Modern Mastery: Melinda and Marc Bender

We discovered decorative artists Melinda and Marc Bender on Instagram via their #ModernMastersInc project shares using our specialty paint products. Their firm, M&M Bender Designer Wall Finishes, was founded in 1998 and is a powerhouse studio based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We are so happy to share their projects with you today as a part of our Modern Mastery series.

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Stenciled on Ceiling by M&M Bender | Roundabout Stencil by Wallovers | Modern Mastery Feature on Cafe Blog This gorgeous ceiling was created with the Roundabout Stencil by Wallovers using both our Pale Gold and Steel Gray from our Metallic Paint Collection to stencil the pattern.

Laguna Blue Metallic PlasterFinish with Glass Beads  by M&M Bender | Modern Mastery SeriesThe beautiful powder bath walls feature our Metallic Plaster in the Laguna Blue color with glass beads along the top. Gorgeous and shimmery.

If giving advice, what would be your top decorative finishing tip?

Every finish looks better with a final glaze. It just “sets in” the colors, enhances the metallics, and evens out the final sheen. Its also a great way to make any little color adjustments when you need to make the finish perfect for the room’s specific lighting and feel.

Gorgeous Powder Room Wall Finish | Metallic Plasters with Glazing Cream by Modern Masters | Cafe BlogA troweled Metallic Plaster finish in various colors is overglazed using our Wall Glazing Cream. Beautiful!

What is your go-to Modern Masters product?

Our go to product is Metallic Plaster. We use it in a large number of our projects. We love the body that it has, enabling us to use tools to create textures with the plaster that some other metallic plasters cannot hold up to. We also love it just on its own. Its shimmer and movement is a client favorite. We have completed dozens of ceilings using it.

Stunning Ornamental Ceiling by M&M Bender | Aged Gold Metallic Plaster with the Pattern in Silver Fox Metallic Plaster | Modern Masters Cafe BlogThis stunning ceiling has a Metallic Plaster treatment. The base finish is troweled with Aged Gold and the contemporary flower pattern was detailed with Silver Fox.

What is your dream finishing project?

We joke about this! It would be our house, of course. Our “imaginary” dream house, the one on the lake in the mountains, where the weather is always perfect, after we have won the lottery! We would finally get to do all of our favorite finishes in our favorite colors…The hardest part would be deciding! Every time we learn something new in a class or through experimenting and creating our own new finishes, we find another favorite. Its always fun to dream!

Striking Faux Decorative Paint Finish on Foyer Walls by M&M Bender | Modern Masters Metal Effects and Metallic Plaster | Cafe BlogBoth Metal Effects and Metallic Plaster were used to create this incredible wall finish. M&M Bender used the Rust Patina Finish as the base and troweled the stencil design with the Black Panther Metallic Plaster.

We’d like to thank both Marc and Melinda for sharing their studio’s beautiful work with us – what a pleasure to see our products in their artistic hands! What do you think of their work? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to also visit the M&M Bender Instagram account as they share their custom designer wall and ceiling finishes, plasters and hand-painted mural projects. We hope you are inspired to create your own one-of-a-kind projects!

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