Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Venetian Plaster Walls FAQ

Plaster walls are something that are often over looked by homeowners and designers. These two different rooms both have one thing in common and that is the feeling of warmth! Sure the walls are plastered but they have depth and history, something flat wall paint could never achieve.
Some of the oldest traces of plaster walls reach back 9,000 years found in Anatolia and Syria. Some 5,000 years ago, the Egyptians used plaster on the blocks of the Great Pyramid Cheops. It wasn't until the 1550's that the Venetians re-invented it and mastered it giving it more possibilities.
We put together a list of the most often asked questions on Venetian Plaster.
Q: What is Venetian Plaster?
A: It is an interior finish used mostly on walls and ceilings first made popular in the 1550's in Venice, Italy. In recent years it has become one of the most sought after wall finishes.

Q: What are the ingredients?
A: Aged slaked lime, marble dust and pigment.
Q: How durable is the Venetian Plaster?
A: Very. More so than paint. It is dent and scratch resistant. It has some flex to it so it tends to resist cracks that would otherwise mar a wall.
Q: Can I wash it?
A: Yes, after the sealer is applied. Jeremy uses a sealer that doesn’t change the beautiful look of the Venetian Plaster, matte or polished.
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