Our Metallic Paint Collection helps cast a beautiful glow and decorative painters have used many of the elegant colors in our palette to enhance their decorative finishes. Silver is a timeless classic and we’ve recently spied a few wall treatments using and inspired by this alluring hue.
The versatile Faux Houston firm tackles all manner of projects and frequently use our products, including our Metallic Paint. Here, soft silver tones make for a neutral and elegant background for a dining room.
What a sophisticated bath! The work is by Janells Designs and she used our Metallic Paints to stencil the wall finish and also to add a little luster to the bath cabinetry.
Artist Ramona Schatzer shared this amazing room on Instagram and we were floored by the intricate trompe l’oeil pyramid pattern she created with the help of our Metallic Paints. Incroyable!
We hope you enjoyed these beautiful rooms with finishes that shine with our Metallic Paint. Each of the talented artists created unforgettable spaces and we love them all! Have you thought of incorporating precious metals into your home?
Spring is just around the corner! It’s the perfect time of year to start planning exterior design and garden projects that enhance your curb appeal. One of the simplest updates is painting your front door! A front door makeover with our Front Door Paint is easy to use – in fact, one blogger painted theirs in 24 minutes and on Facebook Live, too! Another benefit is that Front Door Paint is non fading and weather resistant. This means that your door will look as good as the day you painted it throughout all the seasons in your area. Are you ready for some bright, happy and colorful front door inspiration? Let’s do(or) it!
This front door was a dreary off-white that looked too plain for the homeowners. They brightened it with the color Energetic. Looks lovely against the brick!
Everyone who walks up to this door immediately loves the color! Most say they would not have considered a yellow front door before then. We love hearing that! This shade is called Confident.
The Fortunate lime green not only provided a lovely color contrast for this home’s exterior, it also added a welcoming appeal to the entrance. It’s a beautiful, bright color that looks great with the landscaping, too! See the How to Paint Your Front Door video above for that project!
A turquoise front door is a fresh alternative to a traditional blue and welcomes your guests in style. This gorgeous hue is called Tranquil.
Take an ordinary lamp shade and make it extraordinary with stencils, tape and Metallic Paint! Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky shares her ‘bright’ idea on how-to dress up any plain-jane lamp with her DIY Fabric Lampshade Makeover.
One new or gently-used lamp base and clean shade, plus an inspiration photo.
Primer, 2 widths of narrow painter’s tape (about 1/2″ and 1/8″), paint brushes, stencil brushes, pencil, ruler, and paper towels. We used the cardboard insert that came with the lamp and shade to prop the shade on while painting.
STEP 1 | Basecoat the Lampshade
Paint two coats of Oyster Metallic Paint. Let dry overnight.
STEP 2 | Measure and Apply the Taped Random Stripe Pattern (Lampshade Top)
Before you begin, hold the pattern of your chosen stencil over the depth of the shade to design the look you are going for. We decided to use two repeats of the floral design and added the center stripe below it. Put the stencil aside, then measure around the shade to mark the area for the 1/2″ tape and apply it. Then, add random stripes with the 1/8″ tape and burnish well.
STEP 3 | Paint the Random Stripe Pattern (Lampshade Top)
Use a stencil brush to paint in 1-2 coats of Champagne Matte Metallic. This will give a nice contrast between the other Metallic Paints, which have a satin sheen. Let dry for several hours or overnight. Remove the 1/8″ tape areas. Our lampshade had a slight texture, which created a soft, watercolor-looking effect that we love.
STEP 4 | Stencil the Floral Pattern (Lampshade Bottom)
Tape the stencil in place, taking into account the seam on the shade. Use a stencil brush to paint in areas of Teal Metallic Paint. Let dry. Use a clean stencil brush to paint in areas of Rich Gold Metallic Paint. Remove the stencil. Let dry.
STEP 5 | Paint the Center Stripe
On either side of the center stripe, which is still in place, add another row of ½” tape at the top and bottom. Burnish well, then remove the center tape. Use a small brush or stencil brush to add 1 or 2 coats of Smoke Metallic Paint. Let dry several hours. Remove the tape.
Add a bulb, assemble your lamp and enjoy your new creation. When you turn it on for the first time, you will be amazed at the different glow it will exude versus the look you get unlighted! You can customize this DIY to create a style that’s right for you, whether it be vintage, traditional, bohemian, or more modern and contemporary. Enjoy!
We’ve followed Nichole Blackburn’s artistry throughout the years. She’s a gifted artist who not only works on incredible commissions for her Celadon Studio but also donates her time and efforts to philanthropic efforts throughout the world via her non profit organization, Big Sky Countries. We’re honored to showcase her Modern Masters projects with you.
Born in Redondo Beach, California, Nichole Blackburn received her B.A. in Fine Art and Design from San Diego State University and after graduation, she went head first into her art career, and is currently the Owner and Creative Director of Celadon Studio and Fine Art, a Los Angeles-based business whose main focus is large-scale murals and decorative painting.
Always maintaining a creative edge, she continually trains all over the world with the top muralists and decorative painters in the industry. Most recently, Nichole moved abroad to Paris, France (2014-2015) to study with world-renowned decorative painter Jean Sable at his atelier in Versailles. Prior to that, Nichole spent a month on the East Coast studying under William Cochran, one of the country’s leading trompe l’oeil muralists. During this time she joined a select team of six artists who worked on a five-story public mural project called “The Dreaming”. Nichole has brought her unique style and artwork to numerous Los Angeles hot spots, celebrity homes and landmark hotels. Working with some of the best architects, interior designers and ateliers in the industry, Nichole has built a solid reputation and a name you can trust.
What is the most inspiring space or place you have visited?
I absolutely love to travel. By the time I was in my 20s I had visited over 40 countries and was by no means slowing down. I would say the last country I visit is usually the most inspiring and influential in my art. I had the pleasure of spending the last year studying with Jean Sable at his decorative painting school in Versailles, France, which is located across the street from the Palace of Versailles. Jean Sable is a joy to study under, a true craftsman that honors the traditions and style of French decorative painting. Under Jean’s tutelage, I painted everything from classical marbles and wood grain techniques, to large-scale panoramic murals, as well as trompe l’oeil and chinoiserie. I was the only American in an all-French class, and with that came the challenge of all lessons taught in French, lectures about pigments and products only available in Europe, and executing painting techniques that relied on the skills and working knowledge applied from each demonstration. Studying with Jean Sable has been one of the most inspiring painting experiences I have had, and it continues to influence my painting in a big way.
A luxe shimmer was added to a princess crown mural with Metallic Paint.
What is your most memorable, challenging, or rewarding project?
My most rewarding work has been with my nonprofit, Big Sky Countries. Big Sky Countries is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 whose main focus is donating large-scale murals to children’s facilities around the world. Murals have been painted in Thailand, Ireland, the Philippines, Bolivia, New Orleans, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Atlanta, New Jersey, and all over the Los Angeles area. These children’s facilities include elementary schools, orphanages, children’s hospitals, teen shelters, libraries and youth centers. All children, faculty members, and well, everyone is encouraged to paint!
I started Big Sky Countries when I was in my 20s, after realizing that making loads of money was surprisingly not the key to happiness. For me, creative freedom paired with traveling, as well as painting with children was far more satisfying. I grew up an art brat in high school, always ditching my other classes to go to the art studio, and I would stay up all night drawing in my sketchbooks. I wasn’t always the best student, but when it came to art I was totally confident and free. In schools where art programs have been taken away, especially for kids that are not academically inclined, I want to show that art can be a huge success, both mentally and as a career choice. Some of the most brilliant children I have painted with were also the most withdrawn, anti-social and considered misfits. Funny enough, I relate and paint the best with these kids.
Under the Sea Mural for Big Sky Countries created with the help of various Modern Masters products.
How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?
I love the Modern Masters products. Modern Masters have a great reputation and it’s not hard to see why. I have used Modern Masters paints for years, particularly the Metallic Paints, as well as the Glazing Cream Colorants in the earth tones/browns. The consistency and quality of the products is wonderful. I love the Modern Masters Metallic Plasters, as well. By layering them in different consistencies I am able to achieve a wide range of effects, giving me the chance to really push my finishes and samples. The Metallic Paints are a go-to for me, especially the gold’s, which come in a variety of colors that fit perfectly with my Clients’ discerning needs.
California Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar created with Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colorants in dark brown hues.
Children’s Enchanted Forest and Tree Mural in a reading corner nook at the Trenton, NJ Library. Nichole used Glazing Cream and Glazing Cream Colorants to help paint the inspired 200 foot wall painting. Nichole donated the mural, valued at about $25,000, through her Big Sky Countries non-profit.
Four panel coffered dining room ceiling reflects a soft metallic glow. Nichole used our Metallic Paints for both the scrollwork and the faux woodgrain.
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It’s always so exciting to see the projects our creative customers create with our Modern Masters products and it’s also exciting to see these projects featured in the media! We’ve discovered a few media features that usher us into the fall season perfectly with Metallic Paint, Metallic Plaster and our non-fade Front Door Paint. Let’s dig in!
Caroline Lizarraga and her team are incredible artists and it’s no surprise we find them in the pages of Traditional Home (October 2016 issue). The beautiful design is by Elena Calabrese. Caroline and team used our Metallic Plaster for a multi-hued organic wall treatment.
The Autumn 2016 issue of GreenCraft magazine shared a nice review and feature of our non fade Front Door Paint. Pick up your issue today – they share so much goodness on repurposing projects, ecologically-chic creations, and exploring today’s most stylish and sustainable projects. Love it!
The Wall Street Journal shares their 5 Fresh Paint Trends to Try for Fall and they feature our Champagne Metallic Paint (above, far right). New York Designer Adam Rolston says “Metallics are great for reflecting light into dark spaces.” Designer Kati Curtis further recommends a shimmering ceiling next to matte walls. Love the interior design tips!
Boo! Can you believe it’s already time to think Halloween? Our girls are grown now, so October 31st just doesn’t have the allure like it did back in the day when we were choosing their costumes, decorating with spooky accessories, and trick-or-treating for the mother lode of candy.
A quick and enjoyable project for me, sans kiddos, is decorating our mantel in the den for the season. A few props found exploring cupboards, some orange twinkly mini-lights, black gauze and a sparkly Boo sign from the dollar store, and I was done! Well, almost.
My daughter Mia and I drove from our home in central North Carolina, up to the rolling hills near Cana, Virginia to find real pumpkins, and do a little antique junkin’. We even enjoyed a touristy lunch in the quaint downtown of Mount Airy, NC. You know, the town near Mayberry, made famous by Andy Griffith, Opie, Aunt Bea, and Barney. It was a beautiful day and I was also excited to get home and create my holiday mantle.
New Experience, New Inspiration, NEW Website! Go ahead, click on Modern Masters. You’ll see a whole new experience with our new site and we’d love for you to experience it. Find product lines tailored to DIYers and Pros alike, new How-to’s and new Inspiration galleries. Our Resource Center has links to video tutorials and of, course, those needed technical and safety data sheets. There’s also a handy Retail Locator for a shop near you.
Our Cafe blog will also undergo a new look coming soon and be renamed The Hive. We’ll keep you abuzz of all the action!
Let us know what you think in the comments! We hope you love the new look – we’re ready to greet the holidays and new year in style!
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.
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 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.
Metallic gold accents in a glam bathroom. The moldings, rosettes and ceiling are layered with Olympic Gold, Pale Gold and Iridescent Gold Metallic Paints.
Before (top) and After (bottom)
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.”
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.
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 (top) and After (bottom)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
• 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.
The before. Don’t laugh, but I had never gotten around to painting both doors the same color.
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.
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.
Dry time is one hour, and re-coat time is two hours.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Painting!