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Modern Masters Metallic Paints

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I truly have a love affair with Modern Masters’ metallic paints. What do I love about them? I love that there are 56 different shades of colors. That is absolutely amazing, as some paint companies don’t even have that many paint colors available. I choose colors based on my design, mood, inspiration, and other factors and having so many colors at my disposal makes designing a furniture piece much easier.

My style of painting is best described as eclectic. I don’t adhere to any one style or categorization, as I love to experiment with various techniques, products, furniture pieces, and looks. To me, versatility is creativity.

Working with Modern Masters has been a tremendous opportunity, as it’s a company that specializes in products for artistic finishes. Their metallic paints vary in sheen from satin to matte. The transparencies also differ from sheer to opaque, with opaque being the least transparent. This variety offers convenience for various projects, giving you the ability to choose the best finish for your project. No need to thin out the paint or add extra coats. Simply take your pick and paint away.

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Colors

I’ve completed several pieces using Modern Masters’ metallic paints and it’s allowed my work to a find a new level of creativity. Their champagne metallic paint is my new favorite neutral. I used it along with bronze for my Parisian set (curio cabinet and serpentine dresser seen below). I used Sapphire to accentuate the beautiful flame mahogany veneer on my empire chest. My bombe chest features Black Cherry and Black Pearl.

For my jewelry armoires, I used sage and warm silver on my autumn themed one, teal and snowflake on my rococo bird jewelry armoire, and rose and pink pearl for my moonlit blossoms jewelry armoire. Each are distinctive in their own way, in part due to the metallic colors I chose. My most recent piece is a very large jewelry cabinet, in which I took a more whimsical approach, choosing Gold Rush, Lilac, and Rose Gold.

Modern Masters has primers you can use as a base for the metallic paints. These primers come in beige and gray. Beige is better suited for warmer tones such as gold, greens, and reds. Gray is better for cooler tones such as silver, blues, and black. The more translucent the paint, the more the base color will show and affect the tone of the color. The opaque paints will be less affected but there is still a difference in the tone.

For my bombe chest, I painted the bottom half with a base of black chalk paint and the top with a red chalk paint. As you can see, there is an ombre (gradual blending) with the black cherry from dark to light. I used three coats of black cherry. I used black pearl for the top and a bit on the sides for depth. The black pearl is semi-opaque, so the black cherry still appears underneath.

I love blending with metallic paints to create depth and dimension. For a smoother finish with no brushstrokes, paint in one direction and sand with fine grit sandpaper in-between coats. You can use any type of paint for the base. It’s best to seal the metallic paints with Modern Masters Master Clear, which is a UV protective, water-based polyurethane specially formulated for the metallic paints.

My adventure with their metallic collection continues and I look forward to finding new ways to use the colors on my furniture pieces. I love the extra glam that metallics bring and how the color appears differently in the light from various angles. Their products are available in Michaels, so you can visit your nearest store or you can order the paints on Amazon as well.

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Faux Marbling

Marble is elegant, timeless, and evokes a feeling of luxury. Marble countertops are trending now in designer homes but did you know that furniture has long featured marble tops such as with Empire style furniture or Eastlake furniture. It can be quite expensive to have a marble slab cut and fitted to a furniture piece so creating a faux marble effect is much more economical and feasible. You can customize it with your own color palette while still getting that luxurious feel.

I decided to try my hand at faux marbling when I acquired a hand carved, teak, foyer table which called for something subtle as to not overwhelm the ornate details but complimented the soft blue I was planning on painting the body. I decided to go with a white, soft blue, gray, and gold veining design. I used Rustoleum’s primer+paint in glossy white as a base then painted with Fusion’s casement, soapstone, pebble, and heirloom.

I painted over the primer with casement. Using a sea sponge, I wet it first then dabbed on a bit of pebble, soapstone, and heirloom paint in random areas to give it the subtle coloration of marble. I use a rag to clean up certain areas and soak up the bleeding paint so it doesn’t look too blotchy. It’s a very instinctive process where you need to keep adding paint and touching up until you get the look you are trying to achieve. I used the finest tipped brush I have to draw the veining and kept my wrist loose so the lines don’t look so rigid. You can also use a feather by dipping it in a bit of paint at the tip and drawing it across the surface for the same effect. I take a natural bristle brush with some of the casement paint and tap on more white with just the tip of the brush to clean up the coloration and create more balance with the white areas. For a bit of glamur, I add some gold veining with decor wax and a fine tipped brush. I continue adding paint, dabbing, wiping, and fine tuning until the marble is to my liking. I love how this effect will look different everytime because it is hand painted and defined by the colors one chooses to use.

I seal it with epoxy resin because I want it to have a polished marble look with a mirror glass shine. I add just a touch of pearl mica powder into the resin while it is being mixed so it has a pearlescent glitter but still is translucent. The resin once it sets and cures will give the surface durability as well that other top coats can’t provide. It really looks absolutely amazing in person.