Painting Your Shutters with Front Door Paint

With Summer almost over, we’re looking forward to lots of beautiful Fall projects! It’s a perfect season to spruce up your curb appeal as the weather gets a little cooler for exterior projects and the holidays are just around the corner. We’ve seen gorgeous front door transformations with our non-fade Front Door Paint but did you know they are also perfect for shutter makeovers? Painting your shutters a color that matches or complements your front door gives an overall complete look to the facade of your home and brightens your entrance.

Front Door and Shutters Painted with Modern Masters non-fade Front Door Paint | Front Door Color: Sophisticated, Shutter Color: Elegant | Project by Pursuing VintagePainted Black Shutters | Modern Masters non-fade Front Door Paint in color Elegant | Project by Pursuing VintageBack Porch Shutters | Color: Modern Masters Front Door Paint in Elegant Black | Back Door Color: Modern Masters Front Door Paint in Peaceful Blue | Project by Pursuing VintageKristen of Pursuing Vintage wanted a fresh, appealing feel to both her entrance and back porch and so she used a few colors of Front Door Paint to achieve that. She used Sophisticated Red for her front door makeover and used Peaceful for the back door – both are flanked by beautiful shutters painted in Elegant black.

Cohesive Colors for Front Door and Shutters | Modern Masters non-fade Front Door Paint | Door Color: Playful, Shutter Color: Mysterious | Ideas for Painting Your ShuttersPainted Gray Shutters with non-fade Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Color: Mysterious | Painted Shutter Ideas and Inspiration on the Cafe BlogDebbie of My Patch of Blue Sky used the color Mysterious gray for the shutters and Playful purple for the front door. The two colors provide a beautiful contrast to one another and add a lovely appeal when walking up the pathway to her home.

Painted Front Door and Shutters | Color: Modern Masters Front Door Paint in Peaceful blue | Project by Mad in CraftsJessica from Mad in Crafts shared that she had a dated color scheme on her front door and shutters and wanted an updated and cohesive look for her home’s exterior. She chose the color Peaceful blue for both – it looks wonderful!

Black Front Door and Shutters | Modern Masters non-fade Front Door Paint in color Elegant black | Project by Mom in Music CitySabine of Mom in Music City recently redid the exterior of her house – quite the job! She loved the classic look of Elegant black for both her front door and shutters.

Green Front Door and Shutters | Color: Modern Masters Front Door Paint in Natural | Project by A Sweet Berry's BlogCrisp white and green with pops of color – always a great combination! Katie from the A Sweet Berry’s Blog chose this beautiful color scheme for the exterior of her home. She used the rich green color Natural for her home update.

Front Door Paint can be brushed or sprayed onto shutters and best of all, the color will not fade. In fact, take a look at our Top 5 Questions with Front Door Paint for further guidance. Tag us on the social site you prefer – we can’t wait to see the curb appeal upgrade to your front doors and shutters!

Modern Masters DIY Projects to Inspire!

Gorgeous DIY Projects with Modern Masters | Cafe Blog FeatureWant to know a little secret? We’ve been experiencing an embarrassment of riches. So many of you are pinning, blogging, Instagramming, tweeting, videotaping and posting your #ModernMastersInc DIY projects, that we just had to share a few of them ourselves. We’ve been spying everything from garden accents to bedroom feature walls to porch makeovers and more. So, get ready to save these inspired ideas for your home with easy to use specialty paint products like our Metal Effects, non-fade Front Door Paint and the Metallic Paint Collection!

Metal Effects

Stenciled Bathroom Cabinet Doors with Modern Masters Metal Effects Patinas | Cafe Blog FeatureStunning! Debbie Hayes of Paint + Pattern took a custom vinyl stencil and patinated the design with our Metal Effects. Be sure to check out her How to Stencil a Rustic Patina Pattern tutorial to do the same in your home.

Patinated Garden Decor Accents | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Project by Where the Smiles Have BeenChristine from the Where the Smiles Have Been blog wanted to create handmade housewarming gifts. Using our Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and Blue Patina Aging Solution, she created patinated succulent planters that would be lovely to receive as a gift.

Front Door Paint

Modern Masters Non-fade Front Door Paint on Porch Shutters | Color: Natural | Project by A Sweet Berry's BlogThe non-fading Front Door Paint is recommended for both exterior doors and shutters and Katie from A Sweet Berry’s Blog took advantage of both as each was in severe need of a new coat of paint. She used the color Natural to give a crisp look to both during her porch makeover. Would you love to sit here a while, too?

Red Front Door | Modern Masters Non-Fade Front Door Paint in the color Passionate | Project by Mrs. Do-it-HerselfWe met the effervescent Mrs. Do-it-Herself at the recent Haven Conference and she decided to try Front Door Paint on her entrance. She thought the color Passionate was ‘one of the prettiest deep red colors I had ever seen’ – and now it’s transformed her front door! She had enough left over from her quart to plan a patio door transformation, too.

Metallic Paint Collection

Pewter Metallic Paint on Drop Leaf Dresser | Modern Masters | Project by Holy Craft | Cafe Blog FeaturePewter Metallic Paint gave Rachel of Holy Craft a smooth, seamless look to her previously wooden drop down leaf dresser. She says, “I couldn’t believe how well it covered and the shine is perfect. Both subtle and bold depending on the light.” If you’d like to see more of her project (including before pics), see her post on Painting a Desk with Metallic Paint.

Stenciled Bedroom Feature Wall with Pharaoh's Gold Metallic Paint | Uzma Circles Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio | Project by Albion Gould | Modern Masters Cafe Blog FeatureAlbion Gould is a good friend of Modern Masters and we always enjoy her projects. The latest is the guest bedroom accent wall she painted and stenciled with Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint. The pattern is the Uzma Circles Wall Stencil from Royal Design Studio. Albion shares that this room went from ‘boring to amazing’ and she is so happy with it that she was considering moving in herself! We’d love to stay there, too! For her tutorial with sources, click into her Golden Stenciled Bedroom post.

We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these projects and discovering some ideas of your own. We’ll be featuring more beautiful DIY projects soon! If you’ve got your own Modern Mastery to share, be sure to tag us or send pics to Who knows? You might find your project featured here on our Cafe Blog as well!

Modern Mastery: Melinda and Marc Bender

We discovered decorative artists Melinda and Marc Bender on Instagram via their #ModernMastersInc project shares using our specialty paint products. Their firm, M&M Bender Designer Wall Finishes, was founded in 1998 and is a powerhouse studio based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We are so happy to share their projects with you today as a part of our Modern Mastery series.

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Stenciled on Ceiling by M&M Bender | Roundabout Stencil by Wallovers | Modern Mastery Feature on Cafe Blog This gorgeous ceiling was created with the Roundabout Stencil by Wallovers using both our Pale Gold and Steel Gray from our Metallic Paint Collection to stencil the pattern.

Laguna Blue Metallic PlasterFinish with Glass Beads  by M&M Bender | Modern Mastery SeriesThe beautiful powder bath walls feature our Metallic Plaster in the Laguna Blue color with glass beads along the top. Gorgeous and shimmery.

If giving advice, what would be your top decorative finishing tip?

Every finish looks better with a final glaze. It just “sets in” the colors, enhances the metallics, and evens out the final sheen. Its also a great way to make any little color adjustments when you need to make the finish perfect for the room’s specific lighting and feel.

Gorgeous Powder Room Wall Finish | Metallic Plasters with Glazing Cream by Modern Masters | Cafe BlogA troweled Metallic Plaster finish in various colors is overglazed using our Wall Glazing Cream. Beautiful!

What is your go-to Modern Masters product?

Our go to product is Metallic Plaster. We use it in a large number of our projects. We love the body that it has, enabling us to use tools to create textures with the plaster that some other metallic plasters cannot hold up to. We also love it just on its own. Its shimmer and movement is a client favorite. We have completed dozens of ceilings using it.

Stunning Ornamental Ceiling by M&M Bender | Aged Gold Metallic Plaster with the Pattern in Silver Fox Metallic Plaster | Modern Masters Cafe BlogThis stunning ceiling has a Metallic Plaster treatment. The base finish is troweled with Aged Gold and the contemporary flower pattern was detailed with Silver Fox.

What is your dream finishing project?

We joke about this! It would be our house, of course. Our “imaginary” dream house, the one on the lake in the mountains, where the weather is always perfect, after we have won the lottery! We would finally get to do all of our favorite finishes in our favorite colors…The hardest part would be deciding! Every time we learn something new in a class or through experimenting and creating our own new finishes, we find another favorite. Its always fun to dream!

Striking Faux Decorative Paint Finish on Foyer Walls by M&M Bender | Modern Masters Metal Effects and Metallic Plaster | Cafe BlogBoth Metal Effects and Metallic Plaster were used to create this incredible wall finish. M&M Bender used the Rust Patina Finish as the base and troweled the stencil design with the Black Panther Metallic Plaster.

We’d like to thank both Marc and Melinda for sharing their studio’s beautiful work with us – what a pleasure to see our products in their artistic hands! What do you think of their work? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to also visit the M&M Bender Instagram account as they share their custom designer wall and ceiling finishes, plasters and hand-painted mural projects. We hope you are inspired to create your own one-of-a-kind projects!

Five Questions with Front Door Paint

Your front door is one of the first things a guest sees when visiting your home, so why not make it inviting while projecting your personalty? Here at Modern Masters, this question led us to develop our Front Door Paint Collection. By using the Emotional Color Wheel as well as the latest in color trends and home design, 25 non fade Front Door Paint colors were carefully selected for the color palette and since then we’ve been happy to see so many front door makeovers literally transform the appeal of a home. Of course, we’ve also receive questions about our line – everything from prepwork to finish – and we thought we’d share the most popular. Let’s dig in!


Yes! Modern Masters Front Door Paint can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed onto previously painted or properly primed exterior doors and shutters.

Easy, Instant Curb Appeal with Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Available at and selected Lowe's nationwide


If starting with a previously painted door in good condition and the product on it is water based, you are ready to start using Front Door Paint once you have cleaned the door and it is sound and dry. If starting with unfinished wood, metal or doors previously painted with oil based paint, we recommend using the acrylic primer, Bulls Eye 1-2-3 by Zinsser, before starting your makeover. Factory finished doors and shutters should also be primed with a good quality acrylic primer prior to painting with Front Door Paint. Using a high-quality synthetic bristle brush is recommend for water-based paints and will provide a great result. For complete information, check out our Step-by-Step Instructions and Front Door Paint Technical Data Sheet located on our Front Door Paint page as well as our How to Paint a Front Door video below.



You can easily paint and close your door in just a few hours. The paint lays on beautifully and dries quickly, allowing you to paint several layers in a short amount of time. It’s an easy one-day DIY!

Paint and Close Your Door on the Same Day | Modern Masters Non Fade Front Door Paint


No sealer needed! Front Door Paint is its own non fade amazing-ness all in one quart.

Never-Fading Colors, Guaranteed | Modern Masters Front Door PaintOK, I’M READY TO GET STARTED! WHAT COLOR SHOULD I CHOOSE?

We developed a free Front Door Paint app available on both iPhone and Android. Snap a pic of your front door and scroll through our colors so that you can visualize what the door would look like. Easy peasy! In case you’d like more information, also check out our Tips & Tools for Choosing the Perfect Front Door Color.

Pick Your Color with the Free App | Front Door Paint App by Modern Masters

Hope these five questions have opened the door to a world of ideas for you! You can easily find Front Door Paint by Modern Masters at Home Depot Online or selected Lowe’s retailers across the country. Be sure to share your front door transformations with us at!

Metal Effects on DIY Magazine!

Metal Effects by Modern Masters featured in DIY MagazineMetal Effects Mania is taking over! As we were checking out the Fall 2015 issue of Better Homes & Gardens’ DIY Magazine, we spied our popular patination and oxidation products featured on their ‘Stuff We Love’ segment.

Modern Masters Metal Effects | DIY MagazineCalling it the ‘Patina Maker’, DIY Magazine featured four Metal Effects line color variations (from top, right):

  • the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint with the Green Patina Aging Solution;
  • the Iron Reactive Paint paired with the Rust Activator;
  • the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint with the Blue Patina Aging Solution; and
  • the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint paired with the Blue Aging Solution.

You can find more on these products as well as others in the collection for priming and protection on the Metal Effects page. Our Modern Masters YouTube channel also has two great videos: Metal Effects Rust Finish Application and Metal Effects Patina Finish Application.  It’s a versatile product line that you could use for your DIY projects – even on canvas art and exteriors. See all the possibilities in our ever-increasing Metal Effects Products board on Pinterest.

We’ll soon have Metal Effects available in complete kits so that you can easily grab a box and create pretty patinas for all your DIY projects! They’ll be your go-to products for creating oxidized finishes in minutes. Keep your eye on this space as we share more soon!

Exterior Projects with Metal Effects

Metal Effects is one of our most popular lines and it’s no wonder why – you can create age old patinas virtually overnight! The line is also versatile as you can use it for both residential, hospitality and commercial projects on both the interior and exterior. We’ve rounded up some of the latest exterior Metal Effects projects we’ve spied to inspire your own outside projects for the summer and fall!

Metal Effects Rust Finish as featured in Tiny House Nation | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Tiny House Nation on the FYI Network travels across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them. We love the creativity of this cozy home with our Metal Effects Rust Finish on the house facade as designed perfectly by Jess & Kevin.

Metal Effects Rust Finish on Restaurant Sign | Project by The Sign Depot and featured in the Modern Masters Cafe BlogRestaurant with Metal Effects Patinas on Exterior | The Sign Depot | Modern Masters Cafe BlogThe Rust Finish was also used on the exterior of Gusto 101 in Toronto, Canada. The Rust Finish is created with the combination of the Iron Reactive Paint with the Rust Activator. If you’d like to see the journey of the sign project alone, The Sign Depot shares it on their blog. We love the rustic, industrial vibe!

Metal Effects Blue and Green Age Verdigris Patinas on Exterior Projects | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetal Effects also has beautiful oxidized blue and green verdigris patinas. Soul Kitchen Interiors by Faux Studio Designs used the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint with the Green Patina Aging Solution on their awning for a warm, welcoming entrance. The Blue Patina Aging Solution over the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint can be seen on the right over an exterior light fixture.

Metal Effects Iron Reactive Rust Finish on Garage Doors | Project by Jen Brooks and featured on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogThese stunning garage doors were patinated with the Metal Effects Rust Finish. The gorgeous work is by decorative artist Jen Brooks of Passion 4 Paint.

Verdigris Faux Patina by Modern Masters Metal Effects on Caesars Palace Las Vegas Pool Dome | Photography by the Vegas Mavens | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetal Effects is used for hospitality projects throughout the world, including Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Here, the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Green Patina Aging Solution beautify the dome overlooking the hotel’s grand pool. Photography by the Vegas Mavens.

Metal Effects Rust Finish on Building Exterior | Project by Raul De La Vega | Modern Masters Cafe BlogDecorative artists who work on exterior projects brave the weather and heights to create incredible facades. This was the case when Raul De La Vega enhanced a building exterior in Mexico with the Metal Effects Rust Finish. He says, “This project was not an easy task, but with your fine products and dedication it was possible”. We love the results!

Is your mind reeling with creative Metal Effects possibilities? We hope so! If you are using the patinas to enhance projects, we recommend protecting the Rust Finish with the Permacoat Xtreme, a protective sealer and topcoat made specifically to complement it. For the blue and green verdigris patinas, we recommend not topcoating them and leaving them to continue patinating naturally. If you’d like more oxidation ideas, check out our Metal Effects Projects Pinterest board and be sure to pin these inspiring spaces as well!


Disneyland’s Diamond Anniversary!

Disneyland Celebrates 60th Anniversary and we do, too! Modern Masters Metallic Paints, Theme Paints and Topcoats help beautify the park daily. California’s Disneyland is commemorating 60 years of magic and we’re celebrating their diamond anniversary with them! Our Theme Paint, Metallic Paint Collection, MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat, MasterClear® Supreme and Dead Flat Varnish have been used throughout the park and its rides. The products have been chosen for their colors, versatility and durability day in and day out through any time of weather! Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary is set to dazzle all summer long. Here are just some of the attractions which have been coated with our decorative paints and clear coats.

Main Street USA, Disneyland | Modern Masters ProductsDisneyland's Main Street USA features Modern Masters Theme Paints,  Metallic Paints and Topcoats | Disneyland 60th AnniversaryMain Street USA is a beautiful and colorful street that dazzles with shops and displays. For the 60th anniversary, it will be enhanced with shimmering banners and glittering décor.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland | Modern Masters ProductsEver since opening on July 17, 1955, Disneyland has been enthralling visitors with their incredible theme park. One of the most alluring attractions is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. For their 50th anniversary in 2005, the castle was painted with a combination of custom Modern Masters Metallic Paint colors and protected with our MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat.

Cars Land Ride | Radiator Springs Racers in Disney Califorina | Theme Attraction Painted with Modern Masters Theme PaintsCars Land is one of the largest and most elaborate theme attractions ever at Disneyland. Theme Paint™ helped create the dramatic desert landscapes that surround the area.

It's a Small World Attraction painted and protected with Modern Masters Metallic Paint and Clear Topcoats | Disneyland 60th AnniversaryAttractions and Rides in Disneyland California were painted with the help of Modern Masters Theme Paints, Metallic Paints and Topcoats Disneyland Firehouse painted with Modern Masters Theme Paints | Disneyland 60th Anniversary feature on Cafe BlogWalking throughout Disneyland is a vivid feast for the eyes. It’s a Small World, Minnie’s House, Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island and Toontown are just some of the attractions whose facades showcase our products.

Diamond Anniversary for Disneyland | Modern Masters Products used throughout Park and Attractions | Cafe Blog FeatureDisneyland will celebrate its Diamond Jubilee this entire summer! We’re so happy to rejoice in their 60th anniversary celebration and are so proud that Modern Masters beautifies the parks everyday. We hope you’ve enjoyed a little bit of both Disneyland and Modern Masters Magic!

Modern Masters is Heading to Haven!

Modern Masters at the Haven Conference 2015We’re heading to the Haven Conference this week! Haven is a DIY & Design Blog Conference that happens on July 16 – 18 and will be held this year at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta, GA. Over 400 bloggers descend to network, learn and create and we are so excited to see some old friends and meet new ones during the event.

We’re also excited that we will have Joe Saenz, our Studio Manager, teaching ‘Faux Paint Techniques with Modern Masters’ that feature our Metallic Paint Collection. Joe will have some great Metal Effects patina finish samples on hand, too. The class is on Friday, July 17th, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

Our redesigned booth boasts lots of color (sneak peek in our graphic!) and we have so many great things planned, starting off with a gift in everyone’s goodie bag! There will also be photo contests, a prize wheel with many giveaways and a Golden Ticket that wins you a $200 Amazon Gift Certificate! Our team will be at the booth to answer questions, talk about partnership opportunities and share information on our new products that are coming soon! You can also see our brand-new Front Door Paint color, Tranquil, in person. It’ll be a fun-tastic time so come by and see us right outside the main ballroom!

Modern Mastery: Kelly Peterson

We discovered the lovely work of decorative painter Kelly Peterson on Facebook. She was sharing several of her Modern Masters projects during a viral one-week showcase by decorative artists and we contacted her immediately to learn more. We’re happy to present her varied works with our products and talk about her studio, Layers of Color.

Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color | Modern Mastery Series Feature on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogKelly Peterson was in the construction industry for over 20 years running projects and managing an aluminum frame manufacturing company before starting her decorative finish business. “When decorative painting was introduced to me many years ago, I knew I finally found my passion. I couldn’t wait to figure out how to do it and share it with others. In 2003, I was very fortunate to move to very art-inspired cultural area outside of Sacramento, California. It was the perfect time to start my decorative painting business. I was so fortunate to find IDAL and the talented people at Modern Masters.” She became a Platinum Training Center for Modern Masters and through the studio and product lines, was able to create amazing finishes for her clients. A love of teaching also led her to begin faux finish classes for a local junior college. She now teaches classes each semester and has an amazing team of decorative finishers that create almost all the finishes for her studio, Layers of Color.

Modern Masters Metallic Finish | Stenciling done with Metallic Paint | Project by Kelly Peterson and featured in the Modern Masters CafeThe wall finish has a lovely Plum Metallic Plaster base and the stenciling is done with our Pale Gold Metallic Paint. The pattern is the Fabric Damask Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio.

Kitchen Cabinetry painted with Modern Masters Statuary Bronze Metallic Paints | Project by Kelly PetersonThese kitchen cabinets were transformed with Statuary Bronze Metallic Paint and topcoated for durability. Kelly did the laundry room with the same cabinet finish!

What are some of your favorite Modern Masters finishes?

We love working with Metallic Plaster, the Metallic Paint Collection and the Glazing Cream Colors. They are so versatile and can be used in so many applications from walls to cabinetry to furniture. We also have lots of fun with the Metal Effects patina finishes.

Metallic Plaster by Modern Masters creates a contemporary concrete look for a fireplace | Project by Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color | Cafe Blog FeatureTungsten and Shimmered Moon Metallic Plaster create a contemporary concrete look for a 27′ tall fireplace.

A Shimmery Metallic Paint Base for a Chair | Glam Chair Transformation by Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color | Cafe BlogWarm Silver Metallic Paint helped update a chair with a shimmery, glam makeover.

What is the most inspiring space or place you have visited?

We created a number of finishes for an amazing castle project in the Los Altos Hills Community of California. It was a 8000 square foot renovation from the original castle built in 1924. It took several years to complete the project. The new owner was dedicated to restore as much of the original character as possible. We even got to stencil an entire carport concrete floor with Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Modello Designs vinyl stencils! It was so much fun to work on until the day several of the other contractors told us the castle was haunted…We weren’t scared… We created finishes using the Metallic Plasters, Metallic Paints and Venetian Plaster.

Home Construction and Restoration Project by decorative artist Kelly Peterson with Modern Masters Projects | Studio Feature on the Cafe BlogA sampling of the decorative paint finishes during the construction and renovation of a modern castle project in California.

What is your dream finishing project?

Most of our client projects have been dream projects. Any time a new client hires us and allows us to create beautiful and unique decorative finishes just for them is a dream project! It’s what keeps us motivated for the next one!

Italian-Inspired Metallic Plaster Finish for a Tuscan Home | Project by Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color featured in the Modern Masters Cafe BlogA Metallic Plaster wall finish graces the dining room walls of a Tuscan-inspired home.

Both Modern Masters Metallic Paint and Metallic Plaster create a unique finish for a bedroom wall and headboard | Project by Kelly Peterson of Layers of Color | Modern Masters Cafe Blog FeatureMetallic Paint and Metallic Plasters were combined to create a unique wall finish and focal point in a master bedroom.

We love how every new client is her ‘dream project’ – what a great appreciation for each of her commissions! Kelly has over 30 years of construction experience and a general contractor’s license in the state of California, as well as an experienced full service Interior Designer on staff at Layers of Color. Her expertise shows in her unique and beautiful finishes with our products. Be sure to visit her Facebook page and Instagram account as she shares many of her current projects frequently. Don’t forget to pin and share these lovely Modern Masters projects, too!