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!

Modern Mastery: Cindy Howard & Dana DeBuck

We love keeping up with the decorative artists who use our products and Decorative & Faux Finishes, based out of Texas, are no exception. Owners Cindy Howard and Dana DeBuck and their team have a keen talent for pairing finishes, patterns and color. Their awe-inspiring decorative painting projects always have gorgeous details and an elegant, finished touch. They are passionate Modern Masters fans and we’re so proud to showcase their artistry for you today.

Artistic Profile of Decorative Artists Cindy Howard and Dana DeBuck | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Dana DeBuck and Cindy Howard

Decorative & Faux Finishes has been in business since 1998. They create custom faux finishes and murals for homeowners, business owners, designers and architects in the greater Houston area. Dana, Cindy and their team provide their considerable talent and experience to their clients and manage to create something special and unique for each one.

Aged Metallic Paint on the Barrel Ceiling with Glazed Walls | Project by Deocorative & Faux Finishes | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Featurefor the barrel ceiling, Cindy and Dana used iridescent gold, Olympic gold, statuary bronze and blackened bronze from our Metallic Paint Collection as well as our glass bead gel for the accent strie and english brown metallic paint with a glaze for the final aged effect. the troweled stone walls have statuary bronze and blackened bronze as a glaze to give a touch of richness to the elegant rustic feel of the home.


Scalloped Metallic Pattern on Ceiling | Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Project by Decorative & Faux FinishesOur Metallic Paint Collection strikes again for this gold and silver toned scalloped ceiling treatment. The unique design complements the light fixture perfectly!


What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?

It had to our first “real” commissioned job outside of friends or family. Seventeen years ago we jumped right into a multi-million dollar home! The family insisted to their builder that they wanted us to do all their decorative finishes in the home. It kicked off our career and changed our future. We tackled cabinets, a lot of glazing, high scaffold work on huge walls & ceilings, three-layer stenciling, stone finishes, ironwork, glazed walls, and an entire room of bright stripes. Our local paint store stocked Modern Masters products, so we purchased a lot of metallic paints and went to work. We were then hooked and never dreamed of the possibilities that we would have over the years with Modern Masters products.

Foiled Walls with Metallic Overglaze | Metallic Paint on Trim and Ceiling | Modern Masters Project by Decorative & Faux FinishesA glaze made with a mix of champagne and warm Silver Metallic Paint overglazes a foil finish on the walls. You can also spy the same metallic mix on the crown molding, trim and all the cabinets. the cabinets were topcoated for protection.


Modern Masters Pewter Metallic Paint Stenciled on Dining Room Walls | Project by Decorative & Faux FinishesPewter Metallic Paint was used to stencil an oversized damask pattern on deep eggplant walls. So lovely!


Metallic Paint on Ceiling Inset and Stencil Pattern | Decorative Painting by Decorative & Faux Finishes | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Various shades of Brass and Bronze Metallic Paints not only grace the border design but also serve to fill in and ground the inset ceiling beautifully.


What is your dream finishing project?

Our dream job is finishing our own homes! We never have the time!

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Highlights on Column Capital | Artistry by Decorative & Faux Finishes | Feature on Modern Masters Cafe BlogDecorative & Faux Finishes also use the Metallic Paint Collection to highlight and add a luxe shimmer to architectural details, such as the column capitals for both of these projects.


Linear Metallic Plaster Finish on Ceiling Dome | Modern Masters Project by Decorative & Faux FinishesCindy, Dana and their team used various colors of our Metallic Plaster in four layers to create a beautiful linear finish on an entry dome ceiling. perfect technique! They also finished the dome trim & windows to coordinate with the handrails ont he stairs.


Glazed and Finished Walls | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Profile of Decorative & Faux Finishescustom tinted metallic plasters brushed vertically and horizontally create a sophisticated decorative wall finish for a chic, globally-inspired ladies sitting room.


What are some of your favorite Modern Masters finishes?

Our favorite Modern Masters finish that we do involves several colors of Metallic Plasters that we trowel on vertically and then trowel a tinted glaze over it. Depending on the colors used, it can give the effect of tree bark or mother of pearl achieving a masculine or feminine look.

Glazed Metallic Plaster Texture Effects | Project by Decorative & Faux Finishes | Modern Mastery Feature on Modern Masters Cafe BlogA glam powder bath with beautiful lines is completed with their favorite finish, a glazed Metallic Plaster Finish on the walls. The groin ceiling also has a Metallic Paint overglaze and a stencil pattern stippled with espresso metallic plaster.


Metallic Paint on Stenciled Entry Ceiling | Gorgeous Project by Decorative & Faux Finishes and featured in the Modern Masters Cafe BlogSeveral colors from our Metallic Paint Collection help tie in a beautiful stenciled foyer ceiling with the hanging chandelier. The stencil pattern is from Modello® Designs. Gorgeous!

 Ornamental Ceiling with Modern Masters Metallic Plasters | Decorative & Faux Finishes Isn’t this ceiling a beauty? The Modello® ornamental stencil pattern is enhanced BY A VENETIAN PLASTER FINISH along with gold rush Metallic Paint mixed with a transparent troweling gel. the plaster trim is painted with pale gold metallic paint, then antiqued.


Cindy and Dana share many of their latest projects on their Facebook fan page and Houzz account – be sure to follow both to keep up with their incredible projects and artistry! They have an incredible team of artisans that consistently create amazing finishes. Of course, please always visit their Decorative & Faux Finishes website to see more of their portfolio and range of services. Many thanks to both Cindy and Dana for taking the time to share their beautiful work with us – we hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed sharing it with you! Have an inspired day!

How to Paint a Metallic Baroque Finish

Modern Masters Metallic Baroque Finish How-to Tutorial | Cafe BlogBaroque is a period of artistic style where drama and ornamentation with rich details reigned supreme. In our Metal Effects system, we had a Baroque patina that produced a unique, two-tone look imitating some of the finishes seen in this period. Although no longer available, we still receive calls for guidance on reproducing the technique. Our in-house studio created an easy way to duplicate the finish with our Matte Metallics and Metallic Paint Collection. It’s shown here on a classic bust, but you can easily adapt it for furniture, decor accents, walls, ceilings and more. Ready to paint?

Metallic Baroque Finish DIY | Step-by-Step How-To on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog



1. Prime surface with an acrylic primer. Allow to dry.

2. Apply a full basecoat of Platinum Metallic Paint. Allow to dry for 30 minutes to an hour.

3. Apply a second coat of Platinum Metallic Paint and while wet, brush in Champagne Metallic Paint in random areas. Stipple with a brush or mottle with a rag. This creates the warm undertone of the finish. Allow to dry for 1 – 2 hours.

4. Once dry, work in small sections and brush on Warm Silver Matte Metallic into recessed areas and random areas on the surface. Mottle with a rag as you apply. This creates the subtle aging of the finish.

5. Repeat until desired look is achieved.


We hope you’ve enjoyed this Metallic Baroque Finish Tutorial. Please feel free to pin the how-to technique for future use or share the finish!  Be sure to send pics of your results to – we love to see your projects. Have an inspired day!

Front Door Paint Options Podcast


Front Door Paint Options Podcast | The Porch Ideas Network Podcast features special guest Jim Rogers, President of Modern MastersFront Porch Ideas is a fantastic site which shares great inspiration and design ideas for decorating your front porch. They absolutely love Front Door Paint and invited the President of Modern Masters, Jim Rogers, to join them for their Front Door Paint Options episode of their Porch Ideas Network Podcast. Listen along as they talk about the history of Front Door Paint, finding the perfect color and ignoring the ‘fear factor’ that can cause years of indecision in this most important aspect of enhancing your curb appeal.  If you’ve got a front door makeover planned, this is the show to listen to – enjoy!

Modern Masters: Best of 2014

Best 2014 Posts, Pics & Products | Modern Masters Cafe BlogThe holidays are upon us and we will soon be closing out the incredible year that was 2014. As we reflect on some of our best moments, we’d like to take a moment and give our thanks to you, our readers, customers and fans, for a wonderful year. You shared gorgeous images, amazing projects and ever-creative ideas and we are incredibly thankful for your passion for Modern Masters. Thank you!


Front Door Paint Project by Bella Tucker | Modern Masters Front Door Paint in color FortunateWe had quite a few popular posts on our Modern Masters Facebook page but this porch makeover project by Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes, featuring our Front Door Paint in the color Fortunate, seemed to capture everyone’s imagination. The share is nearing 2,000 likes and still going strong!


Gorgeous Range Hood Ideas on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog | Project by Tom HenmanEveryone loves a beautiful kitchen – it’s the most often-used room in the home! Our post sharing Gorgeous Range Hood Ideas, like the Metal Effects stunner above by decorative artist Tom Henman, certainly struck a chord with readers.


Are you hoping to enhance your curb appeal this coming year? Many of you tackled it in 2014 and especially wanted to start with your front door. Our How to Paint Your Front Door video on our Modern Masters YouTube channel was of special interest this year.


Modern Masters Best of 2014 | Top Instagram ShareOur @ModernMastersInc Instagram was one of our fastest growing social sites as we’re always sharing cool projects by both pros and DIYers alike. Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes struck gold again on Instagram with their fantastic porch and front door makeover with our Front Door Paint.


Metal Effects Wall Finish | Modern Masters: Best of 2014Artist Arlene McLoughlin shared an Activated Tissue Finish Tutorial with our Metal Effects products and at last count, it has been repinned nearly 1,200 times. Pin it here to grab both the image and how-to for your boards.


Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Best of 2014We’re always working in our studio for great new products for you and this year was no different. Front Door Paint came out of the gate a winner and its gorgeous colors, fade-resistant properties and ease of use charmed everyone. We can’t wait to see more of your front door makeovers and of course, stay tuned for even more new products heading your way in 2015.

Were there any surprises and new finds for you? We aim to please! Be sure to keep in touch with us here on the Cafe blog and on our social sites to see what we’re up to in 2015!

Ideas & Inspiration for Patina and Oxidation

We share a lot of Decorative Painting, DIY and Design inspiration on our Pinterest account but one of the most active communities is in our Patina & Oxidation group board. The board was inspired by our Metal Effects products and we thought it would be wonderful to see all the contributors share amazing images of patina and oxidation they’ve found across the web. We pulled some of our favorites together to inspire you plus we’ve shared some of the Modern Masters products you could use to help recreate the look. Ready to be inspired? Let’s go!

Rust Finish on Door Hinge | Patina & Oxidation Inspiration via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogA beautiful patinated door hinge looks outstanding on a weathered wood door. Both the rust finish and verdigris finish of our Metal Effects line can recreate this look with ease. Photographed by David DB.

Rust Finish on Garden Door | Patina Inspiration & Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

This rusted garden shed door was featured in the book The French Touch. You can achieve the same look using the combination of the Iron Reactive Paint and the Rust Activator from the Metal Effects line. You can ensure that your beautiful work lasts with Permacoat Xtreme.

French Patina | Patinas in France & other inspiring images via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogThis has a little of everything, no? While the rust is the result of the oxidation of metal, the lovely greenish blue patina is the natural result of copper or bronze continuously coming into contact with moisture in the air.  This verdigris and rust beauty can be found in France and was featured in the PlumSiena blog. Mixing the Metal Effects products would achieve this look.

Plaster and Crackle | Inspiring Images of Patinas | Modern Masters Cafe BlogAncient Buddha statues grace the landscape of Singapore, revealing color and beautiful patinas as they age in time. Using the glazes, crackles and textures within the Decorative Painter’s products can help imitate these time-worn natural patinas.

Patina Details from Chateau Gaudanes | Modern Masters Cafe BlogHave you ever dreamed of moving to Europe and buying an abandoned castle to restore and live in? One family is living this exact dream and blogging about their journey at Chateau de Gudanes. These small design details showing the layers of history can be found on the property. Using the Belezza Series lime products as well at the Metallic Paint Collection can provide a European touch to your finishes.

Bronze and Blue Verdigris Door | Patina Inspirations via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogIs there anything better than an ornamental door with antique hardware? This beauty was photographed by Rachel Stander. Want the look? Use the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint with the Blue Patina Aging Solution.

Patina and Faux Verdigris on Wood Mirror Frame | Modern Masters Cafe  BlogYou can bring an old world patina to a relatively new decorative piece, such as a mirror, with Metal Effects patinas. This mirror was photographed by Heather Ann Design &  Photography and featured in Style Me Pretty.

Paint, Rust and Verdigris Patina Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

The now defunct House & Garden magazine featured a beautiful array of patina options for gardens. Iron ornaments, oxidized metal sculptures and pots with chipped layers of paint were suggested. Although these are antiques, the easiest and most cost-effective solution to speed up the process is decorative and specialty paints.

Verdigris Patina on Aged Wood Door | Patina & Oxidation Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe blogThis aged door in Peru features a verdigris look over wood – gorgeous! The Vogue Korea photo shoot was featured in the Sarah York Presents blog. Metal Effects is your key to this finish.Colorful Patina on Doorknob | Photograph by Jenny Downing | Patina Inspiration via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogAren’t these colors incredible? The verdrigris and natural patina create a beautiful palette of oxidized colors. A professional decorative painter can mix the right Modern Masters products to simulate this look. The image was photographed by Jenny Downing.

Let us know in the comments or via direct message on Pinterest if you’d like to be a part of the Patina & Oxidation group board — we’d love to have you share your finds as well! Be sure to follow us on Pinterest and pin these images to your own boards for continued inspiration!


Diamond & Harlequin Patterns to Inspire

Harlequins and diamond patterns are a classic pattern originated in Italy over 400 years ago and it has proven a perennial favorite by easily incorporating into any type of design style. Lately, we’ve been spying an uptick on this gorgeous graphic design paired with Modern Masters products. Its allover design allows for the inclusion of several colors and it has been used successfully in interior design for surfaces such as floors, walls and furniture.

Platinum Silver Diamond Harlequin Pattern on Dresser | Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Heavenly Pieces

Platinum Metallic Paint from our Metallic Paint Collection was used by Heavenly Pieces to transform this unique dresser. We love its lines and fun, contemporary style.

Glazed Metallic Backsplash with an Allover Diamond Harlequin Pattern | Modern Masters Products | Project by Dixon Specialty Finishes

Decorative painter Tina Dixon of Dixon Specialty Finishes used our Metallic Paints and Tintable Glaze to create a striking harlequin pattern on her client’s kitchen backsplash.

Disney Inspired Dresser for Girls Room | Pharaoh's Gold Metallic Paint by Modern Masters as an Accent | Project by Vintage Charm Restored

Vintage Charm Restored used our Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint to accent a Disney-inspired dresser for a little girl’s room. It pairs so well with pink!

Harlequin Pattern on Dining Room Table Top | Black Pearl and Gold Rush Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Project by Southside Furniture Revival

Black Pearl and Gold Rush Metallic Paint were used by Southside Furniture Revival to create a fun harlequin pattern on a dining room table top.

Metallic Paint Finish in a Diamond Allover Pattern on Walls | LA Custom Art | Modern Masters Metallic PaintsSeveral colors of Metallic Paints were blended together to create this soft metallic finish on a dark diamond background. The beautiful artistry is by LA Custom Art.

Harlequin Diamond Pattern Ideas for Walls and Furniture | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Artist Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio recreated this classic pattern on dining room walls in ochre and gold.

Harlequin Pattern Inspiration via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogOf course, some of our creative customers choose to enhance an existing harlequin pattern with our products. Artist SK Sartell used our Metal Effects as the perfect compliment to an aged diamond pattern on a large wardrobe. Striking!

A diamond pattern will instantly add visual impact to any surface. One traditional rule of thumb is that the height of the diamond be twice that of the width while others just think of it as squares set at an angle. It’s important to note to keep the scale of the space in mind when incorporating a harlequin pattern – too small and the design can become too busy while too large doesn’t successfully create the necessary allover impact. Be sure to pin these fantastic projects and keep these creative harlequin project ideas close at hand. Have an inspired day!

Creative Holiday Ideas with Modern Masters

DIY Holiday Project Ideas by Modern Masters

‘Tis the Season! With the holidays just around the corner, we are feeling pretty festive here at Modern Masters! It’s the time of year for families and friends to come together in warm celebration. It’s also the time of year we spy incredibly creative holiday decor and gift ideas with our products – and you don’t have to be a champion DIYer to create these amazing handmade projects. We’d love to share some of them with you!

Update Tired Gift Wrap | Elegant Gift Wrap DIY with Modern Masters Matte Metallics

While creating our Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish How-to Video, we were inspired to take Blackened Bronze from our Matte Metallics to transform unused gift wrap. Now, it’s chic and oh-so-elegant!

Welcoming Holiday Home Entrance | Metal Effects Patina Projects

Creative customer Cara Conkle shared her welcoming fall home entrance – perfect for Thanksgiving! She created a lovely patina on the light accent with our Metal Effects.

Holiday Wood Marquee with Metallic Paint | PB & J Stories | Holiday Decor IdeasThe talented Pamela of the PB&J Stories blog took the Champagne and Statuary Bronze Metallic Paint from our Metallic Paint Collection to help create a light-up wood marquee for Christmas.

Front Door Makeover with Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Project by Sondra Lyn at Home

Sondra Lyn at Home decided to do a front door makeover just in time for the holidays!  She used the color Sophisticated from our 24-color Front Door Paint Collection. It’s curb appeal that’s perfect for the season – and so quick and easy to do, too! Be sure not to miss our How to Paint Your Front Door video tutorial for full instructions.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Table Setting Idea by Modern Masters

Our Matte Metallics are so versatile, you could use them to enhance your entire table setting! Perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas (or any special celebration), the table decor features a stenciled table runner and napkins as well as painted plate chargers with an elegant Blackened Bronze metallic finish. Of course, you can’t go wrong with presenting a gift wrapped with paper you painted yourself! See more in our Fall Table Decor Ideas post.

Pine Cones with Shimmery Metallic Paint | Holiday DIY Ideas | Stellar Junk Project

Simple and stylish! Jessica from Stellar Junk brush dipped pine cones in Metallic Paint for a quick, easy way to add shimmer to holiday decor accents. It’s a little rustic and a little glam, too.

Table Setting Inspiration with Metallic Paint Projects | Decor Adventures DIY featured in Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Jessica from Decor Adventures used Pale Gold Metallic Paint and scalloped FrogTape Shape Tape to add a fun edge to her holiday table setting. So pretty!

Matte Metallics enhance Holiday Decor | Holiday DIY Ideas and Inspiration via the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

The very Creative Kristi used Champagne Matte Metallic on a plain paper reindeer to add a luxe metallic sparkle to the holiday design of her home. She calls it her quietly sophisticated holiday decor.

Chrismas Holiday Mantel with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Homeroad

Susan from the Homeroad blog went all-out with our Metallic Paints in holiday colors. Using Sashay Red, Hunter Green, Silver and Snowflake, she created a very festive holiday mantel for Christmas. The Metallic Paints grace the mirror frame’s candy cane stripes, the pine cones as well as various decor accents such as the sleigh. Beautiful!

These ideas can easily be incorporated for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays – it’s the gift that keeps on giving! We’ve hope you’ve enjoyed these festive decor ideas for the holidays. Let us know in the comments if you’ve crafted some holiday decorations with Modern Masters as we’d love to see them!