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Venetian Plaster

Venetian Plaster

"Venetian plaster," is a fancy term for colored plaster. The art of Venetian plastering has been practiced for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

However, the term has recently evolved to include a group of faux finishing products in which a paint-like substance is troweled onto a wall and polished to a high sheen. These plasters are characterized by the inclusion of acrylics, resins, polymers, and VOCs.

Traditionally, Venetian plaster consisted of natural lime putty and marble dust. After being troweled on in multiple layers, it was in some instances polished to a mirror finish and waxed. The skill to this art lies in the careful combination of trowel strokes, color selection, and layering.

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Granite Plaster

An old plastering technique that imitates granite.

Combines grout lining and spaderdash of pigments over a layered backdrop to create the granite effect.

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Caenstone

Caenstone

What is it?

Caenstone is the plasterer's attempt to duplicate the beautiful limestone of Caen, France.

In its simplest form, it is a glorified "brown coat," floated to produce a pleasing texture of swirls and scratches. It is different from the common sand texture seen on ceilings in that it has very little aggregate on the surface. Done with a uniform pigment, it needs no paint.

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Traditional Finishes

Smooth trowelled plaster and sand float plaster are the two most common finishes found in older homes today.

Smooth plaster refers to when a thin layer of lime and perhaps gypsum was trowelled over the plaster brown coat. This layer is compacted and smoothed with a trowel while wet and later painted.

Sand float plaster looks like a textured wall with little bits of sand and perhaps some scratch marks and swirls. This is done using a wooden float instead of a trowel, and often it was done to the wet brown coat saving both time and material.

Traditionally, smooth plaster was more expensive because of the additional finish coat required to get that perfect finish. Many times the sand float finish is found on second story walls and ceilings where guests would not be spending much time.

If planning on resurfacing your plaster or repairing a damaged portion, we recommend keeping the finish the same in order to preserve the look of your home. Some customers, however, choose to upgrade their sand float finish to a smooth finish since the walls and ceilings need resurfacing to freshen up and repair their plaster.

Keep in mind that the basic price for smooth resurfacing runs at about $5 per square foot (not including fixing holes or loose plaster).
The sand float finish costs a bit less at $4 per square foot, again, not including major prep.

Our smooth plaster finish will always be free of trowel marks, cat faces, blemishes, and blisters.