10 Beautiful Furniture Projects with Metallic Paint

10 Beautiful Metallic Paint on Furniture Projects | Modern Masters Blog

Many of our creative customers have found that Modern Masters Metallic Paint + Furniture = A Perfect Pair. It’s also a versatile product as you can change something as small as the hardware all the way up to creating an allover lustrous project. We’ve found a few inspired projects with our Metallic Paint Collection to share with you.

Beautiful Buffet Transformation by Revive in Style | Metallic Paint on Furniture | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Revive in Style has a flair for transforming furniture! This oversized vintage buffet has been uniquely refinished in lamp black and smokey metallic glazes with exposed natural wood tones. It sold quickly, as you can imagine.

10 Ideas for Metallic Paint on Furniture Ideas | Bohemian House Tour via Apartment Therapy | Modern Masters Blog

A sheer metallic paint can work wonders by giving the underlying color a boost of shimmer. On an Apartment Therapy Bohemian House Tour feature, Iridescent Gold Metallic Paint was used to help transform a living room television stand that was originally discarded by a neighbor. The result is soft and lovely.

Armoire Details highlighted with Champagne Metallic Paint | Project by Vintage Charm Restored | Metallic Paint on Furniture Feature on the Modern Masters blog

Coral and Champagne Metallic Paint are an unexpected color combination but they look fantastic together! Vintage Charm Restored highlighted the details of an armoire with the metallic paint and protected it with MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat in Semi-gloss, for a glossier finish. Beautiful!

Mixing Matte Metallics and Metallic Paint from Modern Masters to create a soft, tone on tone finish on a chest | Project by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | 10 Gorgeous Metallic Paint Furniture Projects Feature

Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky created an unexpected metallic tone on tone finish on a chest with Pale Gold Metallic Paint and PlatinumSilver Matte Metallic. The varying shimmer of each line makes for a soft and lovely treatment.

Olympic Gold Metallic Paint highlights the legs and hardware of a blue willow inspired dresser by me & mrs. jones | 10 Ideas for Metallic Paint on Furniture | Modern Masters blog

Olympic Gold Metallic Paint fancies up the hardware and carved details of this stylish blue willow painted and stenciled dresser by me and mrs. jones. A little metallic can make a big impact!

Artist Shannon Kaye transformed this dresser with her signature torn landscape design and Modern Masters Metallic Paints | 10 Inspired Metallic Paint on Furniture Projects

Artist Shannon Kaye transformed a dresser with her signature torn landscape design and several layers of both Pale Gold and Smoke Metallic Paint for a rich, warm lustre. She says, “I just love mixing metallic paints together!” We love it when she does, too!

Snowflake Metallic Paint helps stencil and paint a very special boyhood dresser | Project by Creative Customer Grace Doty | Modern Masters

Grace Doty is a frequent contributor to Hometalk and recently shared a very special project to her – the update of her husband’s boyhood dresser for their 25th wedding anniversary. Using Snowflake Metallic Paint, she stenciled the stained top with a French love poem and painted the body as well. She protected the piece with MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat in Satin. We feel the love in this piece!

Pewter, Platinum and Black Pearl Metallic Paints by Modern Masters on a glam buffet by Style Shabby | 10 Inspired Project Ideas for Metallic Paint on Furniture

Sometimes two is better than one but three tops all! The talented Sonia from Style Shabby mixed Platinum, Pewter and Black Pearl Metallic Paint to help create a showstopping buffet. She also used the colors to enhance the hardware. See her buffet transformation DIY for all the glam details.

Champagne Metallic Paint by Modern Masters helps repurpose a stunning vanity | Beautiful Project by Loft2Paint | 10 Gorgeous Metallic Paint on Furniture Projects

Tammera of Loft2Paint used our Champagne Metallic Paint to help repurpose a stunning vanity. We think the color will also help warm and enhance the lucky owner’s features! It’s a swoonworthy project all around.

Silver Metallic enhances a vanity for a rich finish | Artistry by Kim Gordon of Pretty Used Things | 10 Beautiful Metallic Paint Furniture Projects | Modern Masters

Kim Gordon of Pretty Used Things used her considerable talent to transform a vanity as well – this one with Silver Metallic Paint that was aged for a dark, rich finish. Stunning.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these Metallic Paint projects – and if you love them, be sure to share the post! If you’d like to see even more furniture inspiration with our product lines, check out our Furniture Projects board on Pinterest. See you next week!

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A Swimmingly Beautiful Mural

Since prehistoric times – think cave paintings – humans have created spaces with surfaces expressing meaningful artwork and patterns. These murals can be found on all manner of surfaces, including walls, ceilings, floors and furniture. They have also been created with a variety of materials, including oils, acrylics, fresco plasters, egg tempera and more. We’re always so pleased to see murals created with the help of Modern Masters products – especially when, just like time and again in history, the imagery is so meaningful to the owners.

Lake Mural by Amber Cunningham of Rare Bird Art | Modern Masters Pearlescent and Iridescent Metallic Paints

Amber Cunningham of Rare Bird Art has just such a project. She was asked by dear friends to transform the entry way of their newly remodeled lakehouse with a wall mural. The house is perched on a bluff overlooking Medina Lake in Texas and all felt that having swimming native fish art worked perfectly for the lake house. “I wanted it to have some elegance, but not too perfect or stuffy,” Amber explains. “The house is gorgeous, but it is still a pretty laid-back place! I chose the most commonly found fish in the Medina Lake, such as Big Mouth Bass, White Bass, Carps, and Catfish. I also included some of the other regulars of the Texas lakes for additional sizes, shapes, and colors.”

Amber Cunningham of Rare Bird Art with her lakehouse inspired mural behind her. Metallic Paint project feature on the Modern Masters blog.

The talented Amber Cunningham of Rare Bird Art.

Amber started with a basic two color glaze using pearlescent and iridescent colors from our Metallic Paint Collection. She used a slight criss-cross strie technique to lend a bit of a woven but also watery feel. She then laid out all of the fish into a school and drew, outlined, shaded, and under painted each fish. She shares, “Initially there were only 65 fish, but I’m a bit obsessive and felt they needed more than double that! The total number of fishies was about 134.” Here are some of the pics of her process.

Fish Mural by Amber Cunningham in Progress | Background Pearlescent Metallic Paint Wash | Modern Masters Blog

The two-tone pearlescent metallic paint wash and finish layout in charcoal.

Outlining the fish designs in a mural with brown acrylics | Artist Amber Cunningham | Mural Project Feature on the Modern Masters blog

Outlining the fish in an espresso brown acrylic stain.

The creation of a lakehouse inspired fish mural by artist Amber Cunningham of Rare Bird Art | Modern Masters Blog

Painting in ‘shadow’ fish for depth in the school. “You can see necessary outlaw fish in the corners,” Amber says. “You gotta have a few rebels straying from the stream.”

Adding color to a mural | Decorative Painting Wall Mural Project Feature on the Modern Masters Blog

Starting to see Color!

Shimmery Fish Mural with Modern Masters Iridescent and Pearlescent Metallic Paints | Artistry by Amber Cunningham of Rare Bird Art

More Modern Masters iridescent and pearlescent Metallic Paints added.

Some of the natural colors represent the fish and also mimic the colors used in the house and in the rock chosen to frame the entry way. It was incredibly important for Amber to make this mural for her friends special and we think it’s perfect!

Gorgeous Lake Inspired Mural by Artist Amber Cunningham | Modern Masters Project Feature

Lake Mural by Amber Cunningham of Rare Bird Art | Modern Masters Pearlescent and Iridescent Metallic Paints

To protect her work, she applied MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat with added glitter. “It doesn’t diminish the flash of iridescent color that creates movement at certain angles. It sparkles big time in certain light, but does not distort the details of the fish when you are looking at them straight on,” Amber says. We love the idea that the flash of the iridiescent and pearlescent colors can give the idea of quick fish movement. Many thanks to Amber for sharing her beautiful project with us! Please be sure to visit her Rare Bird Art website and her fab Instagram feed, where we initially saw this project. Also check out her additional Instagram feed, Scatter Birdie, where she shares her sculptures and other artworks, some created with our Wildfire paints. We hope you’ve enjoyed her incredible art as much as we have!

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5 Questions with Metal Effects

One of our most popular product lines is Metal Effects. The collection creates amazing blue and green verdigris and rust patinas – they’re so beautiful and so easy! Here at Modern Masters, we play around with the patinas weekly and also talk with creative customers around the world about the line. We wanted to share the Top 5 questions we receive and our best recommendations and suggestions!5 Questions with Metal Effects | Modern Masters Blog

Q1: DO I REALLY HAVE TO USE THE PRIMER?

Using the Metal Effects Primer | 5 Tips for Using Metal Effects | Modern Masters BlogWe recommend it. Metal Effects undergoes a true oxidation process and you want that process to stay on top of your surface – not penetrate it! The Metal Effects Primer is a unique water base, acrylic primer designed to block the Patina Aging Solutions & Rust Activator from reaching the metal or wood surface chosen as a substrate. Other primers are not recommended as they allow the Patina Aging Solutions & Activators to penetrate through to the substrate and may disrupt both the patina and the process.

Q2: AM I USING THE RIGHT METALLIC PAINT?

5 Amazing Tips for Using Metal Effects |Modern Masters BlogThe Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint from the Metal Effects line are unique, water base paints that contain real metal particles meant to oxidize. The copper and bronze colors from our original Metallic Paint Collection are not meant to patina and will not oxidize when paired with the Patina Aging Solutions & Activators. Make sure to stay within the Metal Effects line for the best results!

Q3: WHEN SHOULD I USE THE ACTIVATORS?

5 Tips for Using Modern Masters Metal EffectsTiming is everything – and that sage advice works for Metal Effects Solutions and Activators, too! When using the Blue and Green Patina Aging Solutions, ensure you spray while the second coat of the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint or Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint is wet. For the Rust Activator, the Iron Reactive Paint needs to have two dry solid coats for best results. Please note: the second coat must be dry for one hour before activation!

Q4: I'D LIKE THE GREEN TO BE A DIFFERENT GREEN. POSSIBLE? 

5 Tips for Working with Metal Effects | Cabinet Door Patina & StencilsYou cannot control the oxidized colors too much and this is part of the beauty! As it is a natural patina finish, temperature and humidity play a part in the color development of Metal Effects patinas – just like Mother Nature.

Q5: I'VE SEEN SOMEONE SATURATE THE METAL EFFECTS. CAN I DO THIS?

5 Metal Effects Tips | Modern Masters BlogMany do like a deeper patina and saturate the surface with the Patina Aging Solutions. Beautiful results can occur! Do not over saturate the finish so much that you wash off the wet Reactive Metallic Paint – they are meant to work together!

We hope our sharing the five most popular Q&As we have help you with your next Metal Effects project! If you have a question about Metal Effects that is not covered, you can leave it for us in the comments! Be sure to share your projects with us by tagging us on any social site or using the #ModernMasters hashtag. Stay inspired!

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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Modern Mastery: Casey and Vince Murray of Belle Arti

The Central Kentucky decorative painting and design studio, Belle Arti, has been successful for over 20 years and owners Vince and Casey Murray frequently use Modern Masters products in their beautiful projects. In fact, our jaws dropped when we first saw their extraordinary artistry and we reached out to them for a blog feature. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to share their work and a few words of wisdom as a part of the latest feature in our Modern Mastery series.

Modern Mastery Series: Belle Artiky | Modern Masters Blog

Casey and Vince Murray of Belle Arti. Photographed by Andrew Miller Photography of Wicklow, Ireland.

“Our company name, Belle Arti, is Italian for ‘fine art’ and we are a design and finishes studio located in central Kentucky. As a husband and wife team, we have been working together for over twenty years, both bringing unique skills to the table,” Vince says. Casey and Vince have also, by extension, incorporated a home’s overall design into their studio offerings. “We’ve had clients that want us to put together the wall finishes, any mural or trompe l’oeil work, glazing of any casework and cabinetry, as well as fabrics, etc., and we are happy to oblige them by being their go-to designers and artists for the whole process,” Vince explains. “We both come from design backgrounds. I literally designed, drew the blueprints, and decorated homes for my father who was a building contractor from the time I was sixteen years old, while studying drafting and specialized art in high school. When I decided to pursue my art and design full time, I attended the Miller Wagner School in Chicago to receive the needed training and credentials. My wife also grew up around design, working with her mother who is a licensed interior designer, doing everything from painting, wallpapering, and sewing, to installation of window treatments. So when we married, it seemed only natural for us to pursue art and design as our profession.” It’s an upbringing and partnership that has led to incredible work and success for their studio. Their passion for their art shines through clearly! Now about their work…

Coffered Ceiling Accented with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Modern Mastery Series | Decorative Artists: Belle Arti

Coffered ceiling the Belle Arti Studio created and installed. The ceiling is a dark glazed finish accentes with several colors from the Metallic Paint Collection: Antique Bronze, Statuary Bronze, Olympic Gold, and Pale Gold.

 

What is your top finishing tip?

We both agreed that it is this: Do not be afraid to experiment! When you see a finish, or a pattern, or a color that either you or your client likes, dissect it in your mind and figure out how to replicate it. Use unconventional methods  and applications, and most of the time you will end up surprising yourself. We did this once on a project where a designer for a restaurant wanted molding to be painted to exactly match the counters and tabletops that were a solid surface. It took several tries, but we eventually got it perfect, and the client was delighted.

Modern Masters Metallic Paints accent a Glamorous Bath | Project by Belle Arti | Modern Mastery Series Feature

Golden and Glam Master Bath | Decorative Painting Project by Belle Arti | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Metallic gold accents in a glam bathroom. The moldings, rosettes and ceiling are layered with Olympic Gold, Pale Gold and Iridescent Gold Metallic Paints.

 

Dining Room Before Mural - Click Link to see Amazing After! Project by Belle Arti | Modern Mastery Series Feature

Before (top) and After (bottom)

Lush and Beautiful Dining Room Wall Mural by Decorative Painting Firm Belle Arti | Modern Masters | Modern Mastery Series Feature

This dining room features a French Rococo style pastoral scene mural. It adds an incredible amount of interest, as you can see by the before pic. There is a strié effect on the wainscoting and the crown molding using Oyster Metallic Paint. “We love the fact that the metallics show the brush strokes, and often we use that to our advantage, as with this effect,” THEY BOTH share. The pearly metallic blends perfectly with the silk draperies and elevates the space. As to the mural? “We protect our murals with Dead Flat Varnish.”

Rococo Pastoral Mural | Wainscoting and Crown Molding are painted with Oyster Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Gorgeous Artristy by Belle Arti of Central Kentucky

Dining Room Mural by Belle Arti | Rococo Pastoral Scene | Wainscot, Trim and Crown Molding have Oyster Metallic Paint | Modern Masters Blog Feature

What is the most inspiring place or space you’ve visited?

We narrowed it down to two, but for different reasons. We really LOVE the Galerie d’Apollon in the Louvre because of all of the gilding and ornamentation combined with the stunning mural work. The cartouches and pediments over the doorways give inspiration that just goes on and on. The second place was a little shop in Florence, Italy on a small back street close to the Pitti palace. It was a studio that does exactly what we do right here in Kentucky! The shop was filled with gorgeous pieces of painted furniture and screens, as well as sample boards of wall finishes and frescoes. We both at that point realized what an awesome and time-honored profession we are engaged in, that definitely has a rich history attached to it.

Glam Accents in Bar with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Project by Belle Arti | Modern Mastery Series Feature

Crown Molding and Architectural Details are accented by Metallic Paints by Modern Masters in the very capable hands of Kentucky decorative painting studio Belle Arti | Modern Mastery Studio Series

A gorgeous bar area painted for a client. All of the moldings and appliqués are painted with Olympic Gold, Pale Gold, and Iridescent Gold Metallic Paints.

 

Before Shot of incredible Theatre Room Makeover project by Belle Arti with Modern Masters products | Modern Mastery Series Blog Feature

Before (top) and After (bottom)

Theatre Room designed, created and painted by decorative painting firm Belle Arti out of Central Kentucky | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Metallic Paints and Glazes grace a faux Theatre Room Entrance | Project by Belle Arti from Central Kentucky | Modern Masters Studio Feature on Blog

The pics showcase the Before & After of a Theater Room entry. “Our studio fabricated and installed everything, including the lighted sign. All of the moldings as well as the ceiling are layered with Tequila Gold and Pale Gold Metallic Paints. The harlequin panels are glazed in Pale Gold as well. The theater sign is painted with Statuary Bronze Metallic Paint as well as having accents of the two golds.”

 

What is your go-to Modern Masters product and/or color?

We still are both totally enamored with your Metallic Paint Collection. We have, of course, come up with recipes to achieve looks we like. For example, to achieve to look of aged gold leaf that has worn over time, we start with a base of dark brown, then add a coat of Statuary Bronze Metallic Paint, then a layer of Tequila Gold Metallic Paint. On top of this, we do a sheer layer of Tequila Gold and Iridescent Gold with a 1:1 ratio. We finally gently dry-brush any raised details with a warm black. It truly does give the effect of a time-worn patina.

Croc Panels with Glazed Metallic Paints | Modern Masters | Project by Belle Arti

Gorgeous Paneled and Glazed Wall with a chic Crocodile Pattern | Beautiful decorative painting by Kentucky's Belle Arti | Modern Mastery Blog Series

The crocodile door panels are painted with Champagne Metallic Paint and the overall antiquing glaze is done with Tintable Glaze.

Such exceptional work, don’t you think? Vince and Casey have used Modern Masters products for years and have never been disappointed. “We love the metallics, and the clear coats for interior and exterior applications. Their durability is unsurpassed,” they say. “We both truly enjoy what we do, but we realize that it is fantastic products like the ones from Modern Masters that enable us to achieve those looks and finishes, which amaze our clients, and keeps them coming back for more.” We’d like to thank both Casey and Vince for their beautiful artisty with our products and the time they took to share their projects with us! Please make sure you head to their Belle Arti website for more and follow them on both the Belle Arti Houzz page and @belle_arti_studio on Instagram to keep on top of their decorative painting adventures. Until next time – stay inspired!

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