Springtime is here and now our focus is to get OUTSIDE! Enjoying the sun and caring for our gardens and exteriors are in our minds and there’s no question that painting and stenciling is one of the great ways to help transform our spaces quickly and creatively. Country Living magazine had just that thought as they took on updating plain concrete pavers with the Endless Circles Modern Masters Stencil. We have an entire Modern Masters Designer Stencil Collection available through Royal Design Studios and we couldn’t be more pleased to see them walking away (ha!) with a magazine feature.
The DIY Patio Garden Pavers project is in the May 2014 issue of Country Living along with other great project ideas. For this one, they suggest centering the stencil before you start to ensure the pattern is balanced nicely on all sides and then using a stencil brush to add your preferred color (they used Greek Blue Chalk Paint®). What a great idea to enhance your curb appeal! Plus, it’s a fast weekend project – what could be better?
The Endless Circles Modern Masters Stencil is super versatile and you can see the different colorways above that you can use it with as well. Since stencils can be used time and again, you can use any chosen pattern for your pavers and then use it again to stencil your patio pillows or a throw rug, alternating the colors with your design scheme. We also have a great stenciled wall treatment recipe (above lower right) with the stencil and our Texture Effects and Metallic Plaster. What are you inspired to create with Modern Masters?
Adding a little zest to your home with fast DIY projects is super easy with Modern Masters Metallic Paints! Of course, you can transform walls, ceilings, furniture and much more with the metallic paint collection, but sometimes a quick weekend project is all it takes to add a fab update to your home. Some of our friends have inspiring design ideas that we thought we’d share with you. Read on!
First things first: Curb Appeal. Susan Penning from Living Rich on Less transformed hers by using Copper Penny Metallic Paint on both her exterior house lights and the beautiful ‘copper’ planter that now greets you at her home. Be sure to check out herLight Fixture Transformation Tutorial as well as her Flower Pot Redo How-to. So pretty!
Adding metallic highlights to furniture or carved wood adds such an elegant touch. The water base metallic paints dry quickly and you can blend several shades together as well as artist Andrea Blair Murrill did above. Angie from Postcards from the Ridgewent another route, preferring to accent and update her hardware with a fresh coat of shimmery English Brown metallic paint as seen below. The metallic paints come in a variety of colors so that you can choose the perfect shade to transform any hardware that has seen better days.
Want a fun idea? Try painting the inside of a lampshade like Cassie of Hi Sugar Plumdid with Gold Rush Metallic Paint above. The metallic lined lampshades add interest during the day and casts a warm, inviting glow at night. Of course, you can alwayspaint the lamp itself for a dazzling result. The lamp base below was given a shimmery makeover by Jessica of Decor Adventures using our Pale Gold Metallic Paint.
Jessica from Decor Adventures also used the same quart of Pale Gold Metallic Paint to update a mirror frame. This technique works great for picture and art frames, too. Jessica shares that one of her favorite things about our metallic paint is that “it comes in so many colors and all can be combined to create your own shades”.
Jane Sanders Drew of the Creative Finishes Studio used Pharaoh’s Gold Metallic Paint to stencil in a design on a tri-fold floor screen. Lovely, isn’t it? We like how she outlined the pattern in black to pop both the pattern and the gold.
Stylist extraordinaire Kara Paslay is a BIG fan of Modern Masters metallic paint and uses all kinds of different shades for her fun, innovative projects. Here she brings a touch of drama to an otherwise boring white bookshelf with pops of Olympic Gold Metallic Paint on the back.
Are you looking around your home and seeing decor accents that could use a little metallic paint love? We hope we’ve inspired your creativity with these ideas! They are just the tip of the iceberg on the changes you can make with our metallic paints. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Pinterest for more inspiring projects! And oh, if you happen to have a project with any Modern Masters products, be sure to enter Modern Masters’ Fresh Ideas in Bloom Photo Contest before April 28th!
As we are inundated with continual messages via social media, about a multitude of things, I wanted to sift through the “Buy Local” message to highlight why it’s so important.
Does anyone remember going to the hardware store, grocery store or shop with your Dad on a Saturday morning bored while he was talking to the shop owner? Now that we’re old, some of those fond memories may come flooding back, as we realize that rushing around, picking up the cheapest, sometimes imported gadget that we feel we have to have has lost some of the “experience”.
Buying from a local small business independent matters for so many reasons. Our actions are observed sometimes more than we think through the eyes of our children. We are paving the way for the next generation and we have to show them that we do not want our only choices to be the big box chains, discounters, and company-owned stores.
The independent retailers that started their businesses generations ago, are back to the realization that even though it is hard, it matters and that it’s important in our society for generations to come.
One of the latest buzzwords in retailing has been that of “show-rooming”, which is the act of going into a brick and mortar store and identifying the product you want to purchase and then going online or to a large chain to buy it cheaper.
I can understand why this has become popular with the generation-y consumer, but it also needs to be identified that these kind of continual situations are not fair to the independent retailers that spend a lot of money to simply have a store to walk into.
Besides the rent, utility bills, phone bill, advertising, signage, office supplies, cleaning supplies, sales tax, inventory tax, computers, phone systems, equipment/repairs, etc., there is the costs associated with having employees, costs of goods sold, and oh a meager salary for the owner.
So now if that “show-roomer” comes in and asks the store owner/manager to explain the features/benefits of the said product, and then doesn’t even buy?
This business that spent all of that money to get that person to call or come in get’s no sale. Not only is this unfair, but if this trend continues there may not be the choices left except for online retailers or the large chains that can withstand due to their sheer volume.
So remember the next time you are planning your shopping trip realize that the benefits to “Buying Local” and “Buying Small”are SIGNIFICANT and matter in the long term more than you think, and the broader benefits include:
- benefiting the local economy
- raising the value of home prices in the community
- revitalizing and saving the Main streets in a small town
We can all feel good about making these choices. It’s the right thing to do!