Metallic Plaster Lace Technique

Here is a nice and easy little decorative painting technique for adding some distinctive punch to a room. Some have said it simulates the look of needlepoint. The technique looks great and is in fact not difficult to execute,but as in most faux or decorative painting finishes there are some tips to ensure success.

Metallic Plaster Lace Technique ( for my sample)

I based coated the surface with a coat of Black Cherry metallic paint from Modern Masters and allow to dry.
Tip: Make sure you do not leave any holidays or very hard lap lines. Remember much of this metallic paint will be visible when this finish is complete.

Select lace that has a design you like.
Tip: Prior to using your lace, lay it flat on a work table and spray it with a spray starch product. Allow it to dry then spray the other side. You do this to take any “stretch” out of the lace.

This particular decorative finish looks best (and is infinitely easier to do) in panels rather than attempting to cover the entire wall surface. The boarders can then be framed out using decorative wood strips or molding other method.

Once your lace has dried from the starch it should feel somewhat stiff and be much easier to position on to your predetermined panel areas. Tape the top of the lace onto your wall but do not tape the sides.

I selected a metallic plaster from Modern Masters called eggplant. The metallic plaster is similar in color to the metallic paint used to base coat the wall. A tone on tone approach is always a safe bet with this decorative technique.

Once the lace is secured, I used a 6 inch flexible Bondo knife as my application tool. I troweled the metallic plaster onto and through the lace starting from top to bottom. Apply enough plaster to cover the lace but don’t get heavy handed. If your lace for example is about 1/32 in thickness, then you will want to apply the plaster at about 1/16 to 1/8 of thickness. Do not over work an area with plaster. One or two passes should be all it takes to cover an area.
Tip: Be careful to avoid wrinkling or crinkling of the lace. The starch should help avoid this but keep an eye out for possible problem areas.

Once you have covered the entire piece of lace, go back and gently scrape any areas of excess plaster, if any. You should be able to see the design pattern of the lace.

Allow the plaster to sit for a couple minutes before removing the lace. Working from top to bottom remove the lace by peeling it back gently.

The lace can be rinsed out, dried and reused.

This decorative painting technique is pretty straight forward and the tips I provided should make things go easier. What I like particularly about this faux finish is the contrast between the very shiny metallic base coat color and the not quite so shiny metallic plaster color.

Of course you will want to try the technique and try out different color ways prior to working on a wall.
Actually this technique works great on furniture although I haven’t done it myself.

Should you have any questions please ask and I’ll reply soon. Thanks


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