What’s Haute for Front Doors!

Fab Front Door Solutions with Modern Masters Products

Painting a front door is one of the fastest and easiest updates we can make to a home’s curb appeal and there are a myriad of options available, especially from Modern Masters. The front door is one of the first things our guests see, so why not make it inviting? You can paint a front door with a lively color for an added dose of personality or a more serious hue that compliments the exterior paint colors. Below are six fantastic projects from three of our product lines to help inspire a transformation for your front door. It may be the change that makes you fall in love even more with your home — or sell it faster!


Metallic Copper Paint Door featured in Oprah magazine

Our Metallic Paint Collection adds a shimmery zest to a front door — and Team Oprah agrees! Our Copper Metallic Paint paired with Kelly-Moore Paint’s Inky Stiletto on the trim is a gorgeous combination featured in an Oprah magazine article entitled Six of the Prettiest Front Doors. Oh, and by the way – they called it “the next-big-thing finish”. Isn’t it dreamy?


Maybe you love a bright color but need it toned down a bit?  In the alternate, have a neutral color that’s just a little drab?  Altering the color by using a glaze from our Decorative Painter’s Products is a perfect solution!

Modern Masters Extender Glaze on Front DoorBeyond the Screen door used our Extender for Latex Paint and tinted it with a dark latex color (above) in order to age her turquoise paint a bit. We think the aged and painted front door is stunning!  (below) Erin from Two Story Cottage used our Tintable Glaze (her paint store tinted it brown) to add a little oomph to her cream front door.

Tintable Glaze by Modern MastersBoth results are fab! Glazes will have an “open time” to ensure you have some time to work the tinted glaze to get the results you’d like. Be sure to have your local retailer guide you as to which glaze product will work best with your project!


Creative customer Sarah Desjardins chose our Front Door Paint in Spontaneous to compliment the warm, earthy tones of her home. BEAUTIFUL!


One of the hottest products we offer is our Front Door Paint.  Fade-resistant and a breeze to use – what could be better? The gorgeous door colors range from classic to vibrant and there’s a hue for everyone.  If you’re torn about which color to go with, take a walk around your neighborhood for a bit of local flavor and inspiration!

Calm Front Door Paint by Julie YoungArtist Julie Young used the color Calm from our Front Door Paint line to paint her double front doors in California (above) while Amanda Stamper chose the Cheerful hue (below) for her inviting entry. Be sure to check out Amanda’s post on painting a front door in her Dreamsicle Sisters blog.

Cheerful Front Door Paint by Amanda Stamper

Wouldn’t you want to take these doors home? You can – or a variation of them that is perfect for you! Painting your entire exterior would be a challenge but giving your door a new look is a doable afternoon DIY. Hope we’ve opened the door to a world of ideas for you!

Beautiful Feature Walls with Metallic Paints!

Have you ever looked at a room with a desire to update it and give it a little something special? Feature walls are an excellent way to add visual interest to a space! Adding a decorative paint finish to an entire room is very pleasing but sometimes a little pop of color and shimmer is all you need. Let’s take a look at some of the beautiful & innovative ways some of our decorative painting friends have used accent walls and Modern Masters Metallic Paints to make a powerful statement.

 An elegant accent wall finished in Modern Masters Metallic Paints | By Caroline Lizarraga Neutral and still so Wow! This elegant feature wall by artist Caroline Lizarraga incorporates our metallic paints for this striae effect, giving the look of luxurious silk. It looks a bit like a waterfall, doesn’t it? “Watery” effects in interior design will be BIG in 2014 so this is one finish to watch. Be sure not to miss more of Caroline’s incredible decorative painting projects.


A beautiful feature wall finished in Modern Masters Metallic Paints | By Heather Dunn & Co.

Heather Dunn & Co. created this bold feature wall with seven of our metallic colors! The rich contrasting hues complement the lighter decor perfectly. Heather blended the metallic paint colors horizontally and vertically to create this one-of-a-kind contemporary wall treatment.


A shimmery dining room feature wall finished with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | By Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes

This dining room feature wall was given a shimmery, layered effect with our metallic paints by Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes! Dana Tucker has a home with a laid-back, warm feel — but she wanted to add a little glamour, too! She used the wall treatment to add a sophisticated edge that complimented her new light fixture as well. Lovely!

A beautiful paisley accent wall finished with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | By Carmen Illustrates

We think a little girl is happy! Carmen Benoit of Carmen Illustrates created this spectacular Pucci-scarf inspired pattern for a budding teen fashionista. Gold and Silver Metallic Paint swirl playfully along with pinks, whites and fuschias to create a beautiful explosion of color and pattern!


Laundry room accent wall stenciled with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | By My Sister & I

If you’d like to accent a small area of a feature wall, stenciling is the perfect way to go!  This lovely laundry room was stenciled by My Sister & I with both our Champagne and Warm Silver metallic paints! We think the scale and pattern are perfect for the space!

Whether you’re finishing an entire room or an ideal accent wall, Modern Masters Metallic Paints can help you create a special look that will set them apart from the rest! We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how you can achieve stunning results by creating your own feature wall! For more inspiration, please be sure to stop by our Modern Masters Pinterest boards and “Like” us on our Facebook Fan Page! We look forward to seeing you there!

Modern Masters and Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Modern Masters and Pantone's Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

With the recent release of Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid, we’re excited to show just how beautiful and easy it can be to incorporate this uplifting color into your design with Modern Masters products! Pantone describes Radiant Orchid as a color that is “an expressive, creative and embracing purple with a captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones. It blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination”. Let’s take a look at some of the unique ways this gorgeous color can bring it’s vibrancy to your space!

Modern Masters Plum Metallic Paint on the walls of a lovely dining room

These living room walls exude a vibrant confidence with our Plum Metallic Paint!


Modern Masters Smoke Metallic Paint was used for the top of this dresser. It's a neutral color that looks great when paired with more vibrant ones | By Stiltskin StudioThis gorgeous dresser, which was finished by Stiltskin Studios in an aged “Radiant Orchid” like color was beautifully accented with our Smoke Metallic Paint – a lustrous dark neutral that complements this lovely shade.


Modern Masters Venetian Plaster Canvas Work with hints of Pantone's 2014 color of the year: Radiant Orchid | By Don Underhill

The captivating work of art by Don Underhill of Underhill Designs used our Venetian Plaster for this embedded leaf finish. The clarity of the  “Radiant Orchid” colors show through all of the depth and layering of this piece. It’s a perfect pop of color in case you love radiant orchid but only as an accent.


Brushed Silver Metallic Paint accents the the pop of color beautifully | By Faux Decor | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

many of our colors and products work as perfect complements to radiant orchid. Tobey Renee Sanders of Faux Decor applied our shimmery Silver Metallic Paint in a cross-hatched finish allowing the deep purple walls and accents to shine as strong features.


It seems we have a colorful and radiant year ahead of us all – one that we look forward to sharing with you as we continue to find new and inspiring ways to use color. If you’d like to find those more Radiant Orchid-inspired colors in our product lines, our Lilac Metallic Paint would be a beautiful choice as well as the Frosted Lilac hue in our Metallic Plasters. Prefer a Venetian Plaster? Cassis and Violet are close but you can also have your color easily custom-tinted. Our many retailers would be happy to help you find the best shade and product for your home!

We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the ways Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, can shine with Modern Masters. Be sure to also stop by our Modern Masters Pinterest boards and “Like” us on our Facebook Fan Page where we share even more project and design inspiration!

Modern Mastery: Ali Kay

Ali Kay of Positive Space We’re excited to introduce another wonderful artist, Ali Kay of Positive Space, in this week’s Artist Spotlight. Ali has been an artist her entire life – as a child, she was always drawing and doing craft projects with her Mom. She took every art class she could in grade school and went on to study fine art in college. She officially started her decorative painting company in 2003 while she was in art school in Milwaukee. Working there for the next seven years, she relocated to Houston, TX in 2010, and she found an incredible demand for high-end custom wall finishes and murals. She’s worked with many talented interior designers on a variety of decorative painting projects and since she comes from a fine art background, she focused her work mainly on murals. During her time in Houston, she began to bring decorative finishing into her portfolio. “I really enjoy doing both!” she says. She’s most proud of the fact that from 2011 to 2013, six of the murals she created in Houston were honored with design awards from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Earlier this year, Ali and her husband moved to Chattanooga, TN. Her business has not skipped a beat and she’s even begun teaching several courses at studios around the country. We’ve had the chance to catch up with Ali and see how Modern Masters has inspired her creativity. Let’s take a closer look at some of her beautiful work!

Various flowers accented with Modern Masters Metal Effects products | By Ali Kay of Positive Space

Bright, fun and elegant canvas highlighted and accented with Modern Masters Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paints.


A beautiful white flower painting accented with Modern Masters Metal Effects rust finish | By Ali Kay of Positive

This captivating painting of FLORA incorporates the use of our Iron Reactive Metallic Paint for the rust accents!


What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?

My most challenging and rewarding project is a dome/rotunda mural I painted in the home of interior designer Tania Shaheen. The top of the dome reached 35 feet high. It required custom scaffolding to fit inside the rotunda. Because the rotunda was 13 feet from top to bottom, I had to work on several levels. The square working platforms did not exactly fit well into the round space, so the result was a lot of reaching and leaning. I found myself in some pretty awkward  positions!

The concept for this project was trompe l’oeil architecture. It was incredibly detailed and my calculations had to be perfect. I couldn’t see the full mural until the scaffolding came down, so I had to try to visualize what it would look like from 35 feet down while working only 6 feet away. After working on the project for just under a month, the day finally came for the scaffolding to come down. It was so rewarding to finally see the finished product! Ms. Shaheen, who helped to design the mural, entered this space in the 2013 ASID Awards and was honored for Best Architectural Feature.

A gorgeous red flower painting accented with Modern Masters Metal Effects Copper Patina | By Ali Kay of Positive Space

beautiful flower was nicely accented with our Copper Reactive Paints and Activators. Notice the ALLURING decorative scroll work?


Decorative ornamental dome sealed with Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish | By Ali Kay of Positive Space

The soft, neutral tones of this space IS given an elegant touch with a HANDPAINTED dome sealed with our Dead Flat Varnish for a lovely and durable matte finished result.


What is your go-to Modern Masters product and/or color?

My go-to product is definitely the Metal Effects Iron Paint and Rust Activator. I first discovered it while taking a class with Melanie Royals of Royal Design Studio a few years ago. We created a stenciled finish with the rust finish and I was fascinated. I went back to the studio and immediately started experimenting with it. Now I put it everywhere! Doors, light fixtures, mirrors, everywhere! I developed a technique to incorporate it into my fine art pieces and this has really changed my entire body of work. I love the fact that it is unpredictable. When I get to the stage of activating the rust in my canvas paintings, I get so excited to come back and see what happened, I can hardly sleep! I recently taught my rusting technique at the IDAL Convention and it was a great success. I think I inspired a lot of people to start using the system. Recently, I’ve started experimenting with the tarnishing copper paint, and I’m having a lot of fun integrating that into my fine art as well.

Modern Masters Metal Effects rust finish beautifully stenciled | By Ali Kay of Positive Space

This powder bath received a unique stenciled finish created with our Iron Reactive Paints and Activators!


What is your dream finishing project?

I have some big ideas swirling around in my head. I want to do a mural in a huge space that would include collage. I like the idea of painting over fabric, book pages, old drawings, textures and the like. I’m sure there would be some rusting in there somewhere too. It’s something that would take a lot of time, but that is usually what gets me excited about a project. As for the subject matter of this dream mural, it wouldn’t matter too much, but I would want it to include people. I love painting figures and it’s something I don’t get as many opportunities to do as I would like to.

Modern Masters Canvas Workshop with Ali Kay of Positive Space

Ali Kay teaching her techniques in a canvas class!


We want to thank Ali for sharing her beautiful artistry with us! You can see more of her incredible work in her Online Portfolio and Positive Space Facebook Fan Page. In March, Ali will be teaching at Prismatic Painting in Cincinnati, OH and in April she’ll be teaching at the Faux Retreat in Spooner, WI. As always, it has been a pleasure to see a the artistry created with our product lines. Be sure to catch more Modern Masters inspiration on our Facebook Fan Page, Pinterest boards and Twitter stream!