Thursday, January 23, 2014

Modern Masters Shine Big, Shine Small - Vintage Glam and Rust Patina #Modern Masters

This post is part of a campaign with Modern Masters and LooksiSquare.  I was provided with materials for my projects, but all opinions are entirely my own.

Modern Masters Shine Big Project
miss mustard seed's Ironstone

I have been working in decorative painting and design for over 15 years and in that time my favorite specialty paint company has always been Modern Masters. Honestly.
Their products are always on my shelves.

So, when the opportunity to work with their products 
and create a unique finish came along, I was in.

The promotion I joined was the Modern Masters Shine Big, Shine Small campaign and the task was to create one large and one small project using 
my choice of Modern Masters Paint.

For my Shine Big project, I wanted to create a furniture finish that combined the shine and glamour of a Modern Masters Metallic with 
the vintage beauty of Miss MustardSeed’s Milk Paint. 
 Vintage glam. 

 Visit my post, Two Toned Glam Distressing with Duck Egg Blue here to see a similar finish using chalk paint..and of course, Modern Masters!

Now let me tell you that, like I said, I had a vision in my head 
and usually with an idea, I just get off and painting.

So, sometimes the unexpected happens.

And sometimes the unexpected is wonderful.

For this project I used:

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Ironstone
Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 Primer

Miss Mustard Seeds Ironstone

To begin, I applied a base coat of primer. I did this for two reasons. To ensure good adhesion of Modern Masters Warm Silver to the furniture piece and to provide a neutral base for Warm Silver to show its true color.

Next, I brushed on 3 coats of the Modern Masters Warm Silver Metallic Paint. Keep in mind that Modern Masters Warm Silver is an opaque color. I recommend choosing one of their opaque colors for this finish since you want to achieve a solid metallic finish with the fewest coats.

The next day, I began the top layer. After mixing my Miss Mustard Seed’s Ironstone, I applied 2-3 coats with my brush, waiting about 30 minutes or until dry to the touch between coats.

Now, if any of you are familiar with working with Milk Paint, you know that without a bonding agent, you can expect some pealing for that chippy look but…you never know. Sometimes it may peel a lot, sometimes not much at all. 

So, just what would happen over metaliic paint…hum??

Well, there was minimal chipping. Not good because the effect I wanted was to have the metallic peeking out of the weathered milk paint.

But, there was a sweet surprise. Remember, the unexpected?

What appeared was a beautiful, fine crackling, revealing the sweet sheen of metallic underneath. Unexpected, but wonderful. The crackling was so authentic. I had never liked crackle mediums because they were so unpredictable. 
But, these two products created their own magic.

modern masters warm silver

Because I wanted an aged piece with some randomness to the distressing, I waited a day, and then also wet distressed the edges and moldings with a sanding block.

ironstone milk paint

Wet distressing this way is my favorite way to distress. Just dip the end of a sanding block into a small bowl of water and sand gently along the edges. The water softens the block and the paint, revealing the color beneath, in this case Modern Masters Warm Silver without sanding through to the wood. The sanding block gives you great control and you can follow up with a damp rag to easily rub off more paint now that it is soft, revealing more glamour.

Beautiful vintage Glam

modern masters warm silver

modern masters warm silver

 Modern Masters Shine Small Project
rusted urn

For my Shine Small project, the product I selected was ModernMasters Iron Reactive paint from their Metal Effects line. 

For this project I used:

With this project, I wanted to show how authentic the rust created with Modern Masters Iron Reactive Paint is and how you can transform a plastic urn into one that seems old
 and stately.

Here is a picture of one of my two urns I madeover for this project. I have had them for years and they were under $15 each and sadly they sort of looked like it.

I started by applying 2 coats of Metal Effects Primer.
 2-3 coats of Iron Reactive Paint
Followed by
spraying on the Activator

Remember to wear rubber gloves, respirator and goggles when working with the activator.

When the paint is dry, follow with 2-3 coats of activator, waiting 5 minutes or until dry between each coat, and watch the magic. I did 3 coats to achieve the look I wanted.
For outdoor use, you will also want to top coat this with 
Modern Masters Permacoat Xtreme topcoat.

After 15 minutes..a beautiful transformation.
Thank you Modern Masters!

Check out these other great Shine Big, Shine Small projects at these blogs:

Patio furniture from A Nest For all Seasons
Bathroom Nook from The Benson Street
DIY Puppet Theater from Fynes Designs

So have you ever used Modern Masters products for a furniture finish or other project? I'd love to hear from you!


Unknown said...

What gorgeous projects!! You make me want to paint my furniture too!

Designed Decor said...

I love them! The dresser turned out so pretty!

Cassie Bustamante said...

that dresser is stunning!

ARK said...

SO beautiful!! I love all the detail work!

Unknown said...

Wow - love the unexpected crackling effect you achieved! The furniture looks so pretty...but I think I have just fallen totally in love with that urn! I would swear it is metal...and lived an interesting life over many decades! :)

Tara @ Suburble said...

This looks gorgeous! What a fabulous distressing job you did!

Virginia said...

WOW!! Stunning transformation, that bureau is so beautiful.

SewSweetVIntage said...

Love your ironstone refinish! And your side board is beautiful:) Pinning

Unknown said...

Wet sanding, I need to use that, I always over sand when I dry sand. I am going to try this on my next project. Great tip. Thanks!

Locksley Lane said...

Love both pieces!!


love the1 is so pretty :)

Unknown said...

I LOVE the little bits of gold shining through the paint! What a great transformation. :)

Unknown said...

Happy SITS Day. Your work is beautiful. When you put DIY in front of something people immediately thinks its easy but you can tell not everyone can do what you do. It takes talent, patience and perseverance. Beautiful work.

The Dose of Reality said...

WOW! That looks amazing! Seriously impressed and would totally buy either of those if I saw them in a store! Happy SITS day! :)

Barbara said...

Such gorgeous projects!! Congrats on your SITS Day!

Unknown said...

Love this project! Happy SITS Day :)

Anonymous said...

Great post. Visiting from SITS girls love the blog will be back for sure. Going to follow on FB and Twitter so I can keep up

Robin said...

They're beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it's a wonderful day for you.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! I wish I had your skill:)

Mama Up! said...

That crackle is amazing!

Happy SITS Day!

Julie M. said...

Happy SITS Day! I hope it is a great one for you! :)

Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY said...

Stopping by from the SITS Girls community! This project is absolutely gorgeous! I love how the paint crackled and it truly does look so authentically aged. I've never used milk paint, but now you've got me ready to try. Thanks for sharing! I'm definitely going to be a new follower.

xiomara @ Parkesdale said...

Loved the dresser so much that I pinned it!

Donna said...

Simply beautiful!

Ashley - Married to the Game said...

I loveeee that dresser! Happy SITS day!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Happy SITS Day!

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