“The Golden Stairwell”

Venetian Plaster can also be done in a less tightly trowelled technique and then waxed, giving areas like stairwells/ceilings/lofts a magnificence that just can’t be achieved with paint.  The more layers…the more dimensional and BEAUTIFUL your end product.  This has been my best seller in the past and the tone of the gold (or silver etc.) can be less or more depending on what the client wants.  WOW factor is a given.  It goes without saying, that money should be set aside to budget for a chandelier to show off the reflective qualities in your work.  Labour intensive…somewhat, depending on how many layers (and budget).   Invest in a good trowel (order a Japanese trowel online…I can’t find these locally and the trowels at Home Depot were not made for this specialty plaster & intricate work).  Also DO NOT have 2 people work the same wall.  It won’t be uniform so what you start…you need to finish.  I occasionally will do classes for groups, and this one is always a winner….and a best-seller for those who are learning this trade.  Again, this process is about layering so expect to get a good workout, and don’t rush the process…Rome wasn’t built in a day.


Venetian Plaster Technique 2

This wall is by far one of the most labour-intensive but the result is bar-none…STUNNING.  It involves compressing limestone layer-by-layer into itself with a trowel with skim coats.  This technique is easily over 1000 years old, and like all TRUE venetian plasters, it is infinitely the ugliest project you’ll think you ever laid eyes on….until of course…the glorious last layer.  It can be tinted to almost any color under the rainbow, however, tinting limestone is a chemistry you need formula’s for (and a good art shop that can custom pour you the universal colorant in the ratios you need.  Dark colors are harder to achieve, but not impossible and upon that last layer, you will not be second guessing the ugliness that the wall to this point was.  You need lots of patience and a ton of elbow grease but it is GORGEOUS & worth the (many many) hours.  For the artist wanting to WOW their clients…this is the one…  If you need formula’s to tint your limestone…please inquire. 

Old World Stone Walls

There is NOTHING, in my opinion, as beautiful as old world style plaster walls.  Venetian plaster comes in so many styles & is so versatile in the looks that can be accomplished, I fail to see why we continue to keep such a low standard: taupe walls…white baseboards.  Especially for those who have young children, the beauty with this particular style wall shown, is that it can be patched & added to…making each correction/patch/layer more interesting and authentic than when it began.  Selling a home with such different walls than the rest on the block, sets it apart…which is really what you want if you have to sell in a buyers market.