Add a lustrous, marble-like depth to any surface with Venetian plaster.
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Stylish Venetian Plaster
You want to conjure up the look and feel of Italy in your living room. The lesser a Venetian plaster is your ticket to inspiration. This technique is a great way to get an upper body workout and sensational walls at the same time. Venetian plaster can be a little labor intensive. My advice, invite a friend over for coffee and hand him a trowel.
Here’s what you need a paint tray, a ¾ inch nap roller, 400 and 600 grit sandpaper, a steel trowel, a mud tray, and pretension Venetian plaster. Your local pint will taint your Venetian plaster to whatever color you want your walls and that will always have the formula for touch ups later.
Another important tool, my trusty trowel, if you can’t find something like this I recommend getting a 6 inch putty knife and sanding the edges that way when you trowel on you won’t have any hard edges, very important. Start with a damp roller to help the thick Venetian plaster going easier. Put just enough in the tray to work a comfortable sized area, say 6x6. The roller is a quick way to apply the plaster but I like to follow the strokes of the trowel to level the surface.
You don’t have to worry about the little white areas being exposed. This is what’s going to create your contrast on the 2nd layer so basically about 80% covered on the wall. Let the plaster dry for at least 4 hours before applying the last coat. For this last coat you do need a 100% coverage.
I like to use crossing and rounded strips to create the illusion of texture. The goal is to fill in the holes and even out the plaster. If you’re plastering a large surface this is really where you want your friends help. Sand the wall with 400 grit sand paper and then wipe it down with a damp towel. Next use 600 grits sand paper to polish the surface even more. See how the more I shine it up with the sand paper the more contrast you get in the color.
You should really be seeing the texture between the first layer of plaster and the 2nd. And if that isn’t shiny enough for you your trustee trowel really shine it up. Hold the trowel almost flat against the wall that actually generates a little heat and friction resulting in a distinctive shine. See how you could see my reflection on the plaster and that’s exactly the less you’re after very striking almost like marble.
I love the way the reflective finish plays on both the dark and light shades the only thing we need now is to further the flavor of Venice is a cappuccino.
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