We at Modern Masters wish you a safe and festive Fourth of July!
If you’ve ever searched for a matte flat topcoat for your projects or a sealer to prevent flashing on your decorative paint finishes, our Dead Flat Varnish is the choice for you! The premium quality, water base, non-yellowing Dead Flat Varnish is a water base clear finish coat formulated to have the optimum level of clarity with the least amount of sheen. We’re sharing a few project ideas for you to pin, share, use and be inspired by!
Artist Ali Kay of Positive Space is a master at murals and beautiful decorative finishes. She uses our Dead Flat Varnish over her techniques to remove undesirable variations in sheen on both wall and ceiling surfaces.
You won’t believe this great idea and project! A few years ago, Postcards from the Ridge transformed her dining room buffet into a bath vanity cabinet. Doesn’t it look wonderful? After painting and staining, she sealed the entire piece with Dead Flat Varnish and years later, one of their favorite cabinetry projects still looks amazing.
Many DIYers and artists share their Modern Masters projects with us on Instagram. The Imeeshu Blog did so with a Duncan Phyfe style dining room table that was painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and sealed with Dead Flat Varnish. She says of the varnish, “It’s amazingly smooth and holds up so well to everything.”.
Stephanie Jones of Me & Mrs. Jones is no stranger to beautiful decorative finishes and in fact, has even written a book about it, Upstyle Your Furniture. After a hand plastered technique, she used our Dead Flat Varnish to seal the range hood to give it both a matte sheen and also make the cleaning of it easy. Win-win!
Of Dead Flat Varnish, Ann of Farmhouse Blues Interiors gushes, “This stuff is awesome! It goes on very easily, gives a completely matte finish, doesn’t yellow, and leaves no brush strokes.” She used it to seal a recent china cabinet makeover that was lightened and updated with a gray Country Chic color wash first. Beautiful!
Dead Flat Varnish is water base and is available for both interior and exterior surfaces. It’s great for walls, ceilings, furniture, floors, cabinetry, decor accents and more! It allows a surface to maintain its aged effect and can help erase unsightly sheen spots for a perfectly matte finish. Are you using Dead Flat Varnish? We’d love to see your projects! Send them in to us at Projects@ModernMasters.com and you may just find your artistry shared on this blog and/or our social sites. Have an inspired day!
I love how the excitement for Modern Masters Metal Effects keeps growing. Every day I see more and more creative uses for the rust and patina products on social media and the Modern Masters Cafe Blog.
When I discovered this extremely heavy wooden folding screen at a shop that was closing, I could just visualize potential. At the time, I had no earthly idea what I would conjure up.
Months later, here is my finished project.
I decided to create rust with Modern Masters Iron Paint and Rust Activator, then stencil an overall pattern with Platinum Metallic Paint.
This combination of the dull rust and the shiny metallic paint is just gorgeous to me. It catches light streaming in the front window, and reflects a warm glow near the table lamp. The color even looks dramatically different from panel to panel, but it truly is just the lighting in our living room.
Earlier this year I posted about using Modern Masters Metallic Paints on outdoor garden accents, and on a tone-on-tone finish on a focus wall in our hall bathroom. I admit that I am now addicted to these creamy, full-bodied water-based paints that come in an amazing array of to-die-for colors.
Are you ready to dive in and try your own project?
large stencil brush, painters tape, paper towels, containers and a palette
PRIME TWO COATS
Prep your work area with a drop cloth and good ventilation. After cleaning your piece, roll or brush on two coats of Metal Effects Primer, following drying times on the container. Let dry overnight.
PAINT TWO COATS OF OXIDIZING IRON PAINT
Roll or brush on two coats of the Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paint, according to dry times on the container.
BRUSH ON TWO COATS OF RUST ACTIVATOR
At this point, I added two layers of plastic under my piece and decided that I would brush on the Metal Effects Rust Activator, instead of spray it, since I was working in our kitchen.
Let dry a couple of hours, or until the rust quits changing. Here’s what it looks like after about an hour.
Use a large stencil brush. Dip the tips of the brush into the Platinum Metallic Paint, and offload any excess onto paper towels so it won’t run under the stencil.
I used a wall-size stencil, so to get started, I positioned the center of the stencil at the center of the top panel, then let the design go from there. Since I had not sealed the rust finish, I did need to change the tape often, because the rust stuck to the tape a bit.
The key to this project was timing. The Primer has an overnight drying time and the other products all require two coats, with re-coat times to pay attention to.
Basically, it is fairly easy, and quite stunning, don’t you think?
My glass fish floats and copper star are the perfect accents.
And I was especially surprised at how well the wall mirror and old columns pulled this little corner vignette together.
Now, at this point, for most projects, you will definitely want to seal using the Permacoat Xtreme topcoat, made specificically for the Rust Patina Finish. Since this screen is not going to be handled at all, I decided to leave it as is.
I can’t wait to see what you paint using rust and metallics!
Black is an extremely versatile hue that works with everything – especially on a front door! It’s a polished, dramatic color that will complement most any architecture as well as greet your guests in style. Meet Elegant – the rich, deep ebony color that’s timeless and classic and one of the 24 colors available in our non fade Front Door Paint line. Each color was based on global design trends and the Emotional Color Wheel. Today we showcase five black front door project ideas that are sure to inspire!
Jill from Sew a Fine Seam built and painted her way to a stunning front door makeover. Updated trim, a new postal box and a fresh color scheme significantly increased her curb appeal. She also loved the fast drying capabilities of Front Door Paint, sharing, “I LOVED this paint. Truly. This paint was way better to use than any latex wall paint I’ve ever used.”
Cindy from DIY Beautify had a dilemma. “Trying to find the best paint that will stand up to the weather, not knowing how long till it fades and you have to repaint again can keep even the most die-hard DIYer from wanting to paint their door.” When she found Front Door Paint, she was ecstatic! The Elegant black on the front door pairs extremely well with her white trim and red brick exterior, don’t you think? Visit her blog for all her front door redo details.
For a cohesive exterior facade, Courtney from Golden Boys & Me paired her Elegant black front door with black shutters for a beautiful dose of drama against a light, buttery yellow.
Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls loved Front Door Paint’s satin finish and attributes. “Rich, shiny front door paint makes such a difference and improves curb appeal! Modern Masters is especially easy to work with because it dries quickly, so you can paint and close your door on the same day.” Samantha carefully chose fixtures, decor accents and landscaping to create a stylish entry.
Chic black with a pop of color! Amy from 11 Magnolia Lane transformed her front door with both black and red. Using the Elegant black as the main color, she also used our Ambitious red to give an added dose of personality. She explains, “Since I had to be conservative with the paint colors on the outside, I wanted something fun on the inside. It’s just the right bit of the unexpected when you open the door.”
What an incredible first impression each front door makes! If you’d like to see if Elegant black is the color for you, be sure to use our free Front Door Paint app available for both iPhone and Android. Snap a pic of your door and scroll through all 24 Front Door Paint colors to see which ones look best! As for painting, in case your door requires priming, we do recommend using a deep color based primer prior to using Elegant Front Door Paint. No topcoat is needed as the paint is weather and fade resistant. We hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas to enhance your curb appeal and create a welcoming entrance!
There’s nothing like the thrill of transforming a piece of furniture – especially with the shimmer of Modern Masters Metallic Paints! While techniques and styles vary, we’ve spotted a few pieces recently that exude a certain sweetness and charm. They’d be perfect in a girl’s room, a darling country cottage, or a space with a decidedly feminine style. Let’s take a look…
Decorative artist Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspirations is a master at mixing techniques, finishes and patterns with her unique furniture pieces. Here she pairs copper leaf schaibin with Copper Metallic Paint for a standout stenciled metallic end table.
Dorrie from the Simple Southern Charm blog is no stranger to pro decorative finishes. Here, she combines her considerable talents in creating a Lilly Pulitzer-inspired pink floral dresser with pretty paper, latex paint and our Iridescent Gold Metallic Paint.
Warm Silver is a popular metallic paint color as it’s a silver with the warm glow of gold. Iris Abbey used it to paint a beautiful metallic dresser and mirror frame that might be just perfect for a vintage, romantic bed and breakfast.
The delightful Ashlee from the My So Called Crafty Life blog used vintage wallpaper along with Pink Pearl, Shimmering Sky, Olympic Gold and Snowflake from our Metallic Paint Collection to create a very fetching painterly side table.
Of course, you can always pair furniture that has decidedly feminine lines with a beautiful coat of metallic paint for a warm yet sleek look. Hymns & Verses did just that on a French nightstand painted with Silver Metallic Paint, which they then gently aged.
We hope these inspired furniture pieces with our Metallic Paint Collection will have you bringing a ‘once upon a charm’ feel to your projects! If you have a few lovely furniture transformations of your own, share them with us at email@example.com – we’d love to see them. Don’t forget to pin these ideas for ready inspiration and let us know what you think of these sweet furniture transformation ideas in the comments!
During a recent philanthropic effort, we came across the grand artistic murals and work of artist Levi Ponce. Recently, MSN named him as one of the “Top 10 Latinos to Watch” in the United States. He masterfully uses the JWR Artist’s Acrylics and Theme Paint lines from our Modern Masters products collection and we are so excited to showcase his artistry for you as well as his efforts to beautify and inspire communities.
Born in Los Angeles to a sign painter and seamstress, Levi has been studying arts and crafts since childhood. Initial influences include his father, urban artists, and Renaissance painters. He began painting with his father, Hector Ponce, in the 1990′s and since then has worked in a variety of creative fields including visual effects, film miniatures, and restoration. As a visual artist, he has exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Merida and the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum.
After graduating from California State University, Northridge, Levi began painting and organizing the creation of murals along Van Nuys Blvd in his childhood neighborhood of Pacoima. His murals are community projects that bring together artists, business owners, and local youth. Together they transform defaced city walls into works of art for both locals and visitors to enjoy. His efforts, along with that of other artists, have led to the re-discovery of the area now known as Mural Mile. Levi continues to paint community murals while running a full-time crew of artists that handle commercial work across the country.
Einstein mural entitled “Logic and Creativity” at the Magnolia Science Academy.
What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?
My most memorable and challenging project was the North Hollywood mural. It was commissioned by the NoHo Neighborhood Council and Councilman Paul Krekorian of CD2. The community had a lot of energy and we had hundreds of volunteers for three weekends in a row. I organized the order, delivery and distribution of supplies and once on site, good times! After the volunteers, I finished the mural with the help of my crew and we were able to finish it in 12 workdays.
What are some of your favorite Modern Masters finishes?
When working in the studio for the film industry we often need metallic finishes. Nothing beats the Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection. After buffing, the finish is the best you can get with paint. Fast and relatively cheap, it’s the way to go!
Mosaic Mural of Dutch painter Rembrandt at Continental Art Supplies.
Pantheism Meets Art mural in Venice, California.
What is the first work of art you remember creating?
The first work of art I remember creating was in pre-school. The teacher said that my drawings were far more detailed than the rest of the class. My stick figures had poses and hair! It’s been fun ever since.
Many of Levi’s murals have become city landmarks and have been featured on the front pages of the Los Angeles Times, LA Daily News, Fox 11′s Good Day LA, CNN Latino, BBC Mundo, Univision, Telemundo, the Huffington Post, and various other publications.
Exterior mural by Levi in the Foothill area of California. Several organizations and leaders came together to overhaul the landscaping at the LAPD’s Foothill Police Station. Modern Masters donated the Theme Paint for this great community cause.
Walking tours of the Mural Mile (with over 30 art works) are offered through the Museum of the San Fernando Valley and The Public Art Initiative. As he creates his murals, Levi is well-known for getting the community involved, encouraging creativity and helping fellow artists. “I allow everyone to participate — children walking by, delinquent kids, adults, the homeless,” Ponce says. “Everybody comes together to make this happen and I think that’s my biggest accomplishment, being able to rally the troops.” As for the products for these murals, Levi shares, “I use Modern Masters. No tints. No glazing. Just layering of acrylic paints.” Amazing! Click on over to the Levi Ponce website and Facebook page to see more of his works — and if you’ve enjoyed his artistry and philosophy, be sure to share and pin his story!
We are blessed and cursed with a long, narrow back yard featuring towering poplar trees and a huge party deck that my hubby built years ago. Left untended, the yard can resemble a jungle, with ivy crawling up the trees and ferns taking over everywhere. With so much shade and green, green, green, I do try to break it up with a few treasured garden accents here and there.
How about you? Are there a few items in your yard or garage that could use some revitalization, using your favorite color scheme?
I did a happy dance recently when I discovered a big box of Modern Masters paint goodness on my doorstep! They sent several Metallic Paint Collection colors that I selected, some glazes to play with, and a top coat for outdoor protection that keeps metallic paint glowing.
Check out this color palette of the Metallic Paints. I love that you can purchase small containers, and one bottle goes a really long way.
I rooted around in our yard to find a couple of items that needed a re-do. Though small, this little metal artichoke snugs in nicely among plants in large pots. She’s cute, but the finish is so expected, right?
I also remembered our very heavy cast iron piece that we mounted on the brick wall on the deck. How sad is this? We have tried to grow pretty plants in this great planter for years and years. This is what it always ends up like. So. Now I am calling the plants quits and converting it to a birdbath. We always have little babies born in spring nests just to the left, in our pergola covered in akebia vines.
I DO know how to fill it with water, LOL.
Time to get creative! I gave both pieces a good hose-down and scrub outside, then primed them with a water-based primer recommended for use with Modern Masters products.
First, let’s revive the artichoke.
- Modern Masters Metallic Paints in Apple Green, Sapphire, Teal and Green Gold (view the awesome color palette here)
- Modern Masters MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat in Satin for interior/exterior protection of Metallic Paints
- Rags, containers, assorted paint brushes
PAINT ON ONE COAT OF PRIMER.
PAINT THE TIP AND BASE USING GREEN GOLD METALLIC PAINT.
The Metallic Paint colors are considered Semi-Opaque or Opaque, so over the white primer you may need more than one coat. The Green Gold was sheer enough that I used two coats to get it to the soft color I was going for.
PAINT APPLE GREEN.
Since this is an outdoor item, I didn’t get crazy about perfection. After painting the Sapphire, paint Teal on the leaves just above it. Let dry.
MAKE A SHEER WASH WITH GREEN GOLD METALLIC PAINT AND PAINT ALL OVER THE ARTICHOKE.
Mix the Green Gold Metallic with just a bit of water to create a loose wash. I really just used one thick, runny layer to dirty up the bright colors. I like some drips on pieces like this. Let dry.
BRUSH ON A COAT OF SATIN MASTERCLEAR BEFORE LEAVING OUTDOORS.
Now let’s do the birdbath.
- Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Blackened Bronze
- Modern Masters Platinum Series Glazing Cream Colors in Natural Brown
- Modern Masters Platinum Series Furniture & Cabinetry Glazing Cream
- Modern Masters MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat in Satin for interior/exterior protection of Metallic Paints
- Rags, containers, assorted paint brushes
USE A DRY RAG TO TAP THE GLAZE AND SOFTEN THE LOOK.
Spring is here, Summer is around the corner and garden ideas are blooming! Color enlivens gardens and exteriors — and it’s not just the landscaping! Many of our products can be used to paint, patinate and protect garden decor to brighten your exterior and we’ve brought together some of our fave ideas to inspire you.
Patinas work perfectly in a garden and many everyday objects can be created to help color your garden. Can you believe this started as a bowling ball? Decorative Artist Allyce Lees textured the embossed swirl design with our Texture Effects and used the Iron Reactive Paint and the Rust Activator from our Metal Effects line to patinate it.
Tara from the Suburble blog patinated an iron garden bench with our Metal Effects line, too! She used the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Blue Patina Aging Solution for this stunning transformation.
Texture Effects was used to add character to traditional terracotta pots. Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies textured and painted the small garden planters and filled them with artificial plants for an evergreen look.
Front Door Paint can help do wonders for your garden! Blogger Dwell by Cheryl used the Cheerful color to paint the exterior back door leading to her garden while decorative painter Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky used the color Mysterious to paint and enhance the window shutters by her landscaping.
Country Living magazine featured our Modern Masters Designer Stencil Collection when they painted and transformed plain concrete patio stone. What a great idea!
An outdoor garden fountain came in a solid black though it was called ‘bronze’. Blogger Colleen Jorgensen from Just Paint It dry brushed the statue with Antique Bronze from our Metallic Paint Collection for a much improved finish! If your metallic paint project needs protection, we recommend our MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat which is made specifically to protect and maintain the metallic sheen.
Our friend and blogger Laura from Pet Scribbles used Metal Effects to update her old wooden planters in the middle of winter. They are still holding up beautifully!
We hope you enjoyed these garden paint ideas on boosting your backyard and landscapes with metallics, patinas and more! Keep an eye on our Garden & Exteriors Pinterest board as we’re constantly adding outdoor projects that may inspire you further. We’ll also have more gardening DIYs coming up in a few weeks so stay tuned!
An empty wall just cries for attention, don’t you think? While many of our creative customers beautifully finish the wall surface itself with many of our products, some also create custom art that complements a space perfectly. Browse our gallery wall of ideas in this post for creating great art for your home or finding an artist that can paint the perfect focal point for you.
Artist Ali Kay is an extraordinary decorative painter who also happens to be a prolific canvas artist. For one of her art series, she uses Metal Effects patinas along with artist acrylics to add depth and interest to her canvas works.
Many artists also prefer using Metal Effects as the focal product when creating their hanging art pieces. Canadian decorative artist Leslie Redshaw of Unfauxgettable Interiors used the Rust Patina finish in a waterfall effect for a client while decorative painter Paige Sisk of Beyond Finished used Harley-Davidson as an themed ornamental inspiration for the art she created for her husband. Both are wonderful!
Our Venetian Plaster is another medium that many artists use to create their incredible works of art. Artist Jane Head uses it along with gilding materials for her paintings inspired by a local nature reserve while artist Daniel Quigley creates portraits that take quite a bit of time and finesse. Both are ‘painted’ entirely in plaster with not one drop of paint. Incredible!
DIY pros also love to create their own art! Using Olympic Gold Metallic Paint, Kristi from Kristi’s Paintbrush painted a herringbone art canvas while Steph from The Silly Pearl used Rich Gold Metallic Paint on a stenciled metallic wood art piece. Both are very cool, fun and easy to make. You can also customize these ideas using your preferred color scheme.
Aren’t these artist works fantastic? If you’d like a few tips on incorporating artwork that you’ve created yourself or purchased from an artist, the Houzz article 10 Design Strategies for Art Lovers will get you started. For further inspiration, we share many more beautiful art projects with our products in our Modern Masters Canvas Art Pinterest Board and continually pin ideas to the board as well. Send us an e-mail if you’d like to share your canvas works with Modern Masters products with us – we love to see them!
The Snap Conference is almost here and we are so excited to see old friends and meet new ones during the three days of the event in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attendees to the event are some of the best bloggers representing modern handmade, contemporary craft and DIY. It’s a community where creative bloggers come together, learn and walk away invigorated.
This year, Modern Masters will be at Booth 11 and we have so many great things planned, starting off with a gift in everyone’s goodie bag! But we don’t stop there – bring by your gift to our booth for even more special gifts! There will also be photo contests and many, many giveaways on everything from Starbucks gift certificates to product kits to a Grand Prize worth almost $500. Our team will be there to answer questions, talk about partnership opportunities and share information on our super secret new products that are in the works. It’ll be a fun-tastic time so come by and see us!