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Choosing the Right Type of Plaster for Your Home


Finishing your walls with the right plaster can prevent issues like cracking or moisture damage which can potentially ruin a beautiful finish. Today, there are so many different types of plasters used to finish walls. We’ll cover a few common options to help you make the right choice.

Venetian plaster

What most people refer to as colored plaster is actually Venetian plaster. This type of plastering has been used from ancient times. However, Venetian plasters have evolved to become a highly sought finishing used in modern homes. A paint like substance is applied to the wall and then polished to give it a high sheen. These plasters consist of acrylics, resins, polymers, and VOCs which work together to give out a strong and good-looking finish. Some people will apply the Venetian plaster in multiple layers and then polish it into a mirror finish. Venetian plaster can also be waxed to give it a unique glow.

The beauty of having a Venetian plaster finish is that you can choose from a wide range of possibilities. The plaster can be polished as much as you want to give it that bold and spectacular look. In fact, Venetian plasters are mostly recommended for accent walls. You can get a subtle matte finish with this plaster and give your property the unique appeal it deserves.

Granite plaster

This is one of the oldest plastering techniques that are still in use today. You can choose this finish if you want to create a granite effect that will complement the rest of your home. For instance, you can use it for the kitchen or bathroom walls to complete the countertops and other surfaces. This plaster can also be polished to give it that perfect finish.


Caenstone is a plaster that is formed by mixing colored sand, pigment, mica, and quartz. It comes with a unique and stunning natural look and texture of real limestone. Use this plaster if you are looking to mimic the look of beautiful limestone on your accent walls or any other surface. When the plastering is nicely done, it can last for as long as 50 years. if the Caenstone is damaged, it can be restored by stripping down the paint and plaster and then plastering it all over again or coating the existing plaster with a plaster that has similar composition and using bonding agents and primers. The latter is a more cost-effective option since you don’t have to paint after it’s done.

Other traditional finishes

You can also choose the smooth plaster which is a thin layer of lime that is compacted and smoothened out with a trowel when it’s still wet and then a fresh coat of paint is applied later. The other option is the sand float plaster which appears like a textur
ed wall and is commonly used because it’s cheaper than the sand float plaster. If you would like to resurface or repair a damaged portion of your plaster, make sure you maintain the same finish.