Country Living with Modern Masters

Country Living Magazine Cover May 2014 | Endless Circles Modern Masters Stencil ProjectSpringtime is here and now our focus is to get OUTSIDE! Enjoying the sun and caring for our gardens and exteriors are in our minds and there’s no question that painting and stenciling is one of the great ways to help transform our spaces quickly and creatively. Country Living magazine had just that thought as they took on updating plain concrete pavers with the Endless Circles Modern Masters Stencil.  We have an entire Modern Masters Designer Stencil Collection available through Royal Design Studios and we couldn’t be more pleased to see them walking away (ha!) with a magazine feature.

Exterior Garden Pavers Stenciled with the Endless Circles Modern Masters Stencil | Country Living MagazineThe DIY Patio Garden Pavers project is in the May 2014 issue of Country Living along with other great project ideas.  For this one, they suggest centering the stencil before you start to ensure the pattern is balanced nicely on all sides and then using a stencil brush to add your preferred color (they used Greek Blue Chalk Paint®).  What a great idea to enhance your curb appeal! Plus, it’s a fast weekend project – what could be better?

Different Colorways for the Endless Circles Modern Masters StencilThe Endless Circles Modern Masters Stencil is super versatile and you can see the different colorways above that you can use it with as well. Since stencils can be used time and again, you can use any chosen pattern for your pavers and then use it again to stencil your patio pillows or a throw rug, alternating the colors with your design scheme. We also have a great stenciled wall treatment recipe (above lower right) with the stencil and our Texture Effects and Metallic Plaster.  What are you inspired to create with Modern Masters?

More Haute off the Press Ideas!

Easy Home Decor Ideas with Metallic Paint!

Easy DIY Home Decor Ideas with Modern Masters Metallic PaintAdding a little zest to your home with fast DIY projects is super easy with Modern Masters Metallic Paints!  Of course, you can transform walls, ceilings, furniture and much more with the metallic paint collection, but sometimes a quick weekend project is all it takes to add a fab update to your home. Some of our friends have inspiring design ideas that we thought we’d share with you. Read on!

Changing Your Home's Curb Appeal with Metallic Paints | Easy DYI Ideas with Modern MastersFirst things first: Curb Appeal. Susan Penning from Living Rich on Less transformed hers by using Copper Penny Metallic Paint on both her exterior house lights and the beautiful ‘copper’ planter that now greets you at her home. Be sure to check out her Light Fixture Transformation Tutorial as well as her Flower Pot Redo How-to. So pretty!

Metallic Highlights on Fireplace Wood MantelAdding metallic highlights to furniture or carved wood adds such an elegant touch. The water base metallic paints dry quickly and you can blend several shades together as well as artist Andrea Blair Murrill did above. Angie from Postcards from the Ridge went another route, preferring to accent and update her hardware with a fresh coat of shimmery English Brown metallic paint as seen below.  The metallic paints come in a variety of colors so that you can choose the perfect shade to transform any hardware that has seen better days.

Updating Hardware with Metallic Paint | Modern Masters

Adding Metallic Shimmer to the Insides of your Lampshade | Modern Masters

Want a fun idea? Try painting the inside of a lampshade like Cassie of Hi Sugar Plum did with Gold Rush Metallic Paint above. The metallic lined lampshades add interest during the day and casts a warm, inviting glow at night.  Of course, you can always paint the lamp itself for a dazzling result. The lamp base below was given a shimmery makeover by Jessica of Decor Adventures using our Pale Gold Metallic Paint.

Paint a Lamp with Metallic Paint | Decor Adventures

Painting a Mirror Frame with Metallic Paints | Modern MastersJessica from Decor Adventures also used the same quart of Pale Gold Metallic Paint to update a mirror frame. This technique works great for picture and art frames, too. Jessica shares that one of her favorite things about our metallic paint is that “it comes in so many colors and all can be combined to create your own shades”.

Stenciling with Metallic Paints | Project by Jane Sanders Drew with Pharaoh's Gold Metallic PaintJane Sanders Drew of the Creative Finishes Studio used Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint to stencil in a design on a tri-fold floor screen. Lovely, isn’t it? We like how she outlined the pattern in black to pop both the pattern and the gold.

Painting the Back of a Bookshelf with Metallic PaintsBookshelves with a Pop of Metallic Paint | Modern Masters

Stylist extraordinaire Kara Paslay is a BIG fan of Modern Masters metallic paint and uses all kinds of different shades for her fun, innovative projects.  Here she brings a touch of drama to an otherwise boring white bookshelf with pops of Olympic Gold Metallic Paint on the back.

Are you looking around your home and seeing decor accents that could use a little metallic paint love? We hope we’ve inspired your creativity with these ideas! They are just the tip of the iceberg on the changes you can make with our metallic paints.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Pinterest for more inspiring projects! And oh, if you happen to have a project with any Modern Masters products, be sure to enter our Fresh Ideas in Bloom Photo Contest before April 28th!

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Fresh Ideas in Bloom Facebook Photo Contest!

Fresh Ideas in Bloom Facebook Photo Contest by Modern MastersSpring is in bloom and so are fresh design ideas! We always love to see the beautiful design, architectural and DIY projects you share with us created with Modern Masters decorative painting and finishing products and we wanted to share the love right back!  Our Fresh Ideas in Bloom Photo Contest launches today on our Modern Masters Facebook fan page and you have a chance to win one of two (2) fab prizes!  All projects using any of your favorite Modern Masters materials are eligible and you can enter as many of them as you’d like!

As to the contest prizes? Glad you asked! Yes, there are TWO winners – the project with the most votes and a special project chosen by Modern Masters from all the entries. Each winner receives a fantastic $250 Modern Masters Prize Package!  So are you ready to showcase YOUR projects in our Fresh Ideas in Bloom Photo Contest?


Simply “Like” us on Facebook and upload photo(s) of your finished projects. You can also use the hashtag #mmsfreshideas on Twitter and Instagram to automatically enter your image! Then, SHARE your photo entry with your family, friends, acquaintances, neighbors and encourage them to vote for you!  Everyone can vote once per day for their favorite projects.  Please note that the contest is open to residents of the continental US only.

Modern Masters Fresh Ideas in Bloom Photo Contest

Our Fresh Ideas in Bloom Photo Contest is your chance to not only show off your fantastic work but also win your favorite Modern Masters products! The contest ends on April 28, 2014, so hurry to get your projects in!  Even if you don’t want to enter, it’s a great opportunity to view inspiring artistry and support the contestants by voting for YOUR favorite projects. So, visit the Modern Masters Fresh Ideas in Bloom Photo Contest Page today! Good Luck!


The A to Z of Using Metal Effects!

Before & After Metal Effects Patina | How-to Tutorial | A to Z Custom CreationsMetal Patinas showcase the beauty and age of time worn surfaces.  Patinas of various colors can be created by treating surfaces with our Metal Effects products – you can literally create a history of aging in just a matter of minutes! Angela of A to Z Custom Creations uses our Metal Effects frequently and she’s got lots of tips to share.  “They create an authentic patina that is simply amazing! I’ve been playing around with [them] for a while and I’ve patinated just about everything I can,” she excitedly says.  We recently came across one of her many beautiful patina projects and thought to share it with you! Here’s her steps:

How to Use Metal Effects by Modern Masters

Angela suggests the following tips for a successful patina project (seen visually above):

  1. Metal Effects has Reactive Metallic Paints in both Copper and Bronze. There is also a Metal Effects Primer available specifically designed to protect the surface. Of the primer, Angela says, “I must admit, I have used the products without this but I think they work better with it”.
  2. Apply two thin coats of the Metal Primer with a brush or roller after making certain your surface is clean.
  3. Angela applied an opaque coat of the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint to ensure full coverage. Let dry.
  4. You can patinate with a single color but for additional variety, Angela poured the  Bronze and the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint next to each and grabbed the individual colors side by side on a chip brush.
  5. Apply the two colors to the surface at the same time, blending them in without losing their individual colors.
  6. The Blue and Green Patina Aging Solutions oxidize equally well when paired together or individually with the Copper and Bronze Reactive Paint. There are also separate materials in the line to create a rust finish.
  7. Working on a wet reactive metal surface, apply your chosen patina aging solutions (Angela used both blue and green) via spritzer, brush or sponge.  The patina solutions will react with the real metal particles in the paints, thus speeding up the patination process.
  8. You can add more reactive metallic paint over the oxidation to find the perfect blend of paint and patina for your chosen surface. Angela worked with the piece until she was satisfied with the results and then allowed the project to fully dry.

Metal Effects by Modern MastersMetal Effects Project | Patina Cow Head by A to Z Custom Creations

How do you like the results? The paint and aging solution combinations create a beautiful, authentic green or blue oxidized patinas inspired by nature. Be sure to read Angela’s full Metal Effects Patina Tutorial on her blog and see other great projects she’s created on her Facebook page!  We’ve also created a fantastic patina finishes application video for you to have as a resource as well. Tell us, what are YOU excited to patinate?

But wait – take a look at these other gorgeous Metal Effects projects!