Modern Masters Front Door Paint



Modern Masters Collage


The temperatures have dropped all of a sudden.

It feels like summer is gone, and fall is here. Change is eminent.

Finished door

I saw my first red leaf the other day.

Today, I drove by a farm stand selling bushels of pumpkins.

The wind has turned cool, and I am craving hot cider and pumpkin pie.

front door

Around here, we are used to changes. I love to paint things on a whim. You may have seen our front door looking like this a while back. Can you say “BLAH?”

The next thing you know…………

Door in back ground


…..the door has changed color. I am craving color. Lots of color.

Color is eminent at our house too.

I was captivated by this beautiful blue paint by Modern Masters.

It is specifically formulated for front doors, it won’t peel or fade. This is important when you live in a harsh climate like Wisconsin.

I must say I loved how smoothly the paint went on our front door. It was easy to fill in all the nooks and crannies.

Our door has lots of nooks and crannies.

This blue shade is called “Calm“. You can purchase Modern Masters Front Door Paint at  selected Lowe’s and Ace Hardware as well as online via Amazon, or the Modern Masters online shop.

I could use a lot more “calm” in my life. In fact, I have more doors to paint. I liked this door so much I decided to paint my back door too. Who says Front Door paint is only for front doors?

owl on the door


The blue looks completely fabulous with my orange and brown fall wreath. I also think it emphasizes the leaded glass window in the door.

I tucked the little owl in the wreath for good measure. It’s a sign of more fall things to come.

If you would like to learn more about Modern Master’s front door paint, click here.

If your not sure what color to paint your front door, try the Modern Master’s Mobile App.

You can try different colors on your door  just by taking a picture of it with your cell phone.

How easy is that?

You just never know what a little paint can do for you.


DIY Chalkboard


Are you ready for the school season yet? I am not.

I don’t want to let summer go. Not yet. The start of the school season means the end of summer, and I was just starting to enjoy it.

However, you can’t bury your head in the sand forever, as much as I would like to.

I have books to order, classes to schedule, ACT’s to register for, the list goes on and on.

Today, I decided to have a bit of fun and make a little chalkboard for my school lists.

This board started out as a cabinet door that I found at Habitat Restore. I think it was $1.00.








I had purchased a bunch of yard sticks to have on hand and decided this was the project to try them on. I love the old fashioned vintage charm the yard sticks bring.

The chalk paint, I had on hand from another project, so I didn’t have to buy any of that either.

The door was pretty smooth and didn’t require any additional preparation.

chalk painted


I gave it two coats of chalk paint, covering the whole surface and edges. I left the hinges on the door, they make great picture hangers.


cut yard sticks


After the paint had dried I cut the yard sticks up into pieces that fit along the edge of the wooden door. I didn’t miter the corners but went with an unfinished over lap on the edges.

The yard sticks were stained with a color wash of craft paint and water, each one a different shade. I used yellow, lime, turquoise and pink.






The sticks have the added benefit of helping to hold the chalk in place on the bottom shelf.

It’s almost too cool for school!


Have you registered for the Randolph Street Market event yet? I will have this project on hand as well as this one!

Can’t wait to see you at the market!

My demo is scheduled for 2:00pm on Sunday!


You can download the blogger invite here!


Painting with a Centrifugue

Here is my how-to on painting with a centrifuge.  I hope you learn some  great tips and tricks from this tutorial!

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I finished my Unicorn Spit project a while back, I was excited today when Unicorn Spit shared it on their Face Book page. I had a good time working on this project, but there were a couple of details on painting with the Centrifigue that I left out in my original post. You can read more about it here.Painting with a centrifuge finished

Paint for centrifuge

These were the colors I used, they are called Dragon’s Belly and Blue Thunder.

Love those names!

Unicorn spit colors


I finished my table more than once. This photo is of my first attempt which I decided I didn’t really care for, so I flipped the table top over and painted it again.

When it was all done, I finished the table top with a coat of Linseed Oil. You can also use hemp oil or Tongue Oil. I happened to have Linseed on hand, so that’s what I used to seal the stain.

Unicorn spit colors-3


This is my make-shift centrifuge. I drilled a hole in the middle of the table and put it on this contraption to paint it. It is comprised of a vice, a giant nail and a couple of washers. The milk crate is just to lift it up higher so it was easier to work with.

I have the video ready, it basically shows how to spin the table top and use a steady hand with a paint brush to get the circular effect while the table top spins.


I used both the green and blue stains, dipping the brush in each one and working with it until I got the desired effect that I was looking for. I could have played with this thing forever, it’s rather mesmerizing don’t you think?


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Urban Loft

Finished faux brick

This post is sponsored by Royal Design Stencils. Any opinions given are completely my own.


This bedroom project was not my idea. Our college age son who is living at home while he goes to college, asked for an urban style loft bedroom. He specifically requested a faux brick wall. This is our child who never asks for anything, and is content in just about all circumstances. If this boy wanted a brick wall, I would move heaven and earth to get him one.

Our son spends far too much time on the internet. It cracks me up that he even knows what an urban loft looks like since we have so few of them here in Wisconsin. We are not known for any lofts, other than those in barns.

It cracks me up even more that our boy even thought I could produce a brick wall out of thin air. It’s rather humbling that he believes that much in my artistic ability.

front bedroom


This is the before shot, the bedroom looked like it needed some major TLC when we moved in. It was featuring grey and red walls (two walls of each, one half red, the other half grey) combined with dirty pink carpeting and beat up old woodwork. Not sure what these people were thinking when they picked out their colors, but they were definitely an unusual combination that left the room dark and dreary.

Finished faux brick2

This is the after shot. My son is thrilled with his new brick wall. It’s the urban college loft on the cheap, right here in our own home. Who could ask for more?

“Mom, it REALLY looks like actual brick!” I heard him exclaim one day when he came up the stairs.

My heart melted down to my toes. I guess I must have done something right.

This headboard is an old door we found at the Habitat ReStore. I just love it.

Finished faux brick4

Along with the faux brick, our son requested a city skyline photo above his bed. This 3 panel set features the New York Brooklyn Bridge. Perfect for a college style “loft”.

Funny thing is, he has never been to New York.

The spot light style lighting fixtures work well with the loft theme, each bed has a lamp for extra lighting for doing homework.

Finished faux brick5

The Trompe Loeil Brick stencil, by Royal Stencil Design was easy to use, but a bit time consuming. There are multiple layers of paint in different colors that I used to create the bricks.


I used a several different latex paints, including a brick red, three shades of grey (a charcoal grey, a medium grey and a light grey) soft white and a golden antiquing wax to create the bricks. These were all colors that I had on hand and I used little bits of them to create the faux effect.

I finished the entire wall with an antique wax glaze. Not conventional, but it gave the effect that I was looking for of worn old bricks. It also will protect the wall from wear and scratches.

Homework wall


Each sleeping area has a built in homework station. Wire baskets and shelves help to keep the clutter at a minimum and make it easy to study in bed. They also provide a place to keep all the phone and computer chargers, cords and extra items that teens love.

Corner wall


A few miscellaneous things make for an interesting display on the far wall. My son loves chemistry. The grey element prints were custom ordered from Etsy and feature two of his favorite elements, Titanium and Vanadium. Doesn’t every teen have a favorite element?

The process of painting the bricks was rather complex so I will cover that in a separate post.

If you would like to see some more stencil projects from Royal Design Studio Stencils, you can click here.

If you are a blogger and are interested in partnering with Royal Design Studio, they have information on the web under their Blogger Outreach Program.

We are now ready for the Back to School season. I am looking forward to a great year!

How to details will be coming up next! Stay tuned!

Fab Flipping Furniture Contest

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A friend of mine encouraged me to join this contest. I hadn’t planned to do anything like this, but here I am anyway. The projects from last month were so much fun to see, I just wanted to be a part of it.

unicorn spit

This Is a monthly challenge, how much fun! This month’s sponsor is Unicorn Spit. They had me loving this product at the name! The theme of the month is ” Come On, Let Your Colors Burst”!

Unicorn Spit is a colored stain with luminescent qualities. The creator of Unicorn Spit has a great story, she developed this product for disabled men to use at her daycare center, and with the elderly. They would use his product on furniture items that they would decorate. What a great thing!

A friend bought me this cute little table at Target on clearance. I left it outside On the deck, but it hasn’t weathered well. The top is water stained, and the base that originally had orange paint, is now a faded pink.

I am just not a pink kind of girl.

table before top

The before…….

The after……The cool blues and greens are much more my style.

Here is how the fun began:

I had visioned a circular motif on the table top, and decided the best way to get that look was with centrifuge. My kids have done artwork with centrifical force before, but this was my first opportinity to try it.

What can I say, but things are NEVER dull at our house.

Now, you may think this was a simple process, but designing a well functioning centrifuge for this rather small table was rather time consuming. The first step was to remove the table top from its bass. Then, next step was to drill a hole in the center of the table.


I found a big 10 penny nail in our nail stash and inserted it into the hole in the table top, with the sharp pointed end sticking out from the bottom of the table. This is the pivot point for the centrifuge. It took me a while to figure this process out, but I finally came up with a plan that would work.

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I used a heavy metal vice to anchor the centrifuge, I had it sitting on a plastic milk crate on my porch while I worked. This may have been a bad idea, cause Unicorn Spit flies. It flies a lot!

So now I have a very lovely polka dot porch with blue and green dots. I should have thought this through a bit more.

What can I say, but Spit Flies! And now our porch needs painting. Sigh.

note to self: Add painting the porch to the list of things to do.

Anyway, the 10 penny nail was held steady inside the vice. In order to get the table top to spin, I added a couple of washers on top of the nail (under the table top). Then spun the table top on its axis. It’s kind of hard to explain, so I made a video of the Flying unicorn Spit just in case you were wondering what it looked like, see the demo above.

Unicorn spit colors

My first attempt was to use the Unicorn Spit along with some acrylic poster paint. I found the results to be muddy and lacking any color definition. I was expecting rainbows of color, and all I had was mud. I wasn’t happy with it after it even after it dried. So, I flipped the table top over and began again using the same process, minus the acrylic paint.

This is the effect with 100 percent Unicorn Spit.finished unicornI am so glad I did it again! I love how it turned out.
If Unicorns can spit, this is what it would look like I am certain.

The fun thing about this painting method is you never really know what the finished product will look like. The Unicorn Spit is such a unique product, I think it worked great for my little experiment. When the table top stopped spinning the top was done. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

Afterwards, I removed the nail from the table top. I had intended to plug the old nail holes, but I kind of like them. The holes show that the wood is a reclaimed piece, and I think it gives it character.

After the top was dry, I coated it with Lindseed Oil..

The table bass was refreshed with a coat of Rustoleum spray paint in a glittered graphite grey. Then it was reattached to the table.

table and chairs

The table now sits on our deck, a perfect spot for a morning coffee or an evening glass of wine.

Who knew Unicorns could Spit?

Be sure to visit the other contestants in the Fab Furniture Contest link up below.

Stacy (Anastasia Vintage):
Lynn (Fern Avenue):