to their site per month with about 73% of them planning to redecorate and design their home. It’s an incredibly engaging visual community and we’re so happy to be on Houzz!

One of the best ways to engage in Houzz is to write a review for a fellow Houzz-er and add a tag to your Houzz project photos with products information. Tagging your projects with design sources is a win-win for all. Here’s three benefits for you in doing so:

  1. Once you tag the source, your project will appear on the product page. Not only can your followers see your project in their stream, but now an even larger audience outside of your own has visual access to your project. Houzz ensures that any project you share is stamped with your profile, so anyone can easily click back to your page to learn more about your firm or studio;
  2. Your project can be seen by the manufacturer for a chance to be further promoted on their channels, ensuring a wider audience and promotion for your company; and
  3. Adding product tags to your projects enhances the visual experience of those who visit your profile by showing followers your breadth of knowledge in sources and product information.

Great, right? But how to tag your projects? We’re going to show you exactly how!


On your Houzz Profile, you will need to access your Projects (screen A). Once in the Project menu, you can then find the particular project you’d like to focus on (screen B).

How to Tag Products on Houzz | Modern Masters CafeTagging a Product on Houzz | Modern Masters CafeSTEP TWO

Once you click into the Project board, click the image you’d like to tag (screen A). As you hover over the image, an additional menu will appear (screen B). Click on the ‘Add Image Tag’ button.

Tag a Modern Masters Product on Houzz | Modern Masters Cafe BlogTag a Product on Houzz Tutorial | Modern Masters Cafe BlogSTEP THREE

Once you click on the ‘Add Image Tag’ button, the following screen will pop up. You will choose ‘Product Tag’.Finding and Tagging a Product on Houzz | Modern Masters Cafe Blog


A menu will appear to conduct your product search. In this case, we know the front door was painted with Front Door Paint in the color Playful. We typed in ‘Modern Masters Front Door Paint’ and both the product and color selections appeared. Once you see the correct product appear, click on it. Step 6A - Find Your Product


You will then see a green product tag on your image (screen A). When you hover over the image, the full product information will appear for your followers to click into and access (screen B).

Tagging Product Resources on Houzz | Modern Masters CafeHow to Share Product Resources on Houzz | Modern Masters Cafe BlogSee how easy it is? You tagged a product in five easy steps. Once tagged, your project will appear in the product page (see below). Not only does it showcase a project with the product installed, but everyone who sees that page (even outside of your own followers) will be able to click on the image and head back to your profile. The product manufacturer will appreciate the share and your project is promoted further. Win-win.

Step-by-Step How To Tutorial for Tagging a Product Resource on Houzz | Modern Masters Cafe BlogBTW, if you’d like to pin or pass along this tutorial, you can use the image below for easy sharing!How to Add a Product Tag to Your Houzz Projects | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

You now have the know-how to easily tag sources to your projects and not only enhance your own profile, but also add the opportunity to have more people see your project and decide to hire you! Please do visit our Houzz to follow us. If you love our products, please tag your projects and consider writing us a great review as well. We’re looking forward to getting to know you and your great projects. Be sure to leave us YOUR profile in the comments so we can find you, too. See you there!

Front Door Paint on This Old House

Have you ever been blown away by a design makeover? This Old House magazine shares one – and the pièce de résistance is our Front Door Paint!  The Home Solutions feature in the March 2015 issue showcases a front porch makeover by Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes that went from absolutely glum to gorgeously glam.

This Old House features Front Door Paint | Project by Bella Tucker Decorative FinishesDana and Brooks Tucker are a decorative painting studio that works on amazing projects daily for their clients. When it came to tackling their own home, they turned their talents to the dark and dreary porch that needed a serious color and pattern uplift. After painting the brick white, they painted and stenciled the concrete entrance floor and chose the color Fortunate from our fade-resistant Front Door Paint line to transform their front double doors. The eye-catching color helps all the elements come together for a beautiful new look and feel.


Tired Older Porch prior to Transformation | Cafe Blog


Modern Masters Non-Fading Front Door Paint in color Fortunate | This Old House Magazine | Project by Bella Tucker Decorative FinishesFront Door Paint in color Fortunate | Project by Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes and Featured in This Old House MagazineThe makeover is so extraordinary, it has also been featured on Apartment Therapy and planned for even more upcoming press features. Many thanks to This Old House and Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes for sharing a gorgeous project that showcases how the right colors – and the right materials – can make all the difference when tackling your own home. Imagine gorgeous colors that are easy to apply, quick drying and will never fade – that’s our Front Door Paint! Be sure to pin this inspiring project and let us know what you think of the redo in the comments below!

And the Winner Is…

Send in YOUR projects for the Modern Masters Awards! Deadline: February 18, 2015.Fun Fact: A custom shade of our Metallic Paint Collection has been used to paint the large Oscar statues that grace the Academy Awards stage and events – it’s always a thrill to see them!  We thought we’d honor this time of year with our first-ever Modern Masters Awards that you could easily enter.  There are six categories:

  • Best Furniture Makeover
  • Best Metal Effects Finish
  • Best Metallic Paint Finish
  • Best Decorative Wall Finish
  • Best Decorative Ceiling Finish
  • Best Front Door Paint Project

We are accepting nominations through February 18th – you can nominate yourself or someone else you admire! Here are the details:

  1. Send large, hi-res images (no small images, collages or special effects) to Projects@ModernMasters.com by February 18, 2015 with the categories you’d like your project to be considered for. You can send in as many project nominations as you’d like!
  2. The projects need to have been created with Modern Masters products.  Please identify the product and if possible, the colors used.
  3. Include the information of the studio, designer or creative customer who created the project and also the photography credit for the images.

Modern Masters will review all the nominations and Winners will be announced all day on Oscar Day, February 22, 2015.  Each category winner will receive a $100 Modern Masters Online Shopping Spree!  We can’t wait to see your projects – Good Luck!

Modern Masters Metal Effects Makes Rusty, Patinated Wall Art Magic

How to Mix Modern Masters Metal Effects PatinasOur Greensboro, North Carolina winter is blah! Dull, dark and dreary. But this week I experienced some creative excitement that beat the gloom for me while cooped up in the house. Packages from Modern Masters arrived on my doorstep, chock full of their Metal Effects products. My goal: to create something rusty and fabulous with gorgeous green patina like you find on ancient hardware and statuary.

And I thought Christmas was over.

I have spent over 15 years as a full time faux finisher, yet I never discovered these crazy fun, addictive products! I know you have seen stunning finishes on walls and furniture on Pinterest and in magazines and drooled over the look thinking they are impossible for a DIYer to achieve.

Oh, it’s so not so!


Modern Masters Artwork Before

OK, put on your sweatshirt, woolen hat and mittens and trek to the attic or basement to unearth something to practice on. To get a more dramatic effect, choose something with pattern and depth like this metal wall art. Mine is like a section from a century old tin store ceiling and I’m betting you have something similar. Give it a good cleaning with soap and water and wipe dry.

Modern Masters Metal Effects products

It’s hard to believe that I got this amazing look using only a few products. But I did take ten minutes to watch the related Modern Masters Metal Effects videos, Metal Effects Patina Finishes and Metal Effects Rust Finishes, before I began my project. I created my finish a bit differently, so use my directions for this project.



I worked on my studio table top covered with a heavy drop cloth with no kitties (or little ones) around. Be sure to carefully read the instructions on each label that include info like having proper ventilation. Be aware that the spray mist can travel and may stain, so cover anything precious.


Modern Masters Primer


Modern Masters Iron Oxidizing Paint

I skipped some areas just to see what would happen. Here it is when dry.

Modern Masters Iron Oxidizing Paint


Modern Masters Copper Paint


Modern Masters Green Patina

Wait. Wait a little more. Then watch the green patina finish evolve over a couple of hours. Depending upon your piece, you may need to spray the Rust Activator over the Iron Reactive Paint when the Green Patina Aging Solution is dry. I actually did not need it to get this look. Since the Green Patina Aging Solution acts as its own sealer, I did not need to seal it. If you wanted to seal after using the Rust Activator, use the Permacoat Xtreme sealer and topcoat as it was created specifically for an overall rust finish.

Modern Masters Rust and Green Patina

Modern Masters Rusty Patina Metal Wall Art

What do you think? How do you like my new crusty masterpiece hung on top of our silver leaf wall? Stay tuned as in February I will be posting my wall finish project using Modern Masters Metallic Plaster. Then I will reveal the final look in our master bedroom.

Let me guess. I think you are on the Modern Masters website now to find the retailer closest to you to get these products ASAP!

Modern Masters Cafe Blog Guest Writer and Artist is Debbie Hayes, 
Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

Modern Masters Patinas with Artist SK Sartell

Artist SK Sartell uses Modern Masters Metal Effects to enhance a Wardrobe Redo | Via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogHere at Modern Masters, we thoroughly enjoy seeing all the incredible projects that Designers, Decorative Painters and DIYers share with us. It’s so much fun to see the creativity that our products unleash! One such artist doing painterly projects with our Metal Effects is Oregon’s SK Sartell. SK has a distinctive style that has amassed her many fans. She uses patina finishes on unexpected surfaces with a loose, free-form style with a lot of character. We’re so appreciative of the time she took to share one of her projects with us!

Wardrobe Transformation with artist SK Sartell | Modern Masters Cafe BlogSK explains, “Unbelievably, this was $7.99 from a sad little thrift store. At 7’5″ tall x 4′ wide x 2′ deep, it had heavy, solid wood doors and crown. The sides are pressboard so I couldn’t refinished it as real wood.”  SK first painted the piece with Graphite Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and then papered the door panels with aged damask and diamond tissue paper.

Embossing a Stencil Design | Project by SK Sartell featured on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogThe top cornice is solid wood with a crown. Using Iron Reactive Paint from the Metal Effects line mixed with Durham’s Hardrock Putty, she embossed a damask design with a stencil. “I carefully pull the stencil away while the putty is still wet and this gives me time to smooth and soften the pattern with water and a soft sable paint brush. When fully dry, I sand and carve the pattern. For this piece, I then sprayed the Rust Activator for a rust finish.” Although we don’t recommend using the Iron Reactive Paint mixed in with another product, we couldn’t help but admire the creativity of SK’s process.

Patinating Hardware with Metal Effects | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetal Effects Patina Finishes on Furniture | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArtist SK Sartell uses Modern Masters Metal Effects to Enhance Hardware and FurnitureMetal Effects Patinates Hardware | SK Sartell Furniture Redo featured on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogHow to Paint a Patina Finish | SK Sartell | Modern Masters Cafe BlogEach unique knob and raised design is individually treated with the Iron Reactive Paint and patinated with the Rust Activator. As the paint begins to rust, SK adds more layers of the Iron Reactive Paint and spraying it again with the Rust Activator.  After the patination process is complete, she coats these areas with the Permacoat Xtreme, which is specifically made for Metal Effects Rust Finish. She also use the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Green Patina Aging Solution to add a verdigris finish in the corners and crevasses. She shares, “The labor time was approximately fifty plus hours but worth the effort.”

Metal Effects Patina Projects by SK Sartell | Patina on Furniture | Modern Masters Cafe BlogHas patinating hardware ever crossed your mind? SK doesn’t stop there, though! She works on many surfaces that spark her creativity – even embossing and patinating a refrigerator. For SK, one-of-a-kind freeform designs, bold finishes, flowers and landscapes are her passion and she shares her projects frequently on her blog. In fact, please hop on over to her post on the painted and patinated wardrobe for more on the backstory and the complete transformation. Be sure to pin the inspiring work and leave a comment below for her, too!