Once upon a time there was a weekend blog conference called Haven. Through the hallowed doors of this conference was a magical product by Modern Masters called ‘reactive paint.’ (Here comes the part of the post where I tell you that even though MM mailed me this product for free, all opinions are my own and, Y’ALL… this stuff is like DIY voodoo. In a good way.)
Take a long hard look at this before picture. It’s an $8 wooden box. Structurally solid but aesthetically kicked to the curb.
I was transforming this bad boy with Modern Masters metal effects reactive paint in iron. To be clear… this paint *literally* reacts the way metal would. And I’m mesmerized.
First, I prepped the box by sanding it down and giving it a quick once-over with a spray primer.
The modern masters metal effects has a primer included, so I gave the box a coat of this and let it sit for 12 hours. (I’m a rule follower…)
Now comes the fun reactive transformative bippity-boppity-boop part! (You guys… it’s SO. GOOD!) Paint on a coat of the metallic paint. Let it dry for half and hour and then go over with a second coat. While the second coat is still wet, paint/ spray/ splatter the activator.
IMMEDIATELY you will start to see the paint changing. I’m not kidding. It’s like those bracelets we used to wear that would change colors when you squeezed them? I painted and metallicized each side of the box one by one and then let it sit for a few hours.
For the first coat, I used a fairly messy brush and the streak marks were too obvious for my liking. So I gave the box a second light coat of the metallic paint and, this time, I used the enclosed spray nozzle to apply the activator and it was a smoother look.
I used leftover paint from this dresser for the inside to give a little surprise how-do-ya-do of color
And for the lid, I found this fun handle at Anthropologie and gave it a hit with some oil rubbed bronze spray paint.
I can’t believe how… well… METALLIC this stuff is. I have lots of reactive paint left and I’m already giving a few things in my stash the metallic side-eye.
P.S. I don’t do a ton of sponsored posts. As a blog reader, I always tune out a little bit when I see someone’s writing a sponsored post… for whatever reason, it always seems forced. A little too… upbeat. I will promise you that any sponsored post I do is something that I would have bought regardless. (Sponsors, ignore that last sentence…) Fabric already on my Pinterest board, a project already on my to do list, tools I’d been saving to buy… And if anything changes with this philosophy, then I’ll let you know. Pinky swear.
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