Steps to Creating a Venetian Plaster Faux Finish with Paint

Posted June 28, 2017 by RB Painting

Steps to Creating a Venetian Plaster Faux Finish with Paint

Have you ever craved an old-world look for your home? Perhaps you want something rustic-looking but very attractive to the eye? If this sounds familiar, you may already have investigated Venetian plastering as a possible look for some of the walls in your home. A Venetian finish is rustic in the sense that it looks handmade, and it also imparts a sense of old-world style. A great Venetian finish on a wall evokes colorful history and the life and times of the merchant Venetians from a golden age long ago.

The Key to a Good Venetian Wall Finish

At the heart of any Venetian finish is the concept of layering. A regular paint job begins and ends with a layer of paint that goes on smoothly and uniformly. It provides a neutral backdrop in a home that is solid in nature and does not draw the eye too much. The Venetian finish, by contrast, highlights layering, broad handmade strokes, artistry, and expressiveness.

All of this might sound difficult to accomplish, but there are some tips and tricks that can be used to complete a Venetian faux finish with paint, some appropriate tools, and a little elbow grease and know-how. You will need around three to five semi-gloss paint colors that go well together, a large steel spatula, some paint containers, and fine sandpaper.

The Trick to a Beautiful Venetian Wall in Your Home

When layering the paint, it is important to maintain a loose wrist action, but also grasp the spatula firmly so that the stroke has a definite direction across the wall that is being painted. Try to be expressive, emphasize layers, change paint directions, and know that if it doesn’t work the first time, you can always keep trying!

First of all, you will need to take the spatula and charge it with paint. Using broad and expressive strokes, cover the wall one section at a time. Change directions and don’t be too worried about going over areas you have already done. Make sure that the spatula is regularly cleared of drying paint so that it does not gouge the smooth finish on the wall. Also make sure that the sharp ends of the spatula do not mar the paint finish.

Once these first layers are dry, you may then use another paint color and perform the same expressive spatula work. If you want a single color, just continue to go over the first layer, but do so in a generally random way so that some areas show earlier layers. This broad stroke patterning creates a rustic finish that is appealing to the eye and bears expression.

You can polish the final layers by pressing hard with the spatula as you make strokes. Ensure that the surface is even and free of ridges and bumps. Taking some fine-grit sandpaper and sanding some of the layers will ensure a more polished look that draws the eye to the paint layering and creates a heavily burnished effect. This is most desirable.

If you really want to achieve an old-world look, a Venetian faux finish with paint is not too difficult a task to accomplish. With some know-how and the right tools, you can create a look that is dramatic, rustic, and impressive!