Get Comfortable Using Front Door Paint On Your Back Door

Back Door Redo and Transformation with Modern Masters Never Fades Front Door Paint | DIY How-to Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Check out our two pretty back doors that I just painted with Modern Masters Front Door Paint. Never one to follow the rules, I figured what’s good for our front door must be good to spiff the doors that face our big deck, too.

A couple of years ago I got hooked on Front Door Paint. Seriously. In a big way. So much so that I have painted our front door not once, but twice. This magic, buttery-smooth paint does not fade, and lasts for ages, but recently I was in a “let’s change the front door color mood” and repainted on a whim. The color Fortunate is such a wow, that we get lots of compliments from the neighbors, and even the delivery folks.

Bright Pop of Color on Your Front Door | Curb Appeal Ideas | Modern Masters Non Fade Front Door Paint

During the spring of 2015, I painted our shutters with the grey Mysterious Front Door Paint color. We love it so much, I think this color will remain indefinitely.

Paint Your Shutters with Modern Masters non fade Front Door Paint | Window Shutter Color Ideas and Inspiration

This week I painted our two back doors, including storm doors, with the color Comfortable. I have to laugh a bit at the name because here in North Carolina it’s hot as a firecracker and steamy. But my efforts paid off. Loving our warm new look, even in this area where we never use this back door, originally intended for loading up firewood. Can you just see the humidity hanging in the air?

Color and Design Ideas for Your Back Door | Exterior Back Porch Updates | Modern Masters Non Fade Front Door Paint | Project How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky

Usually, if you begin in the morning on a nice day, you can have your project complete by the afternoon. Since I had two doors and storm doors, I worked at it overnight.

First, I chose my color from the gorgeous color palette. Comfortable was perfect, since we have some new red-orange cushions on the deck, and we always plant orange impatiens.

While selecting your color, don’t miss the 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).

Non Fade Front Door Paint Color Palette | Modern Masters | Quick to Dry and Easy to Clean

SUPPLIES

How to Paint a Back Door | DIY Project by My Patch of Blue Sky

• Front Door Paint: Modern Masters non-fade Front Door Paint. You can purchase it online at HomeDepot.com, Amazon.com 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 door is painted with oil paint, you will need to apply a bonding primer first 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.

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.

Tips & Tricks for Painting a Back Door | Modern Masters Non Fade Front Door Paint | DIY Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

The before. Don’t laugh, but I had never gotten around to painting both doors the same color.

Back Door Redo Transformation Tips | DIY Project and How-to by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters non fade Front Door Paint

Sand lightly if required, then wipe off the residue. Tape off any areas like the glass on a storm door, and normally I recommend removing all hardware for a professional paint job. but for our back doors, I taped off the hardware this time, because we need to replace it all.

How to Paint a Back Door | Back Porch Updates | Project How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky

Cut in the panels first, and paint away. You can use a brush for the entire door, or choose the roller for flat areas. I used a brush for this project since I had a lot of smaller areas. Even though a sash brush fits nicely into the paint container, I used my Modern Masters roller pan, since I can be a klutz at times. One coat covered the grey and brown colors pretty well, and two coats were perfect.

DIY Back Door Project with Modern Masters Never Fades Front Door Paint | My Patch of Blue Sky

Dry time is one hour, and re-coat time is two hours.

Back Door Color and Design Inspiration | My Patch of Blue Sky Project with Modern Masters Never Fades Front Door Paint

I did have to juggle painting the four doors, due to drying times, coming and going, trying to paint in the shade to beat the heat, and a huge deluge one day.

Back Porch Redesign Ideas | Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Updating Your Back Door with Modern Masters Non Fade Front Door Paint | Project Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

Back Door Paint Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | DIY How-to & Tips | Modern Masters Non-fade Front Door Paint in the color Comfortable

Paint and Update Your Back Doors with non fade Front Door Paint | Modern Masters | DIY Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Now that I have put the upper deck area back together, I am so pleased with the results!

Be sure to watch the Modern Masters “How To Paint Your Front Door” video below. Modern Masters loves to see your projects, too, so don’t be shy about sharing your Front Door Paint makeovers! Send them to projects@modernmasters.com. 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.

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Turquoise Gem Patina Wall Art How-to

A few weeks ago, we shared an INCREDIBLE hanging wall art and floor project with Metal Effects by one of our creative customers, Jennifer Gibson. Well, it created a firestorm as our fans and readers absolutely loved the project and wanted to know more about how to create it. If you want a refresh visual, here’s the beautiful results:

Metal Effects Patina on Wood Wall Art and Floor | Project by Jennifer Gibson

We reached back out to Ms. Gibson and not only did she graciously agree to share her how-to, she recreated the wood wall art to accompany the steps for you. (Thank you again!) Are you ready? Here we go!

MATERIALS

Materials for a Metal Effects Wall Art How to by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters Blog

Small Pan with Roller

Small and Travel Size Spray and Squeeze Bottles

Paper Towels

Metal Effects Primer

Metal Effects Copper Reactive Metallic Paint

Metal Effects Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint

Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paint

Blue Patina Aging Solution

Green Patina Aging Solution

Rust Activator

Permacoat Xtreme Topcoat

Hydrogen Peroxide

Water

One Zebra Muse (optional)

Metal Effects Wall Art DIY by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters Blog

STEPS

My inspiration for this look was a turquoise gem and I have several pieces that I could reference from. I would recommend reading and following all the instructions on the Metal Effects paints and activators.

Patina Wall Art DIY How-to | Modern Masters Blog

Metal Effects Art on Wood for DIY Wall Art | Project by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters Blog

Begin with a clean smooth plywood board. Apply first coat of Metal Effects Primer and let dry. Apply second coat.

Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint from Metal Effects | DIY Step in Patina Wall Art How-to by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters Blog

Paint large random splotchy sections of Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and let dry 30 minutes. You can see two examples above of how random they are along with starting some of “crack” lines. Don’t worry about making it all perfect because nature doesn’t make perfect turquoise gem rocks!

Metal Effects Patinas Oxidizing Reactive Metallic Paints | DIY Wall Art How-to by Jennifer Gibson on the Modern Masters Blog

Oxidizing Metal Effects Patinas | How-to DIY Hanging Wall Art by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters Blog

Once dry, you can start with the second layer of each Reactive Metallic Paint over the first layer. Make sure you have the blue and green activators handy in the spray bottles because they have to be applied while the second layer of paint is still wet. I used the spray activators in different areas all over the board. As an added bonus, I also sprayed hydrogen peroxide on the piece and used spray water to help spray it around. It helped create some of the tone variations. As it dries, you should be able to start visualizing where to put the final lines for the “cracks” as the patina starts to oxidate.

Creating a Turquoise Gem Look with Metal Effects | DIY Hanging Wall Art How-to by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Once all was dry, I could clearly see the areas I wanted to outline as the cracks. I used the Iron Reactive Paint in a squeeze bottle and slowly drew my lines. Again, don’t worry about perfection, just enjoy the process!

Iron Reactive Paint patinating with Rust Activator | Metal Effects DIY Turqoise Gem Wall Art | Modern Masters DIY by Jennifer Gibson

Creating a Turquoise Gem Look with Modern Masters Metal Effects | How to Wall Art Piece by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters

Once the rust paint lines dry thoroughly, spray the lines with rust activator in a spray bottle. You can see the rust oxidizing process above.

Metal Effects DIY Wood Wall Art | Project by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters

Using Metal Effects to Create a Faux Turquoise Gem Wood Wall Art Piece | Project by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters DIY Blog Feature

Once all the patinas are fully dry, you can seal the oxidizing process on your hanging wall art with the Permacoat Xtreme Topcoat. The first layer of Permacoat Xtreme is diluted 50:50 with water. Paint and then let dry. The second layer is added on full strength. Let dry and voila!

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

What do you think of the results? Jennifer shares that Zsa Zsa the zebra was a tremendous help throughout the process and served as the perfect muse. :) Many thanks, Jennifer, for the additional project pics and process!

On our end, we would rate this finish as more of an advanced DIY project so we do recommend becoming thoroughly familiar with the Metal Effects line and the various oxidizing techniques. Creating a sample board from start to finish will ensure the the final look are the results you are going for. Most of all, have fun! We hope you’ve enjoyed the wall art project and turquoise gem finish. Enjoy!

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!

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Refresh Your Front Door!

Painting and refreshing your front door is one of the key elements in updating your home’s curb appeal. It’s truly incredible what a fresh coat of paint can do! If you deal with serious weather beating down on your door, our non fading Front Door Paint is the answer for you. Available in 25 gorgeous, mixable colors, each hue is weather resistant and will not fade. The water base formula is easy to use and quick to dry, so you can get your front door updated and clean everything up easily in mere hours. Take a look at these recent projects we spied from some of our fave creative bloggers.

Front Door Update | Non Fade Front Door Paint in color Serene blue by Classy Clutter | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Classy Clutter is all about style and color and they picked the color Serene blue for the front door update. They grabbed ScotchBlue tape and gave the door a beautiful facelift.

Colorful Front Door Ideas | Curb Appeal Update by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Never Fades Front Door Paint in color Fortunate

Debbie of My Patch of Blue Sky decided to change her front door color on a whim and it looks stunning in the color Fortunate! She shared all the details of her front door redo.

Aqua Turquoise Front Door | Front Porch Redo by Reality Daydreams | Modern Masters non fade Front Door Paint

Bethany and Nick of Reality Daydreams wanted a front porch update complete with a bright and happy front door in an aqua hue. They also wanted this door to never fade as their previous paint job did just that – and badly. Using non fade Front Door Paint, they mixed both the Tranquil turquoise and Hopeful white for the perfect shade. Bethany shares, “I love the cheerful burst of color and how welcoming it feels.” We do, too!

Red Front Door Makeover with non fading Front Door Paint | Project by Dwell by Cheryl | Modern Masters Front Door Color Ideas

Dwell by Cheryl previously used the color Cheerful to paint her back door. When it came time to spruce up her front porch, she wanted a classic red door – one that would also be approved by her HOA. Using the color Ambitious, she did just that and says, “I really am obsessed with this paint.  The coverage is awesome and the water base, quick-dry formula allows you to finish painting and close your door the same day!  Added bonus: Never-Fade technology ensures that your door will be as vibrant as the first day it was painted.” Love it!

Gorgeous Front Entrance with Black Front Door by Sincerely Sara D. | Never Fades Front Door Paint by Modern Masters in color Elegant | Front Door Update Ideas and Inspiration

Sara from Sincerely Sara D. has a beautiful French Chateau style home. She painted her door in the color Elegant black for her front door makeover and says, “My front door has a little bit of a faux wood grain texture, and the paint went on well and dried perfectly.” We think it looks beautiful – and coordinates so well with all the gorgeous landscaping.

Changing your front door color can be so impactful to your home’s exterior – not to mention it gives your house a dose of beautiful personality. Intrigued but not sure where to start? We put together a fast Modern Masters Minute video on How to Paint Your Front Door.

We also have a step-by-step How to Paint Your Front Door instructions available on our site. We hope we’ve inspired you to redo your front door! Our non fade Front Door Paint is available online at HomeDepot.com and Amazon.com as well as our online shopping site with free shipping. You can also find it at select local retailers – though be sure to call ahead to ensure stock. If not available, any Modern Masters retailer can custom order it in for you. Let us know how your project goes!

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Modern Mastery: Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Modern Mastery Feature: Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris of Wallovers | Modern Masters Blog

Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris have over 30 years of decorative painting experience combined. After specializing in creating and painting patterned finishes with stencils they cut themselves, they decided to take their design to the trade and launched the Wallovers stencil line in 2007. Decorative painters and homeowners around the world now use Wallovers stencils, a unique line of repeatable, wallpaper-like stencils for walls and furniture. Initially founded with 13 design patterns, there are now more than 55 stencils available – and the individual artists who apply the finishes can create an infinite number of innovative designs. In the end, all their creative customers are part of the process and feel his or her own personality exuding from the completed work.

Rena and Cynthia continue to do field work to this day and stay on trend creating wallpaper-like patterns for walls and furniture. They also create new tools to make the job easier for decorative painters. For instance, Wallovers is the originator of The Topper, a precut stencil piece that makes finishing the top of the wall fast and simple. In 2013, they created the Allover Brush and the Wallbuster Brush. These brushes were specifically designed to work with allover stencils, enabling the artist to cover large areas easily. We were very excited to chat with Cynthia Davis and showcase some of the beautiful spaces she and Rena have created with the help of Modern Masters products – we hope you enjoy their innovative finishes, tips and projects!

Stenciled Studio Wall | Wallovers Paisley Stencil and Modern Masters Gold Rush Metallic Paint | Project by Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris | Modern Mastery Feature

Beautiful stenciled wall finish with the Wallovers Paisley Stencil and the Metallic Paint Collection, specifically, the color Gold Rush. Doesn’t it look spectacular against the African chair? Perfect studio design.

 

HOW HAS MODERN MASTERS ENHANCED YOUR BUSINESS?

I started using Modern Masters many years ago when I was experimenting with metallic paint. The array of colors offered by Modern Masters enable me to achieve so many finishes in warm and cool tones. I use the paints as opaque base coats, as sheer topcoats and as glazes. They are included in just about every finish I do.

Gorgeous Powder Bath Finish with the Flower Power Stencil from Wallovers and the Black Pearl Metallic Paint from Modern Masters | Project featured on the Modern Masters Blog | Artists: Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Striking bath finish with Black Pearl Metallic Paint used as the base. Cynthia and Rena then used Benjamin Moore’s Dijon (193) with their Flower Power Stencil to create the effect.

 

Stenciled Wall Treatment with various Modern Masters products and the Roundabout Stencil from Wallovers | Modern Mastery Feature on artists Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Various Modern Masters products went into this incredible stenciled wall finish, including our Silver Metallic Paint. The beautiful pattern is the Roundabout Stencil.

 

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE OR REWARDING PROJECT?

The most rewarding projects are the ones I have done for charity. I wish there was more time for these. Bringing color or pattern into the home of someone who needs to be uplifted has always made me really appreciate my skills and ability to give art as a gift.

Close-up and Full Shot of Stenciled Room by Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris | Wallovers Stephanie's Damask Stencil and Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Wall Glazing Cream | Modern Mastery Feature

Here is a close-up and full shot of a refined living room with the Stephanie’s Damask Stencil and a finish incorporating the Wall Glazing Cream and Metallic Paint Collection.

 

Faux Pennies Wall Finish with the Wallovers Pennies Stencil and Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Modern Mastery Feature on artists Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Amazing faux pennies wall treatment with the Pennies Stencil and Metallic Paint colors Copper, Copper Penny, Antique Bronze and Tequila Gold. Wow!

 

WHAT IS YOUR TOP FINISHING TIP?

Use Venetian Plaster in unexpected ways to create textures and then skim coat them with Metallic Paints.

Modern Masters Pale Gold Metallic Paint over a Blue Stippled Faux Finish | Tapestry Stencil by Wallovers | Modern Mastery Artist Feature with Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Cynthia and Rena stenciled with Pale Gold Metallic Paint over a blue stippled faux finish. The pattern is the amazing Tapestry Stencil.

 

Stenciled Wall Treatment incorporating Metal Effects Rust Patina and Gold Rush Metallic Paint | Artists: Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris | Stencil: Elisabeth's Stencil from Wallovers | Modern Masters Blog Feature

This warm dining room wall treatment incorporates the exquisite Elisabeth’s Lace Stencil with Gold Rush Metallic Paint and the Metal Effects Rust Patina.

 

Stenciled Fabric with Pharaoh's Gold Metallic Paint by Modern Masters and the Batik Stencil from Wallovers | Gorgeous Hot Pink and Gold Color Combo | Modern Mastery Artist Feature on Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

You can also stencil fabric with metallics and for a gorgeous result! Cynthia and Rena added a dose of global chic to this exotic resting spot using the Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint and the Batik Stencil.

 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MODERN MASTERS FINISHES?

I love using a warm and a cool tones of Metallic Paints together like Champagne and Platinum mottled together as glazes. Then, stenciling over that in a more opaque application of one of those two colors. It is gorgeous!

The Stained Glass Stencil by Wallovers looks gorgeous on this wall by Cynthia Davis & Rena Paris! They used both Silver and Champagne Metallic Paints to give a beautiful shimmer to the pattern! | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Silver and Champagne Metallic Paints add a lustruous shimmer to these walls with the Stained Glass Stencil.

 

Staircase Stenciled Wall by Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris | Shimmering Sky Metallic Paint by Modern Masters and the Indian Print Damask Stencil from Wallovers | Modern Mastery Blog Feature

Things are looking up with this staircase wall! The Indian Print Damask Stencil was used with Shimmering Sky Metallic Paint for this lovely allover wall project. Doesn’t it look just like wallpaper?

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the amazing projects and stencil designs of Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris of Wallovers! Be sure to follow Wallovers on Facebook and Pinterest to keep up with their artistic adventures. They also teach phenomenal workshops with everything you need to create alluring custom finishes for any surface. Do you have a favorite project of theirs? Let us know in the comments. Have an inspired day!

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Metal Effects Rust Patina Wall by Creative Collaborations

Do you love the industrial design look? We do – and recently came across a gorgeous Metal Effects project in a restaurant with an incredible rustic vibe. The owner of the restaurant, Bistro Z in in Sussex, WI, had a set vision for its design. He approached talented decorative artist, Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations, to work on several areas, one of which was the focal wall behind the bar.

After doing research online, Lisa decided a rust finish would fit his organic, industrial vision and would also be fun and unique for the patrons to enjoy. After creating a sample board, the owner gave the go-ahead and the process began.

Starting the Metal Effects Process with Metal Effects Primer and Iron Reactive Paint | Project Feature: Bistro Z | Project by Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations | Modern Masters Blog

Metal Effects Rust Patina Process | Bistro Z Restaurant Project by Decorative Artist Lisa Dane | Modern Masters BlogLisa taped off 5′ x 5′ sections and used Texture Effects to create the raised panels. After priming the wall with Metal Effects Primer and basing it all with the Iron Reactive Paint, the Rust Activator was sprayed on to begin the rust process. Lisa had a great team working with her, including fellow decorative artist Mindy Leitner.

Metal Effects Rust Patina Process | Restaurant Project by Decorative Painter Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations | Modern Masters Blog

Rust Patina by Metal Effects | Bistro Z Restaurant Project Feature | Decorative Artist: Lisa Dane of Creative Collaboriations | Modern Masters Blog

Both the owner and the contractors on site enjoyed seeing the rust come alive. The were astonished that the Metal Effects line has real metal particles in the paint that were being ozidized. After the tape was pulled, the raised rust sections became prominent and eye-catching.

Bistro Z Restaurant | Metal Effects Rust Project by Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations | Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

There are many organic design elements that were added after the decorative painting was done to pull it all together.

Metal Effects Rust Patina Wall in Bistro Z Restaurant | Project Feature on the Modern Masters Blog | Artist: Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations

If you’ll note the dark pipes behind the bar, the original idea was to replace them and hang heavy iron pipes. That was proving costly and so Lisa worked her magic yet again. After texturing the joints of regular white PVC pipes with Texture Effects, she painted them with two Metallic Paint colors, Black Pearl and English Brown. Voila! They were attached to the wall and look amazing.

Bistro Z Restaurant in Sussex, Wisconsin | Metal Effects Patina Project by Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations | Modern Masters Project Feature

We hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into a fantastic hospitality project created with the help of Modern Masters products! Isn’t Lisa’s work incredible? Let us know what you think in the comments! Please be sure to visit her Creative Collaborations website and become a fan of her page on Facebook. We look forward to sharing many more extraordinary decorative painting projects with you!

Modern Masters products can be found at many retailers across the US. We recommend calling the retailers ahead of time to ensure product is in stock. Any Modern Masters retailer can order in your desired products. You can also visit the Modern Masters Online Shop which is fully stocked.

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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 TheHomeDepot.com. 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.

SUPPLIES

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.

BRUSH ON PRIMERS

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.

TINT THE TEXTURE EFFECTS

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.

STENCIL EMBOSSING

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.

BRUSH ON SILVER METALLIC PAINT

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.

TAP ON SOME IRON REACTIVE PAINT

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.

SPRAY THE RUST PATINA ACTIVATOR

Contemporary Rustic Garden Decor How-to | Modern Masters Blog

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

YOU CAN EVEN CHANGE YOUR MIND AND ADD MORE SILVER

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.

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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 to seal the oxidation process as well as a durable floor 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.

UPDATE! Ms. Gibson was kind enough to recreate the finish via the wood wall art project. Here’s the Turquoise Gem Patina Wall Art How-to. Have an inspired day!

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.

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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

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

RESTAURANT: IMPOSSIBLE

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!

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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!

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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.

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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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SUPPLIES

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• Front Door Paint: Modern Masters non-fade Front Door Paint. You can purchase it online at HomeDepot.com, Amazon.com 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 projects@modernmasters.com. 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.