Transforming Exterior Lights with Modern Masters Metallic Paints!

Transform your Exterior Lights with Modern Masters | By Living Rich On Less

Using Modern Masters Metallic Paints around your home can be a beautiful and inexpensive way to bring new life to a space! We came across this great project by Susan Penning of Living Rich On Less who decided to transform her exterior porch lights with our Metallic Paint vs. spending $200 on each of the real copper lights she had her eye on!  Let’s check out her project!

Modern Masters Copper Penny Metallic Paint & MasterClear® Topcoat | By Living Rich On LessEquipped with Modern Masters Copper Penny Metallic Paint and MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat, Susan was more than ready to create the look she desired – for much less. The Copper Penny Metallic Paint would give her a brilliant metallic look while the MasterClear® topcoat would provided added protection against the elements, including those color-fading UV rays!

Exterior Light spray primed prior to being painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | By Living Rich On Less

After making sure the power was disconnected to the light, Susan carefully removed it and used a bit of spray primer to give the metallic paint a good surface to grab onto. This will help ensure a beautiful, long lasting finish.

Two coats of Modern Masters Copper Penny Metallic Paint on an exterior light | By Living Rich On Less

She then gave the light two good coats of the metallic paint using a brush. As you can see, not only does the paint cover beautifully and brilliantly but it also goes a long way! She barely used any of the product for this step.

Exterior Light finished with Modern Masters Copper Penny Metallic Paint | By Living Rich On Less

After waiting the recommended time, she applied a coat of MasterClear® Protective Topcoat which is specially formulated to not dull the metallic paint and maintain its shimmer.  Not many topcoats have that feature — most would dull the metallic paint.

Exterior Light finished with Modern Masters Copper Penny Metallic Paint | By Living Rich On Less

This paint has an impressively realistic copper finish,” says Susan.
We think she did a phenomenal job turning her ordinary porch light into an extraordinary exterior light fixture!


Exterior light finished in Modern Masters Copper Penny Metallic Paint | By Living Rich On Less


She picked a gorgeous copper color for her porch’s design scheme. Copper Penny ties in all of the colors and wood tones of her porch so well! Feel free to read more about her read more about her easy, thrifty metallic exterior light makeover project on her blog, Living Rich On Less.


We want to thank Susan for sharing her project with us. We hope we’ve inspired you to take a second look at that certain piece in your home that can use a bit of metallic brilliance! For even more inspiration, be sure to stop by our Modern Masters Pinterest boards and Facebook Fan Page as well!


A Worthy Modern Masters Project with Room Service Atlanta!

Art is a gift that can carry on way beyond our expectations and in doing for others, allows us to connect with and help support our fellow human beings. We at Modern Masters are excited to share a very special project with you by artist, Tobey Renee Sanders of Faux Decor. We have had the pleasure of previously featuring her beautiful work on the Modern Masters Cafe blog and are proud to do so again for her recent philanthropic project with Room Service Atlanta!

Room Service Atlanta works with local artists and designers to help create relaxing, comfortable and rejuvenating living spaces for homeless children, teens and families working towards getting back on their feet. The organization was founded in 2010 by Dayka Robinson and Erika Ward with an idea to combine their love for design and their commitment to serve others. When Tobey contacted us with an opportunity to redesign an apartment for a young woman at the UMCH Living Program and Home in North Georgia, we were honored to be able to donate the product needed for such a transformation. This young woman, making her way in the world, would have a beautiful Pearl, Gold and Blue Luxe-inspired space to call Home.

Modern Masters Products donated for Room Service Atlanta

Modern Masters Oyster Metallic Paint + Venetian Plaster in Lapis + Metallic Plaster in Blue

Embossed Stenciling on door and plastered ceiling with Modern Masters Venetian Plaster and Metallic Plaster | By Tobey

Several designers worked in several rooms to transform many of the spaces in the living program. Toby worked with Eddie Ammonds Brumbaugh of Jackson Charles Design Studio and a beautiful design plan was set. Oyster Metallic Paint beautifully accents the trim, doors and cabinetry of this vibrant room with a soft shimmer. The bathroom door was embossed with Modern Masters Blue Metallic Plaster and a gorgeous Florentine Damask Stencil by Royal Design Studio.

Ceiling finished with Modern Masters Metallic Plaster and Venetian Plaster | By Tobey Renee Sanders of Faux Decor

The inset kitchen ceiling was finished in Modern Masters Lapis Venetian Plaster which gives the right amount of “pop” to the space. The cabinetry and trim glow with Oyster Metallic Paint and create a wonderful combination of blue and pearl.

Cabinetry and Trim finished with Modern Masters Oyster Metallic Paint | By Tobey Renee Sanders of Faux Decor

Embossed Crocodile Skin Finish on Table Top finished with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | By Tobey Renee Sanders of Faux Decor

Under the glass top of this dining piece is an embossed crocodile finish. Tobey used Modern Masters Venetian Plaster for the embossing and Metallic Paints for the elegant finish!

Doors and Trim finished in Modern Masters Oyster Metallic Paint | By Tobey Renee Sanders of Faux Decor

We hope that this uplifting decor will bring tranquility and peace to the woman that will spend her nights here planning the next steps in her life. With the amazing work of everyone involved, an expression of love and the unique gift of art was given. We hope it will continue to bring joy and inspiration to the lives of everyone who have a chance to enjoy this precious space.

We want to thank Tobey Renee Sanders and everyone at Room Service Atlanta for the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful project. If you’d like to help bring security, peace, and comfort to other citizens in transition, feel free to contact Room Service Atlanta to see how you can help.

Posh Fall Pumpkins with Modern Masters!

Decorative Fall Pumpkins with Modern Masters


The beautiful foliage color change and crisp air can only mean one thing: Fall is upon us!  What better way to prepare than by starting to decorate in the warm, spicy and shimmery colors and patinas of the season? One of the most traditional decor elements of Fall is the pumpkin and we share with you some of the most wonderful projects we found using Modern Masters products.  They are unique, creative and sure to inspire!


An elegant monogram pumpkin finished with English Brown Modern Masters Metallic Paint | By The ButlersMonogram Pumpkin Tutorial

This elegant monogram pumpkin was created by The Butlers using Modern Masters English Brown Metallic Paint. The letter pattern was printed via computer and the monogram pumpkin tutorial shows you exactly how you can achieve this look!


Beautiful pumpkins finished with Modern Masters Metal Effects | By Bonnie's Mural and More

Decorative Halloween Pumpkins

These pumpkins were created by the super talented Bonnie Lecat of Bonnie Lecat Designs.  Bonnie used our Metal Effects products and created several gorgeous variations.  Check out her step-by-step patination process – we love those the metallic tacks she applied as well!


Rusted Pumpkin finished with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Via Fauxology

The Pumpkin In The Iron Mask

Rather than a Roasted Pumpkin recipe, Fauxology serves up a delicious Rusted Pumpkin alternative created with Metal Effects Rust Finish. It’s a perfect technique to try for creating a unique finish for your pumpkins this season. The bonus?  It’s so easy, a six-year old created it! Be sure to click in to see all the details.

Various pumpkins finished with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | By The Rooster And The Hen

Metallic Pumpkins

Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes and when decorating, it’s good to take advantage of this by creating a wonderful mix of style and color! The Rooster and The Hen used Modern Masters Metallic Paints in various autumn colors to create a one-of-a-kind light fixture! You can see more beautiful images in their metallic fall pumpkin mobile project post!

We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the different ways Modern Masters can help get your home ready for the fall season! For MORE inspiration, be sure to stop by our Modern Masters Pinterest boards and our Facebook Fan Page! We hope to see you there!

Creating a Beautiful Woodgrain Finish with Modern Masters!

Creating a beautiful, realistic wood look can be a fun and fulfilling project with the right products! The artistic imitation of wood is frequently referred to as faux bois, the French term for “false wood” and its origins are traced back to the Renaissance period.  We found a thoroughly modern and wonderful faux woodgrain tutorial by Karen Berg of Redoux Interiors using the Modern Masters Platinum Series and Decorative Painter’s Products. We want to share how you too can achieve these same great results!

How to create a beautiful wood look with Modern Masters

There are a few techniques for achieving a wonderful woodgrain or wood look.  Most woodgraining techniques are a “medium” on the difficulty level and the technique by Redoux Interiors, which we are showcasing today, may certainly fall in that category. If you’ve never worked with glazes before, you may want to get a feel for them by glazing a separate small project first.

Glazes allow for a transparent layer of color to be applied over a color of your choice, thereby allowing some of the initial color to still show through. Glazes also dry a lot slower than regular paints and provide a good “open-time” to work with. This open-time allows you to manipulate the glaze as needed – which is crucial when woodgraining. Last but not least, glazes are perfect for applying several layers of color on a piece, allowing you to control just how dark or rich you’d like your finish to look!

Modern Masters Platinum Series & Decorative Painters Products | Redoux Interiors

Let’s get started and gather our materials!

Chip brushes, Cheesecloth and Foam Roller | Redoux Interiors

Step 1

Using the foam roller, apply Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish to a clean, lightly sanded surface. Use a high quality paint brush to smooth out the varnish in the direction of the grain.

Tip: You can also work directly over an existing flat or satin acrylic finish or use our Modern Masters Metallic Paints as a base color. Using a metallic base won’t give you metallic results but will give you a rich finish with added depth.

Before Modern Masters Woodgraining | By Redoux Interiors

Step 2

When the 1st step is dry, prepare your glaze by making a mixture of Tobacco Brown Glazing Color and Modern Masters Furniture & Cabinetry Glazing Cream in a 1:6 ratio – 6 parts being the glazing cream. Glaze goes a very long way!  Start by making a small amount depending on how big of a piece you are working with. You can always make more.

Step 3

Using a chip brush, apply your Tobacco Brown glaze mix all over the surface following the grain. While this is still wet, apply your Aged Mahogany colorant straight out of the bottle. Redoux Interiors likes to pour some onto a paper plate and then use a chip brush to dab it on. It should look like this when you are finished with this step.

Modern Masters Furniture & Cabinetry Glazing Cream | Redoux Interiors

Step 4

Next use your cheesecloth “pom-pom” to pull the glaze in the direction of the grain. The pompom will help absorb any excess glaze and soften the overall look. When the cheesecloth is loaded up with glaze, you can then use it to apply glaze to the sides and details. Also, use your chip brush to pick up and blend out any excess glaze that may have settled in corners and grooves.

Modern Masters Furniture & Cabinetry Glazing Cream | Redoux Interiors

Step 5

This first layer of glaze can take a few hours to dry depending on humidity and temperature. You can speed up the drying process by using fans in a cool, dry space. In the meantime, prepare your next layer of glaze by using a mixture of Van Dyke Brown Glazing Color in a 1:1 ratio with the Glazing Cream. This will create a very strong mixture but if you want your wood to be lighter, use more glaze in your mix. Apply your Van Dyke Brown glaze with a chip brush the same way you did the first layer and soften and remove excess glaze with a cheesecloth “pompom” as you did in Step 4.

Modern Masters Furniture & Cabinetry Glazing Cream | Redoux Interiors

By repeating Steps 3 – 5 as needed, you can add subtle layers of color to your piece and darken it until you get the desired results.

Modern Masters Furniture & Cabinetry Glazing Cream | Redoux Interiors

When you have achieved your desired wood tone, use a high quality topcoat to seal and protect your new piece. We recommend using Modern Masters MasterClear® Supreme for the ultimate in UV protection & durability!

Woodgraining with Modern Masters Products | By Redoux Interiors

A dining room table woodgrained with Modern Masters Products | By Redoux Interiors

The final results will leave with a beautiful, durable and realistic wood-like finish that will be sure to bring warmth to any space. This woodgraining technique from Redoux Interiors can be used on just about anything — from picture frames to lamp bases to entire entertainment centers! Have fun and experiment! Many thanks to Karen Berg for sharing her tutorial and be sure to see more of her great projects on the Redoux Facebook page and Instagram account, too!

We hope we’ve inspired you to create your own wood look and if so, please feel free to share it with us on our Facebook Fan Page. For even more inspiration, be sure to stop by our Modern Masters Pinterest boards as well!