Change Your Front Door Color On A Whim In A Couple Of Hours!

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The word – and color – of the day is Fortunate. As in the fun and funky Modern Masters Front Door Paint color Fortunate that I just used to brighten up our curb appeal in a big way.

In a nutshell, our little neighborhood was hit by a huge hailstorm three weeks ago. And yes, we are so fortunate to have weathered this national-news-featured storm with damage that we can manage. Just a new paint job on my Jeep, and a new roof. Sadly, several of our neighbors had to move out of their homes for months. But, best of all, everyone is safe.

We are still in a mess. Leaves were stripped from the trees and blooms from the rose bushes. Some of our favorite plants, like our massive gorgeous hostas, won’t come back this year. Our gutters are maxed, and we’re waiting for the roofers.

With a color change on the roof, using the non-fade Front Door Paint for fast, immediate gratification was a project that I could get excited about while impatiently waiting for the roofers to arrive soon.

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About two years ago I chose the Front Door Paint color PlayfuI for the front door makeover project that you see below. We have so enjoyed the eye-catching color, but now I am planning to choose a grey architectural material for the new roof, so why not update the front door, too?

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Also, during the spring of 2015, I painted our shutters with the grey Mysterious Front Door Paint color. The new roof and updated Fortunate front door color will blend perfectly with the bright hostas and annuals. So no need to repaint.


It’s a great time for you to spiff up your curb appeal like I did, and here are the quick steps to a new look. If you begin in the morning on a nice day, you can have your project complete by the afternoon.

First, choose a color from the mouth-watering color palette. I know, it is so hard to decide. The good news is one quart is all you need, with plenty left over for the back door.

There is a perfect free Front Door Paint iPhone App and a free Front Door Paint Android App – on both, you can take a photo of your door and scroll through the Front Door Paint colors to see what your door would look like with the different colors. There are 25 Front Door Paint colors based on the emotional color wheel (like Hopeful, Mysterious, Elegant and more).

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• Front Door Paint: Modern Masters non-fade Front Door Paint. You can purchase it online at, and the Modern Masters Online Shop.

• Primer, if needed: Zinsser Cover Stain Primer

• Tools: Paint pan, low-nap paint roller, 2 1/2″ angled sash brush for water-based paint and if needed, a 2 1/2″ angled sash brush for oil-based paint and paint thinner

• Incidentals: Razor blade, Tape, Rags, Stir sticks, Screw Driver or Drill, Dropcloth or Newspapers, Step Stool

If your front door is painted with oil paint, you will need to prime with oil-based primer before you can use the water-based Front Door Paint. Go here for complete directions.

If your door is now painted with water-based paint, like mine, you can choose to paint one coat of primer first, depending on the color you chose. For example, if you have a black door and you want to paint a lighter color, priming first will save a coat or so of paint.


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Plan your project for good weather, between about 40 to 90 degrees. Front Door Paint dries quickly but do allow drying time so that you can close the door without the paint sticking.

Wash off dirt and grease with detergent and let dry. Remove loose paint.

Sand lightly if required, then wipe off the residue. Tape off any areas like the glass on a storm door, and yes, I recommend removing all hardware for a professional paint job. Place all of the screws, pieces and parts, all grouped together, in a spot where they won’t be moved until you are ready to reinstall. There’s nothing worse than forgetting where everything goes, and you can’t lock up your house at night. Not that it has ever happened to me. Much.

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Cut in the panels first, and paint away.

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Plan to paint two coats, even if you prime first. Dry time is one hour, and re-coat time is two hours.

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You can use a brush for the entire door, or choose the roller for flat areas.

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Have fun, and you may want to consider making this project a surprise for your spouse when they get home from work like I did.

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My sweet hubby never knows what painted surprises will greet him from day to day!

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And diva kitty Lacey Jane is certain I chose Fortunate because it matches her eyes.

Be sure to watch the Modern Masters “How To Paint Your Front Door” video below. Once our roofing gets fixed, I’ll share even more images of this update. Modern Masters loves to see your projects, too, so don’t be shy about sharing your Front Door Paint makeovers! Send them to Happy Painting!

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


Instagram Takeovers

Instagram is a fantastic place to find inspiring design ideas, styling tips and gorgeous images on just about anything that interests you. We share A LOT of cool projects by designers, decorative painters, DIYers and more on our Instagram feed and love seeing all the amazing projects shared by YOU with us.  Some of our creative customers have a passion for Modern Masters and use our products frequently – and since just one share won’t do, the’ve started taking over our Instagram account! We’ve picked one project from the many they shared during their takeover time to showcase their artistry. Take a look…


Love Canvas Art by kenT Youngstrom | Metallic Paint and Metal Effects by Modern Masters

Our most recent takeover was by artist kenT youngstrom. He creates striking canvas pieces for private clients and retailers such as CB2. For this love-ly piece, he used both our Metallic Paint Collection and Metal Effects for the beautiful effect.


The Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection helped Decorative & Faux Finishes create this gorgeous block wall | Design by Missy Stewart Designs

Cindy Howard and Dana Debuck of Decorative & Faux Finishes are a decorative arts team who’ve been in business for close to 20 years. They create custom faux finishes and murals for homeowners, designers, businesses, and contractors. Working with Missy Stewart Designs in this gorgeous home office, they used our Metallic Paint Collection to help create multi-toned, metallic block walls. #officegoals


Gallery Wall of Frames painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Tobey Renee Sanders of FauxDecor

Tobey Renee Sanders is the faux pro at FauxDecor and she also works as an art director and set designer in the entertainment industry. This is a formal dining rooom she worked on – it’s a space you might see flash across Bravo TV! For the gallery wall of picture frames, she removed the glass from the frames and then painted them with Statuary Bronze, Steel Gray, Black Pearl, Pale Gold, Pewter, and Silver Metallic Paint. Bravo, indeed.


Invitations painted with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Wedding Ideas

Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint runs a stationery design business while working as a decorative painter. Here is an invitation she created that used our Metallic Paints in a few ways. The box lids were painted with a mixture of Brass and Champagne Metallic Paint and then she dry brushed Chalk Paint® over the mix. The feather tips were brushed with the same Metallic Paint combo and dipped in glitter.


Flash Blue Metallic Paint by Modern Masters on the Ceiling to mimic an Iridescent Abalone Shell | Project by Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studios

Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio is an incredible decorative artist out of New York. She finished a coffered ceiling with an iridescent decorative paint treatment incorporating our Flash Blue Metallic Paint. She says, “My client wanted it to look like she was looking in a shell. It’s actually one color but changes as you move around the light source!”. So pretty!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram at @ModernMastersInc to see pretty pics and all the inspiring takeover projects! Coming up soon are Stephanie Jones of me & mrs.jones, Nena Garza Sexton of NCF Studio and Shannon Kaye of Plein Heir. What a line-up! If you’d like to share your amazing projects with us, tag us or use #modernmastersinspires in your copy – we can’t wait to see what you’re doing with our products! Of course, if you love Modern Masters and would love to share your many projects, e-mail us at for a chance to be chosen for your own Instagram Takeover. Stay inspired!


Be Something. If You Want to Make Something.

We were introduced to artist kenT Youngstrom on Instagram and have been happily following his beautiful art projects since then. We recently did a Modern Mastery feature on his creative works and are honored to have him back on the blog! He recently added ‘author’ to his many list of accomplishments as he released his first book last month, be something. if you want to make something. In the book, he encourages makers to stay in the moment and teaches how to allow ingenuity be the pace car. He’s sharing an excerpt from the book with us and we hope you enjoy his unique style, passion for inspiration, and his effervescent (yet very grounded) work ethic – take it away, kenT!

Artist kenT Youngstrom shares an excerpt of his book, be something. if you want to make something. | Modern Masters Blog Feature

good day master minds.  i’m kenT and i’m an artist + now an author.  but still not the tortured kind.  i’m on a mission to make the walls of your home, office or secret lair as memorable as you are.

to that end i am an unofficial ambassador of modern masters products.  modern masters products are memorable.  i may not remember everything about a room i am in, but a rust wall finish stays on my mind. a translucent metallic painting sticks to my brain.  a twinkle from a pearlescent finish does not go away.

below are a few words from my new book – be something. if you want to make something.  i’ve sprinkled in a few tidbits about modern masters products i use as well for a bit of spice.  you can find the book on

be something. if you want to make something.

i’m pretty quiet – most of the time. yet i’m capable of volcanic eruptions of energy and frenzied moments of eruption. it’s just that i’m better with a brush than i am with verbalizing my words. i have said this repeatedly, but in many ways it can be hard for me to talk about my work. that’s why i paint – i’m trying to show you how i feel. and modern masters products give my a loud booming voice.

i am constantly asked by other artists how i’m able to make art a full-time gig. generally my answer is not taken well. it is not pretty, + it’s not easy. i didn’t start with a business plan, a studio, fancy business cards, or an art blog.

if i had only known then… actually – i did, and so do you. you know it now, + you can feel it – so do it. do what you love – now. do it at night. wake up two hours early. make it your second job. replace your television schedule with a making stuff schedule. whatever you have to do. do it. now.

don’t figure it out – because you won’t. i still haven’t; no one has. don’t wait for clients. don’t wait to be debt-free. don’t wait for the right situation, for things to settle down, for your kids to go to school, leave the house, or get out of diapers. don’t wait for less hours at work. don’t wait for summer. don’t wait for winter. don’t wait to settle down.

don’t wait.

every day you wait is a day you won’t get back.

the world is full of people and corporations who claim to be authentic, creative, game-changing, innovative, inspiring, and paradigm-shifting. sounds great, but that’s not good enough. i want to be with/ work with/ collect the work of someone who shows fall-down, crazy-stupid love for his or her work and want to be surrounded by people who are alluring, beguiling, blazing, bursting, epic, frenzied, ravenous, and volcanic. i want passion to erupt.

be now. be active. try something new.

it surprises people /

and really isn’t that what it is all about?  surprising people.

you know, like when it’s 7:30 pm, and i’m on the couch, flipping through instagram photos like my thumb has been injected with oxycontin. i glance through design magazines, and, while visually impressive, they all seem to land in the recycling bin. i’m assuming the bachelorette is kissing another dude and handing out more roses, someone is looking for a new house, or someone is naked and afraid. or maybe someone is kissing someone looking for a new house but is naked and afraid. i’m not sure. i can’t keep it all straight. the at screen remains off.

so what am i looking for?

i’m desperately seeking for something to grab my attention. it doesn’t even have to be susan.

what i want, what i really really want is for something to reach out, grab me, and pin me to the wall.

something to make my thumb halt. maybe even reverse. something more than just pretty. i need something to jump off the screen and into my repetitive thought system. i need a secret admirer. a mysterious fedex box. an exotic rendezvous.

or really all i need is a simple surprise.

something unexpected, a little out of the ordinary, something i don’t experience everyday.

want to make stuff for a living?

wake up. get off the couch. work your backside off. show up on time. and most importantly… surprise somebody.

i use modern masters products because they surprise.

Artist kenT Youngstrom takes over Modern Masters' Instagram on May 14 + 15, 2016

What did you think of the sneak peek? If you LOVE it so far, grab your copy of be something. if you want to make something. on Amazon today. Want more kenT inspiration? Be sure to also catch him as he shares more of his beautiful Modern Masters projects on our Instagram account on May 14 + 15, 2016. See you there!

Metal Effects Kits on the Monthly DIY Challenge!

Extraordinary Patina Projects with the Metal Effects Kits | DIY Monthly Challenge Bloggers Feature on the Modern Masters BlogWe recently teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers of the Monthly DIY Challenge. The team  creates amazing projects around a common theme or product and the projects go live the second Wednesday of every month on their individual blogs – so creative! Established in Fall 2014, the bloggers have tackled crates, pumpkins, wood slices, plumbing pieces (!!), clear ornaments and dozens of other DIY projects. This past April, they banded together to create their own unique projects with our Metal Effects Kits. Each kit comes in three patinas – Blue, Green and Rust – and contains all you need to create a patinated work of art. We loved each and every project the bloggers created and the surfaces varied greatly – wood, glass, tile, plastic, metal and more! Want to take a closer look? Let’s go!

The Metal Effects Green Patina Kit transforms an IKEA Lantern | Project by Dwell Beautiful | DIY Monthly Challenge Feature on the Modern Masters BlogThe elegant Erica from Dwell Beautiful created an IKEA hack on one of their lanterns. Using the Green Patina Kit, she transformed the original surface with a gorgeous verdigris patina.

Patinating Hobby and Craft Letters with the Metal Effects Rust Patina Kit | Project by Houseologie | DIY Monthly Challenge Bloggers featured on the Modern Masters BlogLeigh Anne of Houseologie is so talented – and we loved seeing her rusty metal letters. Each galvanized letter cost her $1 and with the help of the Rust Patina Kit, they now they look like a million bucks!

Decorative Pot gets a makeover with the Metal Effects Blue Patina Kit | Project by Canary Street Crafts | DIY Monthly Challenge Feature on the Modern Masters BlogVicky and Amy are the dynamic duo behind the popular Canary Street Crafts blog. They shared their decorative pot makeover with the Blue Patina Kit – now it’s a beautiful garden planter! Amy says, “The best part is that we didn’t even use half of the paint, primer, and patina solution, so we can still do another project or two.” Gotta love that!

Creating a Rusty Finish with the Metal Effects Rust Patina Kit | How to & Decor Accent Project by Little House of Four | Modern Masters Blog FeatureThe creative Katie from Little House of Four used our Rust Patina Kit to ‘rustify’ a scroll wall hanging and make it look like the wrought iron had been outside for months – in a super pretty way, of course! Make sure you head to her blog to see the final results on the decor accent piece.

Faux Concrete Planters with a Rust Patina created with the Metal Effects Rust Patina Kit | Project by Brepurposed and featured on the Modern Masters BlogBre from the Brepurposed blog is a talented maven with her own graphic design studio. She created these lovely DIY concrete planters with a rust patina with the help of our Rust Patina Kit. They’re a perfect blend of the rustic and the elegant.

Coastal Coasters patinated with the Metal Effects Green Patina | DIY Project by Table & Hearth | Modern Masters Blog FeatureTile + Cork equals an amazing DIY project! Emily from Table and Hearth has great style and a coastal home to use her considerable design skills on. To create these beautiful coastal coasters, she patinated the tiles with our Green Patina Kit and then…well, you’ll just have to head to her post to see the complete how-to!

Patinating on Glass with the Rust Patina Kit by Modern Masters | Project by Little Red Brick House | DIY Monthly Challenge FeatureWho’d have thought you could rust glass? The Rust Patina Kit can – and the results look amazing in the talented hands of Sarah from Little Red Brick House! Small project, BIG impact.

Creating your own 'old' architectural details for your home with Modern Masters | Making it in the Mountains used the Rust Metal Effects Patina Kit to add character to a simple metal gate. Love it! | Modern Masters Blog feature on the DIY Monthly Challenge BloggersThe innovative Kristi from Making it in the Mountains likes to incorporate archictectural details with character into her home’s design. Love it! She took a simple metal gate and gave it lots of texture and interest with the Rust Patina Kit. See her blog for more details on the rusty farmouse wall decor project.

Metal Effects Patinas can patinate plastic! See how DIY Passion used the Blue Patina Kit for an awesome transformation! | Modern Masters Blog features the DIY Monthly Challenge Bloggers

Erin has a DIY Passion we love – plus her projects are always so amazing and informative. For this project, she decided to use the Blue Patina Kit on plastic Dollar Store bins and turn them into weathered metallic goodness. We told you she was amazing!

DIY Rusty Letters for a Boys Retro Room | Metal Effects Rust Patina Project by My Anything & Everything | DIY Monthly Challenge feature on the Modern Masters Blog

The artistic Tara from My Anything & Everything blog wanted to create a letter decor accent for her son’s rustic retro room and used our Rust Patina Kit. Isn’t it B-eautiful? (We couldn’t resist!) Head to her blog to learn how to create a rusty finished look on metal.

Gorgeous Jewelry Hanger created with the help of the Metal Effects Rust Patina Kit by Average but Inspired | DIY Monthly Challenge Feature on the Modern Masters BlogWe know the name of Bre’s blog is Average but Inspired but we think she’s anything but average! For proof, look at her gorgeous rusty iron scrolled jewelry hanger created with the help of our Rust Patina Kit. Love!

Giving a Lamp a Verdigris Finish with the Metal Effects Green Patina Kit! Project by The Inspired Hive | DIY Monthly Challenge Bloggers feature on the Modern Masters BlogNew mom Nicole has quite a buzz going with her blog, The Inspired Hive, and we adore her warm and stylish projects. Her Green Patina Kit project, an 80’s brass lamp makeover, is now cozily nested in her living room’s play area. Be sure to see her DIY post for close-ups of the pretty patina finish!

Aren’t these projects incredible? We thought each one was so wonderful and that they deserved a blog feature! The Metal Effects Kits are available online at and will soon find their way to your local retailer. If you’d like to know more about the line itself, head to our Modern Masters website and visit the Metal Effects page – lots of great info there! We hope you’ve enjoyed all the patina projects by the DIY Monthly Challenge team and have found new bloggers to follow. Be sure to use the #MonthlyDIYChallenge hashtag to see all their project adventures, too! Of course, if you have Metal Effects projects of your own to share, tag them with #ModernMasters or #ModernMastersInspires – we’d love to see them. Happy Painting!