How to Use Valspar Venetian Plaster

Venetian plaster is a multi-layered wall finish that is applied in strokes with a plaster spatula that originated in Venice, Italy. Valspar Venetian plaster is a special paint designed to recreate the look of genuine Venetian plaster in an easy application. The final finish has a two-tone look of polished marble or natural stone that can be polished into a high gloss if desired.

Valspar Venetian plaster has a two-tone look of layered plaster.

Step 1

Tape the baseboards and around windows and doors using painter's tape, and place drop cloths on the floors. 

Step 2

Scrape any bumps or irregular surfaces on the walls flat, and apply crack filler where needed to create a smooth surface. 

Step 3

Pour the primer into a roller tray and prime the walls using a 3/8 inch roller, then allow the walls to dry according to the manufacturer's directions. 

Step 4

Pour the Venetian plaster into a roller pan and use a 3/8 inch roller to roll the plaster onto the wall in a 3 foot by 3 foot section. 

Step 5

Use a steel spatula to move the applied plaster in different directions in an overlapping pattern.  Try to use a random motion to avoid leaving an even pattern, especially along the edges.

Step 6

Apply the Venetian plaster product with the roller to the next 3 foot square section and use the steel scraper to move the product in an overlapping pattern next to the previous section. 

Step 7

Repeat this application until you cover the entire surface.  Let this first coat dry one to four hours until matte and lighter in color.

Step 8

Apply a second coat using the steel spatula with a small amount of Venetian plaster on the blade.  Start at the top of the wall and apply the plaster thinly in a random pattern, moving back and forth and side to side.

Step 9

Cover the surface completely using the steel scraper and plaster, then allow to dry for another one to four hours. 

Step 10

Smooth the surface with the steel spatula for a polishing effect, then polish the surface further with a nylon kitchen scrubber, moving in a back and forth motion. 

Step 11

Buff the completed surface using fine steel wool in a circular motion to polish the surface to a high-gloss finish if desired. 

Things You Will Need

  • Painter's tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Scraper
  • Crack filler
  • Roller pan
  • 3/8 inch nap rollers
  • Interior latex primer
  • Valspar Venetian plaster
  • Steel spatula
  • Nylon kitchen scrubber
  • Fine steel wool

About the Author

Roxanne McHenry has written online marketing articles and courses for Web publications including Affiliate Classroom and Web Pro News since 2002. McHenry has a B.A. in Japanese language and literature, and lived and worked in Japan as a teacher and technical translator.

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