Get Plastered! A Fresh Touch to Bathroom Remodels

Get Plastered! A Fresh Touch to Bathroom Remodels
July 11, 2011 SNH Editorial Team

The soft, silky feeling of faux plastered walls is spectacular and impossible to capture on film.  Light seems to dance across it bringing a boring wall surface to life.   Faux plastered walls are slightly different depending on how light reflects.  Faux plastering has an energizing effect on darker corners and walls.  Simply put: it is a beautiful wall treatment one does not get tired of.
Even in today’s economy faux finish painting contractors get premium rates – faux finish plastering is expensive.  It can be the perfect do-it-yourself project with the right quality (!), easy-to-apply materials.  Without top-notch materials you are in for hard physical labor and frustration from application to burnishing.

Faux like a Pro” makes great plastering materials that can be applied over plaster and even over latex paint.  I especially like their series of so-called metal waxes and glazes.  The metal flecks in the product add another level of vitality and sparkle. Iridescent blue has unusual color and soft silver sheen to it. (See photo) After five years I am still not tired of looking at our bathroom ceiling morning and night.

Faux like a Pro produces glazes and varnishes that are water based; their waxes do not contain any acrylics nor paraffinsInstead they contain natural oils and pigments making the product eco and health-friendly.

Go to their website and learn the various techniques and steps involved. Extensive how-to videos will teach any novice.  The age-old technique of decorative plasterwork is nothing to fear and can create a designer wall finish in your home.

The photo shows a ceiling with simple stripe pattern.  It has a metallic shine which catches light differently all the time.  This provides a fresh and new look to this ceiling. The photo does not do justice to this beautiful finish.

Our designer tip: Use faux plastering as a focal point or accent treatment. So often I see homeowners overusing it by applying the technique across an entire room.  Keep it special – use it selectively.  This way too the added material cost will be negligible.