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How to Create a Venetian Plaster Finish

Skill:  Intermediate DIY'er

BEHR PREMIUM PLUS with Style® Venetian Plaster produces an attractive and elegant 3-D finish that enhances the light and dark tones of the same color.

For Best Results:

Before you begin, make sure you clean and prepare your walls and protect your furniture.  Refer to our how-to, "How to Prepare a Room for Painting" for more info.

BEHR PREMIUM PLUS with Style® Venetian Plaster should be applied only on primed surfaces or on surfaces previously painted with an Eggshell or lower sheen of paint.

Suggested Supplies
  • File
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Protective Apparel
  • Rags
  • Steel Trowel
  • Stir Stick
  • Sandpaper
  1. Step 1

    The application items you'll need include a flexible 4" steel trowel, 100 grit and 400-600 grit sandpaper, a deep-well paint tray, and Behr Venetian Plaster and optional Venetian Plaster Topcoat.

  2. Step 2

    Begin by rounding the corners of a flexible steel trowel using 100 grit sandpaper to reduce edge marks during application.

  3. Step 3

    Load Behr Venetian Plaster onto the steel trowel and start at top corner of your wall. Holding a steel trowel at a 15 - 30 degree angle, spread a thin layer of Venetian Plaster onto the surface using long and short random strokes. The original wall surface should peek through in certain areas.

    TIP:
    Wipe off the steel trowel often to avoid dry bits of Venetian Plaster from affecting your pattern.
  4. Step 4

    Continue this process until the wall is completely covered.  Allow the first coat to dry for 4 hours before applying a second coat.

  5. Step 5

    Return to the original starting point (top corner) of your wall and apply a thin second coat of Venetian Plaster over the first coat. Hold the steel trowel at a 30-60 degree angle and use long and short overlapping strokes to achieve an irregular look to the final finish.

    TIP:
    Fill in voids and recessed areas while covering the original surface completely. Smooth away edge marks with a trowel.
  6. Step 6

    Continue this process until the entire surface is covered.

    TIP:
    Note: The colors used in this room are: On Thin Ice VC-11 and White Fur W-F-610