DIY How-to: Embellish A Tray with the Tone-On-Tone Metallic Tool Kit

DIY How-to: Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish on Tray | Modern Masters Blog

Fabulous warm weather is finally here, and the other day I decided to drag my huge, hot citrus-color rug down from the attic. Purchased on a Marrakech trip, I loved how the old rug coordinated with the huge wooden screen that I rusted and stenciled for another Modern Masters DIY blog post. But even with some new pillows, I still craved something simple but special on the plain coffee table.

So back up to the attic to forage for more forgotten treasure. Voila! This very heavy, very boring, very dusty, large tray.

Tone on Tone Metallic DIY Finish | Before Pic of Tray | Modern Masters Blog

This tray is the perfect flat item for using the Tone on Tone Metallic Application Tool Kit! It’s used with the Metallic Paint Collection and Matte Metallics to create a super pretty shimmery and matte metallic paint treatment. The finish adds a lot of interest to the metallic treatment and yet it’s so easy to do.

Tone-on-Tone Metallic Application Tool Kit | DIY How-to: Metallic Finish on Tray by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Along with easy step-by-step instructions, you get the sea sponge roller, a smooth roller, a roller handle, and a paint tray.

Materials for a beautiful Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish | DIY Decor Accent How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters BlogSimply choose a Matte Metallic color for the base coat, and then choose the corresponding Metallic Paint to create this Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish. The Copper Matte Metallic I chose worked nicely with the Copper Metallic Paint, especially I since I am in a summery wild Boho color mood.

Before you start, don’t miss Modern Masters’ quick application video for the Tone-On-Tone Metallic Finish:


Copper Matte Metallic (or your chosen Matte Metallic color)

Copper Metallic Paint (or your chosen corresponding Metallic Paint color)

Tone-On-Tone Metallic Application Tool Kit

• Optional: Florence Chalk Paint®, or any water-based paint color

• Painters Tape, small flat paint brush, rags, 220-grit sandpaper

First, I lightly sanded the sheen on the tray with 220-grit sandpaper, then painted 2 coats of Florence Chalk Paint®, which needs no priming. After it was dry, I taped off the edges of the flat bottom area. Then I cut in the Copper Matte Metallic Paint around the edges. This color is a bit sheer, so I let the edges dry and cut in once more to build up the color.

Chalk Paint® and the Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection | Tray Decor Accent DIY | Tone-on-tone Finish Tutorial | Modern Masters Blog

Then, simply slide the short nap roller onto the frame, and roll two coats of the Copper Matte Metallic color (or your chosen Matte Metallic) for the base coat. Let dry completely between coats.

Clean the tray and the flat nap roller, and switch to the sea sponge roller.

Modern Masters DIY Tone-on-Tone Metallic Paint Finish | How-to on the Modern Masters Blog

Roll on the Copper Metallic Paint (or your desired Metallic Paint color). Be sure to leave open spaces, in order to get a two-tone effect. Blot any excess paint areas with the cloth, if necessary. Let dry.

Modern Masters DIY Tone-on-Tone-Metallic Finish on Tray | Before & After Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

It’s like magic in a couple of simple steps. The look of the two sheens of paint, combined with the perfect tools, brings the look all together. Wondering about sealer? Since this piece will not be handled, I opted to leave the flat Chalk Paint® as is. You could seal the metallic finish with Modern Masters’ MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat that is formulated to specifically protect the Metallic Paint Collection for items or areas that will receive lots of handling.

Tone on Tone Metallic Finish on Tray

But, around here, we just might have a kitty curl up in this pretty tray, and call it home.

Chalk Paint® and Metallic Tone on Tone Finish on Pretty Tray Decor Accent | Copper and Turquoise | Modern Masters Blog Tutorial by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Last year I had a blast painting an accent wall tone-on-tone finish in our hall bathroom using both the Metallic Paint Collection and Matte Metallics. I still enjoy the effect, and the fact that the metallics and tool kit can be used on walls and flat objects to get an expensive-looking finish.

Modern Masters Tone on Tone Metallic Paint Wall Project | DIY How-to on the Modern Masters Blog

Are you ready to paint? You’ll be so surprised at how quickly this project goes! Modern Masters and I would love to see your projects!

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

Modern Mastery: Shauna Gallagher

California-based Decorative and Fine Artist Shauna Gallagher has been a creative friend of Modern Masters for many years. She teaches masterful workshops with our products while running a full-time decorative painting and fine arts studio. We recently caught up with her as she chatted about her studio and shared a few beautiful Modern Masters projects with us.

Artist: Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Shauna Gallagher

Shauna Gallagher is both a fine and decorative artist with more than twenty years of experience in the interior design industry. With a degree in Interior Design, and an education in Fine Art, she found the world of decorative finishing to be the perfect marriage of her love for art and interiors. Shauna is a nationally recognized instructor in the art of faux finishing, and has instructed over 1000 students throughout her career. Her work has graced many of the finest homes and businesses throughout Northern California. Some of her accomplishments include founding a decorative art school, guest appearances on DIY Channel’s House Crashers, and co-authoring Sunset’s book titled Faux and Decorative Finishing. Her greatest joy in work is the satisfaction of transforming clients’ spaces into personal retreats, and teaching other artists to develop their own viable creative career.

Black Venetian Plaster on Walls by artist Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature | Modern Masters Blog

A beautiful ebony-colored Venetian Plaster on a bathroom feature wall. The product is the Venetian Plaster Ultra-Deep Tint Base that has been pigmented black and finished with the Venetian Plaster Satin Clear Topcoat.

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

Modern Masters has enhanced my business in many ways. The products are not only superior in quality, but they are consistent and dependable. I love that many of the products are considered green, as I am very conscientious of the environment. For me, even in this digital age, I like to do business with people. And knowing the history of the company, and the people behind the company, has made me an even more loyal patron to Modern Masters. I had the privilege of turning my decorative art school into a Modern Masters Training Center at the onset of the Platinum Series product line, and it gave me the opportunity to train further and know these products very well, and even mix and push them to test their abilities. I am a believer in Modern Masters, and I still teach and promote their products every chance I get.

Modern Masters Products used to enhance a Kitchen's Range Hood and Cabinetry | Project by Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature

Modern Masters Glazing Cream Colorants and Glazes enhance Kitchen Cabinetry Finish | Artistry by Decorative Artist Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Kitchen Island Cabinetry Paint Treatment with Modern Masters Glazing Cream Colors and Glaze | Project by Shauna Gallahger | Modern Mastery Feature

This project features a custom hood and kitchen island. The range hood is finished in Metallic Plaster. The wood carving is stained using Glazing Cream Colors and Furniture Glazing Cream, and the island is glazed with the same products.

Garage Doors with Patina | Modern Masters Metal Effects | Project by Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on Modern Masters Blog

Incredible garage doors with Metal Effects! Shauna used the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint with both the Blue and Green Patina Aging Solutions. She overglazed the patina with the Wall Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colors and finally sealed all with the Permacoat Xtreme, a topcoat specifically for Metal Effects.

What is your go-to Modern Masters product?

My “go-to” Modern Masters product is hands down, without exception, the Dead Flat Varnish. I am never without a gallon in my studio!! It has great adhesion and I use it as a clear primer, I use it as a barrier coat, I use it as a glaze, I use it to shorten the open time of the Glazing Cream if needed, and I use it as a top coat. Sometimes I add it to a satin Varathane, if I desire a lower sheen for finishing cabinets or furniture. I use the Exterior Dead Flat Varnish on exterior projects of all sorts: Front doors, garage doors, outdoor glazing over stucco, brick, stone, concrete, pots, furniture, and just about any exterior artwork or project that I do. I love Dead Flat Varnish!!

Incredible Before & After Table Transformation with Modern Masters Products | Amazing Artistry by Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Have you ever seen such an amazing Before & After on a furniture project? This table was made over from a damaged inlay to a solid marble inset look. On the inset, Shauna used Venetian Plaster, Glazing Cream Colorants, and Furniture Glazing Cream. On the apron and legs, she used Wall Glazing Cream, Glazing Cream Colorants and Dead Flat Varnish. Wow!

Gorgeous Stenciled and Luxe Wall Treatment with Metallic Plaster | Project by Decorative and Fine Artist Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

This wall is Shauna’s Broken Brocade finish for the Sacramento shop Urban 57. It features a Champagne base from the Metallic Paint Collection. The raised stencil from Royal Design Studio is created using Metallic Plaster in Gunmetal. The Metallic Plasters over the stencil include custom mixes of Champagne, Antique Lace, Silver Fox, and Parchment. The finish is over-glazed using Wall Glazing Cream tinted with Glazing Cream Colorant.

What is your most memorable and/or rewarding project?

My most memorable and rewarding project would be a custom 16,000 foot residence that I worked on for many months. This project was so rewarding because I was not only able to create gorgeous finishes at the top of my craft, but I was also able to put together a team of 12 people to help execute the project.  What a gratifying experience to provide a livelihood for so many artists while being privileged to work in a gorgeous estate. We did Venetian Plaster on all the walls, custom cabinet finishes, gilded and stenciled walls in bathrooms, Ornamental Plaster Relief on an elliptical 22 foot long ceiling dome, a gilded and antiqued dome, a dome with a mural, murals on two  33 foot long barrel ceilings, and other small specialty finishes throughout.  What a special home, and what an experience!

Decorative Finishes for Sacramento's Liquidology Bar | Artistry by Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Unique Wall and Floor Finishes for the Liquidology Bar by Decorative Artist Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Gorgeous Wall Finish Treatment with Embedded Coins | Artistry by Shauna Gallagher | Modern Mastery Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Beautiful surface treatments abound at the Liquidology Bar! The walls are an Ombré Metallic Plaster with embedded mica coins from Madagascar. The ceiling ductwork is a Faux Galvanized Metal using the Metallic Paint Collection and glazed with Furniture Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colorants. The floor is glazed over the existing bamboo using first a floor primer, then a tinted Floor Varathane using Glazing Cream Colorants. Finally, the checkout counter and metallic barnwood wall behind it are both faux finished using Glazing Cream Colorants, Metallic Paint Collection, Dead Flat Varnish, and Furniture Glazing Cream. Incredible work!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed the incredible artistry of Shauna Gallagher. Be sure to visit her studio website to see her portfolio and follow her latest painting projects on her Red Heart Art Instagram account. Many thanks to Shauna for taking the time to share her beautiful and stylish Modern Masters projects with us. We hope you’ve been as inspired as we are!

Rustic Chic RV Makeover

We love social media and all the great Modern Masters projects we come across during our online travels! One unique project we spied was created by decorative artist Karen Sabrsula of Artful Wanderlust. As her name suggests, she loves being creative and also loves to travel, especially in her RV. Read along as she shares how she transformed her traveling camper with the help of our Metal Effects. Take it away, Karen!

Where  does your inspiration start? I can be inspired from just about anywhere!  I find some of my best creativity comes when we are traveling in our RV.  Relaxation, the outdoors, and not a care in the world!  On a recent very rainy trip, while trapped inside, I noticed how much wood was in our RV.  Now, I love natural wood, but…this was a lot of wood cabinetry for a small space. The center island didn’t help either so it was time to break out the brushes!

RV Kitchen Makeover Project | Project by Karen Sabrsula of Artful Wanderlust | Modern Masters Blog

Sanding, priming, painting, glazing and distressing – I was starting to see the light! The lighter colors made a huge difference in the mood and feel of the RV. I transformed the multi-colored distressed cabinets using the Botanicals from Caromal Colours.

Metal Effects Rust Finish, Caromal Colours and a Royal Design Studio Stencil help transform an RV Kitchen | Project by Karen Sabrsula of Artful Wanderlust and featured in the Modern Masters Blog

Next was the island!  Once painted, the three panels stared at me like a blank canvas!  I have worked with the Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust finish before and thought it would be perfect for my ‘fun, boho, lighten up all the wood in the RV’ decorating style!  I have always loved the Arabesque Moroccan Stencil from Royal Design Studio and used it for the panels (and electrical outlets!) as well. I haven’t sealed the design.  I love how it slowly continues to rust ever so slightly.

RV Kitchen Island Update with Paint, Patina and Pattern! The Modern Masters Blog features a unique, creative project by artist Karen Sabrsula of Artful Wanderlust

It certainly makes a statement and adds the perfect pop of light, color, and pattern. Three things I love in design!

Paint, Pattern and Patina come together for a beautiful RV Kitchen Update by Karen Sabrsula of Artful Wanderlust | Modern Masters Blog

We will be spending a lot of time in our RV this summer. We’re grabbing our family for a destination wedding and taking a much needed long honeymoon to some of our national parks and spending some time in the San Juan Mountains. The debate still rages as to continuing to paint the rest of the kitchen cabinets.  What do you think?

Thank you, Karen, for sharing your Artful Wanderlust RV Kitchen Cabinet and Island Update with us! Please be sure to follow Karen’s artful travels on her Facebook page and Instagram account. We hope this has proved inspiring for your own unique projects incorparting paint, pattern and patina for a gorgeous rustic chic look! Metal Effects can be purchased via a local retailer or via our online shop. Have a creative project to share with us? Send it to – we’d love to see them!

Modern Masters in the News!

We love seeing gorgeous projects with our Modern Masters products and it’s been exciting to see them pop up in the media as well! We’ve spied three recent projects in the press and thought that you might like to know a little about them as well – maybe they’ll even inspire the next update in your home!

Painted wood floor is protected with Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish | Project by Decorative Artist Shannon Kaye and featured in Elle Decor | Designer: Rita Konig

We’ve been a fan of artist Shannon Kaye for a while and love seeing her artistry with our product lines. She recently wrote about a fantastic project featured in the April 2016 issue of Elle Decor. It’s an eclectic North California home and it was designed by the incredible Rita Konig. Shannon wrote a follow-up on her blog on the project and how she used our Dead Flat Varnish over her work to protect the painted harlequin floor.

Modern Masters Metallic Paints help create a faux inlay furniture dresser | Project featured in This Old House

Want to dress up a dresser? Look no further than This Old House! They shared a video and step-by-step instructions on how to stencil a faux inlay on a plain dresser using the Indian Inlay Furniture Stencil Kit by Cutting Edge Stencils and our Metallic Paint Collection in the colors Venetian Blue and Snowflake! Pick up the April 2016 issue for so much more on this transformation for their #DIYDARE Challenge!

Modern Masters Metallic Plaster Wall Treatment by artist Caroline Lizarraga and featured in Rue Magazine | Interior Design by Elena Calabrese

The talented decorative artist Caroline Lizarraga uses our products in ever more innovative ways and we love sharing her artistry. Rue Magazine recently featured her ethereal Metallic Plaster wall finish in a luxurious dining room in Napa Valley. The home’s interiors were designed by Elena Calabrese who collaborated with Caroline to create the one-of-a-kind treatment, while maintaining her design vision of creating layers of ‘luxe materials with earthy, organic elements for balanced look’. Mission accomplished!

What do you think of these projects? Let us know in the comments below! Stay tuned because we have more beautiful projects coming up soon, including a restaurant re-do for Restaurant Impossible. Stay creative!