Garden Decor How-to: Patina Bluebirds

These sweet, happy little birds were a gift from a friend. They are perfect to use at Christmas in the tree, and all year ’round. Being paintable, I can give them a new look like this one on a whim. – Debbie Hays, My Patch of Blue Sky

Oxidized Patina Bluebirds with Modern Masters Metal Effects | Garden DIY by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

SUPPLIES
  • Metal Effects Blue Patina Kit
  • Paintable items, like the little birds
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paper Towels
  • Newspaper or plastic to protect your project area
  • Plastic cups to hold your item while painting, if required
  • Moss, feathers, and/or found objects from your yard for decorating
INSTRUCTIONS

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Before painting, protect your area from spills and overspray and then arrange your materials. The Blue Patina Metal Effects Kit has all that you need for this project. Paint two coats of Metal Effects Primer and let dry. Allow half an hour between coats and two hours after the last coat to dry completely.

DIY Patina Bluebirds | Easy Step by Step Garden DIY by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Paint the primed surface with the first coat of the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint. Let dry for half an hour.

Applying the Blue Patina Aging Solution to the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Metal Effects Garden Decor DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky

Ozidized Decor Bird Accents with Small Metal Effects Kit | How-to DIY by Debbie Hayes | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Apply a second full coat of the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint and while it is still wet, spray on a light coating of the Blue Patina Aging Solution over the entire surface. As the activated surface dries, in about 30 – 40 minutes, a real blue patina finish will appear. No sealer or protection is required to use indoors or outdoors.

Patina Bluebirds for your garden with Metal Effects | DIY by Debbie Hayes | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

I took my completed bird flock outdoors and found the perfect spot to display them: in an old water fountain. I added found objects from a tour around the yard and woods. Voila!

Oxidized Garden Accents How-to | Creating an easy blue verdigris patina with Modern Masters Metal Effects | How to by My Patch of Blue Sky

How to Add Patina to your Garden Decor Accents | Little Birds DIY Project by Debbie Hayes | Step by Step Tutorial on the Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Patina Bluebirds Garden DIY is by Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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Garden Decor How-to: DIY Painted Vintage Window

If you love this project or just want to paint your front door, we’re offering our non fade Front Door Paint for 20% off with FREE shipping on our online shopping site that’s linked above. No min, no max. Use code FDPWOW on your purchase from April 28 – May 12, 2017. Please note this is an online offer only. Happy Shopping!


Katie Gaines from Love Paper Paint says, “I’ve had an old glass paned window sitting in my studio for a few years, just collecting dust and spider webs. It needed a little love and a chance to shine again and I thought it would be fun to repurpose this lonely window into a colorful garden decoration. My style is a bit global-boho, so I imagined this window creating an uplifting vibe in a meditation garden or a lush, tropical backyard retreat. With this easy step-by-step DIY, I’ll show you a few tips and tricks for creating your own eye-catching painted window, suitable for hanging as wall art or set out in the garden.”

Garden Decor DIY | Painted Vintage Window How-to by Love Paper Paint | Non Fade Front Door Paint | Modern Masters Blog

SUPPLIES
  • Glass-paned window or door (you can find them at antique stores, garage sales, Craigslist, junkyards, or an architectural salvage)
  • Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for All Surfaces
  • Modern Masters Never Fades Front Door Paint in assorted colors: Tranquil turquoise, Ambitious red, Playful plum, Calm blue, Fortunate green, Happy yellow, and Hopeful white. You can find smaller sizes at Hobby Lobby, too.
  • Assorted paint brushes (I prefer inexpensive nylon brushes available in sets at craft stores and a 2” chip brush)
  • Craft paper or a drop cloth
  • Paper towels or a clean rag
If you love this project or just want to paint your front door, we’re offering our non fade Front Door Paint for 20% off with FREE shipping on our online shopping site that’s linked above. No min, no max. Use code FDPWOW on your purchase from April 28 – May 12, 2017. Please note this is an online offer only. Happy Shopping!

 

INSTRUCTIONS
How to Paint a Vintage Windo and Upstyle it into a Gorgeous Garden Decor Accent | DIY by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint using non fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters
Creating a Gorgeous Garden Accent with a Vintage Window using non fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters | DIY by Love Paper Paint

Prep your work space with craft paper or a drop cloth. Using a slightly damp paper towel or rag, wipe down the old window to clean off any dirt, dust, spider webs. With a 2” chip brush, paint the clean, dry window frame with the Tranquil non fade Front Door Paint. It dries quickly so you can add a second coat fairly quickly. The turquoise color provides a pop of color that works well against all the green in a garden setting.

Use a smaller brush for the detail areas of the frame close to the glass. You can tape off the glass if you’d prefer to not cut in freehand. Otherwise, you can use a paper towel to quickly wipe off any paint that gets onto the glass, while the paint is still wet. Paint a second coat of the Tranquil Front Door Paint onto the frame after the first coat has dried.

Using a Mandala Pattern to Create a Painted Vintage Window for the Garden | Zen DIY by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

Adjusting a Pattern to Create a Beautiful Patterned and Painted Vintage Window | Garden Decor DIY by Love Paper Paint using non fade Modern Masters Front Door Paint

Next, find the design you’d like to paint on the glass panes and size it to fit each pane. I found floral mandala clipart online, enlarged the graphics, and scaled it to print for six separate 8.5” X 14” pages to fit my glass frame. Then I taped the pages to the back of each window pane. Be sure to scale your preferred art to your window pane size.

DIY Painted Vintage Window for a Garden Retreat DIY | How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

How to Add Pattern and Paint to a Vintage Window and transform it into an upstyled and chic Garden Accent | Tutorial by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

Using a small round nylon brush, “trace” the design onto the glass by painting on Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for all surfaces. Since this primer sticks to anything, including glass, it will give a strong, durable base for the Front Door Paint to adhere to.

Painting a Vintage Window for Rustic Decor | DIY by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint using non fade Modern Masters Front Door Paint

After the primer has dried (I gave it a few hours), you can start “coloring” in the design. Pour a little bit of each color into a paint palette or little plastic cups, and paint over the primer to your heart’s desire…have fun with it! I tried to keep the three mandalas consistent by using the same color scheme for each element of all three graphics.

Highligting Colors for a painted and patterned vintage window | Turning an old window into a garden decor accent | Fun tutorial by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

You may need to go over some of the colors with a second coat of Front Door Paint, then you can start some detail work by highlighting with white. I mixed Front Door Paint in Hopeful with each Front Door Paint color to create a lighter shade.

Transform an old window into a colorful and patterned decor accent | DIY How-to by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

After a couple of hours, the Front Door Paint is fully dry and ready to go! You can attach brackets to the back of the window for hanging the window as wall art, or prop the window against a wall (or fence or bricks) for a colorful display that you can move around anywhere in your garden.

BONUS! We hope you love this project and if you do (or just want to paint your front door), we’re offering our non fade Front Door Paint for 20% off with FREE shipping on our online shopping site. No min, no max. Use code FDPWOW on your purchase from April 28 – May 12, 2017. Please note this is an online offer only. Happy Shopping!

 

Painted and Upcycled Vintage Window | DIY by Love Paper Paint for the Modern Masters Blog

Refreshing an old discarded window into a fresh and colorful decor accent for the garden, studio, and more | How to by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters Blog

Garden Decor DIY Idea with non fade Modern Masters Front Door Paint and an old vintage Window | Step by Step Tutorial by Love Paper Paint | Modern Masters blog

Stunning Painted and Patterned Vintage Windwo with non fade Front Door Paint by Modern Masters | DIY by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint | Creative and Colorful Garden Decor Ideas and Inspiration

The Painted Vintage Window DIY is by Katie Gaines of Love Paper Paint. She is a Southern California Decorative Painter, Muralist and Artist, who also designs gorgeous custom stationery and invitations. In addition to their foodie adventures, Katie’s family (including her creative husband and two artsy boys), are Star Wars & comic-book enthusiasts who dabble in cosplay, love to visit art museums and cultural events, as well as run races and explore San Diego’s many scenic hiking trails and beaches.

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Glam Garden Accents Using Metallic Paint

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

We are blessed and cursed with a long, narrow back yard featuring towering poplar trees and a huge party deck that my hubby built years ago. Left untended, the yard can resemble a jungle, with ivy crawling up the trees and ferns taking over everywhere. With so much shade and green, green, green, I do try to break it up with a few treasured garden accents here and there.

How about you? Are there a few items in your yard or garage that could use some revitalization, using your favorite color scheme?

I did a happy dance recently when I discovered a big box of Modern Masters paint goodness on my doorstep! They sent several Metallic Paint Collection colors that I selected, some glazes to play with, and a top coat for outdoor protection that keeps metallic paint glowing.

Check out this color palette of the Metallic Paints. I love that you can purchase small containers, and one bottle goes a really long way.

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Colors |Modern Masters Cafe Blog

I rooted around in our yard to find a couple of items that needed a re-do. Though small, this little metal artichoke snugs in nicely among plants in large pots. She’s cute, but the finish is so expected, right?

The before. Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

I also remembered our very heavy cast iron piece that we mounted on the brick wall on the deck. How sad is this? We have tried to grow pretty plants in this great planter for years and years. This is what it always ends up like. So. Now I am calling the plants quits and converting it to a birdbath. We always have little babies born in spring nests just to the left, in our pergola covered in akebia vines.

I DO know how to fill it with water, LOL.

The before. Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Time to get creative! I gave both pieces a good hose-down and scrub outside, then primed them with a water-based primer recommended for use with Modern Masters products.

First, let’s revive the artichoke.

SUPPLIES

 

PAINT ON ONE COAT OF PRIMER.

Painting primer. Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

PAINT THE TIP AND BASE USING GREEN GOLD METALLIC PAINT.

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

The Metallic Paint colors are considered Semi-Opaque or Opaque, so over the white primer you may need more than one coat. The Green Gold was sheer enough that I used two coats to get it to the soft color I was going for.

PAINT APPLE GREEN.

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

PAINT SAPPHIRE.

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Since this is an outdoor item, I didn’t get crazy about perfection. After painting the Sapphire, paint Teal on the leaves just above it. Let dry.

MAKE A SHEER WASH WITH GREEN GOLD METALLIC PAINT AND PAINT ALL OVER THE ARTICHOKE.

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Mix the Green Gold Metallic with just a bit of water to create a loose wash. I really just used one thick, runny layer to dirty up the bright colors. I like some drips on pieces like this. Let dry.

BRUSH ON A COAT OF SATIN MASTERCLEAR BEFORE LEAVING OUTDOORS.

Modern Masters metallic and indoor/outdoor protection. | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

Now let’s do the birdbath.

SUPPLIES

 

PRIME ALL OVER WITH LATEX PRIMER. LET DRY.
Priming. Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog
This piece was painted with water-based paint, so one coat of latex primer is perfect. Let dry.

 

BRUSH ON 2 COATS OF BLACKENED BRONZE METALLIC PAINT. LET DRY.
Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog
Painting metallics on top of this white primer does show brush marks, so I just avoided ugly ones as much as possible.

 

BRUSH ON NATURAL BROWN GLAZING CREAM MIXED WITH FURNITURE & CABINET GLAZING CREAM.
Modern Masters Metallic paints and Glazing Cream glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog
In a container, add about 2 tablespoons of Furniture & Cabinet Glazing Cream with just about a teaspoon of Natural Brown Glazing Cream Color. Mix well. Brush on some glaze and work in sections.

 

USE A DRY RAG TO TAP THE GLAZE AND SOFTEN THE LOOK.

Modern Masters Metallic paints and Glazing Cream glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog
Turn your hand in all different directions to soften the glaze. Wipe a clean spot of the rag across the raised decoration to expose the color underneath to highlight it. Adding the glaze will tone down the metallic paint and add patina. It will take longer because of the glaze mix but let dry completely.

 

Brush on a coat of Satin MasterClear® Topcoat for protection. (Since this is going to be a bird bath, I only painted and sealed areas just to the water line.)

 

Now it’s time to take these beauties outside. I moved the artichoke around to find my favorite spots.

 

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

 

I decided I liked to “discover” it in this giant hosta, since the pretty metallic colors jump right out.

 

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

 

The birdbath is nestled right up against this massive tree, near our little babbling pond. It’s perfectly positioned to awaiting all of the cardinals, owls, and squirrels that pass through. Wonder how long it will be before the raccoons will knock it over. Note to self: now thinking anchoring versus propping is a good thing.

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

 

Or, our entry courtyard is calling too. Do you prefer it atop this old, rusty chair?

 

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

 

The electric metallic green and blues of the artichoke love it here too. The colors seem to jump right out of the shadows. So many possibilities!

 

Modern Masters Metallic paints glam up metal garden accents | Modern Masters Cafe Blog

 

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