Faux Tuscan Venetian Plaster Technique Part 1

I want that Tuscan venetian plaster look. I want the room to look Tuscan. Can you do a Tuscany venetian plaster finish? Make the room look like Tuscany.

What in the world is that Tuscany look anyway? I lived in Europe for a few years and traveled around Italy but I still don’t know precisely what people are referring to when they tell me that they are interested in a Tuscan or Tuscany wall treatment.

Don’t get me wrong, I have completed several projects over the years that I gave the name Tuscany to, but each faux finish was completely different in color and texture than all the others. The reason they all look different of course is because each client had their own interpretation of what “the Tuscan look” was.

All I had to do was determine the colorway that my client was leaning towards and adjust the colors of a previous sample board technique. Well, sometimes I had to change the texture or number of layers or some other adjustment but ultimately I ended up with a sample that was “exactly” what the client had envisioned as Tuscan.

It appears that the underlying theme of all these faux Tuscan venetian plaster techniques is that they resemble an aged chipped plaster wall. A little distressing and color variation and voila you’re in Tuscany.

The faux Tuscan venetian plaster technique that I am going to describe below was installed in the home of a French client I had in Rancho Santa Fe California. It is more than likely that this client had a more accurate vision of what a Tuscan wall really looked like so after a little investigation I determined that he indeed wanted a chipped distressed plaster look in ruddy terracotta colors.

This technique is rather straight forward and actually not difficult to do. You don’t need to be super precise with this application technique. Remember, what you’re after is a distressed wall anyway.


The materials list includes the following :

* PlasterTex by Faux Effects International available through their website www.fauxeffects.com

* Premixed Joint Compound

* Stain and Seal in Antique Mohogany and in Antique Cherry, these are also available from Faux Effects, although you could probably use and water based furniture stain.

* Aquaglaze by Faux Effects, but again any glaze medium would work, even Floetrol.

* Universal tints in Sienna, Red, Orange and Raw Umber

Gather these materials and your painters tape, plastic tarps, hawk and trowels,, drill with mixer attachment etc and we’ll go through the process step by step.

I think you will discover that this $12.00 a square foot faux finish technique can be done quickly and without much danger of messing it up. Here are a couple images of the completed project. See you tomorrow.

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