Modern Masters at Snap!

Modern Masters at the Snap Conference 2015The Snap Conference is almost here and we are so excited to see old friends and meet new ones during the three days of the event in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attendees to the event are some of the best bloggers representing modern handmade, contemporary craft and DIY. It’s a community where creative bloggers come together, learn and walk away invigorated.

This year, Modern Masters will be at Booth 11 and we have so many great things planned, starting off with a gift in everyone’s goodie bag! But we don’t stop there – bring by your gift to our booth for even more special gifts! There will also be photo contests and many, many giveaways on everything from Starbucks gift certificates to product kits to a Grand Prize worth almost $500. Our team will be there to answer questions, talk about partnership opportunities and share information on our super secret new products that are in the works. It’ll be a fun-tastic time so come by and see us!

Paint Your Shutters Using Modern Masters Front Door Paint!

Modern Masters Front Door Paint in color Playful | Curb Appeal Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe BlogLast fall I had a blast painting our front door with Front Door Paint by Modern Masters in the purple color Playful. The fact that the paint is water-based, glides on like a dream, and comes in lots of gorgeous, curb appeal enhancing colors made my project fun, and I didn’t have to spend all of my precious Saturday getting the job done.

Modern Masters Front Door Paint ColorsI chose the bright purple hue because we have an unusual long courtyard leading up to our front door. Plus, we have a glass storm door that always dilutes any color that we choose. Though Steve and I really like our unusual entry, I felt like I wanted a trendy, bright color that can say “artsy” as well as show up from the street.

How to Paint Shutters with Front Door Paint | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project Tutorial

While I was painting the door, the shutters were suddenly screaming “paint me” but cold weather moved in. So, now that we have some beautiful spring days here in North Carolina, I chose a medium tone coordinating grey called Mysterious to cover our oxidized green shutters that were clashing a bit with our new jazzy purple front door. Modern Masters has 24 Front Door Paint colors to choose from and you can also use their free Front Door Paint app to find the best colors for you.

Front Door Paint in the color Mysterious | Gray Shutters

Use Front Door Paint to coordinate your Entrance and Shutter Colors | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project Tutorial

These courtyard shutters were a painters dream. Just a light cleaning and sanding here and there, and I was done with perfect coverage in one coat. Yes, one coat! I did have to watch the weather reports to dodge the rain showers, which is typical this time of year.

Painting Your Shutters with non-fading Front Door Paint | Spring Curb Appeal | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Tutorial

I discovered how much the green paint had faded over the past 4 years when I moved the shutter dog.

How to Keep Your Shutters from Fading | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Tutorial

The pair at the front of the house were definitely not a dream.

Redo Your Old Faded, Crackling Shutters with non-fade Front Door Paint | Spring Curb Appeal Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project Tutorial

I scraped, sanded, and primed with exterior primer. Then I painted two coats of Mysterious, because the white primer needed extra coverage. You can see that I constantly fought with the shrubbery trying to position the ladder just to get situated. I know our neighbors got a few good chuckles watching me try to level up the ladder with a board out of our trash.

Exterior Shutter Makeover | Front Door Paint | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project Tutorial

I managed not to fall, although I was on constant snake patrol because a feisty little corn snake attempted to join me in the house as I entered for a coffee break. Then I had to go put on socks and shoes because he creeped me out.

Shutters painted with Front Door Paint | Summer Curb Appeal Ideas | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Tutorial

Long story short, we are so happy with the colors and Front Door Paint product, especially knowing that the colors will not fade.

Coordinate and Paint Your Front Door and Shutters with Front Door Paint | 24 Non-Fade and Weather Proof Colors | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Tutorial

Now come on new petunias, pansies, rose bushes, azaleas and hostas. Grow!

Convinced the Front Door Paint is perfect to spruce up your out-dated or peeling front door or shutters? Great! Find Front Door Paint Retailers, shop The Home Depot Online Store, or the Modern Masters Online Shop and Amazon.com, too.

Modern Masters Cafe Blog Guest Writer and Artist is Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

Our Top 5 Guides for the Perfect Front Door Makeover

Top 5 Guides for the Perfect Front Door Makoever | Modern Masters Cafe BlogWho doesn’t love a Front Door Makeover? It not only freshens your curb appeal but you can also express yourself with a perfect color that welcomes your guests in style. Each year, over 13 million people paint their front doors and most will struggle with finding the right color, the right technique and equally important, the right product. With several Modern Masters products that can transform your front door, we’ve become quite the experts at creating a welcoming entryway. We’ve gathered up our five best guides on putting your best door forward.

HOW TO PAINT YOUR FRONT DOOR

Late last year, we introduced our new YouTube channel series, The Modern Masters Minute!  Sixty seconds is all it takes to showcase many of the amazing surfaces you can transform with our products. We launched the series with our How to Paint Your Front Door video tutorial that gave a quick overview of our Front Door Paint app and a front door project that’s a snap to paint, dries fast and never fades.

TIPS & TOOLS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOR

Tips & Tools for Choosing the Right Front Door Color | Modern Masters Cafe BlogIn our How to Choose a Front Door Color post, we shared three hot tips & tools for picking the perfect shade for your entrance.

STEP-BY-STEP FRONT DOOR PAINT PROJECT

How to Paint a Front Door | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project TutorialDebbie Hayes from My Patch of Blue Sky walked us through her Front Door Paint project using the color Playful. She covered everything from prep to finish. We also have a cool Front Door Paint Step-by-Step PDF on our Modern Masters website.

'FRONT DOOR PAINT OPTIONS' PODCAST

Front Door Ideas Podcast with the Porch Ideas NetworkOur President, Jim Rogers, spoke with the Porch Ideas Network on all things front door. Get his best advice on front door paint ideas and options with a quick listen to this fantastic podcast. They talk about the history of Front Door Paint, finding the perfect color and ignoring the ‘fear factor’ that can cause years of indecision.  If you’ve got a front door makeover planned, this is the show to listen to!

WHAT'S HAUTE FOR FRONT DOORS

Haute Front Door Solutions | Modern Masters Cafe BlogOn this Fab Front Door Solutions post, we rounded up great ideas with all our products for your front door. Consider everything from glazing to patinas to metallics (Oprah magazine is a fan!) as well as our non-fade Front Door Paint. So much inspiration!

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The front door is a focal point that connects a homeowner to their home – it sets the stage by making a welcoming statement and giving you a sneak peek into the personality of who lives inside. These five guides provide tons of front door ideas as well as solid tips and tutorials for making your front door redo a breeze with durable results. Check out our Metallic Paint Collection, Metal Effects and Decorative Painter’s Products for a unique take on front doors or try our Front Door Paint for a classic look that will stand the test of time. Find Front Door Paint at selected Ace Hardwares and Lowe’s, HomeDepot.com, Amazon.com and our Modern Masters Online Shop, too.  For all other products, use our Retail Locator to find the nearest shop. Can’t wait to see your projects!

Modern Mastery: Linda Gale Boyles

Are you on Instagram? We are! Come follow us as we share inspiring projects and creative ideas for decorative finishes on all manner of surfaces. You can also share your #ModernMasters projects with us, which is how we discovered the beautiful Modern Mastery of Southern Inspirations.

Artist Linda Gale Boyles | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogLinda Gale Boyles is the Creative Director and Owner of Southern Inspirations. It’s the studio she founded in her home in 1993 as a way of following her dreams and pursuing her artistic leanings. Her business benefited from a Business Communications degree from Georgetown College, and she soon moved into a beautiful studio. Creating her own signature finishes after taking art and finishing classes around the world, she began focusing on furniture design and surface treatments as well as the pursuit of cutting edge products and techniques. We’re thrilled to showcase her versatile Modern Masters projects, encompassing walls, ceilings and her signature furniture treatments.

Painted and Stenciled Furniture with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Southern Inspirations and featured on the Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetallic Paint and Pattern on Dresser Interior | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspiration | Modern Masters Cafe BlogCombining both a Royal Design Studio stencil and our Metallic Paint Collection, Linda designed and painted a unique dresser with handblown knobs and killer legs. Do you like the sneak peek inside the drawers, too?

 

Contemporary Metallic Plaster Wall Finish | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspirations | Modern Masters Cafe BlogVENETIAN Plaster creates a contemporary wall finish in Linda’s hands. Beautiful design and floor to complement!

 

What is the most inspiring place you have visited?
The Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Artistically, I don’t think there is any other place on earth where there is more art in one place. It is so awe-inspiring and the beauty is unspeakable.

Luscious Green Venetian Plaster Finish on Walls with a Silver Metallic Paint Finish on Ceiling | Modern Mastery Feature on Artist Linda Gale Boyles | Modern Masters Cafe BlogVenetian Plaster in a fresh yet calm green color scheme graces the dining room walls while a Glazed Silver Metallic Paint finish on the ceiling complements it beautifully. Wonderful palette and design!

 

Stencils and Stripes on Wall with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern InspirationsOur Metallic Paint was used to create the chic striped wall treatment as well as stencil the patterns within the stripes. Gorgeous! Linda also created and designed the striking mirror.

 

What is your favorite Modern Masters finish?
It is a finish that I created called Old World Metallic. We cross hatch 2 colors of Metallic Paint and let it dry. Then we glaze and pit or watermark it. We do this on furniture and ceilings and clients love it! It looks like beaten or aged metal.

Copper Metallic Paint Finish on Range Hood | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspiration | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMetallic Paint Crosshatch Finish on Range Hood | Modern Masters | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern InspirationsVarious Copper and Gold Metallic Paints mix to create a stunning range hood finish.

 

Crosshatched and Glazed Metallic Paint Ceiling | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspirations | Modern Masters Cafe BlogLinda’s Old World Metallic Finish with our Metallic Paint Collection graces a bedroom ceiling. What do you think of the whimsical headboard she designed?

 

What is your dream finishing project?
I have many! I have designed many pieces of furniture and am in the process of looking for a manufacturer. Also, I would love to create furniture finishes for a furniture company. There is nothing like transforming a furniture piece into something a client could only dream of. I think furniture is useful sculpture.

Multi-Color Venetian Plaster Finish with Modern Masters Metallic Paints on Walls | Modern Mastery Feature of Artist Linda Gale Boyles | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Linda designed and finished this multi-color wall treatment with our VENETIAN PLASTER. It’s chic and the colors add incredible interest to the space.

 

Linda certainly has an eye for beautiful color combinations with a creative twist. We love her fresh take on mixing patterns and finishes on all surfaces! Her studio is able to accommodate custom orders and designs for virtually any furniture project so please be sure to visit her Southern Inspirations website if you’d like to learn more. Don’t forget to also pin and share these amazing Modern Masters projects. Many thanks to Linda for sharing them with us!