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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.

    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.

    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.

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