Venetian plaster adds gorgeous upscale accents to your home

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PHOENIX -- How would you like to have a luxurious specialty paint finish that looks like glass and feels like marble? Venetian plaster is great for accent walls, guest baths, niches, entries and anywhere you would love a very beautiful finish on the wall.


  • Behr Venetian Plaster ( tinted at The Home Depot to desired color)
  • Behr Undercoater Primer (optional)
  • Behr Venetian Plaster Protective Top Coat (for kitchens, baths and high-traffic areas)
  • Trowel 6, 8 or 10" wide with rounded corners or sand to rounded corners
  • Blue painters tape
  • 400 or 600 grit sandpaper
  • Sanding pole
  • Lint-free rags

Tape off, prep and prime wall with Behr Undercoater or desired primer. If your trowel has squared corners, you must sand the corners the trowel to be rounded or the square corners will scratch and leave lines on the wall.

Apply a thin first coat of the Venetian plaster material to the wall with the trowel at a 45-degree angle, scraping it onto the wall. Let dry.  After first coat there may still be some of the wall showing through.That's fine.

Apply second coat, also with trowel at an angle. This coat will be thicker and should cover any exposed areas left from the first coat.

Using sanding pole and very fine grit sand paper -- 400 or 600 grit -- sand entire all until smooth.

Wipe down walls with damp rags to remove any sanding dust.

Burnish entire area by placing trowel flat on the wall and begin scraping Venetian plaster in a large sweeping motion; circular motion also works. The friction between the trowel, the wall and the Venetian Plaster creates the glass-like finish.

Apply a protective top coat in any high water usage areas like kitchens or baths. While this step is optional, it's a good idea because Venetian plaster is a porous material.

This is definitely something that is and can be a do-it-yourself project, but if you want the look without the labor, call Jeff Riddle at Long's Fine Finishes -- 602-472-4547.

You can find Debbie Hernandez at the Home Depot located at Arrowhead, off the Loop 101 and 59th Avenue. For more information or to find a location near you, visit