Product Spotlight: Dead Flat Varnish

If you’ve ever searched for a matte flat topcoat for your projects or a sealer to prevent flashing on your decorative paint finishes, our Dead Flat Varnish is the choice for you! The premium quality, water base, non-yellowing Dead Flat Varnish is a water base clear finish coat formulated to have the optimum level of clarity with the least amount of sheen. We’re sharing a few project ideas for you to pin, share, use and be inspired by!

Using Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish on Walls and Ceilings to Prevent Sheen Flashing | Projects by Ali Kay | Modern Masters Cafe BlogArtist Ali Kay of Positive Space is a master at murals and beautiful decorative finishes. She uses our Dead Flat Varnish over her techniques to remove undesirable variations in sheen on both wall and ceiling surfaces.

Dead Flat Varnish by Modern Masters provides a beautiful flat, matte sheen for furniture | Project by Postcards on the Ridge | Modern Masters Cafe BlogYou won’t believe this great idea and project! A few years ago, Postcards from the Ridge transformed her dining room buffet into a bath vanity cabinet. Doesn’t it look wonderful? After painting and staining, she sealed the entire piece with Dead Flat Varnish and years later, one of their favorite cabinetry projects still looks amazing.

Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish on Table Top | Project by IMeeshu | Modern Masters Cafe BlogMany DIYers and artists share their Modern Masters projects with us on Instagram. The Imeeshu Blog did so with a Duncan Phyfe style dining room table that was painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and sealed with Dead Flat Varnish. She says of the varnish, “It’s amazingly smooth and holds up so well to everything.”.

Painted and Finished Range Hood Sealed with Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish | Modern Masters Cafe Blog | Project by Me & Mrs. JonesStephanie Jones of Me & Mrs. Jones is no stranger to beautiful decorative finishes and in fact, has even written a book about it, Upstyle Your Furniture. After a hand plastered technique, she used our Dead Flat Varnish to seal the range hood to give it both a matte sheen and also make the cleaning of it easy. Win-win!

Farmhouse Blues uses Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish for a Matte Look on Furniture | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Of Dead Flat Varnish, Ann of Farmhouse Blues Interiors gushes, “This stuff is awesome! It goes on very easily, gives a completely matte finish, doesn’t yellow, and leaves no brush strokes.” She used it to seal a recent china cabinet makeover that was lightened and updated with a gray Country Chic color wash first. Beautiful!

Dead Flat Varnish Project Ideas and Inspiration | Modern Masters Cafe BlogDead Flat Varnish is water base and is available for both interior and exterior surfaces. It’s great for walls, ceilings, furniture, floors, cabinetry, decor accents and more! It allows a surface to maintain its aged effect and can help erase unsightly sheen spots for a perfectly matte finish. Are you using Dead Flat Varnish? We’d love to see your projects! Send them in to us at and you may just find your artistry shared on this blog and/or our social sites. Have an inspired day!

Metal Effects Rust Finish Shows Its Elegant Side On A Living Room Screen

How to Paint A Folding Screen Using Rust And Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project Tutorial

I love how the excitement for Modern Masters Metal Effects keeps growing. Every day I see more and more creative uses for the rust and patina products on social media and the Modern Masters Cafe Blog.

When I discovered this extremely heavy wooden folding screen at a shop that was closing, I could just visualize potential. At the time, I had no earthly idea what I would conjure up.

How to Paint A Folding Screen Using Rust And Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Cafe Blog Project Tutorial

Months later, here is my finished project.

I decided to create rust with Modern Masters Iron Paint and Rust Activator, then stencil an overall pattern with Platinum Metallic Paint.

This combination of the dull rust and the shiny metallic paint is just gorgeous to me. It catches light streaming in the front window, and reflects a warm glow near the table lamp. The color even looks dramatically different from panel to panel, but it truly is just the lighting in our living room.

Folding Screen with Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Finish and Platinum Metallic Paint

Earlier this year I posted about using Modern Masters Metallic Paints on outdoor garden accents, and on a tone-on-tone finish on a focus wall in our hall bathroom. I admit that I am now addicted to these creamy, full-bodied water-based paints that come in an amazing array of to-die-for colors.

Metallic Paint Collection Colors from Modern Masters

Are you ready to dive in and try your own project?


Modern Masters Metal Effects and Metallic Paint

Modern Masters Metal Effects rimer, Iron Reactive Paint, Rust Activator, Permacoat Xtreme

Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Platinum

Royal Design Studio Esperanza Lace Tile stencil

large stencil brush, painters tape, paper towels, containers and a palette


Modern Masters Metal Effects Primer | Folding Screen Rust Finish Patina How-To

Modern Masters Metal Effects Primer on Folding Screen | How to Stenciled Rust Finish Tutorial on Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Prep your work area with a drop cloth and good ventilation. After cleaning your piece, roll or brush on two coats of Metal Effects Primer, following drying times on the container. Let dry overnight.


Modern Masters Iron Reactive Paint being added to a Folding Screen | Rust Patina Finish How-To on Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Roll or brush on two coats of the Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paint, according to dry times on the container.


Modern Masters Rust Activator | Rust Finish DIY on Cafe Blog | Project by Debbie of My Patch of Blue Sky

At this point, I added two layers of plastic under my piece and decided that I would brush on the Metal Effects Rust Activator, instead of spray it, since I was working in our kitchen.

Brushing on Modern Masters Rust Activator on the Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paint - then the MAGIC happens! DIY Tutorial on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Let dry a couple of hours, or until the rust quits changing. Here’s what it looks like after about an hour.

During Shot of Rust Patination Process | Metal Effects by Modern Masters How-To


Stenciling with Modern Masters Metallic Paints over the Metal Effects Patina | DIY Tutorial on Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Use a large stencil brush. Dip the tips of the brush into the Platinum Metallic Paint, and offload any excess onto paper towels so it won’t run under the stencil.

I used a wall-size stencil, so to get started, I positioned the center of the stencil at the center of the top panel, then let the design go from there. Since I had not sealed the rust finish, I did need to change the tape often, because the rust stuck to the tape a bit.

Stenciling with Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Royal Design Studio Stencil | DIY Folding Screen Project on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

The key to this project was timing. The Primer has an overnight drying time and the other products all require two coats, with re-coat times to pay attention to.

Basically, it is fairly easy, and quite stunning, don’t you think?

Stenciled Rust Patina Folding Screen | How to Stencil and How to Rust | DIY Tutorial on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

My glass fish floats and copper star are the perfect accents.

Rust and Shimmer | Patina Folding Screen with Metallic Stenciling | DIY Project How-to via Modern Masters Cafe Blog

And I was especially surprised at how well the wall mirror and old columns pulled this little corner vignette together.

Rusted and Stenciled Folding Screen | Project How-to on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Now, at this point, for most projects, you will definitely want to seal using the Permacoat Xtreme topcoat, made specificically for the Rust Patina Finish. Since this screen is not going to be handled at all, I decided to leave it as is.

I can’t wait to see what you paint using rust and metallics!

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

Stylish & Elegant Black Front Door Makeovers

Modern Masters non fade Front Door Paint in the color Elegant black | Black Front Door Projects | Modern Masters CafeBlack is an extremely versatile hue that works with everything – especially on a front door! It’s a polished, dramatic color that will complement most any architecture as well as greet your guests in style. Meet Elegant – the rich, deep ebony color that’s timeless and classic and one of the 24 colors available in our non fade Front Door Paint line. Each color was based on global design trends and the Emotional Color Wheel. Today we showcase five black front door project ideas that are sure to inspire!

Elegant Front Door Paint by Modern Masters | Black Front Door Makeover Ideas | Cafe BlogFront Door Redo by Sew a Fine Seam | Color: Elegant Front Door Paint by Modern Masters | Black Front Door IdeasJill from Sew a Fine Seam built and painted her way to a stunning front door makeover. Updated trim, a new postal box and a fresh color scheme significantly increased her curb appeal. She also loved the fast drying capabilities of Front Door Paint, sharing, “I LOVED this paint. Truly. This paint was way better to use than any latex wall paint I’ve ever used.”

Black Front Door | DIY Beautify uses Modern Masters Front Door Paint in the color Elegant black | Black Front Door Makeover ProjectsCindy from DIY Beautify had a dilemma. “Trying to find the best paint that will stand up to the weather, not knowing how long till it fades and you have to repaint again can keep even the most die-hard DIYer from wanting to paint their door.” When she found Front Door Paint, she was ecstatic! The Elegant black on the front door pairs extremely well with her white trim and red brick exterior, don’t you think? Visit her blog for all her front door redo details.

Front Door Transformation with Modern Masters Front Door Paint | Color: Elegant | Black Front Door Ideas and Inspiration | Cafe BlogUsing the color black for a front door | Golden Boys & Me Project using Modern Masters Front Door PaintFor a cohesive exterior facade, Courtney from Golden Boys & Me paired her Elegant black front door with black shutters for a beautiful dose of drama against a light, buttery yellow.

Classic and Timeless Black Front Door | Project by Crafty Texas Girls | Front Door Paint Ideas Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls loved Front Door Paint’s satin finish and attributes. “Rich, shiny front door paint makes such a difference and improves curb appeal! Modern Masters is especially easy to work with because it dries quickly, so you can paint and close your door on the same day.” Samantha carefully chose fixtures, decor accents and landscaping to create a stylish entry.

Two Tone Front Door | Black Front Door with a pop of Red | Modern Masters Front Door Paint in color Elegant black and Ambitious red | Project by 11 Magnolia LaneChic black with a pop of color! Amy from 11 Magnolia Lane transformed her front door with both black and red. Using the Elegant black as the main color, she also used our Ambitious red to give an added dose of personality. She explains, “Since I had to be conservative with the paint colors on the outside, I wanted something fun on the inside. It’s just the right bit of the unexpected when you open the door.”

What an incredible first impression each front door makes! If you’d like to see if Elegant black is the color for you, be sure to use our free Front Door Paint app available for both iPhone and Android. Snap a pic of your door and scroll through all 24 Front Door Paint colors to see which ones look best! As for painting, in case your door requires priming, we do recommend using a deep color based primer prior to using Elegant Front Door Paint. No topcoat is needed as the paint is weather and fade resistant. We hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas to enhance your curb appeal and create a welcoming entrance!

Front Door Paint is available at selected Lowe’s and local retailers as well as online via Amazon, and the Modern Masters online shop.

Sweet & Charming Metallic Paint Furniture Projects

Charming and Sweet Furniture Projects with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Cafe BlogThere’s nothing like the thrill of transforming a piece of furniture – especially with the shimmer of Modern Masters Metallic Paints! While techniques and styles vary, we’ve spotted a few pieces recently that exude a certain sweetness and charm. They’d be perfect in a girl’s room, a darling country cottage, or a space with a decidedly feminine style. Let’s take a look…

Copper Metallic Paint and Copper Schaibin on Furniture | Project by Linda Gale Boyles of Souther InspirationsDecorative artist Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspirations is a master at mixing techniques, finishes and patterns with her unique furniture pieces. Here she pairs copper leaf schaibin with Copper Metallic Paint for a standout stenciled metallic end table.

Lily Pulitzer-inspired Pink Floral Dresser by Simple Southern Charm | Iridescent Gold Metallic Paint by Modern Masters Dorrie from the Simple Southern Charm blog is no stranger to pro decorative finishes. Here, she combines her considerable talents in creating a Lilly Pulitzer-inspired pink floral dresser with pretty paper, latex paint and our Iridescent Gold Metallic Paint.

Warm Silver Metallic Paint by Modern Masters on Dresser and Mirror | Project by Iris AbbeyWarm Silver is a popular metallic paint color as it’s a silver with the warm glow of gold. Iris Abbey used it to paint a beautiful metallic dresser and mirror frame that might be just perfect for a vintage, romantic bed and breakfast.

Modern Masters Metallic Paints on a Sweet and Charming Table for a Girl | Project by My So Called Crafty LifeThe delightful Ashlee from the My So Called Crafty Life blog used vintage wallpaper along with Pink Pearl, Shimmering Sky, Olympic Gold and Snowflake from our Metallic Paint Collection to create a very fetching painterly side table.

Hymns and Verses used Silver Metallic Paint to transform a Dresser | Modern Masters Cafe BlogOf course, you can always pair furniture that has decidedly feminine lines with a beautiful coat of metallic paint for a warm yet sleek look. Hymns & Verses did just that on a French nightstand painted with Silver Metallic Paint, which they then gently aged.

Pale Gold Metallic Paint Highlight a Beautiful Vanity Redo | Project by Vintage Rejuvenations | Modern Masters Cafe BlogPale Gold Metallic Paint highlights the exterior and interior of a stately vanity, which now sports a huge dose of personality! The creative work is by Vintage Rejuvenations.

We hope these inspired furniture pieces with our Metallic Paint Collection will have you bringing a ‘once upon a charm’ feel to your projects! If you have a few lovely furniture transformations of your own, share them with us at – we’d love to see them. Don’t forget to pin these ideas for ready inspiration and let us know what you think of these sweet furniture transformation ideas in the comments!