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.
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.
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.
Are you ready to dive in and try your own project?
large stencil brush, painters tape, paper towels, containers and a palette
PRIME TWO COATS
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.
PAINT TWO COATS OF OXIDIZING IRON PAINT
Roll or brush on two coats of the Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paint, according to dry times on the container.
BRUSH ON TWO COATS OF RUST ACTIVATOR
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.
Let dry a couple of hours, or until the rust quits changing. Here’s what it looks like after about an hour.
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.
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?
My glass fish floats and copper star are the perfect accents.
And I was especially surprised at how well the wall mirror and old columns pulled this little corner vignette together.
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!