How to Create A Silvery, Rustic Aged Effect On A Metal Planter

How to Create a Silvery, Rustic Aged Effect on a Metal Planter | Modern Masters

Did you read my recent front door redo, using Modern Masters non-fade Front Door Paint? If so, you learned that we experienced a huge, damaging hail storm on May 2. Now, weeks later, we have a new roof, our flowers are finally blooming to the max, and hubby and I have worked tirelessly on our deck and front natural area. Dozens of new perennials, bags of mulch and pebbles later, we are almost done recuperating.

As always, we are still on the lookout for projects to incorporate into our fresh exterior décor. I spied this boring and bland empty planter just screaming, “paint me.” Since I have worked with Modern Masters for quite some time now, ideas quickly come to mind, and a fast look-see in my studio turned up the oh-so-versatile Texture Effects, Metal Effects, Metallic Paint, and a large stencil.

DIY Silvery, Rustic Aged Garden Planter How-to | Before Pic | Modern Masters Blog

Modern Masters recently introduced Metal Effects Kits in Rust, Green and Blue Patinas, available online at I’m willing to bet you have been drooling over projects you have seen using the Metal Effects products, and now the ability to purchase a kit with everything you need at your fingertips makes jumping into a project super simple and easy.

I discovered that I could create a neutral-toned subtle look on a planter, or, jazz up the details with Silver Metallic paint. How cool is that?

Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Kit | Metal Planter DIY on Modern Masters Blog

I hope you are intrigued with my boring now beautiful planter, and you’re already looking around the house for an item to transform. Here’s the supply list, and you will quickly discover that many more projects can be done with these materials, in varying combinations.


Water Base Primer for your Surface (i.e., metal, plastic)

One Metal Effects Rust Kit

One Quart of Silver Metallic Paint

One Quart of Texture Effects

One 16 oz. Natural Brown Glazing Cream Color

One Large Stencil like the Royal Design Studio Indian Floral Wall Stencil that I used

Drop cloth, sea sponge, wet rag, painters tape, color shaper tool, paint brushes, scissors

HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE RUST PATINA KIT, to cover about 18 square feet:

8 ounces of Metal Effects Primer, 8 ounces of Iron Reactive Paint, 10 ounces of Rust Activator, 2 brushes, 2 stir sticks and complete instructions. The kit also includes the recommended Permacoat Xtreme Sealer.

Before you get started, prep the area with a drop cloth as needed. It’s a good idea not to invite kids and pets since you will be spraying. Make sure your area is well ventilated, too, or work outside in the shade like I did.


Using Metal Effects Rust Kit and Metallic Paints to Create a Rustic Planter | Modern Masters Blog How-to

First, clean and prep your surface with a good primer for your surface. I used a metal primer tinted gray and let dry. Using one of the brushes in the Metal Effects Kit, brush on a coat of Metal Effects Primer. Once dry, you can add the second coat. Let dry at least 12 hours or overnight.


Tinting Texture Effects | Silver & Rust Metal Planter DIY | Modern Masters Blog

Just in case my planter gets bumped or scratched while outside, I tinted the Texture Effects with Natural Brown Glazing Cream, so the pure white color would not show if chipped off. I used 1 pint of Texture Effects and 4 ounces of Natural Brown so that I could have enough to use on all four sides of the planter and not need to mix more. You can tint to taste on this step. It does turn out out I could have made less about half as much, so I can seal the leftovers up for another time.


Creating a Raised Pattern on a Flat Surface | Rustic Garden Planter DIY by Debbie Hayes on the Modern Masters Blog

I am an enthusiastic painter and project-doer, but I am also frugal with my time. So, I selected this very large wall stencil that covers my planter entirely. That way, I did not have to wait for the pattern to dry, then move the stencil to fill in missing design areas. I cut the top of the stencil material off so that I could easily start the design right at the top. After taping, I applied the mixture using a color shaper tool.

Embossing a Stencil Pattern on a Metal Garden Planter | Silvery Rustic How-to Garden Vase on Modern Masters Blog | Project by My Patch of Blue Sky

Attempt to hold the stencil tight to the surface with one hand so the mix won’t bleed, but no worries if happens a bit. Perfection is not required.

Creating a 3 dimensional stencil pattern on a flat surface | Silvery Rustic DIY How-to on the Modern Masters Blog | Garden Decor Ideas

This looks weird, I admit, but I propped the lightweight planter up with a log to keep the planter from touching the step so I could do all sides at once. Let dry hard.


Metal Effects Patinas + Metallic Paint for a Silvery, Rustic DIY Garden Planter | How-to by Debbie Hayes on the Modern Masters Blog

A wide craft brush worked great.

Using Metallic Paint on a DIY Rustic Contemporary Garden Planter | How-to on the Modern Masters Blog

I was planning to do 2 or even 3 coats of the Silver Metallic Paint, but, magically, one coat was perfect. Let dry hard. I left it overnight.


Creating the Metal Effects Rust Finish on a Rustic Contemporary Garden Decor Piece | DIY on the Modern Masters Blog

Use the sea sponge, tapping it into the iron paint on a palette of tin foil, then onto the surface.

Modern Masters Metal Effects DIY with Metallic Paints | Modern Rustic Garden Planter How-to

Silvery, Rustic Garden Planter DIY | How-to on the Modern Masters Blog | Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky You can use the chip brush in the kit to add iron paint in recessed areas. You need two coats, so after the first one dries, add some more in approximately the same areas. Let dry well.


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Spray one coat, beginning at the top. Wait five minutes, then spray again. About 20 minutes into the drying process, as the rust begins to form, I used the barely dampened clean sponge to pull off some areas until I liked the look. Then I let the rust process finish.

Metal Effects and Metallic Paints create a Rustic Modern Garden Planter | Step by Step DIY How to by Debbie Hayes on the Modern Masters Blog

You know that I am a rust, crust, and patina lover by now, I am sure. I don’t have too many items that belonged to my parents, who are now residing in a lovely garden somewhere in heaven.

DIY Rustic Planter with Metal Effects and Metallic Paint | How to by Debbie Hayes for the Modern Masters Blog

I do cherish this old concrete statue, painted lovingly by my Dad over 40 years ago to grace his fish pond. Damaged over the years, she has developed her own natural texture and color, and I love it paired with this rusty, stenciled metal planter now.

DIY Rustic & Metallic Garden Decor Planter | How-to on the Modern Masters Blog


Painting an Embossed Stencil Pattern with Metallic Paint | DIY Rustic Contemporary Garden Planter | How to by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters

Sometimes, I sleep on a project after it is completed, and decide to do just “one more thing.” So I am guessing you have done it before too, right? So I got out the Silver Metallic Paint, and a small, stiff artist brush and very quickly dry-brushed some paint on all of the raised leaves, flowers and stems. No kidding, this took about 15 minutes.

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Now this oversized, boring planter literally glows, even as the sun sets over our front courtyard. No matter which of the two looks you adore, you can achieve them with the same materials. After your piece dries, you can apply the Permacoat Xtreme sealer for additional weather resistance.

DIY Silvery Rustic Garden Planter | Modern Masters How-to by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Are you jazzed and ready to do this? I have discovered that I could have done two of these planters with the materials on the supply list, and more! Have a blast, and as always, be sure to share your before and after photos with Modern Masters.

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








Metal Effects Patinas on the Floor!

Our creative customers are THE BEST – and we love seeing all of the Modern Masters projects shared with us via our social sites. We stopped in our tracks when Jennifer Gibson started sharing images of a room she was working on. Jennifer has had a 25 year career in medical sonography but her creative side came roaring out in full force when she wanted a turquoise gem look for her studio floor. Metal Effects to the rescue!

Starting a Floor Project with Modern Masters Metal Effects Patinas | Project by Jennifer Gibson

Metal Effects Primer protects surfaces from patination process | Metal Effects Floor Project by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Jennifer began with a clean concrete floor and then applied two coats of the Metal Effects Primer.

Metal Effects Patina process happening on Concrete Flooring | Project by Jennifer Gibson and featured in the Modern Masters Blog

Modern Masters Creative Customer Jennifer Gibson wanted a turquoise gem look for her concrete floor. She used Metal Effects patinas to create the effect and the project was featured on the Modern Masters Blog.

Jennifer then began layering the Metal Effects Reactive Metallic Paints and Patina Aging Solutions and Activators until she achieved the turquoise gem look she wanted. She finished the floor with the Permacoat Xtreme topcoat. She shares, “I put roughly 18 hours into this spread out over a ten day period. It was a lot of fun!”

Zee and Zsa Zsa Gibson Zebras on Metal Effects Patina Floor | Project by Jennifer Gibson is featured on the Modern Masters Blog.

Did we mention Jennifer has two zebras? Yes, she does! Their names are Zee and Zsa Zsa and they are adored members of the family. They supervised her project – and did a fantastic job. Are you ready for the final results?

Turquoise Gem inspired Flooring | Patina on Concrete Floor | Project by Jennifer Gibson with Metal Effects and featured on the Modern Masters Blog

Zsa Zsa Gibson Zebra enjoying the Metal Effects Patina Floor in Jennifer Gibson's new studio | Project feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Paint and Patina Floor with Metal Effects by Jennifer Gibson | Project featured in the Modern Masters Blog

Metal Effects by Modern Masters on Flooring | Paint and Patina Floor Project by Jennifer Gibson | Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Gorgeous so far, right?

Hanging Wall Decor Project with Metal Effects Patinas | Wood Art by Jennifer Gibson | Floor and Art featured in the Modern Masters Blog

The wall art made of plywood was also patinated with Metal Effects. Jennifer’s friend Elise Gregory also helped refine her decor.

Zebra Studio with Painted and Patinated Floor | Metal Effects Verdigris and Rust Patinas for Turquoise Gem Inspired Flooring | Project featured in the Modern Masters Blog

Zee Gibson Zebra plays on the newly painted and patinated concrete floor | Project by Jennifer Gibson and featured on the Modern Masters Blog

What does Jennifer think? “Thank you guys for the magical Metal Effects paints!! I really love my end results!! Since the floor was concrete and the wall art is plywood it really was a different painting experience for each one. This room feels so good and has such a great energy that its going to be really hard for me to want to do anything in it. Zee and Zsa Zsa love the room, too! Now…on to my next project!!!” Something tells us all that Jennifer does is special. We can’t wait to see what she dreams up.

To purchase Metal Effects, head to our online shop or find your local retailer via zipcode. Please call ahead to assure of stock and if not in-house, it can be ordered in for you. Have an inspired day!









Modern Masters on TV!

Tiny House Nation and Restaurant Impossible are two shows that showcase lots of great spaces, decor ideas and inspiring design – plus, a lot of DIY! We were tickled pink to see two our product lines, Front Door Paint and Metal Effects, featured on the shows. Care for a peek? Let’s go!


Tiny House Nation on the FYI™ Network follows renovation experts and hosts John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin as they travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them. This particular home was in Gainesville, FL, and was a 600 square foot tiny Victorian. After updating the home, they added a final finishing touch: non-fade Front Door Paint in Sophisticated. Who doesn’t love a red door? Gorgeous!

Red Front Door | Non Fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters in color Sophisticated | Tiny House Nation


Leanne Lee is the Diva of DIY – a talented decorative painter with serious DIY inspiration. She joined the design team at Restaurant: Impossible (on the Food Network) and she and her team traveled the US to update restaurants in 36 hours flat. One of these projects took her to Orlando, FL. “Our mission was to give a once-thriving restaurant, Peppino’s, a much needed makeover,” Leanne shares. “As a team, our vision for the space  was rustic charm. This is tough to achieve when you are bringing almost all new elements into the space.” She turned to Metal Effects Rust Finish to achieve a rich, rusted look in no time on bifold doors turned room dividers that were painted a lovely blue. She also patinated the window shutters. The result? Leanne says, “It is seriously one of my favorites we have done!”

Room Dividers given rustic charm with Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Finish | Project by Leanne Lee, the Diva of DIY, for Restaurant: Impossible Aren’t both these projects fantastic? Each episode has aired but you can click the episode links above for more information or catch new airings on their respective television channels. Have an inspired day!







Modern Mastery: Patricia Presto

We discovered the amazing projects of Atlanta-based decorative artist Patricia Presto on Facebook and have been following her projects ever since! She has a beautiful eye for color and pairs gorgeous treatments with the right surface – and has the happy clients to prove it! We were thrilled when she agreed to be on our Modern Mastery series and are so happy to share some of her Modern Masters projects with you!

Modern Master Profile on Decorative Artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface | Modern Masters Blog

Decorative Artist Patricia Presto

Patricia Presto of Georgia’s On the Surface specializes in the decorative painting of furniture, cabinets, and the faux finishing of walls as well as architectural color consulting. She shares, “There is no way I could have imagined the places I would go, the people I would meet or the challenges I would face on my journey into this wonderfully creative business…every project is new, special, and always a creative challenge. My favorite projects are when I work with a passion-driven team to achieve one dream space. It is exhilarating and very rewarding!”

“Meeting the people I have met along the way is one of the best parts of my career”, she continues. “I can’t describe the joy I get out of doing my job well, but also creating my business around developing relationships with my clients. Many are actually sorry to see us go when a project is completed, as we are to leave! The people that are working for me are part of my joy and laughter is a big part of our days. My life is enriched by my job. I consider that an extreme blessing.” Her love for her art shows through and through – as you’ll see in her projects!

Silver Metallic Paint by Modern Masters enhances an ornamental bath sink. The project is by artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface and featured on the Modern Masters blog.

Bath Sink and Stand painted and embellished by artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface Design | Modern Masters Metallic Paints

This vanity was pickled wood with really pretty carvings and Patricia’s client wanted it painted a deep eggplant-gray color to go with her new bathroom design. “I suggested we take it up a notch and really put emphasis on the carvings as they were getting lost.  She had brushed silver accents in her new bathroom so I went with Silver Metallic Paint straight from the pot to paint the carvings. We also added silver leaf, crackle and finished off with wax.” Patricia did the same finish on the mirror.

What is the most inspiring space or place you have visited? 

Nature, history, and the heart are my inspiration. I love rural landscapes and rustic things with all the colors of the ocean, mountains and imperfectly perfect color combinations.There are feelings that go along with these places that I have lived or experienced and it is expressed through my work. I want the project to be treasured for reasons beyond technical expertise.I have had people write to me about how my furniture pieces “gave honor to my grandmother’s memory” or “you created an heirloom from a give away” or “you made our house a home”…..Inspiration to me is a constant awareness between knowledge of how to “produce it” and how to make it “come alive” with my paints, brush strokes, and putting my heart into it.

Kitchen Range Hood created with the help of Modern Masters' Metallic Paint Collection | Artist: Patricia Presto of On the Surface | Modern Mastery Feature

Kitchen Cabinetry and Range Hood transformed with the help of Modern Masters Metallic Paints by artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface | Modern Mastery Blog Feature

Patricia’s client wanted a contemporary look that was coupled with her love of a warm, rustic kitchen. Patricia used our Metallic Paint Collection in bronze and copper colors to highlight the gorgeous kitchen cabinetry and range hood details. What a transformation! The beautiful images are by Mary Powell Photography.

Metal Effects Patinas on Garden Art | Modern Mastery Feature on Artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface

Metal Effects Patinas on Craft DIY Letters | Modern Mastery Blog Feature on Artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface

Decorative garden and decor accents created with the help of Metal Effects rust and verdigris patinas.

What is your top finishing tip? 

Be prepared! My assistant, Emily, always hears me say “bring the kitchen sink” because we never know what the job could require beyond our actual finish. Always make a board, no matter how much you think you “remember” and always mix enough material so half way through a job you don’t have to re-mix and find you are mixing colors for hours because the shade is off. Always ask for help if needed. Don’t be an island! There is a great community of creatives in this field! Such an amazing array of ideas!

Modern Masters Metallic Paints help enhance a chair makeover | Artist: Patricia Presto of On the Surface

Lounge Chair and Ottoman refinished with the help of Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Glazes | Modern Mastery Feature: Patricia Presto of On the Surface

Small accents, BIG impression! Patricia was faced with a Bergère chair set that was dark but needed a more European look. Modern Masters Metallic Paint was paired with Chalk Paint® and foils for the luxe treatment. Patricia concludes, “Modern Masters gave it the European feel and lift it needed.”

What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?   

The Atlanta Symphony Showcase Home of 2015. This was a particular challenge as the designer, Robin Lamonte of Rooms Revamped, had to work with what was there – no major construction. She called on us to create a finish on the large kitchen hood to become the “showpiece” of her design. Talk about pressure! She was interested in a copper hood, but wasn’t sure what would work. I had Modern Masters knowledge, and presented her a board using a Metal Effects with our own secret recipe that created a worn copper, patina look – and she immediately said “that’s it”!! My assistant, Emily, and I were working around lots of dust, several contractors, and other painters in a very tight space with very limited time. We were amongst a few HGTV stars, which felt intimidating at first, but I soon realized we were all just regular people trying to create something magical together and it was working! The house had great synergy!

The only glitch was our copper finish looked so real that the designer asked if I would create a postcard to place on counter that said “This is NOT real copper”! No one believed it was paint!

Metal Effects Patinas transform a kitchen range hood into a showpiece! Decorative Artist: Patricia Presto of On the Surface

Faux Floorcloth created with Modern Masters' Metallic Paints and Royal Design Studio Stencils | Modern Mastery Feature of artist Patricia Presto of On the Surface Design

If you look closely above, not only can you see the ‘copper’ range hood she created for the Atlanta Symphony Showcase Home, but also the faux floorcloth painted right on the wood floor with the help of the Metallic Paint Collection as well. Gorgeous space! Gorgeous photography by Mary Powell.

We absolutely love all the surfaces that Patricia and her team can transform and are honored she uses our Metal Effects and Metallic Paint Collection lines to help create their masterpieces. Be sure to visit Patricia’s website, On the Surface, as well as become a fan of her Facebook fan page. She also shares her commissions frequently on her Instagram account. Are you feeling inspired? We hope so! Thank you, Patricia, for sharing your time and your projects with us!
















Change Your Front Door Color On A Whim In A Couple Of Hours!

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The word – and color – of the day is Fortunate. As in the fun and funky Modern Masters Front Door Paint color Fortunate that I just used to brighten up our curb appeal in a big way.

In a nutshell, our little neighborhood was hit by a huge hailstorm three weeks ago. And yes, we are so fortunate to have weathered this national-news-featured storm with damage that we can manage. Just a new paint job on my Jeep, and a new roof. Sadly, several of our neighbors had to move out of their homes for months. But, best of all, everyone is safe.

We are still in a mess. Leaves were stripped from the trees and blooms from the rose bushes. Some of our favorite plants, like our massive gorgeous hostas, won’t come back this year. Our gutters are maxed, and we’re waiting for the roofers.

With a color change on the roof, using the non-fade Front Door Paint for fast, immediate gratification was a project that I could get excited about while impatiently waiting for the roofers to arrive soon.

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About two years ago I chose the Front Door Paint color PlayfuI for the front door makeover project that you see below. We have so enjoyed the eye-catching color, but now I am planning to choose a grey architectural material for the new roof, so why not update the front door, too?

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Also, during the spring of 2015, I painted our shutters with the grey Mysterious Front Door Paint color. The new roof and updated Fortunate front door color will blend perfectly with the bright hostas and annuals. So no need to repaint.


It’s a great time for you to spiff up your curb appeal like I did, and here are the quick steps to a new look. If you begin in the morning on a nice day, you can have your project complete by the afternoon.

First, choose a color from the mouth-watering color palette. I know, it is so hard to decide. The good news is one quart is all you need, with plenty left over for the back door.

There is a perfect free Front Door Paint iPhone App and a free Front Door Paint Android App – on both, you can take a photo of your door and scroll through the Front Door Paint colors to see what your door would look like with the different colors. There are 25 Front Door Paint colors based on the emotional color wheel (like Hopeful, Mysterious, Elegant and more).

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• Front Door Paint: Modern Masters non-fade Front Door Paint. You can purchase it online at, and the Modern Masters Online Shop.

• Primer, if needed: Zinsser Cover Stain Primer

• Tools: Paint pan, low-nap paint roller, 2 1/2″ angled sash brush for water-based paint and if needed, a 2 1/2″ angled sash brush for oil-based paint and paint thinner

• Incidentals: Razor blade, Tape, Rags, Stir sticks, Screw Driver or Drill, Dropcloth or Newspapers, Step Stool

If your front door is painted with oil paint, you will need to prime with oil-based primer before you can use the water-based Front Door Paint. Go here for complete directions.

If your door is now painted with water-based paint, like mine, you can choose to paint one coat of primer first, depending on the color you chose. For example, if you have a black door and you want to paint a lighter color, priming first will save a coat or so of paint.


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Plan your project for good weather, between about 40 to 90 degrees. Front Door Paint dries quickly but do allow drying time so that you can close the door without the paint sticking.

Wash off dirt and grease with detergent and let dry. Remove loose paint.

Sand lightly if required, then wipe off the residue. Tape off any areas like the glass on a storm door, and yes, I recommend removing all hardware for a professional paint job. Place all of the screws, pieces and parts, all grouped together, in a spot where they won’t be moved until you are ready to reinstall. There’s nothing worse than forgetting where everything goes, and you can’t lock up your house at night. Not that it has ever happened to me. Much.

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Cut in the panels first, and paint away.

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Plan to paint two coats, even if you prime first. Dry time is one hour, and re-coat time is two hours.

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You can use a brush for the entire door, or choose the roller for flat areas.

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Have fun, and you may want to consider making this project a surprise for your spouse when they get home from work like I did.

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My sweet hubby never knows what painted surprises will greet him from day to day!

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And diva kitty Lacey Jane is certain I chose Fortunate because it matches her eyes.

Be sure to watch the Modern Masters “How To Paint Your Front Door” video below. Once our roofing gets fixed, I’ll share even more images of this update. Modern Masters loves to see your projects, too, so don’t be shy about sharing your Front Door Paint makeovers! Send them to Happy Painting!

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


Instagram Takeovers

Instagram is a fantastic place to find inspiring design ideas, styling tips and gorgeous images on just about anything that interests you. We share A LOT of cool projects by designers, decorative painters, DIYers and more on our Instagram feed and love seeing all the amazing projects shared by YOU with us.  Some of our creative customers have a passion for Modern Masters and use our products frequently – and since just one share won’t do, the’ve started taking over our Instagram account! We’ve picked one project from the many they shared during their takeover time to showcase their artistry. Take a look…


Love Canvas Art by kenT Youngstrom | Metallic Paint and Metal Effects by Modern Masters

Our most recent takeover was by artist kenT youngstrom. He creates striking canvas pieces for private clients and retailers such as CB2. For this love-ly piece, he used both our Metallic Paint Collection and Metal Effects for the beautiful effect.


The Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection helped Decorative & Faux Finishes create this gorgeous block wall | Design by Missy Stewart Designs

Cindy Howard and Dana Debuck of Decorative & Faux Finishes are a decorative arts team who’ve been in business for close to 20 years. They create custom faux finishes and murals for homeowners, designers, businesses, and contractors. Working with Missy Stewart Designs in this gorgeous home office, they used our Metallic Paint Collection to help create multi-toned, metallic block walls. #officegoals


Gallery Wall of Frames painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Tobey Renee Sanders of FauxDecor

Tobey Renee Sanders is the faux pro at FauxDecor and she also works as an art director and set designer in the entertainment industry. This is a formal dining rooom she worked on – it’s a space you might see flash across Bravo TV! For the gallery wall of picture frames, she removed the glass from the frames and then painted them with Statuary Bronze, Steel Gray, Black Pearl, Pale Gold, Pewter, and Silver Metallic Paint. Bravo, indeed.


Invitations painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Wedding Ideas

Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint runs a stationery design business while working as a decorative painter. Here is an invitation she created that used our Metallic Paints in a few ways. The box lids were painted with a mixture of Brass and Champagne Metallic Paint and then she dry brushed Chalk Paint® over the mix. The feather tips were brushed with the same Metallic Paint combo and dipped in glitter.


Flash Blue Metallic Paint by Modern Masters on the Ceiling to mimic an Iridescent Abalone Shell | Project by Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studios

Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio is an incredible decorative artist out of New York. She finished a coffered ceiling with an iridescent decorative paint treatment incorporating our Flash Blue Metallic Paint. She says, “My client wanted it to look like she was looking in a shell. It’s actually one color but changes as you move around the light source!”. So pretty!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram at @ModernMastersInc to see pretty pics and all the inspiring takeover projects! Coming up soon are Stephanie Jones of me & mrs.jones, Nena Garza Sexton of NCF Studio and Shannon Kaye of Plein Heir. What a line-up! If you’d like to share your amazing projects with us, tag us or use #modernmastersinspires in your copy – we can’t wait to see what you’re doing with our products! Of course, if you love Modern Masters and would love to share your many projects, e-mail us at for a chance to be chosen for your own Instagram Takeover. Stay inspired!


Be Something. If You Want to Make Something.

We were introduced to artist kenT Youngstrom on Instagram and have been happily following his beautiful art projects since then. We recently did a Modern Mastery feature on his creative works and are honored to have him back on the blog! He recently added ‘author’ to his many list of accomplishments as he released his first book last month, be something. if you want to make something. In the book, he encourages makers to stay in the moment and teaches how to allow ingenuity be the pace car. He’s sharing an excerpt from the book with us and we hope you enjoy his unique style, passion for inspiration, and his effervescent (yet very grounded) work ethic – take it away, kenT!

Artist kenT Youngstrom shares an excerpt of his book, be something. if you want to make something. | Modern Masters Blog Feature

good day master minds.  i’m kenT and i’m an artist + now an author.  but still not the tortured kind.  i’m on a mission to make the walls of your home, office or secret lair as memorable as you are.

to that end i am an unofficial ambassador of modern masters products.  modern masters products are memorable.  i may not remember everything about a room i am in, but a rust wall finish stays on my mind. a translucent metallic painting sticks to my brain.  a twinkle from a pearlescent finish does not go away.

below are a few words from my new book – be something. if you want to make something.  i’ve sprinkled in a few tidbits about modern masters products i use as well for a bit of spice.  you can find the book on

be something. if you want to make something.

i’m pretty quiet – most of the time. yet i’m capable of volcanic eruptions of energy and frenzied moments of eruption. it’s just that i’m better with a brush than i am with verbalizing my words. i have said this repeatedly, but in many ways it can be hard for me to talk about my work. that’s why i paint – i’m trying to show you how i feel. and modern masters products give my a loud booming voice.

i am constantly asked by other artists how i’m able to make art a full-time gig. generally my answer is not taken well. it is not pretty, + it’s not easy. i didn’t start with a business plan, a studio, fancy business cards, or an art blog.

if i had only known then… actually – i did, and so do you. you know it now, + you can feel it – so do it. do what you love – now. do it at night. wake up two hours early. make it your second job. replace your television schedule with a making stuff schedule. whatever you have to do. do it. now.

don’t figure it out – because you won’t. i still haven’t; no one has. don’t wait for clients. don’t wait to be debt-free. don’t wait for the right situation, for things to settle down, for your kids to go to school, leave the house, or get out of diapers. don’t wait for less hours at work. don’t wait for summer. don’t wait for winter. don’t wait to settle down.

don’t wait.

every day you wait is a day you won’t get back.

the world is full of people and corporations who claim to be authentic, creative, game-changing, innovative, inspiring, and paradigm-shifting. sounds great, but that’s not good enough. i want to be with/ work with/ collect the work of someone who shows fall-down, crazy-stupid love for his or her work and want to be surrounded by people who are alluring, beguiling, blazing, bursting, epic, frenzied, ravenous, and volcanic. i want passion to erupt.

be now. be active. try something new.

it surprises people /

and really isn’t that what it is all about?  surprising people.

you know, like when it’s 7:30 pm, and i’m on the couch, flipping through instagram photos like my thumb has been injected with oxycontin. i glance through design magazines, and, while visually impressive, they all seem to land in the recycling bin. i’m assuming the bachelorette is kissing another dude and handing out more roses, someone is looking for a new house, or someone is naked and afraid. or maybe someone is kissing someone looking for a new house but is naked and afraid. i’m not sure. i can’t keep it all straight. the at screen remains off.

so what am i looking for?

i’m desperately seeking for something to grab my attention. it doesn’t even have to be susan.

what i want, what i really really want is for something to reach out, grab me, and pin me to the wall.

something to make my thumb halt. maybe even reverse. something more than just pretty. i need something to jump off the screen and into my repetitive thought system. i need a secret admirer. a mysterious fedex box. an exotic rendezvous.

or really all i need is a simple surprise.

something unexpected, a little out of the ordinary, something i don’t experience everyday.

want to make stuff for a living?

wake up. get off the couch. work your backside off. show up on time. and most importantly… surprise somebody.

i use modern masters products because they surprise.

Artist kenT Youngstrom takes over Modern Masters' Instagram on May 14 + 15, 2016

What did you think of the sneak peek? If you LOVE it so far, grab your copy of be something. if you want to make something. on Amazon today. Want more kenT inspiration? Be sure to also catch him as he shares more of his beautiful Modern Masters projects on our Instagram account on May 14 + 15, 2016. See you there!

Metal Effects Kits on the Monthly DIY Challenge!

Extraordinary Patina Projects with the Metal Effects Kits | DIY Monthly Challenge Bloggers Feature on the Modern Masters BlogWe recently teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers of the Monthly DIY Challenge. The team  creates amazing projects around a common theme or product and the projects go live the second Wednesday of every month on their individual blogs – so creative! Established in Fall 2014, the bloggers have tackled crates, pumpkins, wood slices, plumbing pieces (!!), clear ornaments and dozens of other DIY projects. This past April, they banded together to create their own unique projects with our Metal Effects Kits. Each kit comes in three patinas – Blue, Green and Rust – and contains all you need to create a patinated work of art. We loved each and every project the bloggers created and the surfaces varied greatly – wood, glass, tile, plastic, metal and more! Want to take a closer look? Let’s go!

The Metal Effects Green Patina Kit transforms an IKEA Lantern | Project by Dwell Beautiful | DIY Monthly Challenge Feature on the Modern Masters BlogThe elegant Erica from Dwell Beautiful created an IKEA hack on one of their lanterns. Using the Green Patina Kit, she transformed the original surface with a gorgeous verdigris patina.

Patinating Hobby and Craft Letters with the Metal Effects Rust Patina Kit | Project by Houseologie | DIY Monthly Challenge Bloggers featured on the Modern Masters BlogLeigh Anne of Houseologie is so talented – and we loved seeing her rusty metal letters. Each galvanized letter cost her $1 and with the help of the Rust Patina Kit, they now they look like a million bucks!

Decorative Pot gets a makeover with the Metal Effects Blue Patina Kit | Project by Canary Street Crafts | DIY Monthly Challenge Feature on the Modern Masters BlogVicky and Amy are the dynamic duo behind the popular Canary Street Crafts blog. They shared their decorative pot makeover with the Blue Patina Kit – now it’s a beautiful garden planter! Amy says, “The best part is that we didn’t even use half of the paint, primer, and patina solution, so we can still do another project or two.” Gotta love that!

Creating a Rusty Finish with the Metal Effects Rust Patina Kit | How to & Decor Accent Project by Little House of Four | Modern Masters Blog FeatureThe creative Katie from Little House of Four used our Rust Patina Kit to ‘rustify’ a scroll wall hanging and make it look like the wrought iron had been outside for months – in a super pretty way, of course! Make sure you head to her blog to see the final results on the decor accent piece.

Faux Concrete Planters with a Rust Patina created with the Metal Effects Rust Patina Kit | Project by Brepurposed and featured on the Modern Masters BlogBre from the Brepurposed blog is a talented maven with her own graphic design studio. She created these lovely DIY concrete planters with a rust patina with the help of our Rust Patina Kit. They’re a perfect blend of the rustic and the elegant.

Coastal Coasters patinated with the Metal Effects Green Patina | DIY Project by Table & Hearth | Modern Masters Blog FeatureTile + Cork equals an amazing DIY project! Emily from Table and Hearth has great style and a coastal home to use her considerable design skills on. To create these beautiful coastal coasters, she patinated the tiles with our Green Patina Kit and then…well, you’ll just have to head to her post to see the complete how-to!

Patinating on Glass with the Rust Patina Kit by Modern Masters | Project by Little Red Brick House | DIY Monthly Challenge FeatureWho’d have thought you could rust glass? The Rust Patina Kit can – and the results look amazing in the talented hands of Sarah from Little Red Brick House! Small project, BIG impact.

Creating your own 'old' architectural details for your home with Modern Masters | Making it in the Mountains used the Rust Metal Effects Patina Kit to add character to a simple metal gate. Love it! | Modern Masters Blog feature on the DIY Monthly Challenge BloggersThe innovative Kristi from Making it in the Mountains likes to incorporate archictectural details with character into her home’s design. Love it! She took a simple metal gate and gave it lots of texture and interest with the Rust Patina Kit. See her blog for more details on the rusty farmouse wall decor project.

Metal Effects Patinas can patinate plastic! See how DIY Passion used the Blue Patina Kit for an awesome transformation! | Modern Masters Blog features the DIY Monthly Challenge Bloggers

Erin has a DIY Passion we love – plus her projects are always so amazing and informative. For this project, she decided to use the Blue Patina Kit on plastic Dollar Store bins and turn them into weathered metallic goodness. We told you she was amazing!

DIY Rusty Letters for a Boys Retro Room | Metal Effects Rust Patina Project by My Anything & Everything | DIY Monthly Challenge feature on the Modern Masters Blog

The artistic Tara from My Anything & Everything blog wanted to create a letter decor accent for her son’s rustic retro room and used our Rust Patina Kit. Isn’t it B-eautiful? (We couldn’t resist!) Head to her blog to learn how to create a rusty finished look on metal.

Gorgeous Jewelry Hanger created with the help of the Metal Effects Rust Patina Kit by Average but Inspired | DIY Monthly Challenge Feature on the Modern Masters BlogWe know the name of Bre’s blog is Average but Inspired but we think she’s anything but average! For proof, look at her gorgeous rusty iron scrolled jewelry hanger created with the help of our Rust Patina Kit. Love!

Giving a Lamp a Verdigris Finish with the Metal Effects Green Patina Kit! Project by The Inspired Hive | DIY Monthly Challenge Bloggers feature on the Modern Masters BlogNew mom Nicole has quite a buzz going with her blog, The Inspired Hive, and we adore her warm and stylish projects. Her Green Patina Kit project, an 80’s brass lamp makeover, is now cozily nested in her living room’s play area. Be sure to see her DIY post for close-ups of the pretty patina finish!

Aren’t these projects incredible? We thought each one was so wonderful and that they deserved a blog feature! The Metal Effects Kits are available online at and will soon find their way to your local retailer. If you’d like to know more about the line itself, head to our Modern Masters website and visit the Metal Effects page – lots of great info there! We hope you’ve enjoyed all the patina projects by the DIY Monthly Challenge team and have found new bloggers to follow. Be sure to use the #MonthlyDIYChallenge hashtag to see all their project adventures, too! Of course, if you have Metal Effects projects of your own to share, tag them with #ModernMasters or #ModernMastersInspires – we’d love to see them. Happy Painting!

DIY How-to: Embellish A Tray with the Tone-On-Tone Metallic Tool Kit

DIY How-to: Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish on Tray | Modern Masters Blog

Fabulous warm weather is finally here, and the other day I decided to drag my huge, hot citrus-color rug down from the attic. Purchased on a Marrakech trip, I loved how the old rug coordinated with the huge wooden screen that I rusted and stenciled for another Modern Masters DIY blog post. But even with some new pillows, I still craved something simple but special on the plain coffee table.

So back up to the attic to forage for more forgotten treasure. Voila! This very heavy, very boring, very dusty, large tray.

Tone on Tone Metallic DIY Finish | Before Pic of Tray | Modern Masters Blog

This tray is the perfect flat item for using the Tone on Tone Metallic Application Tool Kit! It’s used with the Metallic Paint Collection and Matte Metallics to create a super pretty shimmery and matte metallic paint treatment. The finish adds a lot of interest to the metallic treatment and yet it’s so easy to do.

Tone-on-Tone Metallic Application Tool Kit | DIY How-to: Metallic Finish on Tray by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Along with easy step-by-step instructions, you get the sea sponge roller, a smooth roller, a roller handle, and a paint tray.

Materials for a beautiful Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish | DIY Decor Accent How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters BlogSimply choose a Matte Metallic color for the base coat, and then choose the corresponding Metallic Paint to create this Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish. The Copper Matte Metallic I chose worked nicely with the Copper Metallic Paint, especially I since I am in a summery wild Boho color mood.

Before you start, don’t miss Modern Masters’ quick application video for the Tone-On-Tone Metallic Finish:


Copper Matte Metallic (or your chosen Matte Metallic color)

Copper Metallic Paint (or your chosen corresponding Metallic Paint color)

Tone-On-Tone Metallic Application Tool Kit

• Optional: Florence Chalk Paint®, or any water-based paint color

• Painters Tape, small flat paint brush, rags, 220-grit sandpaper

First, I lightly sanded the sheen on the tray with 220-grit sandpaper, then painted 2 coats of Florence Chalk Paint®, which needs no priming. After it was dry, I taped off the edges of the flat bottom area. Then I cut in the Copper Matte Metallic Paint around the edges. This color is a bit sheer, so I let the edges dry and cut in once more to build up the color.

Chalk Paint® and the Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Tray Decor Accent DIY | Tone-on-tone Finish Tutorial | Modern Masters Blog

Then, simply slide the short nap roller onto the frame, and roll two coats of the Copper Matte Metallic color (or your chosen Matte Metallic) for the base coat. Let dry completely between coats.

Clean the tray and the flat nap roller, and switch to the sea sponge roller.

Modern Masters DIY Tone-on-Tone Metallic Paint Finish | How-to on the Modern Masters Blog

Roll on the Copper Metallic Paint (or your desired Metallic Paint color). Be sure to leave open spaces, in order to get a two-tone effect. Blot any excess paint areas with the cloth, if necessary. Let dry.

Modern Masters DIY Tone-on-Tone-Metallic Finish on Tray | Before & After Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

It’s like magic in a couple of simple steps. The look of the two sheens of paint, combined with the perfect tools, brings the look all together. Wondering about sealer? Since this piece will not be handled, I opted to leave the flat Chalk Paint® as is. You could seal the metallic finish with Modern Masters’ MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat that is formulated to specifically protect the Metallic Paint Collection for items or areas that will receive lots of handling.

Tone on Tone Metallic Finish on Tray

But, around here, we just might have a kitty curl up in this pretty tray, and call it home.

Chalk Paint® and Metallic Tone on Tone Finish on Pretty Tray Decor Accent | Copper and Turquoise | Modern Masters Blog Tutorial by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Last year I had a blast painting an accent wall tone-on-tone finish in our hall bathroom using both the Metallic Paint Collection and Matte Metallics. I still enjoy the effect, and the fact that the metallics and tool kit can be used on walls and flat objects to get an expensive-looking finish.

Modern Masters Tone on Tone Metallic Paint Wall Project | DIY How-to on the Modern Masters Blog

Are you ready to paint? You’ll be so surprised at how quickly this project goes! Modern Masters and I would love to see your projects!

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: Shauna Gallagher

California-based Decorative and Fine Artist Shauna Gallagher has been a creative friend of Modern Masters for many years. She teaches masterful workshops with our products while running a full-time decorative painting and fine arts studio. We recently caught up with her as she chatted about her studio and shared a few beautiful Modern Masters projects with us.

Artist: Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Shauna Gallagher

Shauna Gallagher is both a fine and decorative artist with more than twenty years of experience in the interior design industry. With a degree in Interior Design, and an education in Fine Art, she found the world of decorative finishing to be the perfect marriage of her love for art and interiors. Shauna is a nationally recognized instructor in the art of faux finishing, and has instructed over 1000 students throughout her career. Her work has graced many of the finest homes and businesses throughout Northern California. Some of her accomplishments include founding a decorative art school, guest appearances on DIY Channel’s House Crashers, and co-authoring Sunset’s book titled Faux and Decorative Finishing. Her greatest joy in work is the satisfaction of transforming clients’ spaces into personal retreats, and teaching other artists to develop their own viable creative career.

Black Venetian Plaster on Walls by artist Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature | Modern Masters Blog

A beautiful ebony-colored Venetian Plaster on a bathroom feature wall. The product is the Venetian Plaster Ultra-Deep Tint Base that has been pigmented black and finished with the Venetian Plaster Satin Clear Topcoat.

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

Modern Masters has enhanced my business in many ways. The products are not only superior in quality, but they are consistent and dependable. I love that many of the products are considered green, as I am very conscientious of the environment. For me, even in this digital age, I like to do business with people. And knowing the history of the company, and the people behind the company, has made me an even more loyal patron to Modern Masters. I had the privilege of turning my decorative art school into a Modern Masters Training Center at the onset of the Platinum Series product line, and it gave me the opportunity to train further and know these products very well, and even mix and push them to test their abilities. I am a believer in Modern Masters, and I still teach and promote their products every chance I get.

Modern Masters Products used to enhance a Kitchen's Range Hood and Cabinetry | Project by Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature

Modern Masters Glazing Cream Colorants and Glazes enhance Kitchen Cabinetry Finish | Artistry by Decorative Artist Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Kitchen Island Cabinetry Paint Treatment with Modern Masters Glazing Cream Colors and Glaze | Project by Shauna Gallahger | Modern Mastery Feature

This project features a custom hood and kitchen island. The range hood is finished in Metallic Plaster. The wood carving is stained using Glazing Cream Colors and Furniture Glazing Cream, and the island is glazed with the same products.

Garage Doors with Patina | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Project by Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on Modern Masters Blog

Incredible garage doors with Metal Effects! Shauna used the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint with both the Blue and Green Patina Aging Solutions. She overglazed the patina with the Wall Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colors and finally sealed all with the Permacoat Xtreme, a topcoat specifically for Metal Effects.

What is your go-to Modern Masters product?

My “go-to” Modern Masters product is hands down, without exception, the Dead Flat Varnish. I am never without a gallon in my studio!! It has great adhesion and I use it as a clear primer, I use it as a barrier coat, I use it as a glaze, I use it to shorten the open time of the Glazing Cream if needed, and I use it as a top coat. Sometimes I add it to a satin Varathane, if I desire a lower sheen for finishing cabinets or furniture. I use the Exterior Dead Flat Varnish on exterior projects of all sorts: Front doors, garage doors, outdoor glazing over stucco, brick, stone, concrete, pots, furniture, and just about any exterior artwork or project that I do. I love Dead Flat Varnish!!

Incredible Before & After Table Transformation with Modern Masters Products | Amazing Artistry by Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Have you ever seen such an amazing Before & After on a furniture project? This table was made over from a damaged inlay to a solid marble inset look. On the inset, Shauna used Venetian Plaster, Glazing Cream Colorants, and Furniture Glazing Cream. On the apron and legs, she used Wall Glazing Cream, Glazing Cream Colorants and Dead Flat Varnish. Wow!

Gorgeous Stenciled and Luxe Wall Treatment with Metallic Plaster | Project by Decorative and Fine Artist Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

This wall is Shauna’s Broken Brocade finish for the Sacramento shop Urban 57. It features a Champagne base from the Metallic Paint Collection. The raised stencil from Royal Design Studio is created using Metallic Plaster in Gunmetal. The Metallic Plasters over the stencil include custom mixes of Champagne, Antique Lace, Silver Fox, and Parchment. The finish is over-glazed using Wall Glazing Cream tinted with Glazing Cream Colorant.

What is your most memorable and/or rewarding project?

My most memorable and rewarding project would be a custom 16,000 foot residence that I worked on for many months. This project was so rewarding because I was not only able to create gorgeous finishes at the top of my craft, but I was also able to put together a team of 12 people to help execute the project.  What a gratifying experience to provide a livelihood for so many artists while being privileged to work in a gorgeous estate. We did Venetian Plaster on all the walls, custom cabinet finishes, gilded and stenciled walls in bathrooms, Ornamental Plaster Relief on an elliptical 22 foot long ceiling dome, a gilded and antiqued dome, a dome with a mural, murals on two  33 foot long barrel ceilings, and other small specialty finishes throughout.  What a special home, and what an experience!

Decorative Finishes for Sacramento's Liquidology Bar | Artistry by Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Unique Wall and Floor Finishes for the Liquidology Bar by Decorative Artist Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Gorgeous Wall Finish Treatment with Embedded Coins | Artistry by Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Beautiful surface treatments abound at the Liquidology Bar! The walls are an Ombré Metallic Plaster with embedded mica coins from Madagascar. The ceiling ductwork is a Faux Galvanized Metal using the Metallic Paint Collection and glazed with Furniture Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colorants. The floor is glazed over the existing bamboo using first a floor primer, then a tinted Floor Varathane using Glazing Cream Colorants. Finally, the checkout counter and metallic barnwood wall behind it are both faux finished using Glazing Cream Colorants, Metallic Paint Collection, Dead Flat Varnish, and Furniture Glazing Cream. Incredible work!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed the incredible artistry of Shauna Gallagher. Be sure to visit her studio website to see her portfolio and follow her latest painting projects on her Red Heart Art Instagram account. Many thanks to Shauna for taking the time to share her beautiful and stylish Modern Masters projects with us. We hope you’ve been as inspired as we are!