Modern Mastery: Sylvia Thompson

This installment of our Modern Mastery series features the elegant works of New Orleans-based Sylvia Thompson of Sylvia T. Designs. She uses Modern Masters in unique and creative ways for many of her decorative finishes on various surfaces, such as walls and ceilings. We were so happy to come upon her work on social media and are equally happy to share her artistry with you.

Sylvia began painting as a teenager by taking lessons from local artists and then graduated from Louisiana State University with an Architecture degree. During this time, she developed an understanding of design, composition and color harmony. “I also grew up in the New Orleans area which helped form my artistic identity. I find the city inspirational with its raw and beautiful character,” she shares. With this knowledge, Sylvia began her decorative painting business, Sylvia T. Designs, in 1994, specializing in artistically rendered faux and plaster finishes, murals as well as furniture and cabinetry refinishing.

Metallic Paint and Stenciling on Elegant Powder Bath

Stenciling with Metallic Paints | ShimmerStone on Ceiling | Modern Masters Project by Sylvia T Designs Pale Gold and Antique Bronze Metallic Paint were used the stencil the Foliate Damask Stencil from Royal Design Studio on the bath walls. A lovely custom shade of ShimmerStone on the ceiling completes the look.


What are some of your favorite Modern Masters products?

My go-to Modern Masters products is the Metallic Paint Collection. My most often used color is Pale Gold.

Copper Metallic Paint on Range Hood | Project by Sylvia T DesignsAfter prepping the hood, Sylvia based it with Benjamin Moore’s Audubon Russet. She then applied Copper Metallic Paint to the insets and Antique Copper Metallic Paint to the trim while an English Brown Metallic Paint overglaze helped complete the look.


How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

Modern Masters products have allowed me to continually offer high quality and artistically rendered finishes to my clients!

Striped Walls with Metallic Paint | Project by Sylvia T Designs with Modern Masters

Stripes with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Sylvia T DesignsClassic stripes take on a modern look with a chic color combination of blue and white with our Brass Metallic Paint.


What has been your most rewarding project?

The most rewarding project I did was a mural for a nursing home, Colonial Oaks Living Center in Metairie, LA. Most of the residents have been life-long New Orleanians. I painted the mural on an exterior blank wall of their covered patio. The mural was based on City Park incorporating native plants, trees and shrubs.  It was so rewarding to see smiles on the residents and their family members faces as they watched me paint the mural! They really enjoyed interacting with me while I was working!

Metallic Paints on Door and Stenciled Walls | Modern Masters | Project by Sylvia ThompsonPale Gold Metallic Paint on Ceiling and Walls | Modern Masters Project by Sylvia T DesignsStunning Hallway with Modern Masters Metallic Paints on Door, Ceilings and Stenciled Walls | Artistry by Sylvia ThompsonThe hallway is quite long with bedrooms off to each side and the master suite at the end. The owner wanted to create greater interest in the hallway so sylvia sprayed the ceiling with Pale Gold Metallic Paint. she used the same to stencil with the Anna Damask from Cutting Edge Stencils on the walls above the wainscoting.


We hope you’ve enjoyed Sylvia’s beautiful decorative artistry!  Many thanks to Sylvia for sharing her wonderful Modern Masters projects with us.  Be sure to visit her website, Sylvia T. Designs, to see more of her work and follow her on Facebook to keep up with her future projects.  Have an inspired day!

More from our Modern Mastery Series

Front Door Makeover

What makes for a great Front Door Makeover? Using a paint that has great coverage and dries quickly with a color that never fades. Modern Masters’ Front Door Paint has all those qualities – and more! All 24 colors were carefully selected, utilizing the Emotional Color Wheel and the latest in color trends and home design from around the world! But how easy is it to paint your front door?  Take a look!

Be sure to take a look at our Front Door Step-by-Step How-to Tutorial. One minute is all it takes for your front door transformation to start – a Modern Masters Minute, that is!

A Mix of Metals

Projects Mixing Metallic Paints by Modern MastersUsing our Metallic Paint Collection on your furniture, wall, trim and ceiling projects provides a touch of luxe shimmer to your surface — the bonus is that you have a seemingly endless variety of metallic paint color options to fit your style.  While many create gorgeous results with one metallic color, we found a few projects by our friends that used multiple metallic paints on different surfaces with great success. Read on!


Modern Masters Metallic Paint on Furniture | Project by Stiltskin StudiosStiltskin Studios used a mix of several metallic paint colors to achieve a richly colored bedroom set.  Black Pearl, Copper and Smoke Metallic Paints were used on the body, tops and hardware.

Warm Silver and Oyster Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Table Project by Artsy Chicks RuleNancy of Artsy Chicks Rule is a pro at amazing DIY transformations.  She used Warm Silver and Oyster Metallic Paint to do a table makeover and even added a handpainted compass.  Visit her metallic paint on furniture blog post for more details on this project!


Textured Wall with Multiple Metallic Paint Colors | Modern Masters | Project by Tracy WadeDecorative artist Tracy Wade created a beautiful decorative wall finish with our Texture Effects applied as a strie horizontal base pattern with Silver, Warm Silver and Pale Gold Metallic Paint mixed and blended on top. Zen Gorgeous-ness!

Metallic Paint Wall Finish by Unfauxgettable Interiors | Modern Masters Cafe BlogUsing several colors, including Copper and English Brown Metallic Paint, decorative artist Leslie Redshaw of Canada’s Unfauxgettable Interiors finished a bath with a stunning, shimmery wall treatment.


Stenciling with Metallic Paints | Project by Heather Sanders | Modern Masters Cafe BlogHeather Sanders from 5th Wall Surface Design created an incredible focal point for a client. Using our Antique Bronze and Ivy Metallic Paint, she stenciled a beautiful Modello® Designs pattern onto the side arched walls of a niche. Striking!

Using Matte Metallics on Crown Molding | Modern Masters Project by designer Cynthia WeberDesigner Cynthia Weber pulled all her design elements together by giving it all a crowning touch: metallic paint on the crown molding! Using our Matte Metallics, she blended Champagne, Brass and Warm Silver at the same time to create a unique metallic trim finish.  Such a warm, luxe look!


Blended Metallic Paints on Dome Ceiling | Modern Masters | Project by Andrea Blair MurrillDecorative artist Andrea Blair Murrill has done several amazing projects with our products, including this 15′ wide dome. It was based with Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint and then glazed with a blend of Pale Gold, Antique Copper, Statuary Bronze and Copper Metallic Paints. Be sure to stop by our Modern Mastery feature of her Broads with Brushes studio.

Ornamental Ceiling Painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Meme Hill StudioAnother frequent user of our products is Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio.  She’s done several creative projects and one of our favorites is this unique 12′ tray ceiling she based and glazed with several of our gold and bronze metallic paints as well as handpainted the ornamental design. Beautiful!

Are you now mulling over a mix of metals?  There are so many great ways to mix and blend our Metallic Paint Collection on many surfaces and we’d love to see how you do it!  Have an inspired day!

Shimmer On! More Metallic Paint Projects…

How to Paint Your Front Door

The Modern Masters Minute: How to Paint Your Front Door

We’re so happy to introduce our new YouTube channel series, The Modern Masters Minute!  Sixty seconds is all it will take to showcase many of the amazing surfaces you can transform with our products. We launch the series with our Front Door Paint and show how you can quickly update your curb appeal with a front door project that’s a snap to paint, dries fast, never fades and reflects your style perfectly!

Excited at how easy it can be? We are, too! Be sure to look for the free app on both iPhone and Android to see your front door instantly transformed with the 24 colors available. Hit the comments to tell us what you think about the premiere of our Modern Masters Minute – and if you love it, feel free to share the how-to video!

Instagram Inspiration

One of our favorite new social sites is Instagram. You can find us @ModernMastersInc as we love to share new projects, products and inspiration — but you know what we have found out?  You LOVE to share them right back!  We’ve found so many great artists and creatives doing beautiful work with our products and each day we find more and more images that excite us!  We thought we’d share some of our latest faves…

Refinished Furniture with Modern Masters Gold Rush Metallic Paint

So striking and so elegant! We flipped when we saw this small painted dresser project by Stephanie Yadon with the color Gold Rush from our Metallic Paint Collection. Be sure to stop by her Etsy shop, House of Willow.

Metallic Paint and Shimmerstone Stenciled Wall by Arlene McLoughlinWe instantly thought vintage-inspired classic romance when we spied these fantastic walls by decorative artist Arlene McLoughlin of Arlene McLouglin Murals.  She used ShimmerStone for the wall finish and Rich Gold Metallic Paint for the stenciling. You can see more of her fantastic projects in our feature of her studio for our Modern Mastery series.

Metal Effects on Vintage Mason JarsLes Bricolages is a vintage décor shop that up-cycles and repurposes furniture. We loved this sweet little share of mason jars refinished with our Metal Effects line.

Metallic Paint and Theme Paint at Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida | Project by Marable StudiosDiagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida recently opened and Aaron Marable of Marable Studios was an important part of the decorative painting process.  Here he painted and distressed our Metallic Paint Collection and Theme Paint to add incredible color and interest to the attraction. The picture was originally shared by Attractions Magazine on their Instagram account.

Theme Paint Art Mural by Matt Hebermehl | Modern MastersWe have profiled the talented artist Matt Hebermehl of SeeSAW before for his incredible 66′ exterior mural project with our Theme Paint.  On his Hebermehl Art Instagram account, he shared another amazing exterior commission created with our Theme Paints as well.

Front Door Paint in Happy Color | Modern Masters Project by Robb RestyleWith the recent release of our never-fades Front Door Paint, we have seen an increasing amount of beautiful front door transformations with each of the 24 colors available. Kristy Robb of Robb Restyle shared her door makeover with the color Happy. That’s exactly what we were when we saw it!

Aren’t all these projects amazing?  These are just the tip of the iceberg and we’ll be sure to share more incredible Modern Masters project finds with you soon!  Would you like to be one of them?  Follow our Instagram account and tag your photo with @ModernMastersInc or simply use the #ModernMasters hashtag. We’ll be on the lookout!

A Few More Modern Masters Ideas to Inspire…

On P.A.C.E. with Modern Masters!

Modern Masters had an opportunity to work with decorative artist Ellie Ellis, owner of Platinum Training Center Elite Artistry, and the Cascadian Artisans Guild on a deserving school philanthropic project. We recently chatted with Ellie about the program and the resulting artistry by the group, who all volunteered their time and efforts.  We hope you enjoy the whimsical and colorful artistry that brought joy to both students and staff!

Decorative Artist Ellie Ellis in front of a Metallic Plaster Wall Mural

Decorative Artist Ellie Ellis

P.A.C.E. is a program of the North Clackamas School District in Oregon that provides teen moms a high school education, parenting skills and an opportunity to further their education and training for a career while at the same time, offering onsite childcare for their infants and toddlers. Without the P.A.C.E. (Parenting, Academics, Careers and Employment) program, many of these mothers and their children would be condemned to a cycle of poverty.

Oregon's Cascadian Artist Guild

Cascadian Artisans Guild

Decorative artist Ellie Ellis, who had a personal connection to the program via her daughter Talitha, was struck with the facility’s plain white and grey walls as well as their lack of beauty and stimulation.  She says, “Being an artist, I want to create beauty around me, and it is important for these moms and children to have beauty around them. I thought, What if our guild took this on as a philanthropic project and we bring our combined talents to beautify the school for the teen moms, their children and the dedicated staff that work at P.A.C.E.?”. The guild wholeheartedly agreed to donate their time and talents and with the help of a few donations, including products from Modern Masters, they converged on the facility while it was closed for spring break.

Cloud Sky Mural in NurseryWall Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colors were used by artists Kasey Shantz and Carolyn Johnson Bell to achieve a beautiful cloud mural in the nursery room. Kasey wanted a cool blue color that would emulate evening without being too dark and also set upon painting several ‘benevolent moons’ so that the children would feel comfortable and relaxed.

Hallway Kids Mural with Sun done with Modern Masters Metallic PaintsArtist Melissa Barrett wanted a bright entry spot after spying the dreary area. The walls were repainted a cheery yellow and she then used Glazing Cream Colors and Metallic Paints for her joyful mural which included a happy sun with rainbow eyes set against a plaid background with the school’s colors.

Metallic Plaster Mural by Ellie Ellis | Modern MastersMural with Modern Masters Metallic Plaster by Ellie EllisOne of the various areas Ellie tackled herself was the breastfeeding room for the young mothers. She used a mix of Metallic Paint, Wall Glazing Cream and Metallic Plaster for the beautiful wall finish and starry skyline mural. The silhouettes include New York, Portland and Rome amongst beautiful ocean blue evening colors.  An inspiring quote was stenciled along the top wall areas of the room.

Tree Mural with Modern Masters Metallic Paints by Terry Leibenguth

A Gustav Klimt-inspired tree was painted by artist Terry Hansen Leibenguth.  She used metallic paints in blue and yellow to reflect the school’s colors.  Each young mother will be able to put her and her child’s name on a foam flower to hang from the branches in order to give them a sense of belonging.

Toddler Room Mural | Modern Masters Project by Ellie EllisThe toddler room received an incredible mural makeover! Artist Kathryn Owens used the Glazing Cream Colors for her wraparound cottage mural which included an expanded faux doorway, a playful dog and a roofline with various birds and butterflies. A bus was also handpainted underneath the coat hooks and the children’s photos will be placed inside the windows of the bus.  Kathryn had never used the Glazing Cream Colors before this project but says, “They are the best paints that I have ever used!”.

Monochromatic Blue Mural by Ellie Ellis with Modern Masters ProductsAbove, Ellie is working on a monochromatic blue mural for the girls bathroom with Wall Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colors. She also incorporated several Modern Masters Stencils. At the school entry below, Ellie used Venetian Blue Metallic Paint to add an inspiring quote for the staff, students and children.

Lettering Mural with Modern Masters Venetian Blue Metallic Paint | Ellie EllisWhen the students and staff came back on the Monday after spring break, they found an entirely different school waiting for them. One staff person said, with tears rolling down her cheeks, “What we feel in our hearts for the children and moms is now expressed on our walls”.  We are so proud to have been involved in such a worthy project – many thanks to Ellie Ellis for sharing her story, images and project with us!

P.A.C.E. Group


Amazing Theme Paint Projects!

Who are some of the most discerning and demanding audiences when it comes to color and durability? If you said ‘Theme Parks’, you are spot on! Theme Parks need not only precise colors for branding and realistic effects, but also be confident that the paints they invest in will be extremely durable throughout the years. We developed Theme Paint™ to this end and since then, scenic artists, decorative painters and designers alike have also used them for hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, retail shops, sports complexes and more. The highly specialized water base and color saturated paint line is both interior and exterior rated and is available in flat, satin and semi-gloss sheens. They resist the damaging effects of the sun’s ultra-violet rays and the results are a highly fade resistant paint. Let’s take a look at a few projects!

Theme Paints on the Rock Formations | Aulani Disney Resort HawaiiTheme Paint and Dead Flat Varnish | Aulani Disney Resort HawaiiThe Aulani Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii celebrates Hawaii and their resort features their culture, traditions and landscapes. The rock formations that dot the property were painted with Theme Paint™ and topcoated with our Dead Flat Varnish for an authentic look and feel.

Theme Paints on Despicable Me Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood | Modern MastersDespicable Me Minion Mayhem Attraction painted with Modern Masters Theme Paints | Universal StudiosTheme Paint™ expertly brought Gru’s lair to life at the new Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride at Universal Studios Hollywood!

Modern Masters Theme Paint used in the Asian Elephant Exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens have a beautiful Elephants of Asia exhibit that thrills visitors year after year. Theme Paint™ was used to help enhance the habitat.

Modern Masters Theme Paints used for Schools, Sports Complexes, Commercial Office Building and Retail Shop ExteriorsBeyond theme parks, Theme Paint™ has helped preserve the exteriors of schools, office and commercial buildings as well as retail shops.

Theme Paint and Metallic Paint | Disneyland It's a Small World ExhibitModern Masters Theme Paints | DisneylandTheme Paints on Rock Formations in Cars Land | DisneylandDisneyland has quite a few Theme Paint™ projects including the It’s a Small World attraction and the desert landscapes of the Cars Land ride.  Our Metallic Paint Collection is also used quite extensively. In fact, for their 50th anniversary in 2005, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle was painted with a combination of custom metallic colors and protected with our MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat.

If you like Disney’s Cars Land rock formations and are curious as to how color washes and painted finishes came about, take a look at this fascinating How to Use Theme Paint™ video from our Modern Masters YouTube channel:

Create a lasting impression is key for many hospitality, entertainment and commercial projects – it’s a promise of what to expect of the goods and services provided inside!  Theme Paint™ was created to meet this need and has since stood the test of time.

See more amazing Theme Paint™ Projects!



A Modern Masters Haven!

Modern Masters at the 2014 Haven ConferenceAre you heading to the Haven Conference? So is Modern Masters – and we have a LOT of great events and prizes just for you!  Ready?  Here we go!

  • Come by our booth – we’ll have everything ready for you to come away inspired with projects for your whole home.  We’ll also have gorgeous lookbooks, decor accents and takeaway gifts galore!
  • Do YOU have The Golden Ticket?  While you are at our booth, make sure you take our special Modern Masters envelope containing information about all our products. One very lucky winner will have a golden ticket within the envelope that wins you an over $400 prize package.
  • On Friday, July 11th at 12:30 pm, come on by our one-hour Painting with Modern Masters workshop hosted by painting expert Joe Saenz of Modern Masters.  He will teach tips and tricks for creating amazing DIY projects with our Metallic Paint Collection and Metal Effects.
  • Enter our Instagram contest and #expressyourself at our booth!  The 24 colors of our new Front Door Paint were based on the Emotional Color Wheel and each swag bag will have a special ‘emotion’ stone.  We’ll have a special photo area set-up for you to take a pic of yourself and share your ‘emotion’ stone with everyone! Be sure to follow us/mention our @ModernMastersInc account and use the hashtag #expressyourself – one random winner from all the entries will be chosen to receive a grand prize package worth over $400!

So, are you ready?  We are – and we can’t wait to meet you!  Be sure to tell ‘em the Cafe blog sent ya! ;)

Sizzling Summer Project Ideas with Modern Masters!

Summer is the perfect time to tackle those long overdue DIY projects! The warm sun and blue skies make for happy days spent creating and transforming your home.  We have a few bright and fast summer project ideas to share with you so let’s dig in!

Summer Project Inspirations from Modern Masters


We spend a lot of time outside in our patio, backyards and gardens – not to mention entertaining our friends and family.  Two of our blog friends share their Metal Effects projects with us…

Garden Planters with Metal Effects PatinaLaura from Pet Scribbles upgraded her planters with the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and Green Patina Aging Solution back during the winter time.  In the meantime, she recently wrote a post on the durability of her Metal Effects garden planters. “These planters were subjected to snow, sleet, freezing rain, ice cold temps…and the paint has no chips or cracks. No signs that they have been outdoors for 4+ months. They look like the day I painted them!”  Thanks, Laura – and we think they look great in your garden!

Modern Masters Metal Effects Patina on a Backyard Garden Patio BenchTara from Suburble also used Metal Effects but chose the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and the Blue Patina Aging Solution for her patio bench. The patio bench re-do looks amazing and oh-so inviting!


Is there anything better than driving up to a well-tended home?  Here are some great small project ideas with big impact!

Copper Metallic Paint on Exterior Home Lights | Modern MastersTransforming Exterior Lights with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Living Rich on LessSusan from Living Rich on Less had drab exterior lights.  Our Copper Metallic Paint and MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat changed all that during her light fixture makeover.

Modern Masters Front Door Paint in Serene | Blue Front DoorCreative customer Diana Heath chose the color Serene from our Front Door Paint Collection.  It’s a rich, deep color that welcomes you and will never fade!


Design and color changes on walls and ceilings make a fantastic change but two bloggers also made strides with tackling simple trimwork and furniture!

Modern Masters Metallic Paint on FurnitureDana from Made with Love had a metallic dresser makeover that now makes her feel “like a princess” when she gets ready in the morning!  She mixed our Steel Gray and Snowflake from our Metallic Paint Collection to get to her perfect color.

Matte Metallic Paint on Crown MoldingMatte Metallic Paints on Trim for a Luxe yet Traditional Look | Modern Masters Project by Cynthia WeberCanadian designer Cynthia Weber wanted to surprise her parents with a living room and dining room re-do for their 50th wedding anniversary. Using a blend of Warm Silver and Champagne colors from our Matte Metallics to paint the crown molding, she added a little bit of luxe to their beautiful, traditional home. We love it!

We hope you’ve enjoyed these hot Summer project ideas! Let us know if you have any of your own projects lined up with Modern Masters!

But wait – there’s MORE!