Millennium Clock Tower Restoration

Many of our products are used for exterior surfaces and we spied one such special project on Facebook by a creative customer, CIP (Commercial & Industrial Painters), in Canada. The Millennium Clock Tower was erected in Ontario’s Oakville Town Square to help greet the millennium in style. In the 15 years since, it had lost its lustre and both the base color and gold details had become faded and discolored. With the help of our Metallic Paint Collection and MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat, CIP was able to help restore it to its former glory. Their president, Ed Forte, walked us through the process.

The Millennium Clock Tower in Ontario, Canada is in need of restoration | Cafe Blog“From the 15 years of severe Canadian weather exposure, the rundown timepiece was in need of some attention. All the gold accents and lettering were worn off over the years. There really wasn’t much gold left,” Ed explains.

Clock Restoration with the help of Modern Masters | Project by CIP The clock also had corrosion, which had to be sanded down, grinded and then primed with a bonding primer.

Rich Gold Metallic Paint by Modern Masters helps restore the Millennium Clock Tower | Project by CIP | Cafe Blog FeatureEd shares, “Two coats of an acrylic aliphatic urethane was selected as the paint coat because of it’s excellent color retention and anti-corrosion properties. The gold accents were applied with three coats of Rich Gold Metallic Paint and top coated with three coats of MasterClear® for added UV protection.” The non-yellowing interior/exterior MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat is specifically formulated to maintain the shimmer of metallic paint and has inherent high abrasion resistance.

Restoration of Millennium Clock Tower in Ontario, Canada | Project by CIP | Cafe Blog FeatureModern Masters Metallic Paint in Rich Gold | Exterior Restoration Project by CIPModern Masters Rich Gold Metallic Paint enhances a Clock Tower Restoration Project by Ontario's CIP | Cafe Blog FeatureLettering and Painting on Clock Tower Restoration with Modern Masters Rich Gold Metallic Paint | Project by Ontario's CIP | Cafe Blog FeatureBefore & After Millennium Clock Restoration Project by CIP | Modern Masters Metallic Paint The Millennium Clock in Oakville’s Town Square is the centrepiece of Downtown Oakville​. “From the Christmas tree lighting, to the Jazz festival, Midnight Madness and so much more, it has stood in the forefront of visitors and passer-bys. We are proud of how the clock turned out and have received a lot of good feedback. Some people actually thought it was a completely new clock,” Ed says. “Many thanks to Modern Masters for a providing such a great product.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed this transformation! CIP made a quick project video of that you can view above. For more on their projects, please follow them on their Facebook page and be sure to pin your fave images of this incredible clock restoration. If you have a special Modern Masters project you’d like to share with us, please e-mail us at with more information. Have an inspired day!

Stenciling with Modern Masters

Stencil Style with Modern Masters | Amazing Stenciling Projects on the Cafe BlogPaint and pattern enhances any space and stencils are one of the best ways to incorporate incredible motif or allover designs into a well-styled room. All of our Modern Masters products can be used to help create incredible stenciled finishes in a myriad of surfaces – but the proof is in the pudding! Come along with us as we take a tour of some favorite stencil projects by our creative customers…

Stenciled Venetian Plaster | Modern Masters | Project by Caroline Lizarraga and Photographed by Catherine NguyenDecorative artist Caroline Lizarraga created a stenciled Venetian Plaster finish with the Indian Paisley Damask Stencil by Royal Design Studio for a feature wall in a design shop. She used a charcoal gray color scheme that not only enhances the retail space, it also showcases the furniture and decor accents well. Photography by Catherine Nguyen.

Stenciled Wall with Modern Masters ShimmerStone | Project by Caroline Lizarraga and Photographed by Catherine NguyenUsing lovely deep lavender and plum tones, Caroline Lizarraga also created an alluring raised stencil focal wall in a relaxing nook with our ShimmerStone. The pattern is the Florentine Damask Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio and the beautiful photography is by Catherine Nguyen.

Stenciled Bath Wall with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Cedar Hill Homegrown DesignsLindsey Taylor of Cedar Hill Homegrown Designs used our Metallic Paint Collection for this beautiful stenciled bath finish. It’s the pretty Peacock Feather Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils along with our Hunter Green and Venetian Blue Metallic Paints.

Stenciled Dining Room Accent Wall with Snowflake Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Project by C'Mon Get CraftyBlogger Megan of C’mon Get Crafty shared a Stenciled Dining Room Accent Wall DIY created with the Modern Moroccan Lace Wall Stencil by Royal Design Studio and our Snowflake Metallic Paint over a deep blue navy wall. Stunning!

Ornamental Ceiling created with Modern Masters Metallic Plaster | Beautiful Project by Craig Getty Craig Getty Decorative Painting used a Modello® Designs vinyl stencil with various shimmery colors of our Metallic Plaster for a gorgeous troweled and paisley-inspired stenciled ceiling.

Stenciled Fabric with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Cynthia Davis using her Wallovers Stencil CollectionStenciling on fabric is so easy with our Metallic Paints! Of course, you can always create a woven texture like artist Cynthia Davis did here for the wall base with a pink-red fuschia mix as the surface prior to stenciling with our Gold Rush Metallic Paint. Cynthia used the Batik Stencil from her own Wallovers line for the lovely project.

Stenciled Screen with Modern Masters Metallic Paint and Metal Effects Rust Finish | Project by My Patch of Blue Sky | Cafe BlogDecor accents and furniture are great surfaces to combine our products with stencils. Here, a living room screen is enhanced with a Metal Effects Rust Finish base stenciled with Platinum Metallic Paint. The unique project is Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky and the pattern is the Esperanza Lace Tile Stencil by Royal Design Studio.

Stenciled Decorative Wall Finish by Jeremy Stanger | Amazing Stencil Projects with Modern Masters | Cafe BlogA flowered reverse stencil effect was created by decorative painter Jeremy Stanger by creating a decorative strie wall finish with our Warm Silver Metallic Paint over a deep brown base. It’s a charmingly comfortable space to relax in.

Stenciled Metallic Plaster Decorative Wall Finish | Project by Decorative Painter Shauna Gallagher | Cafe BlogDecorative artist Shauna Gallagher created an incredible plastered wall finish for Sacramento, CA shop Urban 57 using our Metallic Plaster in the colors Champagne, Shimmered Moon, Ice Blue and Tungsten. We love how she’s layered and stenciled the shimmery finish for an elegant, inviting look!

Modern Masters has definite stencil style! We love how each project is so creative and how the techniques add such panache to each and every room. Be sure to pin these inspiring ideas and let us know if you have a fave in the comments below!

Instagram Inspiration with Modern Masters!

One of our favorite social sites is Instagram. We love sharing exciting new ideas with our products but we also love to see all the Modern Masters projects our creative customers  share with us. The images range from behind-the-scenes shots of a decorative painting commission, to charming hand painted furniture on its way to Etsy, to unique surfaces with new techniques and so much more. The images inspire and amaze us with their creativity and we rounded up just a few of them to share with you here.

Ornamental Venetian Plaster Project by Le Graciux Creative | Modern Masters Venetian Plaster Douglas Funkhouser of Le Gracieux Creative shared his Venetian Plaster project  with gorgeous ornamental patterns. We enjoyed seeing the share of his Italian-inspired commission and style!

Handwritten Letter with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Handlettered with LoveMeriweather Adams of Handlettered with Love tried out our Metallic Paint for one of her commissioned pieces. She says, “I can’t stop using it!”. We can’t wait to see her future projects!

TG1 West Coast Rockscapes uses Modern Masters Theme Paints to create incredible poolscapes and water features | Cafe Blog FeatureTG1 West Coast Rockscapes creates gorgeous poolscapes and water features. They share many of the commissions that are completed with the help of our Theme Paint.

Stenciled Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Finish | "Iron Lady" Technique by Royal Design Studio Melanie Royals of Royal Design Studio recently took a class with Hoity Toity Peacock and came away inspired with our Metal Effects line. This is a sample she created that features the rust finish and is entitled the ‘Iron Lady’.

Modern Masters Metal Effects on Truck | Project by Krystiano DaCostaDecorative Painter Krystiano Dacosta is no stranger to beautiful decorative techniques. Here, he incorporated our Metal Effects green patina to customize a truck. Wow!

Zebrawood Horizontal Stripes with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Jeremy StangerJeremy Stanger of Stanger Projects seemingly never runs out of inspired ideas and techniques. He frequently shares his Modern Masters projects with us, including this beauty with Metallic Pearl Paint over a gray base with a horizontal strié Zebra wood finish.

Amie Freling on Modern Masters Instagram Week of September 27, 2015 | Meme Hill StudioWe have more Insta-awesomeness to share! Artist Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio will be taking over our Instagram account the week of September 27th. She’ll be posting great ideas with Modern Masters so join in on the fun as she ‘photobomobs’ our account! In the meantime, if you’d like to see more projects, take a peek at the #ModernMastersInc and #ModernMasters hashtags – we also repost many amazing shares. If you’d like to join us on Instagram, we are @ModernMastersInc. Let us know what you think of these projects and leave us your Instagram handle on the comments below!

Modern Mastery: Hoity Toity Peacock

ased out of Brenham, Texas, Hoity Toity Peacock has been creating, producing andteaching incredible reactive and oxidized works with our Metal Effects patinas for years. We’ve been following their studio and projects on social media for quite some time and are very proud to feature their artistry on our Modern Mastery series.

Modern Masters Metal Effects Patinas on Buffet Table | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock | Modern Mastery Series Feature on the Cafe BlogForty-two years ago, Melody Peacock Brooks started helping her mother, Beverly Coet, after school, weekends and during the summer on painting and wallpaper jobs. By the time she was twelve years old, Melody’s daughter, Meghan Martin Munson, could mimic her mother’s hand in Italian Plastering and it has since developed into three generations of artisans that create, teach and share their talents.

In 2012, they created Hoity Toity Peacock to combine their talents and focus on teaching Painting and Decorative Finish techniques. There was a high demand for painted furniture classes, but the three generations wanted something that would stand out from other workshops. When they discovered the Modern Masters Metal Effects line, it was love at first sight and there was no turning back! Melody began to experiment and create different techniques that would provide the rich, vibrant colors that the Metal Effects products can achieve. She soon began incorporating the patinas into the furniture they were painting and each piece proved so striking, they sold immediately. Their Metal Effects classes are also so popular that they have become one of the primary focuses at their studio.

Stenciled Patinas on Furniture Dresser | Modern Masters Metal Effects Project by Hoity Toity Peacock | Modern Mastery Studio Series FeatureWhat is your top finishing tip?
Never be afraid to experiment and try new things. If you make a mistake, you can always try again. In fact over the years, we have had so many “pleasant mistakes” turn out to be our best finishes! Most important, never skimp on the product! If you do, your results will be disappointing.

Oxidized Textured Anaglypta Wallpaper on Bookcase Back | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Project by Hoity Toity PeacockPatina and Pattern on Letter Art | Metal Effects by Modern Masters | Project by Hoity Toity PeacockOxidation and Patina on Mirror Frame | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock with Modern Masters Metal EffectsHow has Modern Masters enhanced your business?
The Metal Effects Patina class has become one of our most popular classes that we offer at our studio at Hoity Toity Peacock in Brenham, TX. It can be used on walls, floors, furniture, art, and just about any object you are wanting that extra unique look. The possibilities are endless! We have also been traveling around the United States and Canada, teaching others these techniques. We feel Modern Masters has taken Hoity Toity Peacock to a new level with this amazing product.

Kitchen Vent with the Metal Effects Rust Finish | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock | Modern Mastery Studio FeatureOxidized and Patinated Trunk | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock | Modern Masters Cafe BlogWhat is your go-to Modern Masters product and/or color?
Without a doubt, the whole line of the Modern Masters Metal Effects is our favorite. We used to think the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint was our favorite, but then we started using the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and the Iron Reactive Paint for different techniques. They have all become favorites, for one reason or another. It’s like choosing who is your favorite child…you love them all, just in different ways!

Rust Patina Finish on Textured Table Insets | Project by Hoity Toity Peacock with Modern Masters Metal EffectsPanel Bird Art with Modern Masters Metal Effects Patinas | Project by Hoity Toity Peacok | Modern Mastery Studio Series Feature on Cafe BlogVerdigris and Rust Patinas on Rustic Table Top | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Project by Hoity Toity PeacockIsn’t their work extraordinary? Hoity Toity Peacock provides classes on these Metal Effects techniques as well as run the Brenham, Texas shop where they sell home decor goods and the pieces created with the beautiful reactive patina finishes. The newest project they are working on is a retreat center, with students staying on site 3 – 5 days while learning their incredible techniques, eating gourmet meals and getting pampered. Sounds amazing! Please contact Hoity Toity Peacock on their Facebook page if you are interested in a custom piece and/or taking one of their classes. We hope you’ve enjoyed their Modern Mastery!