Paint Your Shutters Using Modern Masters Front Door Paint!

Modern Masters Front Door Paint in color Playful | Curb Appeal Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe BlogLast fall I had a blast painting our front door with Front Door Paint by Modern Masters in the purple color Playful. The fact that the paint is water-based, glides on like a dream, and comes in lots of gorgeous, curb appeal enhancing colors made my project fun, and I didn’t have to spend all of my precious Saturday getting the job done.

Modern Masters Front Door Paint ColorsI chose the bright purple hue because we have an unusual long courtyard leading up to our front door. Plus, we have a glass storm door that always dilutes any color that we choose. Though Steve and I really like our unusual entry, I felt like I wanted a trendy, bright color that can say “artsy” as well as show up from the street.

How to Paint Shutters with Front Door Paint | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project Tutorial

While I was painting the door, the shutters were suddenly screaming “paint me” but cold weather moved in. So, now that we have some beautiful spring days here in North Carolina, I chose a medium tone coordinating grey called Mysterious to cover our oxidized green shutters that were clashing a bit with our new jazzy purple front door. Modern Masters has 24 Front Door Paint colors to choose from and you can also use their free Front Door Paint app to find the best colors for you.

Front Door Paint in the color Mysterious | Gray Shutters

Use Front Door Paint to coordinate your Entrance and Shutter Colors | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project Tutorial

These courtyard shutters were a painters dream. Just a light cleaning and sanding here and there, and I was done with perfect coverage in one coat. Yes, one coat! I did have to watch the weather reports to dodge the rain showers, which is typical this time of year.

Painting Your Shutters with non-fading Front Door Paint | Spring Curb Appeal | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Tutorial

I discovered how much the green paint had faded over the past 4 years when I moved the shutter dog.

How to Keep Your Shutters from Fading | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Tutorial

The pair at the front of the house were definitely not a dream.

Redo Your Old Faded, Crackling Shutters with non-fade Front Door Paint | Spring Curb Appeal Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project Tutorial

I scraped, sanded, and primed with exterior primer. Then I painted two coats of Mysterious, because the white primer needed extra coverage. You can see that I constantly fought with the shrubbery trying to position the ladder just to get situated. I know our neighbors got a few good chuckles watching me try to level up the ladder with a board out of our trash.

Exterior Shutter Makeover | Front Door Paint | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project Tutorial

I managed not to fall, although I was on constant snake patrol because a feisty little corn snake attempted to join me in the house as I entered for a coffee break. Then I had to go put on socks and shoes because he creeped me out.

Shutters painted with Front Door Paint | Summer Curb Appeal Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Tutorial

Long story short, we are so happy with the colors and Front Door Paint product, especially knowing that the colors will not fade.

Coordinate and Paint Your Front Door and Shutters with Front Door Paint | 24 Non-Fade and Weather Proof Colors | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Tutorial

Now come on new petunias, pansies, rose bushes, azaleas and hostas. Grow!

Convinced the Front Door Paint is perfect to spruce up your out-dated or peeling front door or shutters? Great! Find Front Door Paint Retailers, shop The Home Depot Online Store, or the Modern Masters Online Shop and, too.

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

Our Top 5 Guides for the Perfect Front Door Makeover

Top 5 Guides for the Perfect Front Door Makoever | Modern Masters Cafe BlogWho doesn’t love a Front Door Makeover? It not only freshens your curb appeal but you can also express yourself with a perfect color that welcomes your guests in style. Each year, over 13 million people paint their front doors and most will struggle with finding the right color, the right technique and equally important, the right product. With several Modern Masters products that can transform your front door, we’ve become quite the experts at creating a welcoming entryway. We’ve gathered up our five best guides on putting your best door forward.


Late last year, we introduced our new YouTube channel series, The Modern Masters Minute!  Sixty seconds is all it takes to showcase many of the amazing surfaces you can transform with our products. We launched the series with our How to Paint Your Front Door video tutorial that gave a quick overview of our Front Door Paint app and a front door project that’s a snap to paint, dries fast and never fades.


Tips & Tools for Choosing the Right Front Door Color | Modern Masters Cafe BlogIn our How to Choose a Front Door Color post, we shared three hot tips & tools for picking the perfect shade for your entrance.


How to Paint a Front Door | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project TutorialDebbie Hayes from My Patch of Blue Sky walked us through her Front Door Paint project using the color Playful. She covered everything from prep to finish. We also have a cool Front Door Paint Step-by-Step PDF on our Modern Masters website.


Front Door Ideas Podcast with the Porch Ideas NetworkOur President, Jim Rogers, spoke with the Porch Ideas Network on all things front door. Get his best advice on front door paint ideas and options with a quick listen to this fantastic podcast. They talk about the history of Front Door Paint, finding the perfect color and ignoring the ‘fear factor’ that can cause years of indecision.  If you’ve got a front door makeover planned, this is the show to listen to!


Haute Front Door Solutions | Modern Masters Cafe BlogOn this Fab Front Door Solutions post, we rounded up great ideas with all our products for your front door. Consider everything from glazing to patinas to metallics (Oprah magazine is a fan!) as well as our non-fade Front Door Paint. So much inspiration!

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The front door is a focal point that connects a homeowner to their home – it sets the stage by making a welcoming statement and giving you a sneak peek into the personality of who lives inside. These five guides provide tons of front door ideas as well as solid tips and tutorials for making your front door redo a breeze with durable results. Check out our Metallic Paint Collection, Metal Effects and Decorative Painter’s Products for a unique take on front doors or try our Front Door Paint for a classic look that will stand the test of time. Find Front Door Paint at selected Ace Hardwares and Lowe’s,, and our Modern Masters Online Shop, too.  For all other products, use our Retail Locator to find the nearest shop. Can’t wait to see your projects!

Modern Mastery: Linda Gale Boyles

Are you on Instagram? We are! Come follow us as we share inspiring projects and creative ideas for decorative finishes on all manner of surfaces. You can also share your #ModernMasters projects with us, which is how we discovered the beautiful Modern Mastery of Southern Inspirations.

Artist Linda Gale Boyles | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogLinda Gale Boyles is the Creative Director and Owner of Southern Inspirations. It’s the studio she founded in her home in 1993 as a way of following her dreams and pursuing her artistic leanings. Her business benefited from a Business Communications degree from Georgetown College, and she soon moved into a beautiful studio. Creating her own signature finishes after taking art and finishing classes around the world, she began focusing on furniture design and surface treatments as well as the pursuit of cutting edge products and techniques. We’re thrilled to showcase her versatile Modern Masters projects, encompassing walls, ceilings and her signature furniture treatments.

Painted and Stenciled Furniture with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Southern Inspirations and featured on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetallic Paint and Pattern on Dresser Interior | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspiration | Modern Masters Cafe BlogCombining both a Royal Design Studio stencil and our Metallic Paint Collection, Linda designed and painted a unique dresser with handblown knobs and killer legs. Do you like the sneak peek inside the drawers, too?


Contemporary Metallic Plaster Wall Finish | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspirations | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetallic Plaster creates a contemporary wall finish in Linda’s hands. Beautiful design and floor to complement!


What is the most inspiring place you have visited?
The Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Artistically, I don’t think there is any other place on earth where there is more art in one place. It is so awe-inspiring and the beauty is unspeakable.

Luscious Green Venetian Plaster Finish on Walls with a Silver Metallic Paint Finish on Ceiling | Modern Mastery Feature on Artist Linda Gale Boyles | Modern Masters Cafe BlogVenetian Plaster in a fresh yet calm green color scheme graces the dining room walls while a Glazed Silver Metallic Paint finish on the ceiling complements it beautifully. Wonderful palette and design!


Stencils and Stripes on Wall with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern InspirationsOur Metallic Paint was used to create the chic striped wall treatment as well as stencil the patterns within the stripes. Gorgeous! Linda also created and designed the striking mirror.


What is your favorite Modern Masters finish?
It is a finish that I created called Old World Metallic. We cross hatch 2 colors of Metallic Paint and let it dry. Then we glaze and pit or watermark it. We do this on furniture and ceilings and clients love it! It looks like beaten or aged metal.

Copper Metallic Paint Finish on Range Hood | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspiration | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetallic Paint Crosshatch Finish on Range Hood | Modern Masters | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern InspirationsVarious Copper and Gold Metallic Paints mix to create a stunning range hood finish.


Crosshatched and Glazed Metallic Paint Ceiling | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspirations | Modern Masters Cafe BlogLinda’s Old World Metallic Finish with our Metallic Paint Collection graces a bedroom ceiling. What do you think of the whimsical headboard she designed?


What is your dream finishing project?
I have many! I have designed many pieces of furniture and am in the process of looking for a manufacturer. Also, I would love to create furniture finishes for a furniture company. There is nothing like transforming a furniture piece into something a client could only dream of. I think furniture is useful sculpture.

Multi-Color Venetian Plaster Finish with Modern Masters Metallic Paints on Walls | Modern Mastery Feature of Artist Linda Gale Boyles | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Linda designed and finished this multi-color wall treatment with our Metallic Plasters. It’s chic and the colors add incredible interest to the space.


Linda certainly has an eye for beautiful color combinations with a creative twist. We love her fresh take on mixing patterns and finishes on all surfaces! Her studio is able to accommodate custom orders and designs for virtually any furniture project so please be sure to visit her Southern Inspirations website if you’d like to learn more. Don’t forget to also pin and share these amazing Modern Masters projects. Many thanks to Linda for sharing them with us!

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 – 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!