Have you ever had one project lined up, only to get your supplies, and find that you ordered so much that everything in your home suddenly looks like it needs a fresh coat of paint? No? Hmm, strange, Because that is exactly what happened last Friday. I recently have been talking with some of the team from Modern Masters Paint creators, and instantly fell in love with the metallic collection. I mean hello GLITTER! So I decided on a project and ordered my highly anticipated paint. When it got here, imagine my shock when I opened the super heavy box to find 6 of EACH bottle! Woohoo! It’s painting time baby!
Picking The Perfect Project
Because I was so excited about this paint, choosing the perfect project was a little more difficult. But after walking the house for a few, I decided on a mirror that must be older than I am. It came with our first house, and I have always loved the style but the paint was a different story. Perfect for a redo with Modern Masters Paint!
Choosing Modern Masters Paint
This is the most difficult part of the entire process. I browsed and browsed, compared, designed a vision board and still sat on color options for an entire weekend. Modern Masters has quite the collection of specialty paints and kits. Because I am new to this line of paint, I decided to take baby steps and start with something I knew. Paint. The colors I choose are Copper Penny, Black Pearl, Teal, and Copper Flash.
What I love is that Modern Masters paint is waterbased, which opens up a few new options for my painting endeavors. I will explain what I mean in a little bit. But first, we need to sand down this mirror.
Back To The Begining
Sanding down this mirror was quite the task. I highly recommend doing so before starting a new painting project though. This will give the new paint a little better chance of sticking.
Sand in small sections and plan to dedicate a few hours to this portion. You know the saying “hard work pays off?” well, this is hard work. BUT it is completely worth it in the end. After you have sanded the entire mirror, use a small squirt bottle and two rags and a little dish soap. Working in sections, wash each section and dry completely. Get as much of the dust and old paint off. Repete if necessary. (I washed the entire mirror 2 times before I started painting.)
Base Coat Is A Necessary Thing
I adore the copper penny by Modern Masters paint. Everything I own needs a coat. (Don’t worry, it won’t come to that) This is why I choose it as my base coat. Now when I say base coat, I do not mean that I painted every single nook and cranny. The opposite actually. I took my large soft brush and painted as much as the brush would allow. I did NOT take care to fill in the cracks or the edges. Allow drying before you move on
Since this mirror must have been red to start and the last coat of paint before I started was black, I decided that I would use the black pearl paint by Modern Masters to fill in the cutouts and edge the mirror on the inside. For this, I used a smaller and easier to handle artist brush. Even though the paint is opaque and hides well, I recommend at least 2 (but three looks better) coats of black if you want to add the drama to your piece.
My Favorite Part Of This Project
Have you noticed that one of my favorite colors is teal? When I ordered my paint, that one was on the list before any of the others. When it’s in the bottle, it might lead you to feel a little disappointed, because it LOOKS like it will not dry to the teal color I was so stoked to get. Well, never fear. It is the most lovely shade of metallic teal I have ever seen.
Did you get a chance to read the Upcycled Guitar Planter Post? In that, I describe how I love to use acrylic paint as watercolor paint. Well, this teal is PERFECT for creating a flowing watercolor effect. Want to see it rather than read it? Watch the video below of how I use the cap to mix and water down the teal Modern Masters paint.
Filling In The Cracks and Crevices
The last leg of this project is to fill in the little cracks and crevices. I chose to use both teal and black to contrast the copper penny paint. I adore these paints together and I just know you will too. Here are a few pics of the before and after of this beautiful mirror redo with Modern Masters metallic paint collection!
Other Uses For Modern Masters Paint Collection
I have been trying this paint on several other smaller projects to see how things wear. I have a great tutorial coming up using this and pinecones, but its still in the making. So I will just give you a little taste, and share a picture! This paint is so versatile, expect to see many more projects featuring Modern Masters Paint!
A Refinished Mirror, Made Possible With Modern Masters Paint
Well folks, here she is. I would love to leave this mirror in the garden, but I do not think thats safe. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that you found it useful. Keep an eye out for my next projects featuring this beautiful paint!
Before You Go
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Until Next Time
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