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We love to see incredible projects with our Modern Masters products and frequently receive images from all over the world. We recently were sent pics of an inspired project by creative customer Chris McQuaigue of the UK and we thought it was so inspired that we had to share it with you!
The ‘Rat Look’ is a versatile scene in which the style and look of a car is highly personalized – very often with a rusted finish. Chris created ‘The Ratrod’ with the Iron Reactive Paint and the Rust Activator from our Metal Effects line. “It was an alternative to getting the car re-sprayed professionally by saving money and to create a car with more interest and character,” Chris explains. “It was a really fun project that certainly gets lots of looks and smiles. The great thing is that I now have a car that I don’t need to clean too much. When I scratched the fender the other day I was really happy about adding more character!”
Chris’ son Marco loves the car along with the six other Beetles he owns. “There is a community and ‘scene’ for Ratt’ed and rusty cars and there are a few ways of achieving the look. Some people sand the car back to bare metal and let it rust but I think the Modern Masters way is better!”.
According to the Rat Look website, RAT stands for Recycled Automotive Transport and is about keeping your vehicle on the road for as long as possible – however, many ratted cars frequently just sport the look and are in excellent mechanical condition. If you’d like to learn more about this amazing car scene, please be sure to check out the Rat Look website for much, much more.
Chris let us know that he recently bought a sample pot of our Copper Metallic Paint to experiment with his newest Beetle project. He says, “The copper would look great – the paint is amazing!”. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with. Many thanks to Chris McQuaigue for introducing us to the ‘scene’ and for sharing his incredible project!
What if you could paint a tone-on-tone metallic surface finish with a product that is easy to use, fast to dry and looks gorgeous? We’ve combined two of our favorite products, Matte Metallics and our Metallic Paint Collection to create this lovely, shimmery Tone-on-Tone Metallic Paint Finish that works on walls, furniture, ceilings and so much more. Take a look!
Matte Metallics are available in 15 of the most popular metallic colors and each of them have a subtle metallic glow as a compliment to the higher shimmer of the satin Metallic Paint Collection. This finish, and each of the product lines, are perfect for multiple surfaces – in fact, take a look at our Fall Table Decor Ideas for more inspiration, including ideas for stenciling a table runner, adding a luxe finish to plates and chargers as well as transforming your outdated gift wrap into an elegantly wrapped present you’d love to give your guests. There’s nothing dull about Matte Metallics!
If you love all these ideas, be sure not to miss our Matte Metallic Paint Week starting October 19th on our Modern Masters Facebook page with great projects, contests and giveaways! See you there!
We’re excited to introduce another wonderful artist, Rochester, NY-based Amie Freling, for our Modern Mastery blog series. Amie’s lifelong passion for design ultimately led to the opening of Meme Hill Studio in 1989. Meme Hill Studio was named after her grandparents, a woodworker and art teacher respectively, who influenced her as a child and strongly encouraged her creative development. Today, she proudly offers such professional services as interior design, color consultation, murals, custom faux finishes, furniture painting and more. “I love when the client gets excited,” says Amie, who studied illustration at Syracuse University and previously served as art director for a Washington D.C.-based magazine. ‘”I love creating happy, inviting niches in homes and businesses.” Part of creating these welcoming spaces including using Modern Masters, one of her favorite go-to product lines, and she shared a few of her favorite projects with us.
Our Metallic Paint Collection helped create this beautiful harlequin diamond finish on the dining room walls.
Painted Furniture Glazed with our Tintable Scumble Glaze.
How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?
I was introduced to Modern Masters fifteen years ago when a fellow faux finisher (say that 5 times fast) asked me to help him with a large job faux finishing an entire 15,000 square foot home. We glazed a two and half story great room with the Tintable Scumble Glaze and I was hooked. The drying time was longer than any other glaze that I tried and there were absolutely no overlapping lines. I now use it on all my faux projects from large rooms to small accent pieces of furniture. Plus clients love that I custom tint, giving them a one-of-a kind project!
Thin horizontal stripes with several Metallic Paint Collection colors add interest to foyer entry walls.
Platinum and Warm Silver Metallic Paints were crosshatched on the ceiling and a glaze made with Antique Bronze and Blackened Bronze create a gorgeous subtle finish on the dining room walls.
What is your go-to Modern Masters product?
My favorite products other than the Tintable Scumble Glaze is the Metallic Paint Collection. My all time favorite color is the Champagne Metallic Paint. It works with whites, creams, silvers and gold. Its a warm metallic that screams richness. I love horizontal stripes in the metallics. I roll it on with a 6-inch roller and then use a course brush to create so many effects. The way both artificial and natural lights interfere and create interest is amazing.
A beautifully designed nursery by Amie features loose and soft metallic stripes on the ceiling and a subtle glaze on the dresser and changing table.
A modern office receives a decidedly contemporary stripe treatment on the entryway and glazed walls in the main area.
What is your dream finishing project?
Any public space. My tag line is “Follow me paint the town. Literally!” and I love working in public spaces like restaurants, schools, hospitals and anyplace where art can be appreciated by those who might not be able to have my painting in their own homes. I feel everyone should be exposed to art. I’m always eager to volunteer my talents for charity events and fundraisers. My dream would be a part of a whole house makeover for a deserving family or child.
A creative bench with handpainted ORNAMENTATION AND florals. Amie used our Tintable Scumble Glaze with her color palette to help with the flow OF BOTH painting AND AGING THE DECORATIVE ELEMENTS.
Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio enjoys a dedicated following as a designer and artist. She shares her signature blend of patterns and colors with both commercial and residential clients. Her line of decorative hardware is carried by True Value and her original line of home accessories has sold in retail stores nationwide including Nordstroms. Her works have been featured on HGTV and in national magazines and she is also a contributing design editor for her local newspaper. Be sure to keep up with her as she shares more on her Facebook fan page. Many thanks to Amie for spending some time with us and sharing her incredible Modern Masters projects!
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A few inspired ideas and a little creativity will help you transform your child’s space into a room they’ll love – and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite kids room projects from our friends to share with you! Featuring metallic paints, color glazes and patinas from Modern Masters, each room has its own magic – whether fresh, cheerful, soothing or completely unexpected. Decorating a nursery, girls room or boys room has never been easier…or more fun!
Two of our favorite bloggers know that even small projects make a big impact. Amanda from the Dreamsicle Sisters (above) created a mini gallery of frames that were painted with Venetian Blue, Rose, Brass, and Champagne Metallic Paint in her daughter’s equestrian-inspired room. Be sure to check out more in her horse bedroom makeover post. Danielle of Finding Silver Pennies (below) decided on using Metal Effects to patinate decor accents in her son’s coastal-themed room. Two great ways to add flair with accessories!
A soothing and well designed nursery is optimal for both baby and Mom. A beautiful allover damask pattern was stenciled on these nursery walls with our Silver Metallic Paint. Shimmery and soft!
Carmen Benoit of Carmen Illustrates used the Tintable Glaze from the Decorative Painter’s Products line to paint an incredible mural with ships on the open seas. We particularly like the idea of incorporating the painted sky ceiling into the nautical mural.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these creative paint ideas that can help give your little one the bedroom of his or her dreams! You can also find even more inspiration for kids rooms and other spaces in our Modern Masters Pinterest boards.
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Metallic Paints are amazing – they add a gorgeous shimmer and shine to virtually any project and are perfect for surfaces such as walls, ceilings, furniture, fabrics and more! Our focus on quality, durability and beauty has made our Metallic Paint Collection the world leader in water base metallic paints. While working with them throughout the years, we’ve experimented with and gathered the best metallic paint tips for you to ensure gorgeous results. Want the deets? Let’s dig in!
TIP ONE: KNOW YOUR OPACITY
Metallic Paints can either be sheer, semi-opaque or opaque and it’s important to know the coverage differences and the cool effects you can create with each. Sheers are not meant to be used as a solid coat finish as they are a translucent paint used to create beautiful decorative finishes over another metallic paint color or over a low sheen acrylic or latex paint. If painting with metallics, Opaques will take two coats and Semi-Opaques take three. Experiment with all the sheens to find your fave treatments for your projects!
TIP TWO: TINT THE BASE
To help add depth and richness to your end result, start with a base of an acrylic primer or a low sheen acrylic latex paint tinted to a color close to your metallic paint color. Be sure not to use too close of a color as you might miss an area and not catch it until after you’ve wrapped up. Follow up with the recommended coverage of our metallic paints for a luxe finish.
TIP THREE: USE THE RIGHT ROLLERS, BRUSHES & SPRAYERS
A good quality synthetic bristle paint brush, such as from Purdy, Wooster and Corona, all work well with our paint. Our Metallic Paint Roller or a 1/2″ synthetic nap roller works well for rolling on a wall or ceiling – but first make sure you rinse and dry your roller prior to use to help remove any loose lint. The addition of the Extender for Rolling when working on large surfaces or in warm or dry climates helps rolling the paint tremendously. Our Extender is made specifically for our metallic paint in order to maintain the shimmer of the finish and we do not recommend using standard latex extenders.
If spraying, use either an HVLP or Conventional Cup Gun Sprayer to apply metallic paints. For the smoothest application of paint, this is the way to go. For even further information, we have general settings on our Metallic Paint Technical Data Sheet.
TIP FOUR: CUT IN AND TAPE FOR SUCCESS
To prep your wall with tape, start with a low tack painter’s tape. After taping, you will cut in the wall a few feet at a time instead of the whole surface. (While a smaller wall is more forgiving, cutting in the entire area of a large wall first will result in framing the edges, which will show a difference in the finish.) Working with a wet edge is important to help eliminate roller edge marks as well. Following this rule for each coat is best. We have an excellent How to Roll with Metallic Paint video that shows you the process visually.
If you are taping over a fresh coat of metallic paint, give the paint at least eight (8) hours to dry. If there is a lot of paint build on the taped portion at the end of a project, merely lifting the tape will lift the skin of the paint and affect the finish. For a clean edge removal, we recommend using a straight edge with a razor blade to cut the tape line.
TIP FIVE: PROTECT YOUR WORK
If you are applying metallic paint on an exterior or high traffic interior, you will want to protect your beautiful work. What about if you need ‘scrub-ability’ on kitchen areas, bathrooms, cabinets, doors or resisting the work of little fingers? For all, we highly recommend top coating with our MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat after the last coat of Metallic Paint has been allowed to dry for 24 hours. MasterClear® is made specifically for our metallic paints to maintain the color and metallic shimmer of the finish – most topcoats will dull the metallic shimmer. Who wants that?
These top tips have been culled through years of experience and working with metallic paints. We hope our love and use of our metallic paints can help you achieve amazing results. If you have any questions (or top tips yourself!), click on the comments to reach us. Be sure to pin these top tips to keep the inspiring ideas close by for your next metallic paint project!
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A front door gives a glimpse of who lives inside a home – not to mention add to the overall curb appeal. If your front door is fading, peeling and looking worse for the wear, right now is the perfect time to spruce up your front entrance! The Front Door Paint colors by Modern Masters are meant to cover fully and dry quickly. The bonus? The paint will not fade, ensuring that your great work is long lasting. We found a few front door paint makeovers by our friends to help inspire a quick afternoon project to help transform the look of your home. Ready? Let’s head in!
The studio of Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes know a thing or two about the best products to use and so when it came time to do a front porch makeover, they chose the durability of Front Door Paint. The gorgeous color? Fortunate.
Ursula from Home Made by Carmona wanted personality and style for her front entrance. She used our free Front Door Paint App to take a pic of her doors and scroll through the 24 colors available. She chose the blue color Peaceful for her front door makeover – doesn’t it look perfect?
Creative customer Sarah Desjardins of Becoming Martha also used our app to help choose a color for the front door – and happily settled on Spontaneous. We love how it looks with the fall decorations, too!
Jill of Sew a Fine Seam took advantage of her front door paint project and decided to add trim and a stately door casing before starting. Afterwards, she painted with the timeless and classic color black of our Front Door Paint in Elegant. An amazing before and after!
If you’re ready to tackle your own entrance and would like a quick tutorial on How to Paint Your Front Door, look no further than our Modern Masters Minute video series:
The fall season is almost upon us and so is decorating the home for family, friends and the upcoming holidays. There’s something so inviting about warm Autumn colors and we enjoy seeing them incorporated in great DIY and Design ideas. Although there are many design elements to the fall season, one of the most popular is finding creative inspiration for unique twists on the traditional table setting. We’d love to share a few ideas with you created with our Matte Metallics! The Matte Metallics are a line of 15 of our most popular metallic paint colors with a soft, shimmery glow. They compliment the higher shimmer of the regular Metallic Paint Collection. Let’s take a look at how to set a stylish table with them!
A perennial DIY classic is to paint pumpkins but here’s an idea to take it up a notch! Paint pumpkins, gourds and squash with Matte Metallics and add crystals, jewels and even glitter to give them an updated, glam feel. The beautiful luster of the metallic paint makes for an alluring table centerpiece that adds a soft glow during an evening event.
Not only can you use Matte Metallics to paint and enhance your walls and furniture, but also to paint everyday items such as gift wrap and plate chargers! Let’s face it – we all have that gift wrap that we’re not sure we’ll use again. Just roll on the color on either surface (here, were are using Blackened Bronze) and let dry. Voila! Of course, you can leave it as is for a very chic look or keep adding other metallic colors and patterns to your taste.
Speaking of patterns, you can also stencil with metallic paints! To keep with the dashing look of our table, we again used the Blackened Bronze Matte Metallic with a stencil brush and the Bella Madrid Stencil from the Artistic Painting Studio. After stenciling the napkins and plate chargers as well, we set out our tony Modern Masters table inspired by the Matte Metallics. Are you joining us for dinner?
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Über-talented DIY pros Jess and Monica from the East Coast Creative blog recently sent us a fun e-mail. They have a fab show called Knock It Off! and were looking to use our Metallic Plaster for one of their television episodes. Monica and Jess are oozing with creativity and we were tickled blue (er, pink) to see the results of their project: the transformation of a large empty space into a wine tasting room. Let’s dig in!
A couple had turned to Monica and Jess for help in their home. They had a large open area and wanted to create a warm, inviting space to entertain their friends and enjoy their love of wine. The idea for a wine tasting room with an updated take on a traditional stone wine cellar was born!
Instead of bringing in stones to mimic a classic wine cellar, Monica and Jess opted to use our Metallic Plaster as a beautiful, chic old world wall finish. Metallic Plaster is a lightweight, trowel-applied coating that emits a gorgeous blend of shimmer and luster. There are over 50 standard colors available and the ones used for this project were Nautical Blue, Espresso and Brass. After doing a first layer of the Nautical Blue for their faux plaster treatment, they followed up the second pass with all three products. They mixed them in together to create a beautiful flow of each of the colors.
Do you like the results? If you missed seeing the show, you can watch the DIY Wine Tasting Room episode online. Our Metallic Plaster is environmentally friendly as well as water, mold and mildew resistant. It will adhere to any primed surface and can be used to create any number of durable finishes. It’s a truly incredible product! We hope you’ve enjoyed this great project and if you have one of your own, please share it with us!
Other Amazing Transformations to Inspire!
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.
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.
After 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!
Classic 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!
The 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!
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