Skip to photos


Venetian plaster. Of all the words that come to mind to describe the final finish… sexy is what I keep coming back to. Venetian plaster creates a feel. You lean back against the wall. Your fingers casually come in contact and before you know it you know it you are caressing the wall.

No. Not caressing. That would be restrained. You are …..

Anyway. The feel of venetian plaster is smooth and cool yet velvety soft.

Interior Designer Sandy Hale of Nine Interiors brought us in to install venetian plaster for her client at the Ritz Carlton Residences in downtown Dallas. Venetian plaster is a finish older than Pompeii.  At least the lime version is.  The process for installing it begins with smooth walls; a number 5 finish.  That new icing on a cake that’s being done these days doesn’t count.  If you have texture, your walls will need to be skimmed and smoothed. If you are doing new construction, make it clear the wall prep needs to be a number 5 smooth finish. There’s no point in paying a mud crew to undo what they should have never done in the first place.

The venetian plaster is applied with a stainless steel pavon trowel.  The first layer is skimmed on fairly quickly.  Attention must be paid to the texture created with each stroke.  Any undesirable shapes must be worked out before the plaster starts to set.  The following day another coat is added.  Depending on the desired finish the process can be 2-3 or more layers.  You can also add different colors into the subsequent layers.  For traditional one color venetian you burnish after the last coat has set up a bit.  When you burnish at that sweet spot, when the plaster has set but it’s not dry, the marble dust polishes as you pull the trowel across.  If you catch it too late and the plaster is dry or if you press to hard you can end up with carbon marks or other issues.  It takes a very sensitive hand to do it correctly. And when it is done right, it’s… well… sexy!

Chad Paulson and Dawn Cleaves of Artisan Finishes are installing venetian plaster at a Ritz Carlton Residence.

Chad Paulson and Dawn Cleaves at work installing venetian plaster.

Chad Paulson and Samantha Murray burnish the final coat of venetian plaster at a Ritz Carlton Residence.

Chad Paulson and Samantha Murray burnish the final coat of venetian plaster.

Rachel Tucker, Samantha Murray, Dawn Cleaves and Chad Paulson of Artisan Finishes in Dallas stop for a picture in front of their finished venetian plaster.

Rachel Tucker, Samantha Murray, Dawn Cleaves and Chad Paulson of Artisan Finishes stop for a picture in front of their finished venetian plaster.

This close up shows the natural color variation that is created by troweled and burnished lime venetian plaster.

This close up shows the natural color variation that is created by troweled and burnished lime venetian plaster.

Ritz Carlton entry hall beige venetian plaster and metallic ceiling.

The beige arches are lime venetian plaster and create an elegant compliment to the wood and wall paper. The ceiling is warm silver metallic vignetted by a hand rubbed deep bronze.

Ritz Carlton entry hall with beige venetian plaster and metallic ceiling

As you walk down this long entry hall the light dances off the polished venetian plaster.

The beige venetian plaster compliments piece of art with a blue background and green apples.

The mottled tone on tone and sophisticated shine of the venetian plaster create an elegant backdrop for art work and fine furnishings.

The venetian plaster is a great backdrop for contemporary art and sculpture.

The mottled tone on tone and sophisticated shine of the venetian plaster creates an elegant backdrop for contemporary art work.

The long shot of the entry hallway which shows off the shine of the venetian plaster.

Call 214.500.2063 for an appointment to see and feel samples.

 

 

 

 

Comments are closed.

Set your Twitter account name in your settings to use the TwitterBar Section.