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HOW TO VENETIAN PLASTER

Originating in Rome, the gorgeous look of Venetian plastering is used today to provide beauty to your home. It can be tricky and difficult to do, but once done, it is absolutely stunning.

Preparatory work is very important before starting this project. Make sure that the area is free of all old loose paint and is sanded thoroughly for smoothness. It is imperative that the wall is completely smoothed for this technique. You may need to apply a primer to the surface before you can do this job. If this is so, then you can use a tinted primer for the project so that you don't have to do both priming and painting. This will save you time and energy. Once your wall is sanded and primed you can begin to faux!

Here's what you need:
. Japan scrapers
. Stainless steel trowel with rounded edges
. 1000 grit sandpaper
. Venetian plaster
. Sealer

Here's how:
1) Apply a coat of flat paint to the surface and allow it to dry for at least twenty-four hours.

2) Begin with the upper corner of the wall. Apply a very tiny bit of plaster to your scraper. Criss-cross the plaster onto the wall/surface. Put the plaster on in one stroke, and in the next stroke, in the opposite direction, smooth it out. Do this on the whole wall, and fairly quick. Plaster dries out fast. Ensure that the entire wall is smooth.

3) Now, sand the wall with 1000 grit sandpaper (if you cannot find this, 1600 grit will do).

4) Apply a second coat of the plaster exactly as before. Sand again, and plaster one more time. So you will have three coats of plaster on the wall.

5) Lightly sand this last coat.

6) Burnish the whole wall with the trowel, pressing as hard as possible into the wall in circular motions. Notice the layers coming through.

7) Apply a sealer. This is done with the scraper used to apply the plaster in the exact same fashion.

8) Burnish the wall again.

You are done! And now you have the beautiful look of Venetian plaster! Stand back and enjoy!

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