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Venetian Plaster


Take a design tip from the 15th century palaces of Venice, Italy, and add texture to your walls with Venetian plaster.
Take a design tip from the 15th century palaces of Venice, Italy, and add texture to your walls with Venetian plaster.
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Venetian plaster is a decorative painting technique used to create an effected stuccoed surface. Invented by specialized craftsmen, the plaster finish originated in ancient Rome and has been used throughout the centuries to modern times. The term Venetian plaster derives from the use of this finish in the palaces of 15th-century Venice. Fortunately, achieving the effect of Venetian plaster is now much simpler and can be done by anyone. Venetian plaster can be put on all flat surfaces, including ceilings.

Materials:

  • Venetian plaster (tinted or neutral base)
  • Steel trowels, 6 inches wide
  • Flat blades, 4 inches wide
  • Steel wool (fine grit, like quadruple ott)
  • Furniture paste wax
  • Cotton rag
  • Sandpaper (fine grit)
  • Optional:
  • Eye goggles
  • Gloves
  • Dropcloth
  • Primer (tinted, preferably)
  • Paint tray
  • Universal colorants (if using untinted plaster)

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