Metallic Paints Shine a Light!

 

DIY Brass Pendant Light using Modern Masters Metallic Paint | By Teal & LimeMetallic Paint can help transform ordinary, drab everyday objects into extraordinary conversation pieces. In fact, DIY metallic paint projects not only come in all shapes and sizes – they also come in a beautiful array of colors as well! A DIY lighting project by Jackie of Teal & Lime is a wonderful example of this as she shares her process of using one of the many color options offered by the Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection. The results? A truly unique, beautiful and affordable light fixture.

DIY-Brass-Pendant-Light-by-Teal-&-Lime-Before Jackie’s new brass basket pendant light started out as an inexpensive wastebasket she found at Home Goods. She was drawn to the beautiful oval shape of the piece and immediately started imagining its transformation into a light fixture! Incredible.

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After searching everywhere to no avail for a true brass color, she fell in love when she opened her quart of Modern Masters Brass Metallic Paint! She liked that the paint “really looks like antique brass and is water-based for easy cleanup”. [She also said that she loved the color so much she saw “little cartoon hearts” upon opening the jar and called Modern Masters her “new Paint BFF”. Can’t get any better endorsement than that!] Using a short-handled paint brush, she then painted two coats on the inside and outside of the piece to ensure proper coverage.

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“Turning the wastebasket into a light was just about as easy as painting it,” she says. After carefully drilling a 1/4″ hole directly in the center for the light cord, she installed a drum shade from one of her inexpensive stick lamps inside.

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The brass contrasts beautifully with the white shade and accentuated the oval shapes that she loved so much! The small size of the lamp is perfect for her casual space as it doesn’t block the windows and allows plenty of natural light to come in.

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Aren’t the results wonderful? It’s so thrilling to see the amazing finish transformations that can happen with our Metallic Paint Collection.  Many thanks to Jackie of Teal & Lime for sharing her DIY Brass Metallic Paint Pendant Light project with us and we hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this fun transformation! We look forward to continuing to share inspiring Modern Masters projects here and our Facebook Fan Page, Pinterest boards and Twitter stream! Have an inspired day!

Modern Mastery: Tobey Renee Sanders

We are excited to showcase a phenomenal artist, Tobey Renee Sanders of FauxDecor, for our Modern Mastery features!  We first encountered her beautiful work on Twitter and fascinating projects on Instagram. She is based in Atlanta, Georgia but frequently can be found traveling on behalf of her clients. We caught up with her in between projects and television appearances to talk all about her artistry and Modern Masters.

Tobey Renee Sanders of Faux DecorTobey Renee Sanders says that Faux Decor just fell into her lap. She was right out of college, working as an IT consultant when she purchased a new loft. Desperately needing to decorate, she started with silver paint, using a criss-cross effect with a wide brush. “Next thing I know, I’m painting all of my friends and family’s homes for free, not realizing that this was a potential business”, she laughs.  Eventually, she got hip to the process, quit her job and went to various faux finishing schools. Over the years, decorative painting has afforded her the opportunity to work with many amazing people. Her clients are typically young professionals between the ages of 25 – 40 and she’s acquired a loyal celebrity client base as well. Her work has been seen in several publications, however it’s the TV and Film features that have been the most exciting for her. Some examples of her appearances are in TI & Tiny: The Family Hustle, La La’s Full Court Life and Bravo’s The Kandi Factory. She has used Modern Masters products diligently over the years as she feels the finishes they create always look amazing on television. Her specialty is plastering, such as Venetian Plaster, Metallic Plaster and textures, to name a few. She loves her faux finishing career because her creativity is never-ending and she’s able to provide her clients with unique finishes she custom-creates just for them. She credits this creativity, along with her high levels of service and business ethics, keeping her business successful.

A close up of a Brushed Metal Finish using Warm Silver from the Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | By Tobey Renee Sanders of Faux Decor

A close up of a Brushed Metal Finish using Warm Silver from the Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | By Tobey Renee Sanders of FauxDecor

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

Modern Master has really taken my business to the next level. The Metallic Paint Collection to be specific. My clients are very modern, ultra contemporary, young and hip. They want affordable finishes that look like they’ve spent a ton of money! I had been using other metallic paints that just didn’t cut it. They were either too thin or offered a horrible color selection. When I discovered Modern Masters, it’s was like an ‘aha’ moment for me!! The paints are super thick, amazing coverage and come in a beautiful array of colors. I create great dragging effect techniques for my clients. On about 90% of my projects I use Modern Masters Metallic Paint on trim and doors as well. It frames my work so beautifully. This is the icing on the cake for all my projects!

Brushed Metal Finish using Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection

Brushed Metal Finish using Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | By Tobey Renee Sanders of FauxDecor

What is your top finishing tip?

My top finishing tip is to work clean!! Lets face it, faux finishing is a messy business. So keep all buckets combed down when working. Bits of dried material can be very frustrating if you are applying Venetian Plaster!!!  I truly believe the more organized you are and the cleaner you work, the more efficient you’ll be. Efficiency directly effects my time, and time is money.

Metallic Trim & Walls finished in Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection

Metallic Trim & Walls finished in Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | By Tobey Renee Sanders of FauxDecor

Weather Metal Finish Using Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | By Tobey Renee Sanders

Weather Metal Finish Using Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | By Tobey Renee Sanders of FauxDecor

What is your dream finishing project?

THE WHITE HOUSE. Seeing how I am African-American, it’s only natural to want to faux for the President of the United States!! I would absolutely love to work with Barack and Michelle. Meeting the first family and having my work in the Oval Office, well maybe a den, would be a dream come true.

Metallic Textured Wall Finish using Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | By Tobey Renee Sanders of FauxDecor

Metallic Textured Wall Finish using Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | By Tobey Renee Sanders of FauxDecor

Metallic Drip finish using Modern Masters products | By Tobey Renee Sanders of FauxDecor

Metallic Drip finish using Modern Masters products | By Tobey Renee Sanders of FauxDecor

Oxidized Metal Finish Using Modern Masters Products | By Tobey Renee Sanders of FauxDecor

Oxidized Metal Finish Using Modern Masters Products | By Tobey Renee Sanders of FauxDecor

Tobey also donates her time to philanthropic efforts, most recently with Room Service Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization that strives to provide warm, welcoming environments for homeless families struggling to get back on their feet. A worthy cause! We want to thank Tobey Renee Sanders of FauxDecor so much for sharing her gorgeous artistry with us! You can see more incredible work in her Online Portfolio, Twitter and FauxDecor Facebook Fan Page! It has been a pleasure to see some of the artistry created with our product lines!  Be sure to catch more Modern Masters inspiration in our Facebook Fan Page, Pinterest boards and Twitter stream!

 

Product Spotlight: Metal Effects Rust Finish

The Modern Masters Metal Effects Collection brings you the beautiful look of time worn patina finishes with a complete line of Primers, Reactive Paints, Activators and Top Coats – each specially formulated to ensure gorgeous and professional results! This week we’ll explore the Rust finish, which is formulated to give the warm, coppery-red appearance of the oxidized finish without all the fuss and deterioration that comes with the passage of time.

Modern Masters Metal Effects

Before you start your project, you’ll need to protect your surface by using the Metal Effects Primer. It’s a unique water based, acrylic primer that is designed to block the Patina Aging Solutions & Rust Activator from reaching the metal, wood or alternate surface chosen as a substrate, whereas regular primers allow the Patina Aging Solutions & Activators to penetrate through to the substrate. It’s the best primer for these finishes!

A crackled rust finish created with Modern Masters Metal Effects | By Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes

A crackled rust finish created with Modern Masters Metal Effects | By Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes

The Reactive Paints are water based and contain real metal particles that will tarnish naturally over time when exposed to the elements as well as when combined with our Patina Solutions & Activators. Shown above is a beautiful crackle, finished with a combination of the Iron Reactive Paint (which contains real iron) and Rust Activator which speeds up the oxidation process creating a gorgeous, authentic Rusted Iron finish. The work is by Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes.

Oxidized finish on a fireplace mantel with Metal Effects products | By Broads with Brushes

Oxidized finish on a fireplace mantel with Metal Effects products | By Broads with Brushes

You can also combine the different Reactive Paints and Patina Solutions together in the same finish to create an even more stunning effect! When these water based acidic solutions are applied over the Reactive Metallic Paints, they react with the real metal particles creating a lovely green or blue Verdigris-like finish, while the Rust Activator can be applied to the Iron Paint, creating a real weathered rust finish. As you can see in the photo above by Broads with Brushes, the rust and verdigris-like finishes were combined to create a truly stunning fireplace mantel!

Beautiful finish named Rustique created for a San Francisco Design Center showroom with Modern Masters Metal Effects | By Creative Walls

Beautiful finish named Rustique created for a San Francisco Design Center showroom with Modern Masters Metal Effects | By Creative Walls

After creating the look you desire, protect your finish using Permacoat Xtreme, our all-in-one water base, non-yellowing, clear protective sealer and topcoat designed to work specifically over all of the Metal Effects finishes. This innovative clear coat chemically arrests the oxidizing process, minimizing any further corrosion and creates a durable, weather resistant barrier! The project above is by Julie Zouzounis of Creative Walls.

Painted using Modern Masters Metal Effects Reactive Iron Paint as a base | By Positive Space

Art Canvas using Modern Masters Metal Effects Reactive Iron Paint as a base and for color effect | By Positive Space

You can also use the Metal Effects Rust finish as a compliment to other mediums, such as acrylic paints. Pictured above is a beautiful work of art on canvas by Ali Kay, created with the Iron Reactive Paint as a base and activated later when more colors and elements were added. Beautiful! Be sure to check out the Modern Masters Photo Gallery for even more patina ideas!

If you’d like to try to create the Rust Finish, please click into our Rusted Iron Recipe Card for full-color step-by-step instructions as well as taking a look at the video below:

 

Whether you’re accenting home decor accessories or finishing a large accent wall, the Modern Masters Metal Effects line of products is perfect for designers, decorative painters and DIYers to bring a truly unique look and feel to your next project! As always, feel free to share your Modern Masters project with us on our Facebook Page and look for design, patina & finish inspirations on our Pinterest Boards!

 

Beautiful Decorative Finish Recipes to Master!

Our Modern Masters website was built to not only showcase our top-quality product lines, but also to provide you informative resources for creating extraordinary decorative and faux finishes. In fact, our Inspiration area has over 50 free Decorative Finish Recipe Cards giving detailed, step-by-step instructions on techniques tailored for both DIY and Professional projects.

Step-by-Step Decorative Finish Recipes for DIYers and Pros by Modern MastersThe Recipe Cards tutorials are in an easy to read, full-color PDF format. They are also ready to print and both tablet and mobile-friendly, making them simple to use in your preferred style! Among other Modern Masters products, the recipes above use our Metallic Plaster, ShimmerStone and Metallic Paint collection along with other easily purchased materials and tools. The techniques were chosen to be visually pleasing and relatively effortless to recreate! [Recipes above, clockwise from top left: Metallic Plaster Strie, Floral Shimmer Finish, Printed Linen Finish or Shimmerust Finish]

Decorative Painting Tutorials by Modern Masters

Clockwise from Top Left: Blue Treasure, Starry Night, Glazed Metallic Finish and Texture Effects/Metallic Plaster

The techniques range from contemporary to rustic chic to old world to traditional and many other design styles in between. Also, they are featured in a wide variety of neutral, cool and warm tones which, of course, can easily be altered to your preferred color scheme or to fit the specified design of your project. Some of the decorative finish recipes also feature additional stenciling and embossed patterns, many from our Modern Masters Stencil Collection. The possibilities for the interpretation of these finishes is truly endless!

Faux Finish Recipe Instructions and How-to's by Modern Masers

Clockwise from Top Left: Chrysanthemums, Alhambra, Rusted Finish and Smooth Trowel Venetian Plaster

The recipes are super versatile and can be used on furniture, walls, ceilings, floors and many other surfaces. All of the products and stencils are available through our Modern Masters online retail store and through your local retailers. So, whether you’re looking for a soft Venetian Plaster or a rich patina look with our Metal Effects and anything in between, you’re bound to find inspiring decorative paint finishes that will compliment your next project!

Feel free to leave us any questions in the comments and/or on our Modern Masters Facebook page! You can also catch plenty of inspiration in our Pinterest boards, too! We look forward to seeing the projects these Recipe Cards inspire you to create!

 

Spring into Design Photo Contest WINNERS!

We recently launched our first-ever Spring Into Design Photo Contest on our Modern Masters Facebook fan page and were overwhelmed with the incredible projects submitted from around the country!  There were both exterior and interior projects with surfaces ranging from canvas works to high ceilings! In fact, you can see each and every eligible entry on our Photo Contest Pinterest board.

We truly appreciated all the project submissions and are now excited to announce the winning entries for the two $250 Modern Masters Prize Packages!  The two winners include: 1) The entry with the Most Votes; and 2) the Masters’ Choice, an entry chosen by Modern Masters! Without further ado…

Modern Masters Spring Into Design Photo Contest Winners!MOST VOTES

Warm Silver Metallic Painted Furniture Project by Stiltskin Studios | Modern Masters Metallic Paint

The entry with the Most Votes was by Michele Hiley of Stiltskin Studios in Dunedin, FL.  She transformed an entire Master Bedroom Suite with an aged Warm Silver from the Metallic Paint Collection.  Be sure to read all about the painting process for their beautiful painted metallic furniture project!

MASTERS’ CHOICE

Venetian Plaster Canvas Art by Daniel Quigley | Modern Masters Plaster Products

It was a difficult decision for Modern Masters to choose from among all the incredible entries, but a canvas project by Daniel Quigley of Quigley’s Art in Franklin, NC, stood out.  The 6′ x4′ canvas was done entirely with Modern Masters Venetian Plaster and polished with a dremel tool. Not one drop of paint in the entire canvas!  To finalize the piece, the frame was finished with Modern Masters Metallic Plaster. Fantastic work!

We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the winning entries — congratulations to both Michele and Daniel!  We’d also like to express our thanks to all those who submitted their wonderful projects large and small as each and every one deserve recognition!  Be on the lookout for more Modern Masters Photo Contests coming up — there will be lots of opportunities to enter and WIN! In the meantime, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Pinterest and here on our Cafe blog as we share beautiful projects, innovative products and inspiring ideas!