Lime and marble flour once became cheaper, but no less beautiful replacement for natural marble. Today, the composition is called “Venetian plaster” and is widely used in the interiors of modern homes. Consider what this type of finish might be like, and how Venetian plaster can be made: a photo and instructions will help you to figure this out.
What is Venetian plaster: photo examples
Externally, Venetian plaster resembles a marble surface. This effect is achieved by using stone dust as a base. According to the story, lime used to be a link mixed with water and natural dyes.
Today this method is not used, and the only similarity with ancient recipes is the presence of elements of marble, granite or stone. All other components were replaced by synthetic. Instead of hydrated lime, acrylic is used in the production, and artificial pigments are now added instead of natural dyes.
Working with Venetian plaster has never been easy. This is not the material that can be applied in one layer to achieve the desired result. Sometimes, to achieve the desired effect, 5-6 layers of the coating must be laid. However, the beauty of the intricate drawings that end up is definitely worth it. Be sure to see what Venetian plaster looks like. Photos of many different options are presented on the Internet.
The composition of modern Venetian plaster has many positive properties that make it preferable to use over many other materials:
- The synthetic composition of the mixture allows you to make work with plaster as convenient as possible. Even a novice can work with her, and even two layers will be enough to achieve the desired result;
- There are several varieties of Venetian mixes. First of all, they are different in composition and homogeneity. The greater the density and stickiness of the finished mixture, the better the coating will be in the end;
- With this plaster, you can make three options for surface design: smooth, embossed and artistic coating.
Venetian plaster itself is transparent. On the one hand, it allows to achieve an indescribable play of light on the surface, but on the other hand, it requires the preparation of a perfectly flat and smooth base. If you do not pay enough attention to this, all irregularities and cracks will be noticeable even through a layer of plaster. Although it is worth noting that you can put the mixture on almost anything – wood, concrete, brick. It is only important to carefully prepare the foundation.
As for the colors of the coating, almost any options are possible here. You can add a dye of the desired shade to an already mixed mixture immediately before the start of application.
With all its characteristics (moisture resistance, vapor permeability and high strength), the life of Venetian plaster is up to 15 years. The coating receives all of its properties through a carbonization process, which occurs due to the absorption of carbon by the mixture and the appearance of a strong protective film on the surface. Of course, natural formulations are slightly different from synthetic ones in their chemical qualities, however, under conditions of everyday use, this does not play a big role.
For a smooth Venetian plaster marbled, video tutorials are recommended to add lime to the mixture, and this will greatly complicate the work on application for an inexperienced user. In addition, so you can get a coating of only light color, and in case of non-compliance with the technique of work – also with dark stains or stains.
The effect of embossed plaster is achieved by using whole marble granules in the mixture. Sometimes their size reaches 2 mm. Due to this, the coating is obtained with the effect of antiquity. Art painting with plaster is the most complicated type of decoration, because in fact it is necessary to paint a picture on the wall, using plaster instead of paints.
Venetian plaster has no less color texture solutions. Depending on your desire, you can create any individual drawing. When choosing it is worth starting from the general interior of the room.
Venetian plaster varies in many ways. Its appearance depends on the composition and method of application. Consider the most popular options.
Craquelure – coating made “antique”. Fits perfectly in many interiors, including modern. To achieve the desired effect, a special lacquer layer is applied on top, which is used as a topcoat. Such a lacquer dries out more slowly, usually, due to which it “tightens” the plaster, giving it a specific appearance. Without compromising performance, this option allows you to give the surface refinement and expensive shine.
Carrara marble – also a very beautiful solution, unattainable, however, in the case of using ordinary putty. It requires the application of a specialized composition, and a considerable number of its layers: from 8 to 12. The meaning of this method is that you need to choose several shades that are similar to each other and some contrast. Each of the selected colors is applied to the wall a certain number of times. So achieve an extremely beautiful game of color and modulations, which are characteristic of Carrara marble – an unusual natural stone.
In natural form, it is impossible to meet Carrara marble in the interior, since it was practically stopped to be mined, but you can create a high-quality imitation. This is not easy, as it is required to apply one layer after another repeatedly, waiting for the previous one to dry completely, but the result is definitely worth it.
Marseilles wax the composition is not much different from the usual Venetian plaster, however, to achieve an unusual visual effect, wax is added to it. He not only improves the appearance of the coating, but also provides him with improved technical characteristics. It can be used in rooms with high humidity, such as kitchen and bathroom. Marseilles wax is a plaster that, due to its brilliance, gives the room extra chic.
It can be concluded that Venetian plaster is a very diverse material. There are various variations of it that allow you to give the appearance of the surface a variety of effects. Video methods for applying Venetian plaster offers many options. What kind of coating to choose – depends only on your taste, but in any case, you can be sure that such a finish will look gorgeous.
Like any finishing material, Venetian plaster has its admirers, who put its advantages above disadvantages. However, there are those who for a number of reasons do not want to use it in the decoration of their home. Consider the arguments in support of both positions.
Advantages of Venetian plaster:
- high level of wear resistance. The guaranteed service life of such a coating is 10 years;
- environmental Safety. Despite the presence in the mixture of synthetic additives, Venetian plaster is completely safe for human health and the environment;
- this coating is the best imitation of marble that you can find. Moreover, Venetian plaster creates an additional visual effect on the wall due to the internal glow;
- the composition of the mixture is designed in such a way that the possibility of cracks in the coating is excluded;
- additional wax protection can make the coating immune to sudden temperature changes, as well as moisture;
- Venetian mixture is able to completely mask almost any defects of the wall;
- if necessary, the coating can be repaired or restored.
The disadvantages of Venetian plaster:
- unjustified, in the opinion of a considerable number of people, the overestimated price of both the mixture itself and the work on its application;
- complex multi-stage preparation for coating.
Below we will take a look at the photo of Venetian decorative plaster and examine in more detail the prices for application services, since they are often the only obstacle to the use of this particular coating in the interior.
In conclusion, we can say that if you pay due attention to reading the relevant materials and watching the video, applying your own Venetian plaster with your own hands will not be a problem for you. Using the vending technique, you can easily create a unique interior in any of the rooms of your home.