Modern Masters: Best of 2014

Best 2014 Posts, Pics & Products | Modern Masters Cafe BlogThe holidays are upon us and we will soon be closing out the incredible year that was 2014. As we reflect on some of our best moments, we’d like to take a moment and give our thanks to you, our readers, customers and fans, for a wonderful year. You shared gorgeous images, amazing projects and ever-creative ideas and we are incredibly thankful for your passion for Modern Masters. Thank you!

TOP FACEBOOK SHARE

Front Door Paint Project by Bella Tucker | Modern Masters Front Door Paint in color FortunateWe had quite a few popular posts on our Modern Masters Facebook page but this porch makeover project by Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes, featuring our Front Door Paint in the color Fortunate, seemed to capture everyone’s imagination. The share is nearing 2,000 likes and still going strong!

TOP CAFE BLOG POST

Gorgeous Range Hood Ideas on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog | Project by Tom HenmanEveryone loves a beautiful kitchen – it’s the most often-used room in the home! Our post sharing Gorgeous Range Hood Ideas, like the Metal Effects stunner above by decorative artist Tom Henman, certainly struck a chord with readers.

TOP YOUTUBE VIDEO

Are you hoping to enhance your curb appeal this coming year? Many of you tackled it in 2014 and especially wanted to start with your front door. Our How to Paint Your Front Door video on our Modern Masters YouTube channel was of special interest this year.

TOP INSTAGRAM SHARE

Modern Masters Best of 2014 | Top Instagram ShareOur @ModernMastersInc Instagram was one of our fastest growing social sites as we’re always sharing cool projects by both pros and DIYers alike. Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes struck gold again on Instagram with their fantastic porch and front door makeover with our Front Door Paint.

TOP PIN ON PINTEREST

Metal Effects Wall Finish | Modern Masters: Best of 2014Artist Arlene McLoughlin shared an Activated Tissue Finish Tutorial with our Metal Effects products and at last count, it has been repinned nearly 1,200 times. Pin it here to grab both the image and how-to for your boards.

BEST NEW PRODUCT

Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Best of 2014We’re always working in our studio for great new products for you and this year was no different. Front Door Paint came out of the gate a winner and its gorgeous colors, fade-resistant properties and ease of use charmed everyone. We can’t wait to see more of your front door makeovers and of course, stay tuned for even more new products heading your way in 2015.

Were there any surprises and new finds for you? We aim to please! Be sure to keep in touch with us here on the Cafe blog and on our social sites to see what we’re up to in 2015!

Ideas & Inspiration for Patina and Oxidation

We share a lot of Decorative Painting, DIY and Design inspiration on our Pinterest account but one of the most active communities is in our Patina & Oxidation group board. The board was inspired by our Metal Effects products and we thought it would be wonderful to see all the contributors share amazing images of patina and oxidation they’ve found across the web. We pulled some of our favorites together to inspire you plus we’ve shared some of the Modern Masters products you could use to help recreate the look. Ready to be inspired? Let’s go!

Rust Finish on Door Hinge | Patina & Oxidation Inspiration via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogA beautiful patinated door hinge looks outstanding on a weathered wood door. Both the rust finish and verdigris finish of our Metal Effects line can recreate this look with ease. Photographed by David DB.

Rust Finish on Garden Door | Patina Inspiration & Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

This rusted garden shed door was featured in the book The French Touch. You can achieve the same look using the combination of the Iron Reactive Paint and the Rust Activator from the Metal Effects line. You can ensure that your beautiful work lasts with Permacoat Xtreme.

French Patina | Patinas in France & other inspiring images via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogThis has a little of everything, no? While the rust is the result of the oxidation of metal, the lovely greenish blue patina is the natural result of copper or bronze continuously coming into contact with moisture in the air.  This verdigris and rust beauty can be found in France and was featured in the PlumSiena blog. Mixing the Metal Effects products would achieve this look.

Plaster and Crackle | Inspiring Images of Patinas | Modern Masters Cafe BlogAncient Buddha statues grace the landscape of Singapore, revealing color and beautiful patinas as they age in time. Using the glazes, crackles and textures within the Decorative Painter’s products can help imitate these time-worn natural patinas.

Patina Details from Chateau Gaudanes | Modern Masters Cafe BlogHave you ever dreamed of moving to Europe and buying an abandoned castle to restore and live in? One family is living this exact dream and blogging about their journey at Chateau de Gudanes. These small design details showing the layers of history can be found on the property. Using the Belezza Series lime products as well at the Metallic Paint Collection can provide a European touch to your finishes.

Bronze and Blue Verdigris Door | Patina Inspirations via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogIs there anything better than an ornamental door with antique hardware? This beauty was photographed by Rachel Stander. Want the look? Use the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint with the Blue Patina Aging Solution.

Patina and Faux Verdigris on Wood Mirror Frame | Modern Masters Cafe  BlogYou can bring an old world patina to a relatively new decorative piece, such as a mirror, with Metal Effects patinas. This mirror was photographed by Heather Ann Design &  Photography and featured in Style Me Pretty.

Paint, Rust and Verdigris Patina Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

The now defunct House & Garden magazine featured a beautiful array of patina options for gardens. Iron ornaments, oxidized metal sculptures and pots with chipped layers of paint were suggested. Although these are antiques, the easiest and most cost-effective solution to speed up the process is decorative and specialty paints.

Verdigris Patina on Aged Wood Door | Patina & Oxidation Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe blogThis aged door in Peru features a verdigris look over wood – gorgeous! The Vogue Korea photo shoot was featured in the Sarah York Presents blog. Metal Effects is your key to this finish.Colorful Patina on Doorknob | Photograph by Jenny Downing | Patina Inspiration via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogAren’t these colors incredible? The verdrigris and natural patina create a beautiful palette of oxidized colors. A professional decorative painter can mix the right Modern Masters products to simulate this look. The image was photographed by Jenny Downing.

Let us know in the comments or via direct message on Pinterest if you’d like to be a part of the Patina & Oxidation group board — we’d love to have you share your finds as well! Be sure to follow us on Pinterest and pin these images to your own boards for continued inspiration!

 

Diamond & Harlequin Patterns to Inspire

Harlequins and diamond patterns are a classic pattern originated in Italy over 400 years ago and it has proven a perennial favorite by easily incorporating into any type of design style. Lately, we’ve been spying an uptick on this gorgeous graphic design paired with Modern Masters products. Its allover design allows for the inclusion of several colors and it has been used successfully in interior design for surfaces such as floors, walls and furniture.

Platinum Silver Diamond Harlequin Pattern on Dresser | Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Heavenly Pieces

Platinum Metallic Paint from our Metallic Paint Collection was used by Heavenly Pieces to transform this unique dresser. We love its lines and fun, contemporary style.

Glazed Metallic Backsplash with an Allover Diamond Harlequin Pattern | Modern Masters Products | Project by Dixon Specialty Finishes

Decorative painter Tina Dixon of Dixon Specialty Finishes used our Metallic Paints and Tintable Glaze to create a striking harlequin pattern on her client’s kitchen backsplash.

Disney Inspired Dresser for Girls Room | Pharaoh's Gold Metallic Paint by Modern Masters as an Accent | Project by Vintage Charm Restored

Vintage Charm Restored used our Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint to accent a Disney-inspired dresser for a little girl’s room. It pairs so well with pink!

Harlequin Pattern on Dining Room Table Top | Black Pearl and Gold Rush Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Project by Southside Furniture Revival

Black Pearl and Gold Rush Metallic Paint were used by Southside Furniture Revival to create a fun harlequin pattern on a dining room table top.

Metallic Paint Finish in a Diamond Allover Pattern on Walls | LA Custom Art | Modern Masters Metallic PaintsSeveral colors of Metallic Paints were blended together to create this soft metallic finish on a dark diamond background. The beautiful artistry is by LA Custom Art.

Harlequin Diamond Pattern Ideas for Walls and Furniture | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Artist Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio recreated this classic pattern on dining room walls in ochre and gold.

Harlequin Pattern Inspiration via the Modern Masters Cafe BlogOf course, some of our creative customers choose to enhance an existing harlequin pattern with our products. Artist SK Sartell used our Metal Effects as the perfect compliment to an aged diamond pattern on a large wardrobe. Striking!

A diamond pattern will instantly add visual impact to any surface. One traditional rule of thumb is that the height of the diamond be twice that of the width while others just think of it as squares set at an angle. It’s important to note to keep the scale of the space in mind when incorporating a harlequin pattern – too small and the design can become too busy while too large doesn’t successfully create the necessary allover impact. Be sure to pin these fantastic projects and keep these creative harlequin project ideas close at hand. Have an inspired day!