The Rat Look on a Beetle with Modern Masters

We love to see incredible projects with our Modern Masters products and frequently receive images from all over the world. We recently were sent pics of an inspired project by creative customer Chris McQuaigue of the UK and we thought it was so inspired that we had to share it with you!

Giving a Rat Look to a Car with Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust FinishThe ‘Rat Look’ is a versatile scene in which the style and look of a car is highly personalized – very often with a rusted finish. Chris created ‘The Ratrod’ with the Iron Reactive Paint and the Rust Activator from our Metal Effects line. “It was an alternative to getting the car re-sprayed professionally by saving money and to create a car with more interest and character,” Chris explains. “It was a really fun project that certainly gets lots of looks and smiles. The great thing is that I now have a car that I don’t need to clean too much. When I scratched the fender the other day I was really happy about adding more character!”

Rust Finish on Car with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Rat LookEnjoying The Ratrod | Rust Finish on Beetle | Rat Look with Modern Masters Metal EffectsChris’ son Marco loves the car along with the six other Beetles he owns. “There is a community and ‘scene’ for Ratt’ed and rusty cars and there are a few ways of achieving the look. Some people sand the car back to bare metal and let it rust but I think the Modern Masters way is better!”.

According to the Rat Look website, RAT stands for Recycled Automotive Transport and is about keeping your vehicle on the road for as long as possible – however, many ratted cars frequently just sport the look and are in excellent mechanical condition.  If you’d like to learn more about this amazing car scene, please be sure to check out the Rat Look website for much, much more.

Chris let us know that he recently bought a sample pot of our Copper Metallic Paint to experiment with his newest Beetle project. He says, “The copper would look great – the paint is amazing!”.  We can’t wait to see what he comes up with.  Many thanks to Chris McQuaigue for introducing us to the ‘scene’ and for sharing his incredible project!

Creating a Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish

What if you could paint a tone-on-tone metallic surface finish with a product that is easy to use, fast to dry and looks gorgeous? We’ve combined two of our favorite products, Matte Metallics and our Metallic Paint Collection to create this lovely, shimmery Tone-on-Tone Metallic Paint Finish that works on walls, furniture, ceilings and so much more.  Take a look!

Matte Metallics are available in 15 of the most popular metallic colors and each of them have a subtle metallic glow as a compliment to the higher shimmer of the satin Metallic Paint Collection.  This finish, and each of the product lines, are perfect for multiple surfaces – in fact, take a look at our Fall Table Decor Ideas for more inspiration, including ideas for stenciling a table runner, adding a luxe finish to plates and chargers as well as transforming your outdated gift wrap into an elegantly wrapped present you’d love to give your guests. There’s nothing dull about Matte Metallics!

Matte Metallic Paint Week on Modern Masters FacebookIf you love all these ideas, be sure not to miss our Matte Metallic Paint Week starting October 19th on our Modern Masters Facebook page with great projects, contests and giveaways!  See you there!

Modern Mastery: Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio

Modern Mastery Feature of Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio | Modern Masters Cafe BlogWe’re excited to introduce another wonderful artist, Rochester, NY-based Amie Freling, for our Modern Mastery blog series. Amie’s lifelong passion for design ultimately led to the opening of Meme Hill Studio in 1989. Meme Hill Studio was named after her grandparents, a woodworker and art teacher respectively, who influenced her as a child and strongly encouraged her creative development. Today, she proudly offers such professional services as interior design, color consultation, murals, custom faux finishes, furniture painting and more. “I love when the client gets excited,” says Amie, who studied illustration at Syracuse University and previously served as art director for a Washington D.C.-based magazine. ‘”I love creating happy, inviting niches in homes and businesses.” Part of creating these welcoming spaces including using Modern Masters, one of her favorite go-to product lines, and she shared a few of her favorite projects with us.

Harlequin Diamonds with Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Meme Hill StudioOur Metallic Paint Collection helped create this beautiful harlequin diamond finish on the dining room walls.


Painted and Glazed Furniture | Modern Masters Tintable Glaze | Meme Hill Studio

Painted Furniture Glazed with our Tintable Scumble Glaze.


How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

I was introduced to Modern Masters fifteen years ago when a fellow faux finisher (say that 5 times fast) asked me to help him with a large job faux finishing an entire 15,000 square foot home. We glazed a two and half story great room with the Tintable Scumble Glaze and I was hooked. The drying time was longer than any other glaze that I tried and there were absolutely no overlapping lines. I now use it on all my faux projects from large rooms to small accent pieces of furniture. Plus clients love that I custom tint, giving them a one-of-a kind project!

Horizontal Stripes with Metallic Paint on Foyer Walls | Modern Masters Project by Meme Hill StudioThin horizontal stripes with several Metallic Paint Collection colors add interest to foyer entry walls.


Modern Masters Metallic Paint and Glaze on Dining Room Ceiling and Walls | Meme Hill StudioPlatinum and Warm Silver Metallic Paints were crosshatched on the ceiling and a glaze made with Antique Bronze and Blackened Bronze create a gorgeous subtle finish on the dining room walls.


Mural Painted with Modern Masters Products | Meme Hill StudioAn Italian Mural by Amie is created with the help of our Tintable Scumble Glaze.


Handpainted Metallic Ornamental Scrolls | Artistry by Amie FrelingPretty ornamental vines climb up the walls and shimmer enticingly with our Metallic Paints.


What is your go-to Modern Masters product?

My favorite products other than the Tintable Scumble Glaze is the Metallic Paint Collection. My all time favorite color is the Champagne Metallic Paint. It works with whites, creams, silvers and gold. Its a warm metallic that screams richness. I love horizontal stripes in the metallics. I roll it on with a 6-inch roller and then use a course brush to create so many effects. The way both artificial and natural lights interfere and create interest is amazing.

Soft Painted Stripes on Nursery Ceiling | Modern Masters Project by Amie Freling of Meme Hill StudioA beautifully designed nursery by Amie features loose and soft metallic stripes on the ceiling and a subtle glaze on the dresser and changing table.


Metallic Stripes in Contemporary Office | Modern Masters Project by Meme Hill StudioA modern office receives a decidedly contemporary stripe treatment on the entryway and glazed walls in the main area.


What is your dream finishing project?

Any public space. My tag line is “Follow me paint the town. Literally!” and I love working in public spaces like restaurants, schools, hospitals and anyplace where art can be appreciated by those who might not be able to have my painting in their own homes. I feel everyone should be exposed to art. I’m always eager to volunteer my talents for charity events and fundraisers. My dream would be a part of a whole house makeover for a deserving family or child.

Painted Bench with Glazed Ornamental Scrolls by Amie FrelingA creative bench with handpainted ORNAMENTATION AND florals. Amie used our Tintable Scumble Glaze with her color palette to help with the flow OF BOTH painting AND AGING THE DECORATIVE ELEMENTS.


Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio enjoys a dedicated following as a designer and artist. She shares her signature blend of patterns and colors with both commercial and residential clients. Her line of decorative hardware is carried by True Value and her original line of home accessories has sold in retail stores nationwide including Nordstroms. Her works have been featured on HGTV and in national magazines and she is also a contributing design editor for her local newspaper. Be sure to keep up with her as she shares more on her Facebook fan page. Many thanks to Amie for spending some time with us and sharing her incredible Modern Masters projects!

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Kids Room Inspirations with Modern Masters

Kids Room Ideas with Modern MastersA few inspired ideas and a little creativity will help you transform your child’s space into a room they’ll love – and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite kids room projects from our friends to share with you! Featuring metallic paints, color glazes and patinas from Modern Masters, each room has its own magic – whether fresh, cheerful, soothing or completely unexpected. Decorating a nursery, girls room or boys room has never been easier…or more fun!

Stripe Wall in Girls Room with Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Cafe BlogSilver Metallic Paint helps make a contemporary yet sweet statement in this girls room by Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio. We also love the drama of the horizontal stripe!

Painted Stars on Ceiling in Boys Room with Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Project by Kara PaslayStarry, Starry Night! Super stylist and blogger Kara Paslay used our Olympic Gold Metallic Paint to stencil a baseball-themed boys room ceiling with stars.

Equestrian Inspired Girls Room | Metallic Frames on Wall | Modern Masters Project by Dreamsicle SistersTwo of our favorite bloggers know that even small projects make a big impact. Amanda from the Dreamsicle Sisters (above) created a mini gallery of frames that were painted with Venetian Blue, Rose, Brass, and Champagne Metallic Paint in her daughter’s equestrian-inspired room. Be sure to check out more in her horse bedroom makeover post. Danielle of Finding Silver Pennies (below) decided on using Metal Effects to patinate decor accents in her son’s coastal-themed room. Two great ways to add flair with accessories!

Coastal Inspired Boys Room with Modern Masters Metal Effects Decor Inspiration | Project by Finding Silver PenniesStenciled Nursery with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Inspired Kids Room IdeasA soothing and well designed nursery is optimal for both baby and Mom. The beautiful allover damask pattern, the Simple Rhyme Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, was stenciled on these nursery walls with our Silver Metallic Paint. Shimmery and soft!

Girls Room Mural with Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Cafe Blog | Artist: Dinah SmithArtist Dinah Smith used pops of our Metallic Paint Collection to create a lively large graphic flower mural. The result? A colorful, eclectic room for a sweet girl named Madeline.

Boys Room Pirate and Ocean Mural with Modern Masters Glazes | Artistry by Carmen BenoitCarmen Benoit of Carmen Illustrates used the Tintable Glaze from the Decorative Painter’s Products line to paint an incredible mural with ships on the open seas. We particularly like the idea of incorporating the painted sky ceiling into the nautical mural.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these creative paint ideas that can help give your little one the bedroom of his or her dreams! You can also find even more inspiration for kids rooms and other spaces in our Modern Masters Pinterest boards.

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