Instantly Hooked: Designer Jessica Neal

Modern Masters Metallic Paint helps enhance the home of Designer & Stylist Jessica Neal of Unite Design Co. | Modern Masters Blog

Designer and Stylist Jessica Neal, owner of UNITE Design Co., is a fan of bold pops of color and contrasts. Since moving to Florida, Jessica has built up an amazing client base. It was when Jessica was working on the exterior of her own home, however, that we caught her shares on Instagram with our Metallic Paint Collection. She wowed us with her eye-catching design and we had to learn more. Jessica graciously shared more of her home haven with us and we’re so happy to feature it. Jessica, take it away!

Jessica Neal, owner of Unite Design Co. | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Jessica Neal, Designer & Stylist for Unite Design Co.

“When we purchased our home two years ago, it had been recently renovated, but painted top to bottom in all shades of beige. I knew instantly that I wanted to brighten the color. For the walls, I went with a very light gray that looks almost white. Since I am a big fan of visual contrasts, right away I knew that with the walls, the white trim had to be painted. In my search to find the perfect solution for the trim, I decided to go with a metallic! Once I found Modern Masters, I was instantly hooked and couldn’t wait to find more areas to use the product!

Painting the trim is one way I have found that adds interest to spaces with basic architectural design. For my home, I mixed up a 50/50 custom mix of Antique Copper Metallic Paint and Smoke Metallic Paint. I applied this to all the trim throughout the main home areas. It is such a great contrast to the light gray walls!

Metallic Paint on Trim | Project by Unite Design Co. | Modern Masters Blog Feature

On the exterior, I used the Antique Copper on my garage door, entry door, back doors, decorative block wall, and table. I felt that it paired so nicely with the teal that I chose for the exterior and this helped drive the color scheme of charcoal, teal, white, and copper.

Architectural Screen Blocks with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Project by UNITE Design Co. and featured in the Modern Masters Blog

Antique Copper Metallic Paint on Back Patio Doors, Table and Decorative Block Wall | Fun patio project by UNITE Design Co. | Modern Masters Blog

I am a huge fan of color blocking, painting murals & getting the neighbors attention (clearly!). Actually, using Metallic Paint in general is always a conversation starter!”

Creating a Color Block Wall | Project by Jessica Neal of UNITE Design Co. | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Antique Copper Metallic Paint on Front Door with Teal, White and Black Color Block Contrast | Residential Curb Appeal | Project by Jessica Neal of UNITE Design Co. | Modern Masters Blog Feature

Exterior Home with Metallic Paint Accents and Color Block Wall | Photography by Trevor Ward | Project by UNITE Design Co. featured in the Modern Masters Blog

What do you think of Jessica Neal’s home? We love her use of color combinations, pattern and of course, metallic paints. For added durability of the Metallic Paints in a high traffic area or exterior, we recommend using MasterClear® Topcoat as it maintains the shimmer of the metallic while offering durable interior and exterior protection. Many thanks to Jessica for taking the time to give us a mini-tour of her lovely home! Please be sure to visit the UNITE Design Co. website and follow her company on both Facebook and Instagram. We hope to feature more of the homes of designers and artists for you in the future. Have an inspired day!

images via Jessica neal and Trevor WarD PHOTOGRAPHY

#MetalEffectsLove Tweet Chat

#MetalEffects Love Tweet Chat on Thursday, February 11th at 8pm est | Join Modern Masters President Jim Rogers on Metal Effects Q&A + Giveaway

Love Patinas? Join us as we chat with Modern Masters President Jim Rogers on Twitter about all things Metal Effects! All the fun happens on Thursday, February 11th, at 8pm est. Follow along with our Q&As, share your Metal Effects patina & oxidation projects and stay for the fantastic Giveaways! Follow us at @ModernMasters and join in with the #MetalEffectsLove hashtag.

In case you have never joined a Tweet Chat, it’s easy with…Tweet Chat!

  1. Log in to your Twitter account;
  2. Go to the Tweet Chat website and input the hashtag #MetalEffectsLove – once entered, you will be asked to authorize your Twitter account. Say yes; and
  3. You are now in your own Tweet Chat space joining the conversation with a live stream! The site automatically adds the #MetalEffectsLove hashtag and you can easily tweet away as usual.

If you need a visual on how this works, below is a great YouTube video by Sarah Sharpe that guides you as well. See you there!

Metal Effects on DIY Magazine!

Metal Effects by Modern Masters featured in DIY MagazineMetal Effects Mania is taking over! As we were checking out the Fall 2015 issue of Better Homes & Gardens’ DIY Magazine, we spied our popular patination and oxidation products featured on their ‘Stuff We Love’ segment.

Modern Masters Metal Effects | DIY MagazineCalling it the ‘Patina Maker’, DIY Magazine featured four Metal Effects line color variations (from top, right):

  • the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint with the Green Patina Aging Solution;
  • the Iron Reactive Paint paired with the Rust Activator;
  • the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint with the Blue Patina Aging Solution; and
  • the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint paired with the Blue Aging Solution.

You can find more on these products as well as others in the collection for priming and protection on the Metal Effects page. Our Modern Masters YouTube channel also has two great videos: Metal Effects Rust Finish Application and Metal Effects Patina Finish Application.  It’s a versatile product line that you could use for your DIY projects – even on canvas art and exteriors. See all the possibilities in our ever-increasing Metal Effects Products board on Pinterest.

We’ll soon have Metal Effects available in complete kits so that you can easily grab a box and create pretty patinas for all your DIY projects! They’ll be your go-to products for creating oxidized finishes in minutes. Keep your eye on this space as we share more soon!

Creating a Tone-on-Tone Metallic Finish

What if you could paint a tone-on-tone metallic surface finish with a product that is easy to use, fast to dry and looks gorgeous? We’ve combined two of our favorite products, Matte Metallics and our Metallic Paint Collection to create this lovely, shimmery Tone-on-Tone Metallic Paint Finish that works on walls, furniture, ceilings and so much more.  Take a look!

Matte Metallics are available in 15 of the most popular metallic colors and each of them have a subtle metallic glow as a compliment to the higher shimmer of the satin Metallic Paint Collection.  This finish, and each of the product lines, are perfect for multiple surfaces – in fact, take a look at our Fall Table Decor Ideas for more inspiration, including ideas for stenciling a table runner, adding a luxe finish to plates and chargers as well as transforming your outdated gift wrap into an elegantly wrapped present you’d love to give your guests. There’s nothing dull about Matte Metallics!

Matte Metallic Paint Week on Modern Masters FacebookIf you love all these ideas, be sure not to miss our Matte Metallic Paint Week starting October 19th on our Modern Masters Facebook page with great projects, contests and giveaways!  See you there!

Knock it Off with Modern Masters!

Modern Masters Metallic Plaster on Walls as featured on the Knock It Off televsion showÜber-talented DIY pros Jess and Monica from the East Coast Creative blog recently sent us a fun e-mail. They have a fab show called Knock It Off! and were looking to use our Metallic Plaster for one of their television episodes. Monica and Jess are oozing with creativity and we were tickled blue (er, pink) to see the results of their project: the transformation of a large empty space into a wine tasting room. Let’s dig in!

Blah Room Prior to Transformation | Knock it OffA couple had turned to Monica and Jess for help in their home. They had a large open area and wanted to create a warm, inviting space to entertain their friends and enjoy their love of wine. The idea for a wine tasting room with an updated take on a traditional stone wine cellar was born!

Nautical Blue, Espresso and Brass Metallic Plaster by Modern MastersModern Masters Metallic Plaster on the TrowelInstead of bringing in stones to mimic a classic wine cellar, Monica and Jess opted to use our Metallic Plaster as a beautiful, chic old world wall finish. Metallic Plaster is a lightweight, trowel-applied coating that emits a gorgeous blend of shimmer and luster. There are over 50 standard colors available and the ones used for this project were Nautical Blue, Espresso and Brass. After doing a first layer of the Nautical Blue for their faux plaster treatment, they followed up the second pass with all three products. They mixed them in together to create a beautiful flow of each of the colors.

Metallic Plaster Finish by Modern Masters | Knock it Off TVWine Tasting Room with a Metallic Plaster Wall Treatment | Modern Masters Project by East Coast Creative | Knock it Off Television ShowEnjoying the Metallic Plaster Wall Finish in a Wine Room | Modern MastersGorgeous Metallic Plaster Finish in Wine and Dining Room | Modern Masters Project | Knock it Off TV ShowDo you like the results? If you missed seeing the show, you can watch the DIY Wine Tasting Room episode online. Our Metallic Plaster is environmentally friendly as well as water, mold and mildew resistant. It will adhere to any primed surface and can be used to create any number of durable finishes. It’s a truly incredible product! We hope you’ve enjoyed this great project and if you have one of your own, please share it with us!

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