Get Comfortable Using Front Door Paint On Your Back Door

Back Door Redo and Transformation with Modern Masters Never Fades Front Door Paint | DIY How-to Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Check out our two pretty back doors that I just painted with Modern Masters Front Door Paint. Never one to follow the rules, I figured what’s good for our front door must be good to spiff the doors that face our big deck, too.

A couple of years ago I got hooked on Front Door Paint. Seriously. In a big way. So much so that I have painted our front door not once, but twice. This magic, buttery-smooth paint does not fade, and lasts for ages, but recently I was in a “let’s change the front door color mood” and repainted on a whim. The color Fortunate is such a wow, that we get lots of compliments from the neighbors, and even the delivery folks.

Bright Pop of Color on Your Front Door | Curb Appeal Ideas | Modern Masters Non Fade Front Door Paint

During the spring of 2015, I painted our shutters with the grey Mysterious Front Door Paint color. We love it so much, I think this color will remain indefinitely.

Paint Your Shutters with Modern Masters non fade Front Door Paint | Window Shutter Color Ideas and Inspiration

This week I painted our two back doors, including storm doors, with the color Comfortable. I have to laugh a bit at the name because here in North Carolina it’s hot as a firecracker and steamy. But my efforts paid off. Loving our warm new look, even in this area where we never use this back door, originally intended for loading up firewood. Can you just see the humidity hanging in the air?

Color and Design Ideas for Your Back Door | Exterior Back Porch Updates | Modern Masters Non Fade Front Door Paint | Project How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky

Usually, if you begin in the morning on a nice day, you can have your project complete by the afternoon. Since I had two doors and storm doors, I worked at it overnight.

First, I chose my color from the gorgeous color palette. Comfortable was perfect, since we have some new red-orange cushions on the deck, and we always plant orange impatiens.

While selecting your color, don’t miss the 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).

Non Fade Front Door Paint Color Palette | Modern Masters | Quick to Dry and Easy to Clean

SUPPLIES

How to Paint a Back Door | DIY Project by My Patch of Blue Sky

• Front Door Paint: Modern Masters non-fade Front Door Paint. You can purchase it online at HomeDepot.com, Amazon.com 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 door is painted with oil paint, you will need to apply a bonding primer first 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.

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.

Tips & Tricks for Painting a Back Door | Modern Masters Non Fade Front Door Paint | DIY Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

The before. Don’t laugh, but I had never gotten around to painting both doors the same color.

Back Door Redo Transformation Tips | DIY Project and How-to by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters non fade Front Door Paint

Sand lightly if required, then wipe off the residue. Tape off any areas like the glass on a storm door, and normally I recommend removing all hardware for a professional paint job. but for our back doors, I taped off the hardware this time, because we need to replace it all.

How to Paint a Back Door | Back Porch Updates | Project How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky

Cut in the panels first, and paint away. You can use a brush for the entire door, or choose the roller for flat areas. I used a brush for this project since I had a lot of smaller areas. Even though a sash brush fits nicely into the paint container, I used my Modern Masters roller pan, since I can be a klutz at times. One coat covered the grey and brown colors pretty well, and two coats were perfect.

DIY Back Door Project with Modern Masters Never Fades Front Door Paint | My Patch of Blue Sky

Dry time is one hour, and re-coat time is two hours.

Back Door Color and Design Inspiration | My Patch of Blue Sky Project with Modern Masters Never Fades Front Door Paint

I did have to juggle painting the four doors, due to drying times, coming and going, trying to paint in the shade to beat the heat, and a huge deluge one day.

Back Porch Redesign Ideas | Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Updating Your Back Door with Modern Masters Non Fade Front Door Paint | Project Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

Back Door Paint Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | DIY How-to & Tips | Modern Masters Non-fade Front Door Paint in the color Comfortable

Paint and Update Your Back Doors with non fade Front Door Paint | Modern Masters | DIY Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Now that I have put the upper deck area back together, I am so pleased with the results!

Be sure to watch the Modern Masters “How To Paint Your Front Door” video below. Modern Masters loves to see your projects, too, so don’t be shy about sharing your Front Door Paint makeovers! Send them to projects@modernmasters.com. 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.

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Turquoise Gem Patina Wall Art How-to

A few weeks ago, we shared an INCREDIBLE hanging wall art and floor project with Metal Effects by one of our creative customers, Jennifer Gibson. Well, it created a firestorm as our fans and readers absolutely loved the project and wanted to know more about how to create it. If you want a refresh visual, here’s the beautiful results:

Metal Effects Patina on Wood Wall Art and Floor | Project by Jennifer Gibson

We reached back out to Ms. Gibson and not only did she graciously agree to share her how-to, she recreated the wood wall art to accompany the steps for you. (Thank you again!) Are you ready? Here we go!

MATERIALS

Materials for a Metal Effects Wall Art How to by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters Blog

Small Pan with Roller

Small and Travel Size Spray and Squeeze Bottles

Paper Towels

Metal Effects Primer

Metal Effects Copper Reactive Metallic Paint

Metal Effects Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint

Metal Effects Iron Reactive Paint

Blue Patina Aging Solution

Green Patina Aging Solution

Rust Activator

Permacoat Xtreme Topcoat

Hydrogen Peroxide

Water

One Zebra Muse (optional)

Metal Effects Wall Art DIY by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters Blog

STEPS

My inspiration for this look was a turquoise gem and I have several pieces that I could reference from. I would recommend reading and following all the instructions on the Metal Effects paints and activators.

Patina Wall Art DIY How-to | Modern Masters Blog

Metal Effects Art on Wood for DIY Wall Art | Project by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters Blog

Begin with a clean smooth plywood board. Apply first coat of Metal Effects Primer and let dry. Apply second coat.

Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint from Metal Effects | DIY Step in Patina Wall Art How-to by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters Blog

Paint large random splotchy sections of Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and let dry 30 minutes. You can see two examples above of how random they are along with starting some of “crack” lines. Don’t worry about making it all perfect because nature doesn’t make perfect turquoise gem rocks!

Metal Effects Patinas Oxidizing Reactive Metallic Paints | DIY Wall Art How-to by Jennifer Gibson on the Modern Masters Blog

Oxidizing Metal Effects Patinas | How-to DIY Hanging Wall Art by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters Blog

Once dry, you can start with the second layer of each Reactive Metallic Paint over the first layer. Make sure you have the blue and green activators handy in the spray bottles because they have to be applied while the second layer of paint is still wet. I used the spray activators in different areas all over the board. As an added bonus, I also sprayed hydrogen peroxide on the piece and used spray water to help spray it around. It helped create some of the tone variations. As it dries, you should be able to start visualizing where to put the final lines for the “cracks” as the patina starts to oxidate.

Creating a Turquoise Gem Look with Metal Effects | DIY Hanging Wall Art How-to by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Once all was dry, I could clearly see the areas I wanted to outline as the cracks. I used the Iron Reactive Paint in a squeeze bottle and slowly drew my lines. Again, don’t worry about perfection, just enjoy the process!

Iron Reactive Paint patinating with Rust Activator | Metal Effects DIY Turqoise Gem Wall Art | Modern Masters DIY by Jennifer Gibson

Creating a Turquoise Gem Look with Modern Masters Metal Effects | How to Wall Art Piece by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters

Once the rust paint lines dry thoroughly, spray the lines with rust activator in a spray bottle. You can see the rust oxidizing process above.

Metal Effects DIY Wood Wall Art | Project by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters

Using Metal Effects to Create a Faux Turquoise Gem Wood Wall Art Piece | Project by Jennifer Gibson | Modern Masters DIY Blog Feature

Once all the patinas are fully dry, you can seal the oxidizing process on your hanging wall art with the Permacoat Xtreme Topcoat. The first layer of Permacoat Xtreme is diluted 50:50 with water. Paint and then let dry. The second layer is added on full strength. Let dry and voila!

Hanging Wall Decor Project with Metal Effects Patinas | Wood Art by Jennifer Gibson | Floor and Art featured in the Modern Masters Blog

What do you think of the results? Jennifer shares that Zsa Zsa the zebra was a tremendous help throughout the process and served as the perfect muse. 🙂 Many thanks, Jennifer, for the additional project pics and process!

On our end, we would rate this finish as more of an advanced DIY project so we do recommend becoming thoroughly familiar with the Metal Effects line and the various oxidizing techniques. Creating a sample board from start to finish will ensure the the final look are the results you are going for. Most of all, have fun! We hope you’ve enjoyed the wall art project and turquoise gem finish. Enjoy!

To purchase Metal Effects, head to our online shop or find your local retailer via zipcode. Please call ahead to assure of stock and if not in-house, it can be ordered in for you. Have an inspired day!

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Refresh Your Front Door!

Painting and refreshing your front door is one of the key elements in updating your home’s curb appeal. It’s truly incredible what a fresh coat of paint can do! If you deal with serious weather beating down on your door, our non fading Front Door Paint is the answer for you. Available in 25 gorgeous, mixable colors, each hue is weather resistant and will not fade. The water base formula is easy to use and quick to dry, so you can get your front door updated and clean everything up easily in mere hours. Take a look at these recent projects we spied from some of our fave creative bloggers.

Front Door Update | Non Fade Front Door Paint in color Serene blue by Classy Clutter | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Classy Clutter is all about style and color and they picked the color Serene blue for the front door update. They grabbed ScotchBlue tape and gave the door a beautiful facelift.

Colorful Front Door Ideas | Curb Appeal Update by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Never Fades Front Door Paint in color Fortunate

Debbie of My Patch of Blue Sky decided to change her front door color on a whim and it looks stunning in the color Fortunate! She shared all the details of her front door redo.

Aqua Turquoise Front Door | Front Porch Redo by Reality Daydreams | Modern Masters non fade Front Door Paint

Bethany and Nick of Reality Daydreams wanted a front porch update complete with a bright and happy front door in an aqua hue. They also wanted this door to never fade as their previous paint job did just that – and badly. Using non fade Front Door Paint, they mixed both the Tranquil turquoise and Hopeful white for the perfect shade. Bethany shares, “I love the cheerful burst of color and how welcoming it feels.” We do, too!

Red Front Door Makeover with non fading Front Door Paint | Project by Dwell by Cheryl | Modern Masters Front Door Color Ideas

Dwell by Cheryl previously used the color Cheerful to paint her back door. When it came time to spruce up her front porch, she wanted a classic red door – one that would also be approved by her HOA. Using the color Ambitious, she did just that and says, “I really am obsessed with this paint.  The coverage is awesome and the water base, quick-dry formula allows you to finish painting and close your door the same day!  Added bonus: Never-Fade technology ensures that your door will be as vibrant as the first day it was painted.” Love it!

Gorgeous Front Entrance with Black Front Door by Sincerely Sara D. | Never Fades Front Door Paint by Modern Masters in color Elegant | Front Door Update Ideas and Inspiration

Sara from Sincerely Sara D. has a beautiful French Chateau style home. She painted her door in the color Elegant black for her front door makeover and says, “My front door has a little bit of a faux wood grain texture, and the paint went on well and dried perfectly.” We think it looks beautiful – and coordinates so well with all the gorgeous landscaping.

Changing your front door color can be so impactful to your home’s exterior – not to mention it gives your house a dose of beautiful personality. Intrigued but not sure where to start? We put together a fast Modern Masters Minute video on How to Paint Your Front Door.

We also have a step-by-step How to Paint Your Front Door instructions available on our site. We hope we’ve inspired you to redo your front door! Our non fade Front Door Paint is available online at HomeDepot.com and Amazon.com as well as our online shopping site with free shipping. You can also find it at select local retailers – though be sure to call ahead to ensure stock. If not available, any Modern Masters retailer can custom order it in for you. Let us know how your project goes!

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Modern Mastery: Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Modern Mastery Feature: Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris of Wallovers | Modern Masters Blog

Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris have over 30 years of decorative painting experience combined. After specializing in creating and painting patterned finishes with stencils they cut themselves, they decided to take their design to the trade and launched the Wallovers stencil line in 2007. Decorative painters and homeowners around the world now use Wallovers stencils, a unique line of repeatable, wallpaper-like stencils for walls and furniture. Initially founded with 13 design patterns, there are now more than 55 stencils available – and the individual artists who apply the finishes can create an infinite number of innovative designs. In the end, all their creative customers are part of the process and feel his or her own personality exuding from the completed work.

Rena and Cynthia continue to do field work to this day and stay on trend creating wallpaper-like patterns for walls and furniture. They also create new tools to make the job easier for decorative painters. For instance, Wallovers is the originator of The Topper, a precut stencil piece that makes finishing the top of the wall fast and simple. In 2013, they created the Allover Brush and the Wallbuster Brush. These brushes were specifically designed to work with allover stencils, enabling the artist to cover large areas easily. We were very excited to chat with Cynthia Davis and showcase some of the beautiful spaces she and Rena have created with the help of Modern Masters products – we hope you enjoy their innovative finishes, tips and projects!

Stenciled Studio Wall | Wallovers Paisley Stencil and Modern Masters Gold Rush Metallic Paint | Project by Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris | Modern Mastery Feature

Beautiful stenciled wall finish with the Wallovers Paisley Stencil and the Metallic Paint Collection, specifically, the color Gold Rush. Doesn’t it look spectacular against the African chair? Perfect studio design.

 

HOW HAS MODERN MASTERS ENHANCED YOUR BUSINESS?

I started using Modern Masters many years ago when I was experimenting with metallic paint. The array of colors offered by Modern Masters enable me to achieve so many finishes in warm and cool tones. I use the paints as opaque base coats, as sheer topcoats and as glazes. They are included in just about every finish I do.

Gorgeous Powder Bath Finish with the Flower Power Stencil from Wallovers and the Black Pearl Metallic Paint from Modern Masters | Project featured on the Modern Masters Blog | Artists: Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Striking bath finish with Black Pearl Metallic Paint used as the base. Cynthia and Rena then used Benjamin Moore’s Dijon (193) with their Flower Power Stencil to create the effect.

 

Stenciled Wall Treatment with various Modern Masters products and the Roundabout Stencil from Wallovers | Modern Mastery Feature on artists Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Various Modern Masters products went into this incredible stenciled wall finish, including our Silver Metallic Paint. The beautiful pattern is the Roundabout Stencil.

 

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE OR REWARDING PROJECT?

The most rewarding projects are the ones I have done for charity. I wish there was more time for these. Bringing color or pattern into the home of someone who needs to be uplifted has always made me really appreciate my skills and ability to give art as a gift.

Close-up and Full Shot of Stenciled Room by Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris | Wallovers Stephanie's Damask Stencil and Modern Masters Metallic Paints and Wall Glazing Cream | Modern Mastery Feature

Here is a close-up and full shot of a refined living room with the Stephanie’s Damask Stencil and a finish incorporating the Wall Glazing Cream and Metallic Paint Collection.

 

Faux Pennies Wall Finish with the Wallovers Pennies Stencil and Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Modern Mastery Feature on artists Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Amazing faux pennies wall treatment with the Pennies Stencil and Metallic Paint colors Copper, Copper Penny, Antique Bronze and Tequila Gold. Wow!

 

WHAT IS YOUR TOP FINISHING TIP?

Use Venetian Plaster in unexpected ways to create textures and then skim coat them with Metallic Paints.

Modern Masters Pale Gold Metallic Paint over a Blue Stippled Faux Finish | Tapestry Stencil by Wallovers | Modern Mastery Artist Feature with Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

Cynthia and Rena stenciled with Pale Gold Metallic Paint over a blue stippled faux finish. The pattern is the amazing Tapestry Stencil.

 

Stenciled Wall Treatment incorporating Metal Effects Rust Patina and Gold Rush Metallic Paint | Artists: Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris | Stencil: Elisabeth's Stencil from Wallovers | Modern Masters Blog Feature

This warm dining room wall treatment incorporates the exquisite Elisabeth’s Lace Stencil with Gold Rush Metallic Paint and the Metal Effects Rust Patina.

 

Stenciled Fabric with Pharaoh's Gold Metallic Paint by Modern Masters and the Batik Stencil from Wallovers | Gorgeous Hot Pink and Gold Color Combo | Modern Mastery Artist Feature on Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris

You can also stencil fabric with metallics and for a gorgeous result! Cynthia and Rena added a dose of global chic to this exotic resting spot using the Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint and the Batik Stencil.

 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MODERN MASTERS FINISHES?

I love using a warm and a cool tones of Metallic Paints together like Champagne and Platinum mottled together as glazes. Then, stenciling over that in a more opaque application of one of those two colors. It is gorgeous!

The Stained Glass Stencil by Wallovers looks gorgeous on this wall by Cynthia Davis & Rena Paris! They used both Silver and Champagne Metallic Paints to give a beautiful shimmer to the pattern! | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Silver and Champagne Metallic Paints add a lustruous shimmer to these walls with the Stained Glass Stencil.

 

Staircase Stenciled Wall by Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris | Shimmering Sky Metallic Paint by Modern Masters and the Indian Print Damask Stencil from Wallovers | Modern Mastery Blog Feature

Things are looking up with this staircase wall! The Indian Print Damask Stencil was used with Shimmering Sky Metallic Paint for this lovely allover wall project. Doesn’t it look just like wallpaper?

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed the amazing projects and stencil designs of Cynthia Davis and Rena Paris of Wallovers! Be sure to follow Wallovers on Facebook and Pinterest to keep up with their artistic adventures. They also teach phenomenal workshops with everything you need to create alluring custom finishes for any surface. Do you have a favorite project of theirs? Let us know in the comments. Have an inspired day!

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Metal Effects Rust Patina Wall by Creative Collaborations

Do you love the industrial design look? We do – and recently came across a gorgeous Metal Effects project in a restaurant with an incredible rustic vibe. The owner of the restaurant, Bistro Z in in Sussex, WI, had a set vision for its design. He approached talented decorative artist, Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations, to work on several areas, one of which was the focal wall behind the bar.

After doing research online, Lisa decided a rust finish would fit his organic, industrial vision and would also be fun and unique for the patrons to enjoy. After creating a sample board, the owner gave the go-ahead and the process began.

Starting the Metal Effects Process with Metal Effects Primer and Iron Reactive Paint | Project Feature: Bistro Z | Project by Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations | Modern Masters Blog

Metal Effects Rust Patina Process | Bistro Z Restaurant Project by Decorative Artist Lisa Dane | Modern Masters BlogLisa taped off 5′ x 5′ sections and used Texture Effects to create the raised panels. After priming the wall with Metal Effects Primer and basing it all with the Iron Reactive Paint, the Rust Activator was sprayed on to begin the rust process. Lisa had a great team working with her, including fellow decorative artist Mindy Leitner.

Metal Effects Rust Patina Process | Restaurant Project by Decorative Painter Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations | Modern Masters Blog

Rust Patina by Metal Effects | Bistro Z Restaurant Project Feature | Decorative Artist: Lisa Dane of Creative Collaboriations | Modern Masters Blog

Both the owner and the contractors on site enjoyed seeing the rust come alive. The were astonished that the Metal Effects line has real metal particles in the paint that were being ozidized. After the tape was pulled, the raised rust sections became prominent and eye-catching.

Bistro Z Restaurant | Metal Effects Rust Project by Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations | Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

There are many organic design elements that were added after the decorative painting was done to pull it all together.

Metal Effects Rust Patina Wall in Bistro Z Restaurant | Project Feature on the Modern Masters Blog | Artist: Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations

If you’ll note the dark pipes behind the bar, the original idea was to replace them and hang heavy iron pipes. That was proving costly and so Lisa worked her magic yet again. After texturing the joints of regular white PVC pipes with Texture Effects, she painted them with two Metallic Paint colors, Black Pearl and English Brown. Voila! They were attached to the wall and look amazing.

Bistro Z Restaurant in Sussex, Wisconsin | Metal Effects Patina Project by Lisa Dane of Creative Collaborations | Modern Masters Project Feature

We hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into a fantastic hospitality project created with the help of Modern Masters products! Isn’t Lisa’s work incredible? Let us know what you think in the comments! Please be sure to visit her Creative Collaborations website and become a fan of her page on Facebook. We look forward to sharing many more extraordinary decorative painting projects with you!

Modern Masters products can be found at many retailers across the US. We recommend calling the retailers ahead of time to ensure product is in stock. Any Modern Masters retailer can order in your desired products. You can also visit the Modern Masters Online Shop which is fully stocked.

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