Spring & Summer Garden Decor How-to with Metal Effects Kits!

How to Patinate Decor Accents with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Spring and Summer Garden Ideas and Inspiration

Spring is here! The cherry and Bradford pear trees are blooming beautifully, and folks are flocking out to their patios, front porches, and decks, to spruce up for the season. The farmers markets are swarming with eager gardeners like me, who start slowly, planting smaller container projects to get inspiring, magically instant gratification. Depending upon where you live in the country, frost can occur late into April and even May, so who wants to risk planting too many tender lovelies too soon?

Garden Accents with Metal Effects Patinas by Modern Masters | How-to DIY Tutorial

I was thrilled to discover that I could transform a formerly sad concrete planter using one of the new Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits – perfect for small indoor and outdoor projects. The small kits come in Blue Patina, Green Patina, and Rust, and they will be available exclusively for purchase at Hobby Lobby soon.

With Metal Effects, you can update any paintable surface in minutes, and it’s easy and fast, yielding beautiful results, with no experience required. Don’t you love how the blue patina pulls out the colors in the pink-blue blooms, the rusted chair, and my front door, painted with Playful Modern Masters Front Door Paint? And it looks like Mother Nature created it over decades.

Each kit comes complete with full instructions, all of the products you need to cover 1 to 2 square feet.

Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits are perfect for small crafts and are available at Hobby Lobby

One 2-ounce Primer

One 2-ounce Oxidizing Copper or Bronze Metallic Paint or Iron Reactive Paint

One 2-ounce Patina Aging Solution or Rust Activator & a Spritzer Cap Attachment

You just need a drop cloth or plastic to protect the area you work in, a container, and a paint brush.

Spring and Summer Garden Ideas | Metal Effects Patina How-to | Modern Masters Blog

When I found myself itching for something to paint, I wandered out to our very sad, wintery-looking deck. There, I re-discovered this concrete head, all cold, ugly and forlorn, and she was begging for a new look. I decided on the Blue Patina Finish.

Here are the three easy steps for the perfect patina:


Metal Effects Kits Garden Project How-to Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky | Applying Metal Effects Primer | Modern Masters

Protect surrounding surfaces from spills and overs-pray. Clean your item well, if necessary, and let dry. Prime the surface with 2 coats of the Metal Effects Primer. Allow half an hour between coats, and 2 hours for final drying time.


Applying Metal Effects Bronze Reactive Paint | How to Patinate Garden Accents How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky on the Modern Masters Blog

Paint the primed surface with 1 coat of Reactive Bronze Metallic Paint and allow to dry half an hour.


Step by Step Metal Effects Patina How-to | Garden Decor Accent Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky on the Modern Masters Blog

Attach the spritzer cap to the Blue Patina Aging Solution bottle. Apply the second coat of Reactive Bronze Metallic Paint, and while the paint is still wet, spray on a light coating of Blue Patina Aging Solution over the entire surface. As the activated surface dries over 30 to 40 minutes, a real blue patina finish will appear.

Just look!

Metal Effects Patina How-to | Spring and Summer Garden Ideas for Curb Appeal | Modern Masters Blog

I know you are wondering about sealing outdoor items after you use Metal Effects. While the Rust Finish may require a topcoat (included in the kit), no protection is required for both the Blue and Green Patina Kits. Grab a latte, motor off to your favorite nursery for bright, cheery annuals, and your fabulous mini-garden container looks like a million bucks, with little time, energy, and expense. Truly, the kit is all you need for a small project.

Spring and Summer DIY Garden Ideas | How to Patinate Decor Accents with Metal Effects Patinas | DIY Tutorial on Modern Masters Blog

My neighbors, my guests and the UPS man are going to be soooo impressed!

Expect to see lots of posts, projects, and inspiration for spring and summer garden accent projects using Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits. You can also go to the awesome Modern Masters YouTube Channel and see video tutorials on using the Metal Effects Rust Patina Kit How-to, the Metal Effects Blue Patina Kit How-to and the Metal Effects Green Patina Kit How-to. The smaller kits will be available in Hobby Lobby soon while the larger kits are available online now at TheHomeDepot.com. If you’d like to buy Metal Effects in individual sizes for custom projects, Modern Masters has hundreds of retailers across the US that carry their product lines. Questions and comments? Write them below!

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

Update your Front Door for Spring!

With winter almost over, it’s the perfect time to tackle some of your exterior projects – such as that front door makeover that’s been on your To Do List for far too long! There are 25 colors in our non-fade, weather resistant Front Door Paint line and with our free Front Door Paint app, you can find the perfect one for you! Available for iPhone and Android, just take a pic of your door and use it to scroll through our colors to find the perfect one. Keep on reading to see how our Front Door Paint helped some of our creative customers start to adore their front door.

Front Door Update by Tale of an Ugly House in the color Sophisticated | Front Door Paint Ideas for Spring | Modern Masters

Amanda from The Tale of an Ugly House wanted a red front door. She explains, “Not only are red front doors classic and fit the colonial style, they are also known as a symbol of welcome.” She used the color Sophisticated to update her door and shares, “It was such a simple and quick project that made such a big difference to the curb appeal of the house!” Front Door Paint quickly became her new favorite exterior paint.

Cheerful Front Door Paint | Front Door Paint Project by Dreamsicle Sisters | Front Door Ideas for Spring

Amanda from the Dreamsicle Sisters used the color Cheerful, a beautiful coral orange, for a fast front door update. She shared that, “Front Door Paint goes on smooth and it has great consistency. This paint is amazing!”.

Front Door Makeover by Robb Restyle | Modern Masters Non-Fade Front Door Paint in color Happy | Front Door Ideas for Spring

Kristy and Corey from Robb Restyle always share great projects and their exterior door makeovers are no exception! They used the color Happy to paint their yellow front door as well as update the side door. We love how joyful and welcoming their home’s exterior is!

Front Door Makeover by Dukes & Duchesses | Front Door Paint Ideas for Spring | Modern Masters

“I love the way a painted door draws the eye, adds some character to the neighborhood, and gives visitors the first taste of your decorating style,” says Randi of the Dukes and Duchesses blog. She used the color Fortunate, a beautiful apple green, to transform her entrance. The best part for Randi is that it was easy to apply, covered well and dried fast so she could close the door quickly.

Make sure you take a look below at our video, How to Paint a Front Door, for great tips prior to starting your front door makeover. We also have a Top 5 Front Door Paint Questions blog post with more great resources. Keep us posted on your projects – and if you’d like to see more front door inspiration, browse through our Front Door Paint Projects board on Pinterest! Happy Painting!

Matte Metallic Finishes for any Surface!

Our Matte Metallics line showcases 15 gorgeous colors with a subtle glow – a perfect companion to our shimmery Metallic Paint Collection. Many of our creative customers have been using the Matte Metallics by painting them straight on, stenciling with them and also using them as highlights for furniture and decor accents. We’ve found a few recent projects for you that just might inspire those creative juices.

Brass Matte Metallic Paint on Mirror Frame by May Richer Fuller Be | Modern Masters

Brass Matte Metallic Paint helps May Richer Fuller Be transform a bathroom! Modern Masters Blog Feature.

Chaney of the blog May Richer Fuller Be had a purple bathroom and wanted a change to a light, bright design. First up, paint it all white – but then the ‘boring white medicine cabinet mirror’ blended right into the background. She decided to make it a focal point by painting it with Brass Matte Metallic and then adding a beautiful, painterly focal wall treatment. Looks lovely, Chaney!

Matte Metallics and the Metallic Paint Collection work together to create a soft, sophisticated furniture finish | Project by My Patch of Blue Sky

Matte Metallic Paint Projects | Modern Masters Blog

Having a turquoise dresser chest was once working with her design, but Debbie of My Patch of Blue Sky needed to change it up to a softer, more sophisticated finish. She used Pale Gold Matte Metallic and Platinum Metallic Paint to create a subtle tone-on-tone with both color and sheen. See her painted metallic dresser tutorial for all the details.

Stenciling with Matte Metallics by Modern Masters | Project: Bella Tucker of Nashville, TN | Modern Masters Blog

Incredible bath transformation with the help of Oyster Pearl and Brass Matte Metallics | Stencil: Royal Design Studio | Project by Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes

Dana and Brooks Tucker of Nashville’s Bella Tucker are no strangers to change – they are a pro decorative painting studio. Transforming their own bathroom was a happy challenge for them and one they tackled with the help of Matte Metallics. First, they painted a base of Brass Matte Metallic on all the walls and when dry, stenciled the Rockin’ Roses Stencil by Royal Design Studio with Oyster Matte Metallic. Doesn’t it look amazing? See their entire process as well as their top bathroom storage tips in their bathroom makeover story.

Aren’t these projects inspiring? All 15 Matte Metallic colors are available in 6 oz. sizes for small projects and quarts and gallons for larger ones. If you have any projects with our Matte Metallics, send them to projects@modernmasters.com as we’d love to see them, too! Have an inspired day!

Modern Mastery: KenT Youngstrom

Canvas Art by artist kenT Youngstrom for CB2 | Modern Masters Copper Metallic Paint | Blog Feature

Artist kenT Youngstrom lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and wakes up at 5am most mornings. He then works out, whirls the kids off to school, plants himself in the center of (at least) ten half-covered canvases, and rarely stops moving ‘til nightfall. We first saw the striking works he creates on his colorful Instagram feed and were taken with the organic use of text, hues, patinas and shapes. He counts CB2, Gilt and other companies as fans and they have added his art to their collections for their customers. It was exciting to learn that he frequently incorporates our Metallic Paint Collection and Metal Effects into his works. He graciously agreed to a feature and we are pleased to share his Modern Masters works with you.

Artist kenT Youngstrom | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Artist kenT Youngstrom

“I started painting several years ago, in design school, without any big plans or ambitions. It was hard, unpredictable, time-consuming — and the best thing ever,” kenT shares. “By the end of day one, I was hooked. One gallery show led to another, and before long I was selling paintings to friends, family and a handful of local fans.”

He adds, “Local sales turned into national sales. National sales turned into licensing deals. Bulk orders from CB2 came knocking, along with flash sales at fab.com, pop-ups in People magazine — and flattering attention from a couple of those ‘home makeover’ reality tv shows. One day, I woke up and realized, “huh … guess I’m a full-time artist, now.” I grinned and then put brush to canvas again. My studio is a warehouse facility which contains an office, a gallery and a working studio. I have rolling work tables and large walls to stretch canvas. There is room for 20 people for painting parties and hundreds have walked through for gallery openings, holiday and corporate event parties. I am grateful.”

Stripes Canvas Art for CB2 | Artist kenT Youngstrom | Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Modern Mastery Artist Feature

Artwork by kenT Youngstrom | Copper Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Artist Feature on Modern Masters Blog

What is your most memorable, challenging or rewarding project?

I discovered the Modern Masters Iron Reactive Paint + Rust Activator nearly nine years ago. I used it to cover up a mistake. It worked. It worked so well it lead to others asking me to do the same for them. I started using it on canvas.

A few years later my rust on canvas caught the attention of retailer CB2 and I collaborated with them to paint 300 “love” paintings, which sold out in seven weeks online and in their stores. It was a mountainous climb to finish those pieces, package them and make sure they arrived safely for someone who may not have painted that many pieces in a year or so all together, let alone a few months time. I have since painted over two thousand original paintings with CB2 and am still working with them on art and other aspects of design today.

So, I like the rust paint. I use it a lot. It helped me grow myself and my business into what it is today.

Canvas Art by kenT Youngtrom | Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust | Modern Mastery Blog Feature

LOVE Canvas Art by artist kenT Youngstrom for CB2 incorporating Modern Masters Metal Effects | Modern Mastery Artist Feature

What is your top tip for artists?

Wake up. Get out of bed. Work your backside off. Show up on time. Surprise somebody.

Metal Effects Rust Finish and Acrylics | Chandelier Artwork by kenT Youngstrom | Modern Mastery Blog Feature

What are some of your favorite Modern Masters finishes?

Iron Reactive Paint with Rust Activator on just about anything.

Copper Reactive Metallic Paint with Blue or Green Patina Aging Solution on anything I didn’t use the Iron Reactive Paint on.

Metallics. Metallics. And more Metallics. Currently my go to product and ride or die.

Canvas Art by kenT Youngstrom | Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Finish | Modern Mastery Blog Feature

What is your dream studio project?

The next one.


We hope you’ve enjoyed the artistry and philosophy of kenT Youngstrom – so uplifting! Be sure to watch the video above to see more of his process. Follow along his artistic adventure via his website, Twitter and Facebook fan page – and of course, on Instagram as well. kenT will soon add ‘Author’ to his list of achievements as he releases an inspirational guide book for artists and those who want to create something for a living on April 18, 2016. We will absolutely keep you posted on it! Thank you, kenT, for sharing your time with us and we hope your work continues on to even more success!

Modern Masters Awards Winners!

In honor of our Metallic Paint Collection being used to paint the large Oscar statues that grace the Academy Awards stage as well as the Dolby Theatre itself, we hold our annual Modern Masters Awards. This year did not disappoint as we had so many beautiful submissions for our 2016 Modern Masters Awards, and each vying for one of two Grand Prizes. So many voted to support their favorite Modern Masters projects and it was quite the race! We present the two Modern Masters Awards Winners!


Modern Masters Metallic Plaster, Glass Bead Gel and Metallic Paint Collection was used to create the feature wall, trim and ceiling finishes in this luxe bedroom. Artistry by Tracy Wade Design. Modern Masters Awards Winner.

Our Metallic Plasters, Glass Bead Gel and Metallic Paint Collection were used to create the stunning finishes on the feature wall, trim and inset oval ceiling. Truly amazing! The artistry is by Tracy Wade of Tracy Wade Design. Photo by Jen Brooks.


Metallic Paint Collection on Louis XV-style Chair | Modern Masters Warm Silver Metallic Paint | Artistry by Trinda McDuffee of Dearly Distressed | Modern Masters Awards Winner: Most Votes

Trinda McDuffee of Dearly Distressed used our Warm Silver Metallic Paint to help transform this Louis XV-style armchair. Her work enthralled voters and took her to the top!

We’d like to extend our hearty Congratulations to both Tracy and Trinda. Each Grand Prize Winner receives a $250 Modern Masters Shopping Spree – lots of artistry ahead! A HUGE Thank You also goes out to everyone who submitted their work for the Modern Masters Awards – each and every project is a winner! Be on the lookout for more contests coming up!